Living in Bath
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Bath resides in Somerset and is the largest city within the county. In 1987 Bath became a UNESCO World Heritage site, due to the Roman Baths that were built there centuries before, there are plans for the site dating back to 4thC AD.
The natural hot springs were not the only attraction to the Romans however as in the 7thC Bath Abbey was built and became a religious centre. By the Georgian era the Royal Crescent, Circus, Pump Room and Assembly Rooms were built in this ever-increasingly popular spa town.
It takes just over 2 and a half hours to reach London by car but just under an hour and a half by train from Bath.
In 2011 it was recorded that the population of residents in Bath is 88,859 with an average median age of 40. Bath’s population has been steadily growing over the years however, due to the students who live and study here which in affect will bring the average median age down to around 20 years old.
According to Zoopla, the average house price in Bath has risen by 3.68%, these figures have come from the 925 sales that proceeded in the last year with an average price paid of £473,778. This is almost double than the average price paid of £279,767 across the UK (March 2020).
Average Detached House Price in Bath
You’d need to spend a pretty penny to buy a detached house in Bath as the current average price paid according to Zoopla is £734,793. Detached house prices have seen a small rise in value change over the past year however with an increase of 0.44% from 153 sales.
Semi-Detached House Price in Bath
Still much higher than the UK average but more affordable than detached houses, semi-detached houses are selling on average for £468.413. It seems to be a good year for those selling their semi’s as Zoopla recorded that semi-detached houses have seen a value change of 2.26% over the past 12 months.
Terraced House Prices in Bath
Like semi-detached houses, terraced properties have seen a good incline of value change over the past year with an increase of 2.15%. The average price currently paid for a terraced house in £450,575 in Bath, a premium price to pay in the spa town as in the UK terraced house prices go for just under £200,000 according to the Land Registration data.
Flat Prices in Bath
Unlike the property counterparts, now is a good time to buy a flat in Bath. This is due to a dramatic decrease in value change of -5.36%! This data comes from 192 sales over the past year according to Zoopla. The average price paid was £315,620 where Zoopla estimated the current average value of a flat to cost £330,958.
According to home.co.uk the average median rent in Bath stands at £1,223pcm. The average rent of a one bedroom property in Bath currently stands at £922pcm, a two bedroom costs £1,264pcm on average and a three bedroom property costs around £1,569pcm to rent. If you are looking for a four of five bedroom property you can expect to pay over £2,000pcm!
According to Somerset Live Bath came in third as the happiest place to live in the UK, succeeded by Brighton at number 1 and Cardiff taking the second spot as conducted by the study by Duette in 2019.
Bath is a big tourist spot for many reasons. Not only does Bath have history and culture that attracts the many but it is a hot spot for shopping, food and it is surrounded by water and nature making it a great place for residents and tourists alike.
Is Bath a Safe Place to Live?
Around 300 crimes take place in Bath every month, with the majority being anti-social behaviour reported making up 23.32% of all crimes in Bath.
Travelling to and around Bath is very easy and there are multiple ways you can do so.
Where is the Closest Airport to Bath?
Bristol Airport is only 20 miles from Bath and will take you around 40 minutes in a car or just over an hour by train. Alternatively take the Air Decker bus service which provides a direct link from the airport into Bath and takes around an hour to reach the centre.
Is there a Train Station in Bath?
Yes, Bath Spa Railway Station is located in the heart of the city centre so is very convenient to access the shops and Roman Baths. Getting to and from London via train is the optimal choice as it takes around an hour and a half to reach each destination.
Travelling Via Bus in Bath
There are also great bus connections in and around the city centre served by First Bus, which also will take you to Bristol Airport. There is also a City Sightseeing Tour bus in Bath which covers all the main attractions including dropping you off at the Bath Skyline – avoiding all those hills!
Hospital in Bath
Royal United Hospitals Bath is an NHS Foundation Trust hospital located in Upper Weston and is just a 10 minute drive from Pulteney Bridge.
There are 136 schools in Bath and North East Somerset, 86 of them are primary, 26 secondary and 24 schools and colleges are dedicated to A-Levels or apprenticeships.
17 of these have achieved an Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’, many more achieved the rating ‘Good’, 6 achieved ‘Requires Improvement’, 1 ‘Inadequate’, and the rest are unrated as Ofsted ratings are not applicable to the institution.
Where is the Closest University to Bath?
There are two universities in Bath, the University of Bath and Bath Spa University. The University of Bath is 9th overall of all the universities in the UK compared to Bath Spa which is 94th overall. The University of Bath mostly offers courses which are STEM subjects and is located a short 7 minute drive East of Bath Spa Railway station. Whereas Bath Spa offers some sciences as well as creative subjects and is located a 16 minute drive West of Bath Spa Railway Station.
Living and Studying in Bath
Both Universities offer student accommodation or alternatives whilst studying at the university. Take a look at their websites to discover which is best for you. The University of Bath: https://www.bath.ac.uk/student-accommodation/choose-your-student-accommodation-options/
Bath Spa University: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/be-bath-spa/accommodation/our-accommodation/
Not only is Bath excellent to visit for its history, culture, shopping and green space but it boasts some of the best restaurants and bars in the UK!
Top 3 Restaurants in Bath
According to TripAdvisor these are the best three restaurants in Bath!
- Menu Gordon Jones
If you’re looking for a truly unique experience or simply can never choose where you’d like to eat than Menu Gordon Jones is for you, as they only run a surprise tasting menu.
They pride themselves on serving you contrasting flavours, textures and temperatures with English, Indian and Asian influences! The restaurant only has 10 tables so it has a really intimate feel, but you’d better book ahead to save your woes!
- Jc’s Kitchen
In contrast to above, Jc’s Kitchen is a pop up street food tent serving freshly made Filipino food. It’s no surprise that this street food restaurant achieved number 2 on the top restaurants in Bath however, as it was TripAdvisors Certificate of Excellence winner for 2018-2019!
- Sotto Sotto
Serving Italian and Mediterranean food, this restaurant was the Travellers’ Choice 2019 winner! It’s not hard to see why as this restaurant serves simple classic Italian food with a contemporary twist in a vaulted cellar with bare stone walls lit by candlelight!
Top 3 Bars in Bath
If you’re after a night out on the town than take a look at the top three rated bars in Bath according to TripAdvisor!
- The Hideout
Situated in the lanes of Tudor Bath, this pint sized bar is perfect for whiskey lovers! The stone walled hideout has tales that it was a hideout for thieves and highwaymen who stole from the rich and spend their money in this whiskey den! They also serve cocktails, spirits and draught beers!
- Sub 13
A premier cocktail bar that boasts they serve the best cocktails in town! With a beautiful, contemporary interior and a champagne terrace it is easy to feel like a film star whilst sipping on your favourite cocktail here!
- The Dark Horse
From historical to contemporary to eclectic, you can find something to suit your taste in Bath. The eclectic Dark Horse serves a seasonal cocktail menu with fresh and local ingredients so you can enjoy local classics whilst enjoying the hi-def sound system!
The compact city centre offers large retail shops mixed in with unique, independent stores, giving you a contented shopping experience.
SouthGate is located opposite the railway station and is home to over 50 big brand shops and 10 restaurants!
Surrounding Bath Abbey are intertwining alleyways that are home to lots of small, intriguing shops that sell unique items including glassware, fashion and confectionary.
Guildhall Market is where you want to go for traditional items and antiques as well as flowers and cheese!
According to TripAdvisor these are currently the best hotels in Bath!
- Apsley House Hotel
Built in 1830 by the Duke of Wellington, this Georgian House is a mile from the city and boasts a beautiful English lawn and super-king sized and four poster beds. You’ll feel like royalty sleeping and dining here!
- Dukes Bath
Less than a 10 minute walk to centre of the town this hotel is in the perfect location. The hotel itself compromises of two townhouses and offers 17 uniquely individual rooms!
- The Roseate Villa Bath
This hotel overlooks Henrietta Park and compromises of two Victorian houses which are full of character. The hotel is a contemporary classic so you’ll feel relaxed and at home here!
- The Roman Baths
- Bath Abbey
- Pulteney Bridge
- Thermae Bath Spa
- The Jane Austen Centre
- Royal Crescent
- The Circus
- Prior Park Landscape Garden
- Fashion Museum Bath
- Royal Victoria Park