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A Snapshot into.. Bath

  • July 13, 2020

Bath is the largest City in the county of Somerset, in the valley of the River Avon, known for and named after it’s famous Roman-Built Baths. Bath’s compact, visitor-friendly centre is overflowing with places to eat and drink, plus some of the finest independent shops in Britain, making it an ideal place to both live and work.  The City has an estimated population of 90,000.

The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust provides acute treatment and care for a catchment population of around 500,000 people in Bath, and the surrounding towns and villages in North East Somerset and Western Wiltshire. The Trust provides 759 beds and a comprehensive range of acute services including medicine and surgery, services for women and children, accident and emergency services, and diagnostic and clinical support services, employing over 4,500 staff.

Facts About Bath

  • Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The city’s famous Thermae Spa is Britain's only natural thermal spa!
  • Uranus was discovered in Bath! - In 1781, the famous German astronomer William Herschel was at his home when he detected the presence of Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun
  • A number of famous films and TV shows have been filmed in Bath, the most notable being the popular TV show Inspector Morse, but other huge productions, including Les Miserables (2003) and The Duchess (2007) have been filmed in the city
  • The world’s first stamped letter was posted from Bath, known as the Penny Black.
  • Pulteney Bridge in Bath is one of only four bridges in the world to have shops across both sides.

Cost of Living in Bath

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre



1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses


Cinema tickets for two people


One-month gym membership


Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle




Time it Takes to Travel by Train from Bath to Cities in the UK:


Time it Takes to Travel


1 Hour 22 Minutes


12 Minutes


1 Hour 8 Minutes


4 Hours 9 Minutes


5 Hours 55 Minutes


2 Hours 19 Minutes


4 Hours 6 Minutes


7 Hours 7 Minutes

Education in Bath:

According to the information available on the government website, Bath is home to 36 Primary Schools and a further 18 Secondary Schools. To find out more information about term dates, applications, standards, curriculum and general education, visit the Bath and North East Somerset Council’s website here.

The City is also home to two highly reputable Universities; both The University of Bath and Bath Spa University.

Firstly, the University of Bath is ranked #6 in the UK with Gold Status in the governments Teaching Excellence Framework, with 18,676 students enrolled. Over 30% of the Universities students come from outside the UK, representing over 130 nationalities. The University's main campus is located in Claverton Down, on the east side of Bath and offers hundreds of different Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses.

Secondly, Bath Spa University, ranked Silver Status, focuses primarily on arts and humanities subjects. Bath Spa University is home to just over 7,500 students from over 40 different countries. This relatively small size means that Bath Spa remains a personal and intimate university with strong focus on teaching and student welfare.

Things to do in Bath:

The Roman Baths

Constructed in around 70AD as a grand bathing and socialising complex, the Roman Baths is one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world, where 1,170,000 litres of steaming spring water, reaching 46°C, still fills the bathing site every single day. The Roman Baths is the site of extensive ruins and an interactive museum filled with many treasures and visual snippets that transport you back to Roman times and the lives of the Aquae Sulis people.

Thermae Bath Spa

In the heart of the city, Thermae Bath Spa is an award-winning natural spa where you can now bathe in Britain’s only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters as the Celts and Romans did over 2,000 years ago. A spa session gives full use of the indoor Minerva Bath, open-air rooftop pool, Wellness Suite plus access to the Springs Café Restaurant.


Bath’s compact, visitor-friendly city centre is packed with retailers large and small, from one of-a-kind independent boutiques to major high street names. Whatever you’re looking for – antiques, arts and crafts, books, fashion, foodie emporiums, jewellery, vintage clothing and quirky one-offs you won’t find anywhere else – Bath has it all. SouthGate retail complex, Baths newest shopping centre is home to big brands like Debenhams, Urban Outfitters, H&M, Topshop and many more. Surrounding Bath Abbey is a maze of stores selling confectionery, glassware, fashion and accessories. Bath Abbey also provides an atmospheric backdrop for the cities celebrated annual Bath Christmas Market

Victoria Park

Just a short stroll from the city centre, the area is a beautiful expanse of green parkland, spanning 57 acres. Originally an arboretum, it is still home to beautiful botanic gardens and the Great Dell Aerial Walkway. There are many attractions within the park, whatever your age, making it a great day out for families and those with children. Gather your friends for a fun game of tennis or a round on the 18-hole mini golf course, or take the children to the expansive adventure playground.

Relocation to Bath:

If you’re an international doctor looking to relocate to Bath, or another location in the UK, please email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to relocate to the UK.

Are you a member of our Facebook group? When you join IMG Advisor, you join a community of doctors all looking to relocate to the UK and join the NHS. We post a series of vlogs and blogs to the group every day. We will also be on hand to answer all of your relocation queries.

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Listen to BDI Resourcing on the go to IMG Advisor the Podcast. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Buzzsprout. We have a number of episodes with tips and advice on relocating to the UK and the routes you can take to achieve this.

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