I spent my past few Wednesday afternoons helping out at the Department Open Day events for the School of Management. These Open Days are for applicants who have already received a conditional offer from the University of Bath. As I know some of you might not be able to attend these Open Days, I want to tell you a little bit about what happens because I think if I had attended one of these Open Days last year, when I received my offer, I wouldn’t have been as scared as I was at the beginning of the university year. So if you have an offer from the University of Bath, try and come to your Department Open Day – you won’t regret it and it will definitely help you to make up your mind if you actually want to study here.
First you will attend a talk by a professor and alumnae. They will talk about what you do in your course and what to expect and so on. Then current students show you around campus and answer your questions. So that’s where I am stepping in. I will show you, and maybe your parents or siblings, around campus and tell you how great our university is (I am not saying our university is great because I get paid for it – I actually mean it!) I know I can’t really do a virtual tour but I can just tell you some main parts, which might be interesting about the university, which you might not have known before.
- We have two banks on Campus (Santander and Barclays)
- We have our own supermarket - So don’t worry, you don’t have to go to town to buy food, but most of the students order their food online anyways as it can be a pain to carry your shopping from the bus stop to your accommodation
- We have a medical centre – If you are ill, you don’t have to leave campus to see a doctor or a nurse and we even have our own dental practice
- We have a superb gym where world class athletes train – that’s why you are not allowed to take any pictures inside it
- We have a library which is open 24/7 – so you can get a book at 2 am if you want!
- We have a security office on campus inside the library, which is there for you 24/7.
While I guide the prospective students and sometimes their parents, siblings or carers around campus, I try to engage them in conversations and encourage them to ask questions. So here are some questions I have recently been asked:
Do you have to be sporty to study here?
No, definitely not. We might have a superb gym and have a lot of sport clubs and societies, but if you are not into sports, don’t worry. We are not all sports mad here. Though, I have to say there might be a little bit of peer pressure to do some sports as so many people are part of sports societies, but some people just join sport societies for the fun socials and I have to say it is a great way to make friends.
What is the nightlife like in Bath?
We are a student city. So obliviously we have some clubs, bars and pubs, which host great students nights, nearly every day of the week. However, Bath is not a big city, as you might know, so you tend to go to the same places, but you can easily take the train to Bristol for a night out or some people even go to London for the weekend and stay with their friends.
Do you make friends easily here?
Yes, you do. In my opinion, everybody at the University of Bath is really friendly and open-minded and in the first few weeks everybody is new at the university and in most cases, they don’t have any friends here, so everybody is looking for friends.
Do you have a lot of free time?
This obviously varies from course to course, but I would say, everybody has leisure time and it just depends how you manage your time. Some people even fit part-time work in, while studying here.
Do you ever get bored on campus?
Of course! You can’t have action all the time, but if you get bored here, you can just visit some of your friends here on campus and hang out with them.
Do you ever feel unsafe in Bath?
No, never. Bath is a really safe city and on campus we have got our own security people looking after us. The taxi drivers in Bath are even obliged to take you back to Campus even though you might not have any money on you, as Campus Security will pay for it and you just repay them the next day.
Do you ever go home on the weekends?
I don't but that's just because I am from Austria and it's not that easy to go to Vienna for just two or three days, but my flatmates do. They jump on a train with their dirty laundry in the luggage and spend a nice quite weekend at home away from all the university stress. Sometimes, I am really jealous of them, but then I Skype with my family and friends at home and I feel a little bit better.
I can’t think of any more questions, but if you have the chance, come and see for yourself. They are a great way to get to know the campus and to talk to current students and if you have any more questions now, just leave a comment below this post.