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Unsure about diversity in Bath

Im coming from a very diverse city, where my friend group was extremely diverse. Im british south asian, and i personally just find it easier and more natural to become friends with these kind of people due to our commonalities. All the threads which ive seen about Bath's diversity are ones that are really old, and just saying that it is predominantly white. I only have two choices atp and i know that Bath would be best for me moving forward due to the academic reputation and their placement system being really good.

I know i cant expect it to be London level, because it is a small city in the first place, but i think id be happier firming it if i heard from people who were in my shoes, or other people who are firming it thinking the same thing. Does anyone who is currently studying there have any advice or opinions on the topic?
Original post by 435346436
Im coming from a very diverse city, where my friend group was extremely diverse. Im british south asian, and i personally just find it easier and more natural to become friends with these kind of people due to our commonalities. All the threads which ive seen about Bath's diversity are ones that are really old, and just saying that it is predominantly white. I only have two choices atp and i know that Bath would be best for me moving forward due to the academic reputation and their placement system being really good.
I know i cant expect it to be London level, because it is a small city in the first place, but i think id be happier firming it if i heard from people who were in my shoes, or other people who are firming it thinking the same thing. Does anyone who is currently studying there have any advice or opinions on the topic?

My son studies economics at Bath, that course in particular is diverse, he studies & has lived in halls with lots of South Asians, everyone mixes and gets along fine.
Freshers Week, University of Bath
University of Bath
Bath
Original post by 435346436
Im coming from a very diverse city, where my friend group was extremely diverse. Im british south asian, and i personally just find it easier and more natural to become friends with these kind of people due to our commonalities. All the threads which ive seen about Bath's diversity are ones that are really old, and just saying that it is predominantly white. I only have two choices atp and i know that Bath would be best for me moving forward due to the academic reputation and their placement system being really good.
I know i cant expect it to be London level, because it is a small city in the first place, but i think id be happier firming it if i heard from people who were in my shoes, or other people who are firming it thinking the same thing. Does anyone who is currently studying there have any advice or opinions on the topic?
Hey, I am also a british south asian coming from a diverse place, I actually went to a Bath programme called discover bath during the summer, which was a week of doing course related things with other contextuals, what I can say is that Bath is definitely becoming more diverse, and I know plenty of south asians who are firming with me - so you won't be alone.
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Original post by Anonymous
Hey, I am also a british south asian coming from a diverse place, I actually went to a Bath programme called discover bath during the summer, which was a week of doing course related things with other contextuals, what I can say is that Bath is definitely becoming more diverse, and I know plenty of south asians who are firming with me - so you won't be alone.

Thats good to hear, what course are you going for?
Original post by 435346436
Thats good to hear, what course are you going for?

computer science! what about u?
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Original post by Anonymous
computer science! what about u?
Oh me too! I think the whole diversity issue has become less of a problem, now im worried about how i would afford the crazy rent they have there
Original post by 435346436
Oh me too! I think the whole diversity issue has become less of a problem, now im worried about how i would afford the crazy rent they have there

oh thats great haha, i feel a lot more comfortable that its looking more diverse. accom is so much isn't it! I might get a shared accom with one of my friends, it cuts accom prices in half
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Original post by Anonymous
oh thats great haha, i feel a lot more comfortable that its looking more diverse. accom is so much isn't it! I might get a shared accom with one of my friends, it cuts accom prices in half

Fair enough, I dont know a single person going to Bath from my sixth form. Im not really looking forward to shared bathrooms either ahaha
Original post by 435346436
Fair enough, I dont know a single person going to Bath from my sixth form. Im not really looking forward to shared bathrooms either ahaha

Some of us shared bedrooms, not just bathrooms...
Original post by 435346436
Fair enough, I dont know a single person going to Bath from my sixth form. Im not really looking forward to shared bathrooms either ahaha

do u have any idea which accomodation ur gonna pick?
Hi! Perfect question for me to answer, what are the chances? I'm also British South Asian, currently studying CompSci at Bath :smile:

Coming from London myself, yeah, Bath is kinda undiverse, but you kinda get used to it..? Personally, I only notice if I'm actually keeping it in mind.

It's definitely not as bad as it used to be from what I've heard, and it's getting better year by year. It's not like you'll struggle to find people a similar background if you're being somewhat social, i.e. going out, joining societies, playing sports etc. Universities publish their diversity stats often and Bath publish them yearly: for 2023, 35% of students were BAME and 65% were White, which isn't really that bad when you think about it. London's 55% white, for comparison.

I was worried that diversity would be a problem too, but since coming here it barely crosses my mind. My friendship group here is very diverse. You'll also find that lots of people are from big cities which are very diverse as well. There's lots of Londoners here in Bath. There's also a lot of international students, especially from India and China/Hong Kong.

Basically, don't let "diversity" put you off Bath. The CompSci course is very good, placement support is good, social life is good.

Kinda rushed this reply so sorry if it's badly worded anywhere. If you have any more questions, I'd be happy to help.
Original post by DemarcusIV
Hi! Perfect question for me to answer, what are the chances? I'm also British South Asian, currently studying CompSci at Bath :smile:
Coming from London myself, yeah, Bath is kinda undiverse, but you kinda get used to it..? Personally, I only notice if I'm actually keeping it in mind.
It's definitely not as bad as it used to be from what I've heard, and it's getting better year by year. It's not like you'll struggle to find people a similar background if you're being somewhat social, i.e. going out, joining societies, playing sports etc. Universities publish their diversity stats often and Bath publish them yearly: for 2023, 35% of students were BAME and 65% were White, which isn't really that bad when you think about it. London's 55% white, for comparison.
I was worried that diversity would be a problem too, but since coming here it barely crosses my mind. My friendship group here is very diverse. You'll also find that lots of people are from big cities which are very diverse as well. There's lots of Londoners here in Bath. There's also a lot of international students, especially from India and China/Hong Kong.
Basically, don't let "diversity" put you off Bath. The CompSci course is very good, placement support is good, social life is good.
Kinda rushed this reply so sorry if it's badly worded anywhere. If you have any more questions, I'd be happy to help.
What year are you in? and what accomodation do you recommend? Thanks for this, it really helps
For those of you doubting Bath's ethnic/racial diversity, look at this very recent photo of Bath CS students - Congratulations to those invited to the Lovelace Colloquium (bath.ac.uk) - as just one example
Original post by Anonymous
What year are you in? and what accomodation do you recommend? Thanks for this, it really helps

I'm a first year.

Accommodation at Bath is really tricky. You select 7 choices and get given a random one. If you're really unlucky, like me, you don't even get one of the ones you chose. They accept more and more students every year and this year they even had to spill into postgraduate accommodation. My personal advice is to go for a city accommodation, or at least include one on your 7 choices as you're much more likely to get it than a campus accommodation.

I'm at John Wood Court, and it's great. You'll need to pay an extra £430 for the year-long bus pass and it's a 20-35 minute journey up to campus, but it's worth it for many reasons: the rooms look nice and they're quite big, the location is literally perfect: you're in the actual city centre so big Sainsbury's is 5 minutes away; Sainsbury's Local, Tesco's, Morrison's, Starbucks, Wetherspoons, etc are all less than a minute away, all the clubs are less than a 10 minute walk away, the train station is 5 minutes away too, it's so ideal. It's very social and there's always someone hosting pres or a party in their kitchen. You'll be sharing bathrooms but as long as your flatmates aren't horrible, it's not that bad.

Green Park House is also a city accommodation 2 minutes away with the same benefits but looks much nicer, has ensuites and probably has a better social life, but it's more expensive. I would say it's worth it though, and if I could choose again I'd choose it. Avoid Carpenter House (the 3rd city accommodation) by all costs! Only met one person from there, and it looks like a prison.

As for my opinion on campus accommodation options, Polden is very nice but it's expensive. Polden Court, Marlborough, Eastwood, Quads are all pretty good too (Quads is very social!) I'd say avoid Westwood and any other accom with cinderblock-like walls, they really aren't homely.

Feel free to ask me about any specific accom or any other questions :smile:
Original post by DemarcusIV
I'm a first year.
Accommodation at Bath is really tricky. You select 7 choices and get given a random one. If you're really unlucky, like me, you don't even get one of the ones you chose. They accept more and more students every year and this year they even had to spill into postgraduate accommodation. My personal advice is to go for a city accommodation, or at least include one on your 7 choices as you're much more likely to get it than a campus accommodation.
I'm at John Wood Court, and it's great. You'll need to pay an extra £430 for the year-long bus pass and it's a 20-35 minute journey up to campus, but it's worth it for many reasons: the rooms look nice and they're quite big, the location is literally perfect: you're in the actual city centre so big Sainsbury's is 5 minutes away; Sainsbury's Local, Tesco's, Morrison's, Starbucks, Wetherspoons, etc are all less than a minute away, all the clubs are less than a 10 minute walk away, the train station is 5 minutes away too, it's so ideal. It's very social and there's always someone hosting pres or a party in their kitchen. You'll be sharing bathrooms but as long as your flatmates aren't horrible, it's not that bad.
Green Park House is also a city accommodation 2 minutes away with the same benefits but looks much nicer, has ensuites and probably has a better social life, but it's more expensive. I would say it's worth it though, and if I could choose again I'd choose it. Avoid Carpenter House (the 3rd city accommodation) by all costs! Only met one person from there, and it looks like a prison.
As for my opinion on campus accommodation options, Polden is very nice but it's expensive. Polden Court, Marlborough, Eastwood, Quads are all pretty good too (Quads is very social!) I'd say avoid Westwood and any other accom with cinderblock-like walls, they really aren't homely.
Feel free to ask me about any specific accom or any other questions :smile:

How was it being off campus for your 1st year ? How many 1st year students end up in city accommodation?
Original post by 435346436
Im coming from a very diverse city, where my friend group was extremely diverse. Im british south asian, and i personally just find it easier and more natural to become friends with these kind of people due to our commonalities. All the threads which ive seen about Bath's diversity are ones that are really old, and just saying that it is predominantly white. I only have two choices atp and i know that Bath would be best for me moving forward due to the academic reputation and their placement system being really good.
I know i cant expect it to be London level, because it is a small city in the first place, but i think id be happier firming it if i heard from people who were in my shoes, or other people who are firming it thinking the same thing. Does anyone who is currently studying there have any advice or opinions on the topic?

Hi,

Great to hear that Bath is a university you are thinking about. I also had similar thoughts being a British south Asian myself and wanted to meet other students from the same culture and background as me. I will say that Bath as a city population itself is predominantly white (these are the stats!) however the University and student population definitely is very diverse!

We have many ethnic and cultural societies which can be found here https://www.thesubath.com/socs/, many of which host events throughout the year that allow you to meet similar students. Many of the south Asian societies including Tamil society, Malayalee soc and Indian soc collaborate on events, such as the annual Diwali ball, which gives an opportunity to dress in traditional clothing, a sit-down dinner and club night, as well as meeting other South Asian students from different cultures. I also found that accommodation was diverse and have never excluded from events or functions that the university hosted. Furthermore, approx. 32% of students are International, representing over 153 nationalities!

Personally, I have found Bath to be an inclusive and diverse environment, and I feel supported by both the university and the students here. You can read more about how we support inclusion and belonging here https://www.bath.ac.uk/professional-services/equality-diversity-and-inclusion/ and feel free to ask me any more questions or express your concerns and I would be happy to help!

Sharon (3rd year student)

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