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Student life in Bath

So you're a student in Bath possibly studying at Bath College or have recently moved to the city to join the famous Bath University. Well if you're a new or existing student in Bath, then you're in luck, because our ultimate student guide to Bath is jam-packed with everything you need to know about spending time out and about in the city from the best student activities to the ultimate student nightlife spots and more, you're in the right place!

Full of helpful information on the best student restaurants, nightlife spots, student gyms, and so much more, this handy guide to student life in Bath is your new helper.

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Why Better Bath? Student life can be pretty stressful, we get it. With lifestyle changes, moving out of home, making new friends, partying and studying it's important you find ways to stay active. Accelerating your fitness has multiple benefits on not only your physical and mental health but also your ability to stay healthy whilst you settle in to your new way of life.

So even though you feel you don’t have any spare time for exercise, you should consider regular workouts at your local gym, burning off energy in a fitness class, taking a dip in the pool or participating in any other physical activities you enjoy.

With regular exercise, you'll feel less stress, more energised, have improved memory and cognitive performance, plus you'll stay fit and toned.  Concentrating on your studies, teamed up with keeping fit and healthy with new friends is perfect way to find the right balance.

Also, every stretch, stroke and sprint you take is not just better for you – it’s better for everyone. We’re not about paying out big CEO bonuses, trapping you into long contracts or getting you to part with big chunks of your student loan. Our surplus funds are reinvested into programmes and services for the whole community to stay healthy and active.

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  • Inclusive access to over 200 centres across the UK or the ones in your selected area. 
  • Inclusive access to gyms offering cardio, resistance, functional, weight and stretch zones
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  • Inclusive access to full fitness class programme
  • 7-day priority advanced booking online or via the Better UK app
  • Access to free WIFI in Better centres.
     
  • Rolling monthly Direct Debit with no contract for added flexibility.
  • Up to 30% off other activities and services.
  • Free personalised fitness induction
  • Free access to an expert fitness instructor, who’ll create you a personalised exercise programme
  • Free six-week refocus sessions to keep you feeling motivated
  • Inclusive access to Better at Home – an online library of over 1,500 on-demand fitness classes and workouts.
  • Access to refer a friend scheme

 

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Student Brunch Spots Bath

Top Student Café & Brunch Spots

BILL'S BATH

Address: 
7-8 Cheap St, Bath BA1 1NE

Information: Wake up from your weekend lie-in and head down to Bill's with your friends for a relaxing, delicious, and affordable brunch in this city venue popular with students.

Their delicious breakfast brunches are served until 1pm on weekends and 11.30 am on weekdays, so you have plenty of time to shake off that morning hangover before tucking into a brilliant breakfast that will certainly satisfy your appetite. 

Average Price: £15pp

Favourite Brunch Dish: Bill's big brunch

GREEN PARK BRASSERIE

Address: 6 Green Park Rd, Bath BA1 1JB

Information: Do brunch at Bath's brilliant Green Park Brasserie and spend an afternoon filled with the best food, the best drink, and stunning surroundings at this city centre gem. Just a 2-minute walk from Bath College, this beautiful brunch venue is ideal for students wanting to dine out at one of Bath's chicest venues.

Sit outdoors and brunch in the sun or book a table inside and spend time chatting with friends in bright and modern scenery. Green Park Brasserie's brunch spread is packed out with traditional favourites and new tantalising creations such as their delicious chuck steak burger.

They also pride themselves on being one of Bath's favourite bottomless brunches, so if copious amounts of champagne, cocktails, and terrific food are your thing then this is your place to be.

Average Price: £20pp

Favourite Brunch Dish: Brunch bagel

THE CANON

Address: 1 Barton St, Bath BA1 2JR

Information: The Canon is one of the best places to head for brunch, serving food until 9pm every day of the week and offering students of Bath a chance to relax with friends in a chilled-out city centre location.

The Canon is one of Bath's most popular student hang-out spots, so whether you're looking to grab a coffee and a catch up, or spend your afternoon experiencing their amazing bottomless brunch options, The Canon is perfect for every occasion.

Average Price: £10pp

Favourite Brunch Dish: Chicken and bacon waffles

THE ARCHITECT

Address: The Empire, Orange Grove, Bath BA1 1LP

Information: The Architect's fabulous brunch menu is a great choice if you want to treat yourself to a more comforting brunch meal with friends on a day out around Bath. Boasting a range of breakfast goodies, small plates, and a variety of delicious egg dishes, you'll find brunch at The Architect is the perfect weekend treat.

Average Price: £15pp

Favourite Brunch Dish: Eggs benedict

SOCIETY CAFE

Address: 5 Kingsmead Square, Bath BA1 2AB and 19 High St, The Corridor, Bath BA1 5AJ

Information: This urban-styled cafe in Bath is one of our favourite places to grab a coffee and unwind from the stresses of student life, and with two locations around the city, it's an easy cafe to reach by bike and walking. Society cafe serves speciality coffee made with beans sourced from around the world, along with a variety of in-house snacks and sweet treats.

Average Price: £4pp

AQUA

Address: 88 Walcot St, Bath BA1 5BD

Information: This Walcot Street favourite has been serving exquisite Italian brunches from its luxury city centre location for years and is a great example of what brunch in Bath really is about.

If you're a student then this all-day Italian is a great place to visit if you're looking for a more professional brunch offering or want to splash out a bit more perhaps on a bunch date. Aqua also host bottomless brunch sessions where you can enjoy two-hours of endless fizz and a delicious two-course meal.

Average Price: £20pp

Favourite Brunch Dish: Eggs pomodoro

WILD CAFE

Address: 10a Queen St, Bath BA1 1HE

Information: Just a 2-minute walk from the famous Jane Austen Centre, the Wild Cafe is another great coffee spot for Bath's students to visit. They do simple food made excellently, using quality local ingredients to serve casual brunch dishes.

The cafe is nestled away in one of Bath's numerous boutique cobbled alleyways but is a lively and enjoyable place to meet with friends on your study break or brunch with at the weekend. Grab a coffee, a bite to eat, and take a break at this student-loved brunch spot in Bath.

Average Price: £10pp

Favourite Brunch Dish: English breakfast

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Student Restaurants - Cheap Eats in Bath

Best Student Restaurants

THE CANON

Address: 1 Barton St, Bath BA1 2JR

Information: This late-night student pub is not only one of the best places in Bath to hang out with friends talking, listening to music, and watching the biggest live sports events, but is also one of the most popular student dine-out spots in the city.

The Canon is open till 12am during weekdays and 2am on Friday's and Saturday's, with their american-style menu serving cheat day concoctions including tacos, burgers, pizzas, and of course colourful cocktails and great beer to wash it all down with.

Average price: £15pp

Favourite dish: The Crowd Pleaser

BELUSHI'S

Address: 9 Green St, Bath BA1 2JY

Information: Bath's best student-loving sports bar and restaurant is one of the best bars for young people found anywhere across the city and is easily accessible from all areas of Bath.

Chomp down on a delicious burger, grab yourself a pint from the well-stocked bar featuring a host of great offers, and watch all of the biggest sporting action either from your own private booth or in their open seating area.

Average price: £15pp

Favourite dish: Firecracker burger

BATH PIZZA Co

Address: Green Park Station, 2-3 Westmoreland Station Rd, Bath BA1 1JB

Information: Quite simply the only pizzeria you ever need to visit again! Close to Bath College, Bath Pizza Co just had to feature in our list of Bath's best student restaurants, with their five-star hand-made pizza being the perfect way to fill yourselves up when you're looking for a delicious, quick, and budget-friendly meal.

Dine in the company of the independent shops hosted in the surroundings of Green Park Station and take time out to grab a slice with your student friends at Bath Pizza Co. Browse the various shops in the station before or after your pizza and discover luxury craft items that you won't find anywhere else.

Average price: £10pp

Favourite dish: American Hot

BILL'S

Address: 7-8 Cheap St, Bath BA1 1NE

Information: Bill's Bath is a students all-day food friend with this trendy, city centre, restaurant a must-visit for all students on the hunt for a great meal out whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Great menus, great food, and great surroundings make Bill's one of our favourite places to grab a bite when in Bath.

Close to some of Bath's most popular student areas, you can either book a table if you want to visit with a large group of student friends, or simply walk in and get seated by one of Bill's brilliant members of staff.

Average price: £15pp

Favourite dish: Nduja & burrata meatballs

COSY CLUB

Address: Unit R4, Southgate Place, Bath BA1 1AP

Information: The Cosy Club is a Bath classic, boasting a central city location close to the train station and Bath's most popular student shopping areas. Clustered comfortably in the SouthGate vicinity near Apple and Urban Outfitters, the Cosy Club is a boujie place to grab food and drinks with friends in Bath.

This highly instagrammable location is perfect for just grabbing cocktails with friends or dining out for a quality lunch or dinner, but be warned, it isn't one of Bath's cheapest restaurants.

Average price: £25pp

Favourite dish: Seared seabass

WAGAMAMA

Address: 1, York Buildings, George St, Bath BA1 2EB

Information: Everyone's favourite Japanese restaurant, Wagamama has been a staple in Bath's student scene for multiple years and is always popular with people of all ages wanting to grab a quick bite to eat on a day out around Bath.

You can't book so if going in peak hours then be prepared to wait a while in an outdoor queue, however when seated you'll find that the service is always quick and the food just as you like it.

Average price: £15pp

Favourite dish: Firecracker chicken

ABBEY HOTEL

Address: N Parade, Bath BA1 1LF

Information: The Abbey Hotel's fantastic kitchen and restaurant is always open to non-hotel residents and truly is one of the nicest places to have something to eat and drink when you're out and about in Bath.

In the summer, dining on their terrace offers a sun-basked courtyard near Bath's famous Abbey and the Pulteney Bridge, while in cooler weather you can dine inside as you try a variety of beautiful dishes handcrafted by the Abbey Hotel's wonderful chefs.

If you're just looking for a place to grab a drink then you have to visit and try out their ArtBar cocktails for yourself.

Average price: £20pp

Favourite dish: King prawn bucatini

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Things to do in Bath for Students

Top Student Activities

CHALLENGE YOUR FRIENDS AT BOOM BATTLE BAR

Location: Boom Battle Bar, Units 2 & 3, Kingsmead Leisure Complex, 5-10 James St W, Bath BA1 2BX

Information: Go head-to-head with your friends at Bath's most adventurous student bar with an offering consisting of action-packed American bar games, brilliant street-style food and a host of budget-friendly drinks.

Let Boom Battle Bar Bath get your night off to a booming start as you and your group take each other on at bar sports such as augmented reality darts, axe throwing, shuffleboard, crazy golf, beer pong and more. Take a break from the action by grabbing a burger or some spicy chicken wings and wash it down with your favourite beer or cocktail. 

Boom also hosts a range of student-friendly night out events from boozy adult-only bingo evenings to showing the biggest live sports events.

Average price: £15pp

Activities: Axe throwing, augmented reality darts, crazy golf, shuffleboard, ping pong, and much more.

ENJOY A BOOZY BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH IN THE CITY

Location: Check out Bath's best bottomless brunch locations HERE

Information: Bath is the go-to place for an outlandish boozy bottomless brunch with friends. The city is packed with an outstanding variety of bottomless brunch venues that make a day session in Bath one of the most popular student activities.

Pick your desired location, book a table and enjoy hours of instagrammable food, creative cocktails, and top entertainment as you and your friends get the weekend started! You can find the best student bottomless brunch venues around Bath HERE, so what are you waiting for!

Some Bottomless Brunch deals vary in offering so make sure to read all the details before booking.

Average price: £25pp

SCORE A STRIKE AT BETTER BATH BOWLING

Location: Bath Sports and Leisure Centre, N Parade Rd, Bathwick, Bath BA2 4ET

Information: Head to the bowling alleys at Better Bath and spend your evening knocking down skittles and partying with friends. This student-loved bowling alley features eight lanes and is illuminated by funky LED lights that add a new dimension to your bowling experience.

Whether you're looking to spend an afternoon with friends or are looking for something to do on a date in Bath, bowling at Better is a great way to have fun in the city.

Average price: Child: £7.50 Adults: £8.50

WORK OUT AT THE BEST STUDENT-FRIENDLY GYMS

Location: Better Bath, PureGym, Team Bath Gym

Information: Everyone loves heading down to the gym - even students! But gyms can be expensive, especially if you're only working part-time while you study. Fortunately, Better Bath's state-of-the-art gym, fitness studio, and swimming pool come with a variety of offers that make joining the gym achievable and easy for every student.

Not sure what gym to join in Bath? Try out Better Bath by grabbing yourself a day pass and see for yourself why this gym is a hit with students!

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PARTY ALL NIGHT AT BATH'S BEST NIGHTCLUBS AND BARS

Location: Sleight Bar, Sub 13, The Canon, Boom Battle Bar, Revolution Bath, Komedia, Opium, The Bell Inn, Belushi's

Information: Partying till the sun comes up is one of the most fun student activities, and Bath is the perfect place to do exactly that! The city is packed with some amazing student bars, boozy pubs, underground cocktail bars, and of course dancefloor nightclubs.

Whether you want a lively bar to grab some drinks with friends on an evening in Bath, or are looking to go out and spend all evening dancing the night away, we can guarantee that Bath is perfect for students heading on a night out.

Average price: £25pp

SING YOUR HEART OUT AT BATH'S LIVE MUSIC VENUES

Location: Check out the best live music venues in Bath HERE

Information: If you're an avid supporter of live music then you're in luck because Bath's creative music scene plays host to some brilliant up-and-coming artists including some of the best student bands and soloists. Find out more about some of the best live music gigs in Bath and spend your evening in the city rocking out with friends.

Average price: £20pp

HANG OUT AT THE BEST STUDENT BARS

Location: The Canon, Belushi's, Boom Battle Bar, Sub 13

Information: Bath's drinking scene features something for everyone and is full of some terrific student bars for you to drink the night away with friends at. The Canon is one of Bath's most popular student bars featuring funky decor, brilliant drinks, and late-night food to keep you going throughout the evening.

There are also some brilliant cocktail bars including Sub 13 and the Sleight Bar that are the perfect watering holes for students in Bath.

Average price: £20pp

BOUNCE AROUND AT BETTER BATH'S TRAMPOLINE PARK

Location: Bath Sports and Leisure Centre, N Parade Rd, Bathwick, Bath BA2 4ET

Information: Who says you're too old to get on a trampoline?! Bounce and have endless fun by challenging yourself to a bounce session at Better Bath's extreme trampoline park.

Bounce, dodge, and dive your way around the park and test your skills by diving into the foam pit and challenging your friends to the craziest game of dodgeball you've ever experienced.

Average price: Various

SPEND A LUXURIOUS DAY AT THE SPA

Location: The Academy, Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Thermae Spa, The Pod, Enhance Medispa

Information: We hear you, student life can be hard! So why not treat yourself to a day of pure serenity and relaxation at one of Bath's brilliant spas.

From excellent student-run spa treatments at Bath College to more exclusive venues such as the famous Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, there is plenty of choice around the city. If you've never been then you must check out Thermae Spa and take in the stunning views of Bath from their rooftop pool.

Average price: £35pp

LAUGH-OUT-LOUD AT STAND-UP COMEDY AT KOMEDIA

Location: Komedia, 22-23 Westgate St, Bath BA1 1EP

Information: Komedia is Bath's home of live stand-up comedy! So if you're wanting to fill your evening with belly-aching laughter, top comedic talent, and of course delicious food and drink then this is the place for you!

Komedia's Krater Comedy Club is on every Saturday evening with some of the country's very best comedians taking to the stage in Bath city centre. Komedia also host a range of other exciting student-friendly events every month so make sure to keep an eye out for what's on.

Average price: £25pp

MARVEL IN BATH'S RICH HISTORY

Location: No.1 Royal Crescent, Roman Baths, The American Museum

Information: Bath is rich in history with some of Britain's most eye-catching moments through the ages taking place across the city.

From venues such as No.1 Royal Crescent where you can travel back in time and see what life was like in Georgian times, to the famous Roman Baths where you can tour the marvellous technological creations of the Romans that once settled in Bath and tour the still-working natural springs the Romans used all those years ago.

There truly is some amazing history to uncover in Bath at these great city museums.

Average price: £10pp

TAKE TO THE WATER AT LIVEFREE ADVENTURES

Location: The Boathouse, Dundas Aqueduct, Bath, BA2 7BL

Information: Bath's LiveFree Adventures are watersports specialists offering kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding experiences. Operating from Bath's stunning viaduct on the outskirts of the city, this outdoor education and activity provider teaches you how to safely have fun out on the water.

You can hire all of the equipment you'll need down by the water and experience boundless amounts of summer fun with friends.

Average price: £20pp

Activities: Paddleboarding, Canoeing, Kayaking

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