So, you’ve moved into your new room, registered onto your course, and hopefully made friends with your new flatmates. However, after the first couple of weeks of painful hangovers and bad decisions, you’ll probably be searching for some more relaxed and cheaper ways to spend the daylight hours. Search no more! SpaLife has some top recommendations on how to get the most out of living in Bath without having to dive too far into your overdraft.

Get a discovery card

Now that you’re an official resident of Bath, you’re eligible to register for a free Bath Discovery Card. The card will get you free access to some of the most popular tourist hotspots, including the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery.

On top of this, you’ll get exclusive discounts on entry to the American Museum, Beckford’s Tower and Bath Abbey Tower Tour, as well as at restaurants including Absurd Bird, Clifton Sausage and Bath Pizza Company.

The Little Theatre Cinema
The Little Theatre Cinema, Bath. © Zelah Kayleigh Hart

On the big screen

With its student population and deep cultural history, Bath offers a range of artistic and cultural entertainment which truly offers something for everyone. For the film buffs, Bath’s Little Theatre Cinema offers a £20 year-long student membership which gets you two free cinema tickets, discounted tickets from as little as £5.50, and free previews of future releases exclusively for members.

As part of the Picturehouse cinema chain, The Little also holds E4 Slackers Club screenings once every month. These are completely free if you present your Bath Spa student ID card at the ticket office. They do tend to fully-book pretty quickly, so make sure to keep an eye on the Slackers Club and Little Theatre Facebook pages to grab your tickets in time.

Komedia in Bath
Komdeia’s Neon Sign. © Komedia

Live on stage

Komedia is not only one of Bath’s top venues for club nights and live music, it also holds a monthly New Act Comedy Night.Tickets are just £3 which can only be purchased on the door. Check out Komedia’s website for their full events schedule.

Bath is also home to a number of theatres such as The Mission Theatre and The Rondo. Student tickets to productions at these theatres will only set you back around £11, and are definitely worth checking out. The Ustinov Studio offers audiences the chance to catch some fantastic productions at a much cheaper price, with student tickets generally costing around £20.

Botanical Gardens in Bath
The Botanical Gardens in Bath. © Jemima Ung

Take a walk

JRR Tolkien once wrote that “not all those who wander are lost.” This is certainly true in Bath! With its stunning Georgian architecture and beautiful gardens, Bath is the perfect place to explore nature and culture with friends, or alone. Many of the town’s most impressive sights are within walking distance of each other, including Sydney Gardens, Parade Gardens and the Botanical Gardens in Royal Victoria Park.

If you prefer a little structure in your life, the Visit Bath website offers a range of free walking tour routes, including a Jane Austen audio tour and a movie location map to guide you around filming locations for productions including Sherlock, The Duchess and Les Misérables.

A bike
Grab your bike and go for a ride.

Go for a ride

Bath’s hireable nextbikes are a great way to get the most out of the city. The bikes can be picked up and dropped off from various stations across Bath, including the university’s Newton Park and Sion Hill campuses.

While they don’t exactly look great, they are certainly practical, allowing you to explore trails such as the Canal Cycle Path, as well as Bath’s less accessible locations, without having to worry about navigating the city’s stress-inducing one-way road system. Sign up with your Bath Spa email address and qualify for a free membership.

Words by Oli Cliffe

This feature was first published in SpaLife Magazine: The Freshers Guide in September 2017.

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