Living in Bath

A beautiful and
vibrant city

Bath is beautiful and has thousands of students living in the city. First year Norland students start their training at Norland with induction week, a lively programme of events which introduce you to the college and to the City and help you to settle in and make new friends. Induction week includes sessions covering different aspects of life at Norland along with social activities with staff and your fellow Set.

The Norland Student Social Committee organises student events throughout the year such as the end of year party, nights out, charity activities and student balls. These events provide an ideal opportunity to get to know other Norland students and to make new friends. At the beginning of each Semester, Student Engagement Reps (SERs) are elected by the students. SERs are involved in providing feedback, and the design and delivery of the course modules. They meet regularly with the Principal, Vice Principal and Directors and at various committee meetings.

If you enjoy singing, the Norland Choir is the place to be! Its Musical Director is Grenville Jones who is well known for leading a number of choirs, including the Bath Male Choir who appeared on the BBC show Last Choir Standing. The Norland Choir sing at College celebrations such as the Christmas Service and at our graduation ceremony – the Presentation of Norland Diplomas. They have sung in competitions and on a number of occasions in Bath Abbey, as part of the Bath Christmas Market and at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff. The choir rehearses every week and all Norland students are welcome.

City Life

Bath may be small - but it offers lots to do!  There is a diverse range of shops, galleries, museums, clubs, cafés, bars and restaurants meaning that the city has something for everyone.

Pubs, Restaurants and cafés

Bath has a fantastic reputation for its range and quality of cafes, teashops, pubs and restaurants.  It also boasts the highest number of Michelin-rated restaurants outside London - but that is not to say you can’t still eat out cheaply. Its wide range of places to eat means there is something to suit every budget and all within easy walking distance of the city centre.


The Theatre Royal is one of the oldest and most beautiful theatres in Britain. It is a major touring venue and regularly features famous actors and actresses. Attached to this is The Egg, a fantastic theatre that offers some of the best work for children and family audiences. For smaller productions there’s also the Rondo Theatre, the Mission Theatre and Ustinov Studio (which is the base for the Theatre Royal's Youth Theatre).


If films are your thing, the Little Theatre in the centre of town is an art-house cinema which offers screenings of independent, mainstream and world cinema. The annual Bath Film Festival shows a good selection of premieres. Bath also has a bigger 8-screen Odeon cinema, where you can watch all of the latest blockbusters.

Fitness and Leisure

There are plenty of opportunities to participate in your favourite sport in Bath and several gyms and fitness centres to help you stay in shape.

Cycling - The Sustrans Avon Cycleway route links Bristol and Bath to the National Cycle Network.

Walking - The city is situated at one end of the Cotswold Way, a great footpath to explore. Also, the National Trust’s Bath Skyline Walk, is a fantastic 6 mile circular route taking in some amazing views.

For relaxation - The Thermae Bath Spa, which uses Bath's natural thermal waters, is a major attraction amongst tourists and residents. It offers a full range of spa treatments and features an open-air rooftop pool.