University Guide

University of Bath

The University of Bath, founded in dates back to the Merchant Ventures’ Technical College, established in 1595 in Bristol by the School of Merchant Ventures. The university received it royal charter in 1966, and was established as the University of Bath, as it is known today. The University has over 15,000 students with more than a quarter travelling from outside of the UK.

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Bath.

  • Rankings

    The University of Bath is ranked by the Times Higher Education 2024 as 32nd out of 130 universities in the UK.

  • Employability

    The University of Bath is ranked by University Compare as being 4th in the UK for graduate employability, with a 92% employability rating.

  • Fees

    For UK students, the full-year tuition fees will be £9,250. For international students’ fees start at £22,800 and may increase to £28,800 depending on courses. Find course-specific information here.

  • Bursaries

    The University of Bath offers a range of bursaries that take into consideration the personal circumstances of all students. Find out more information here.


Students from eligible groups who have their application submitted before the deadline will be guaranteed accommodation at the university or with a university partner such as hello student or CRM managed accommodation. The university does not have a first come first served approach when taking into consideration application for accommodation. Each application will be considered regarding course offer status, room type preference and group gender preference. For undergraduate students, the applications will open on the 20th May and the deadline for guaranteed accommodation is 1st July. The University offers accommodation both on and off campus, with a range of accommodation options, including catered and self-catered, en-suite and shared bathrooms. Prices range from £107 per week to £246 (2024/2025 rate), depending on location and room type. Students can browse the full accommodation option here. Second and third year students often live in private accommodation and use accommodation for students to accompany their search.

Students' Union

The Students’ Union is a central part of the student experience at the University of Bath. The core values are the university of Bath Students’ Union are to promote student interest and welfare, to provide support to individuals, and represent all students at the university and to provide a vast array of activities. All students joining the University of Bath Students’ Union will be a part of a great community. The Students’ Union has been recognised by NUS as one of the best three in the UK.

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University of Bath Students' Union

Famous for

The University of Bath has twice won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, awarded to the Department of Social and Political Sciences, due to the ground-breaking research into child poverty and support for vulnerable people. The university was also awarded this prize for its ‘invaluable services to industrial and scientific communities’. The University of Bath also ranked join 12th in the UK for the quality of its research and 33rd in the UK for its research power by the Research Excellence Framework in 2014.


The Royal College of General Practitioners has given Dr. David Ellis a Research Paper of the Year award for his study that outlines the links between missed appointments and early death in those with long term mental illness. This is a great achievement for the university and for Dr. David Ellis himself.

AFS says

"Bath is a major tourist city, with visitors coming from all over the world to see its famous landmarks. Packed with contemporary culture and rich history, students are spoilt for choice."

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