As part of our new blog series 'Student View', we welcome guest blogger, Chloe Osborn, to give an insight into her experiences at high-ranking British university Bath Spa.
Studying at Bath Spa University
The decision of where you want to go to university is one of the hardest choices you’ll have to make. I made good use of the open days on offer and visited many across the UK. However, as soon as I stepped foot onto Bath Spa University’s campus, I knew it was exactly where I wanted to go.
Bath Spa’s Newton Park campus is situated in the countryside near the village of Newton Saint Loe, four miles from Bath city centre. You are surrounded by fields of sheep, and deer can be spotted by the lake, which is great for a stroll between lectures, alongside nesting swans. I know I’m biased, but it is truly one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK, whether that be in the winter when the fields are misty and frost-covered, or in the spring-time when the lambs are born. It is perfect for those wanting to avoid the hustle and bustle of a city university and be surrounded by the inspiration of nature.
However, if you’re worried about not having easy access to the city, there is no need to be. The city centre is only a 15 minutes bus journey away with regular buses going to and from campus, running until the early hours of the morning so you can guarantee you’ll get back even after a night out. I would highly recommend investing in a bus pass at the start of the year, as it works out cheaper than having to buy a ticket every time you take the bus. There are a variety of shops, restaurants and bars for you to enjoy in the city, as well as places like the Roman Baths and the Bath Abbey for you to visit. You really have the best of both worlds with the beauty of the countryside on campus as well as the stunning city close by.
The campus has just about everything you need, so there are days where you won’t even want to leave. The library has a range of books and CDs to help you with your studies, as well as silent rooms which prohibit the use of phones to avoid distractions when there are assignments coming up. The modern Commons building has computer suites for you to use and studying pods you can hire with your friends, while also having a place you can borrow equipment such as laptops and cameras from. The Student Union has a shop which sells the essentials and a bar, where many events are held throughout the year such as quizzes and open mic nights. However alongside the modern buildings and classrooms, you have the beautiful architecture of the 14th century castle and the gardens with its extravagant gate, so there is a nice blend of new and old.
Talking of the buildings on campus, there is also accommodation on campus available to you as a first year. There are the Gardens accommodation where I stayed at the top of campus, which are only a couple of years old with ensuite bathrooms, while the Lakeside accommodation is at the other end and have shared bathrooms. It is only a ten-fifteen minute walk from one side to the other, so even if you’re late for a lecture you can roll out of bed and be there in no time! If you’re not keen on living on campus, there is accommodation off campus close to the city such as Twerton Mill and Green Park house, both of which are on the bus route back to campus.
Many events are held on campus throughout the year such as the Fresher’s Fair which offers anything from free t-shirts to free Domino’s, and the chance to sign up for societies. There are also frequent job fairs which are really helpful, providing you with information about job opportunities and help for what to do after university. One of the most anticipated events every year though is before exam-time when they bring in farm animals to pet and help students de-stress, which I can tell you works. So if baby rabbits and free candyfloss are your thing, you’ll love it.
Overall, Bath Spa University is the place for you if you’re seeking both the peace and quiet of the country, and the bustling city life with plenty of things to do. I know I wouldn’t have chosen to study at any other place!
About the Author
Chloe Osborn is a 22 year old from South Wales. She graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA (Hons) in Creative Writing. She is currently working on a fantasy novel as well as running her blog ‘Writing the Blues Away’ both of which she started at university. If she's not writing, you’ll find her reading, listening to music or gaming.
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