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Living in Bath

Somerset city of antiquity and natural beauty

Costs Summary

  • Cost of living £402.03
  • Housing £1,409.96
  • Transportation £74.93
  • Sport and leisure £71.50
Total £1,958.42

About Bath

With over 1.3 million visitors a year, the city of Bath is one of England’s most popular tourist attractions - and for good reason. Named after its Roman-built baths, the city is built over a series of geothermal springs. On bright and sunny days, Bath’s Georgian buildings cast a honey-like glow over the streets, a result of their locally sourced bath stone.

It’s not just the city that’s pretty. Bath is surrounded by grassy limestone hills, with woodland and trees sprawling across the horizon. Untouched by industrial hands, these rolling hills remain as close to their natural state as they were centuries before. There’s plenty of natural beauty to be found inside the city too. Most famous of Bath’s green spaces is Royal Victoria Park, an award winning national park of over 57-acres.

While no longer a resort for wealthy Romans, Bath’s economy is booming, with plenty of opportunities in the creative and digital sectors, as well as tech and innovation. Its high value commercial sectors provide at least 30% of Bath’s employment.

  • Avg. monthly salary £2,500
  • Avg. rent £1,250
  • Avg. house price £626,309
  • Avg. council tax £1,781

Demographics

Age

  • Age 19 and under 14.8%
  • Age 20 to 29 38.6%
  • Age 30 to 39 16.8%
  • Age 40 to 49 8.7%
  • Age 50 to 59 7.8%
  • Age 60+ 13.4%

Social grades

  • Upper / Middle class 25.9%
  • Lower middle class 39.4%
  • Skilled working class 11.7%
  • Working class / Pensioners 23%

Politics

  • Liberal Democrat 55%
  • Conservative 31%
  • Labour 13%
  • Brexit Party 1%
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Crime rate in Bath

The crime rate in Bath is lower than most other cities in the UK, with some of the lowest statistics for hate crime. Most crime is concentrated in the central areas, while residential areas witness much lower levels.
  • Crime rating Very high crime
  • Crimes last 12m 2763
  • Crimes per thousand 424

The local area

Bath is a compact city with everything you need available in the city centre. You can find a range of popular supermarkets in the vicinity of Bath Abbey. Over by Pulteney Bridge, you can find a variety of independent cafes and eateries, but there are plenty scattered over the rest of the city too.

Local Cafes and Restaurants

9 restaurants in Bath
  1. Searcy's At The Pump Room Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  2. Costa Coffee Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  3. Roman Baths Kitchen Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  4. Mokoko Coffee Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  5. Fly Fitness Ltd Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  6. Bill's Restaurant Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  7. The Drawing Rooms Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
  8. Tealith Bubble Tea Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  9. Caffe Nero Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen

Cost of living in Bath

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Milk£0.95£0.68 - £1.20
Bread£1.09£0.60 - £2.00
Eggs£2.48£1.80 - £3.60
Wine£8.00£7.50 - £10.00
Beer£2.57£1.80 - £3.00
Utilities£241.57£230.94 - £592.81
Preschool cost£917£250 - £1,300

Housing costs

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Buy: 2 Bed house£399K£95K - £2M
Rent: 2 Bed house£1,020 PCM£576 - £2944
Rent HMO£588 PCM£368 - £832

Public Transport costs

As a scenic city with plenty to see and do, many residents prefer a bicycle to get around Bath. The city centre is quite compact, so it’s easy to walk or cycle from one place to another. However, the ‘First’ bus company also offers quick-and-easy travel routes around the city of Bath and its surrounding environs. Located in the heart of the city, Bath Spa railway station provides frequent trains to and from London, Bristol, Cardiff, and Brighton.
Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
One-way ticket£3£2.30 - £4.50
Monthly pass£75£66.00 - £90.00
Taxi starting tariff£3£2.80 - £3.00

Leisure

The UNESCO World Heritage Convention certified the City of Bath as having Outstanding Universal Value. That’s because the city is filled with historic sights, including Roman remains (such as, the Temple of Sulis Minerva) and its eponymous baths complex.

If you’re looking for a relaxing stroll, Victoria Park’s Botanical Gardens are only a 20 minute walk from the city centre. They contain a selection of exotic plants and trees that are particularly eye-catching in full bloom. Alexandra Park on Shakespeare Avenue is another great spot with excellent views of the city.

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Fitness Club£45 pm£30.00 - £72.00
Cinema£12 pp£10.00 - £15.00
Inexpensive restaurant£15 pp£12.00 - £25.00

Moving to Bath

While Bath is a fairly small city with a lot of great places to live, many new movers choose to live in the Larkhall and Weston areas as they contain plenty of family homes. While these areas aren’t in the city centre, you’d be hard pressed to find property that wasn’t under an hour’s walk away.

The cost of living in Bath is only slightly cheaper than London. On average, rent is 40% cheaper. The average house price in Bath is £550,000, while rent for a 3-bedroom apartment outside the city centre costs around £1300. We recommend booking a van far in advance as these services are competitive and go quickly.

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