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Accommodation at Bath

Could someone tell me what the accommodation situation is like at the University of Bath? I visited their website and found prices and accommodation conditions (although not all conditions are clear for me). I don't understand what the difference is between East and West accommodations. And also, the fact that I can get a maintenance loan in the amount of 10 thousand (since my parents’ income allows me to get such a loan).

Also, some bursary and accommodation discounts of £750 per year may be available to me. I found the following information about bursary: Year 1: £2,750 comprised of: £1,000 cash, £1,000 campus credit plus £750 accommodation reduction if in university-housed accommodation. From this I did not understand what 1000 pounds campus credit is. Unfortunately, the accommodation discount is only valid for 1 year; it will not be valid for subsequent years. I also have a management course with placement year, there will also be bursaries, but I didn’t quite understand bursary with placement year. And will I receive a maintenance loan when I am in my working year?

I also didn’t quite understand what Cost of Eat and Drink credit for 33 weeks* means. Does this mean that I will be able to eat in the canteen or something like that?

Also, I saw that there is a Gold Scholarship Program, I didn’t quite understand how to get it, but they give money there, and that’s what I need, haha.

As a result, I can count on a maintenance loan of 10,000 pounds + bursary in the amount of 1,000 pounds (cash) and + 750 is a discount for accommodation, I don’t consider the Gold Scholarship Program because I don’t think I’ll get it, in the end it’s 11 thousand. The cheapest accommodation I found on the Bath website (https://www.bath.ac.uk/corporate-information/undergraduate-accommodation-prices/) costs 5200, but I will need to share a shower, which I don’t want. And so as not to share the shower, accommodation will already cost 9500 and -750 discount, that is, 8750 (but this is only a discount for the first year). Now the cost of food, I don’t quite understand whether I will cook myself or will be able to eat at the university, let’s say I will spend 100-120 pounds a week on food. that's £1,400 a year. 8750+1400 comes out to 10150, which means that 11000-10150 leaves me with 850 pounds a year, that is, 75 about 75 a month just for living, to buy things and for education, how can this be enough?

I can't ask Bath directly, that is, write to them, because the process will take too long to get the answers I need. And I need to apply for accommodation now. I need some advice, thanks!
Reply 1
Original post by ppaden
Could someone tell me what the accommodation situation is like at the University of Bath? I visited their website and found prices and accommodation conditions (although not all conditions are clear for me). I don't understand what the difference is between East and West accommodations. And also, the fact that I can get a maintenance loan in the amount of 10 thousand (since my parents’ income allows me to get such a loan).
Also, some bursary and accommodation discounts of £750 per year may be available to me. I found the following information about bursary: Year 1: £2,750 comprised of: £1,000 cash, £1,000 campus credit plus £750 accommodation reduction if in university-housed accommodation. From this I did not understand what 1000 pounds campus credit is. Unfortunately, the accommodation discount is only valid for 1 year; it will not be valid for subsequent years. I also have a management course with placement year, there will also be bursaries, but I didn’t quite understand bursary with placement year. And will I receive a maintenance loan when I am in my working year?
I also didn’t quite understand what Cost of Eat and Drink credit for 33 weeks* means. Does this mean that I will be able to eat in the canteen or something like that?
Also, I saw that there is a Gold Scholarship Program, I didn’t quite understand how to get it, but they give money there, and that’s what I need, haha.
As a result, I can count on a maintenance loan of 10,000 pounds + bursary in the amount of 1,000 pounds (cash) and + 750 is a discount for accommodation, I don’t consider the Gold Scholarship Program because I don’t think I’ll get it, in the end it’s 11 thousand. The cheapest accommodation I found on the Bath website (https://www.bath.ac.uk/corporate-information/undergraduate-accommodation-prices/) costs 5200, but I will need to share a shower, which I don’t want. And so as not to share the shower, accommodation will already cost 9500 and -750 discount, that is, 8750 (but this is only a discount for the first year). Now the cost of food, I don’t quite understand whether I will cook myself or will be able to eat at the university, let’s say I will spend 100-120 pounds a week on food. that's £1,400 a year. 8750+1400 comes out to 10150, which means that 11000-10150 leaves me with 850 pounds a year, that is, 75 about 75 a month just for living, to buy things and for education, how can this be enough?
I can't ask Bath directly, that is, write to them, because the process will take too long to get the answers I need. And I need to apply for accommodation now. I need some advice, thanks!

Hi - so I can't answer all your questions but I can answer a few!

With regards to the east/west, as far as I know they're quite similar price and bathroom-wise, e.g., they're shared bathrooms with options for a wash basin in your bedroom. However, Westwood is more flat-style, so you'll have 16-22 students (according to the uni website) sharing 2-3 kitchens and 3-4 showers and toilets, and all 16-22 people have access to these kitchens and bathrooms. Eastwood is more so individual houses for 11-12 students generally, and you'll have 1 kitchen and a few showers and toilets.

I would assume that 'campus credits' means either the Eat and Drink credit for food outlets, or for places like Fresh (supermarket). I've not had burseries, so I'm not sure how they'd work during placement year. If you take a placement year which gets paid, you are still eligible for a maintenance loan, but it's reduced (I think mine was about 2-3000 instead of the usual 9000 I get). If you get a well-paying placement and save, it's a really good way to make sure you don't need a job during final year.

Eat and Drink credit means you can eat in the various food places around campus, kind of like a canteen but there's 7 different shops/places you'd be able to spend it at.

With regards to the budgeting, I don't think student loan and bursaries are ever enough. I saved from a job I'd had since 16, and then got a job in town during second year (there are plenty around in shops/cafe's). If you have no other option than to get shared showers, they're not usually too bad. I had one during first year that I shared with 5 other people (most of them boys) and I never had an issue - I just used flip flops in the shower, and we had a cleaner every week.

I hope this helps a bit, let me know if you have any other questions and good luck! 🙂
Freshers Week, University of Bath
University of Bath
Bath
Reply 2
Original post by katie63
Hi - so I can't answer all your questions but I can answer a few!
With regards to the east/west, as far as I know they're quite similar price and bathroom-wise, e.g., they're shared bathrooms with options for a wash basin in your bedroom. However, Westwood is more flat-style, so you'll have 16-22 students (according to the uni website) sharing 2-3 kitchens and 3-4 showers and toilets, and all 16-22 people have access to these kitchens and bathrooms. Eastwood is more so individual houses for 11-12 students generally, and you'll have 1 kitchen and a few showers and toilets.
I would assume that 'campus credits' means either the Eat and Drink credit for food outlets, or for places like Fresh (supermarket). I've not had burseries, so I'm not sure how they'd work during placement year. If you take a placement year which gets paid, you are still eligible for a maintenance loan, but it's reduced (I think mine was about 2-3000 instead of the usual 9000 I get). If you get a well-paying placement and save, it's a really good way to make sure you don't need a job during final year.
Eat and Drink credit means you can eat in the various food places around campus, kind of like a canteen but there's 7 different shops/places you'd be able to spend it at.
With regards to the budgeting, I don't think student loan and bursaries are ever enough. I saved from a job I'd had since 16, and then got a job in town during second year (there are plenty around in shops/cafe's). If you have no other option than to get shared showers, they're not usually too bad. I had one during first year that I shared with 5 other people (most of them boys) and I never had an issue - I just used flip flops in the shower, and we had a cleaner every week.
I hope this helps a bit, let me know if you have any other questions and good luck! 🙂

Thank you for your answer! I didn't plan to work during university as English are not my first language, I have to spend more time on education as I did in sixth form at school. That's why I don't think that work is a great idea, however I would like to have some money, but ofc education prior. I also though about rent an apartment and split the cost with another student. I really like the idea and the cost is way less with way better conditions, I just have to find a person and idk how. What do you think about such idea?
Reply 3
Original post by ppaden
Thank you for your answer! I didn't plan to work during university as English are not my first language, I have to spend more time on education as I did in sixth form at school. That's why I don't think that work is a great idea, however I would like to have some money, but ofc education prior. I also though about rent an apartment and split the cost with another student. I really like the idea and the cost is way less with way better conditions, I just have to find a person and idk how. What do you think about such idea?

Ah okay, that makes sense. People most often rent and share in second year onwards, but I don't see why you couldn't do it in first year - you don't have to live on campus. There are Facebook groups for students looking for other students to share houses with - If you search 'Uni of bath housemate finder' on FB you should find it. But you might end up spending more money on travel up to campus if you have a lot of lectures in person as you'll most likely have to get a bus from wherever you live.

There are also jobs available which are only 4 or 8 hours a week, so shouldn't affect your studying too much but might give you a bit of extra income.
Original post by ppaden
Could someone tell me what the accommodation situation is like at the University of Bath? I visited their website and found prices and accommodation conditions (although not all conditions are clear for me). I don't understand what the difference is between East and West accommodations. And also, the fact that I can get a maintenance loan in the amount of 10 thousand (since my parents’ income allows me to get such a loan).
Also, some bursary and accommodation discounts of £750 per year may be available to me. I found the following information about bursary: Year 1: £2,750 comprised of: £1,000 cash, £1,000 campus credit plus £750 accommodation reduction if in university-housed accommodation. From this I did not understand what 1000 pounds campus credit is. Unfortunately, the accommodation discount is only valid for 1 year; it will not be valid for subsequent years. I also have a management course with placement year, there will also be bursaries, but I didn’t quite understand bursary with placement year. And will I receive a maintenance loan when I am in my working year?
I also didn’t quite understand what Cost of Eat and Drink credit for 33 weeks* means. Does this mean that I will be able to eat in the canteen or something like that?
Also, I saw that there is a Gold Scholarship Program, I didn’t quite understand how to get it, but they give money there, and that’s what I need, haha.
As a result, I can count on a maintenance loan of 10,000 pounds + bursary in the amount of 1,000 pounds (cash) and + 750 is a discount for accommodation, I don’t consider the Gold Scholarship Program because I don’t think I’ll get it, in the end it’s 11 thousand. The cheapest accommodation I found on the Bath website (https://www.bath.ac.uk/corporate-information/undergraduate-accommodation-prices/) costs 5200, but I will need to share a shower, which I don’t want. And so as not to share the shower, accommodation will already cost 9500 and -750 discount, that is, 8750 (but this is only a discount for the first year). Now the cost of food, I don’t quite understand whether I will cook myself or will be able to eat at the university, let’s say I will spend 100-120 pounds a week on food. that's £1,400 a year. 8750+1400 comes out to 10150, which means that 11000-10150 leaves me with 850 pounds a year, that is, 75 about 75 a month just for living, to buy things and for education, how can this be enough?
I can't ask Bath directly, that is, write to them, because the process will take too long to get the answers I need. And I need to apply for accommodation now. I need some advice, thanks!

Hi There,

I will try answer some of your questions below here:
1. Could someone tell me what the accommodation situation is like at the University of Bath?
In first year we have a range of options to choose from including on campus accommodation and city accommodation. Most of our rooms are single occupancy but if you wanted a cheaper option then shared rooms are available. Most accommodation are “flats” with shared kitchens. We also have en-suite and shared bathroom options too. Alternatively, you can choose a studio with your own bathroom and kitchen but these are more expensive options. You can browse through our accommodation options here: Choose your undergraduate student accommodation options (bath.ac.uk) and compare prices with this table here: Undergraduate accommodation prices (bath.ac.uk).

During application, you have to rank your choices and the accommodation team will try their best to give you one of your preferences depending on availability and overall demand of the accommodation. Our en-suite options are the most popular choice so be aware that theres a chance you may not receive one of your options if you put all en-suite down. I personally got my 5th choice accommodation, Westwood Quantock, and was in a flat of 17 with shared bathroom, self-catered. I remember being so worried about not having an en-suite but honestly the shared bathroom situation was completely okay and I’m glad I ended up here as I saved around £2K as I was paying a lot less for rent compared to others. I would say the experience is more down to the flatmates and people you meet, at the end of the day you are only in halls for a year, so you wont even remember the accommodation itself after you’ve moved out, it’ll be the memories and the people you’ve met.

In your second year, you will move out of university accommodation and will find house to rent in the city. Majority of students move to an area called Oldfield park where there are regular buses running to and from campus only taking ~25 mins.
2. I don't understand what the difference is between East and West accommodations.
The only difference is where the accommodation is located on campus. East accommodation is on the east side of campus and west accommodation is on the west side of campus. If you are in an east accommodation, you will be going through East accommodation centre and vice versa. Its just that there are lots of accommodations to go through one office so that’s why its “split”. If you mean the difference between Eastwood and Westwood accommodations, Eastwood is more house style accom whereas westwood are blocks of flats.
3. the fact that I can get a maintenance loan in the amount of 10 thousand (since my parents’ income allows me to get such a loan).
Yes, they have increased the threshold for this year on how much you can get which you can find out more about here: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/new-fulltime-students
4. I did not understand what 1000 pounds campus credit is.
This sounds like you are referring to the Bath bursary? ‘We are currently finalising the details of the campus credit in order to offer the best package for our students. There should be more updates on the website in the next coming weeks as to what the changes are.
5. I didn’t quite understand bursary with placement year. And will I receive a maintenance loan when I am in my working year?
The placement bursary is one that you can apply for and is only for students who are going to undertake an unpaid placement or study abroad. You also need to already be a student in receipt of either the Bath bursary, gold scholarship and some others. More information can be found here: https://www.bath.ac.uk/guides/the-placement-bursary/#:~:text=This%20award%20is%20worth%20either,alongside%20your%20other%20University%20funding.
You are eligible for the “normal” application process of the maintenance loan if your placement is unpaid. This means you are still entitled to the extra loan. If you are a paid placement student, the allowance you can get is capped. You can find more info about placement year funding here: https://www.bath.ac.uk/publications/funding-information-for-thick-and-thin-placements/attachments/placement-funding-information-22-23.pdf. Note that the figures will change for future academic years but this should give you a rough idea on how it works an there is a useful Q and A at the end of this document.
6. I also didn’t quite understand what Cost of Eat and Drink credit for 33 weeks* means. Does this mean that I will be able to eat in the canteen or something like that?
Yes, if you are in an Eat and drink credit accommodation, you will get a weekly allowance for our on campus outlets. More information can be found here https://www.bath.ac.uk/guides/using-your-eat-and-drink-credit/ . The canteen is great as we often have £1.50 meals!! You also get 10% off and any eat and drink credit you don’t use in your first year, rolls over until you leave university!
7. Gold Scholarship Program, I didn’t quite understand how to get it, but they give money there, and that’s what I need, haha.
The gold scholarship program involves an application where you fill out 3 supporting questions. Being on this programme is not something that is guaranteed as there are only 50 students per year who are selected. You can find out more information about eligibility and applying etc. here: https://www.bath.ac.uk/guides/the-gold-scholarship-programme-in-2024/#:~:text=The%20Gold%20Scholarship%20available%20to,programme%20to%20enhance%20personal%20development.
8. I don’t quite understand whether I will cook myself or will be able to eat at the university

This is up to you! Even if you are in an “eat and drink” credit accommodation you will still have kitchen and cooking facilities in your flats. If you are self-catered (which I recommend if you are looking for cheaper options), then flats normally do a big online shop and deliver straight to the flat. You can then budget and plan your meals for the week etc. This definitely saved me so much money at university and doing group meals too!

In terms of your financial worries, I completely understand as I also come from a low-income family. I found that my maintenance loan and money I had saved up over summer was more than enough for food cost, paying rent, socialising etc. I think you have to smart about where you spend. If you are on campus accommodation you wont be needing to pay much for travel as you will likely spend most of your time on campus, and if you get food deliveries this saves you going into town. There are loads of tips on how to budget as a student here: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/students/student-guide/

Apologies for the very long reply but I hope this helps answer some of your questions. Please let me know if anything is unclear or if you want to know more.

Sharon (3rd year student)
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