Exclusive: Number of Bath applicants skyrocket ahead of results day

Over 1000 more undergraduate applicants have accepted conditional offers from the University of Bath this year, compared to the previous academic year.

The seventeen percent increase in accepted offers comes after months of concern that student numbers would drop this year, particularly international students.

Last year, more students arrived to study at the University than could be housed in first-year accommodation. This meant that up to twenty-five students were temporarily housed in the youth-hostel, YMCA. Speaking to Bath Time, these students reported feeling isolated, let down by the University, and made complaints about frequent invasions of privacy made by hostel staff.

More offers have been accepted this year than in any of the previous five academic years, a Bath Time FOI can reveal, with an increase in 1337 on the previous year.

The increase is mostly accounted for a rise in prospective students who have accepted the University of Bath as their insurance choice, although the number of those who have made their acceptance ‘firm’ is also at near-record levels.

Francesco Masala, President of The SU Bath, commented: “This year more than ever, it’s fundamental that the university is mindful of the constraints on student numbers. We simply cannot afford to be in the position we were last year, when there were more students than beds. Pressure on transport is also going to be significant. We have raised this with the University and we have been given the assurance that the necessary steps are being taken to ensure all students recruited can settle into Bath in an appropriate fashion” 

Students outside their YMCA accommodation last year

A spokesperson for the University said: “We will welcome around 3,600 undergraduates to the University this year, having stabilised our undergraduate numbers since 2016.

We understand that accommodation is a critically important part of the university experience when starting at Bath and a lot of careful planning goes into allocating accommodation.

The vast majority of undergraduate students have their places confirmed within five days of A-level results day in August, including students recruited through Clearing. 

This year we have had more applications than in 2019, which enables us to make more offers, therefore reducing our need to use Clearing. This reduces the uncertainty which arises from Clearing, as students who have applied in the main UCAS process have had much longer to consider their options and choose Firm and Insurance choices. 

We do not anticipate exceeding our projected target this year for undergraduate students requiring accommodation. 

Accommodation applications suggest that most undergraduate offer holders who have designated Bath as their Firm choice intend to take up their place in Bath this year, although a small number have indicated that travel issues may mean they arrive after the start of the course. Accommodation planning has taken this into account.”

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