The most important thing you need to know about renting in Bath is that you need to start as early as possible. Homes rent very quickly here and even apartment complexes will rent out their units even before they are vacant. This is not just a prime tourist destination; it's also a place where many people look to spend their entire summer. If at all possible, try to search in autumn. In addition to the standard first and last months' rent, you will, of course, pay a security deposit. If you locate pet-friendly apartments in Bath, you will pay a deposit for them as well as a monthly fee in most places. There is one thing to be on the lookout for and that is what is known as summer home rent prices. In some cases landlords try to charge a premium if you are going to stay over the prime tourist season. It doesn't happen a lot, but you need to watch for it.
Bath is not only a beautiful little town, it's extraordinarily historic. Most of the homes and apartments in this town are in buildings that were constructed prior to the 1930s. Many were built far earlier. The oldest part of town is North Bath and the more modern structures, if you call the 1930s modern, are in the center of town. Keep in mind that rentals go very quickly in Bath so be ready to hand over a check as soon as you find something you like. If you snooze, you lose!
North Bath: The oldest part of the city and the place to look for larger homes, smaller apartment complexes and incredible townhomes. Because of the size of the town, you will always be close to all the amenities that it offers, but there is something to be said about living in the oldest part of a historic town!
Center: Rental apt complexes and summer homes dominate the rental market in this area. The views from virtually every window in this area are going to be spectacular!
Once you get settled you can start to look around. There are plenty of specialty shops, quaint galleries and it seems like there is an antique shop on every corner! You will quickly find that clam bakes and sailing are the most popular things to do in Bath. Eating takes on new meaning in this town that probably has more four- and five-star restaurants than any other town of this size in America. From the incredible Solo Bistro to Byrnes Irish Pub, the food is outstanding. Solo Bistro is bright, airy and their grilled scallops are the stuff of culinary legend. Byrnes Irish Pub is just good old-fashioned fun. You will find an interesting blend of American and traditional Irish Pub Grub but their Bangers and Mash top it all! The setting is traditional and you will feel just like you have stepped into a pub in Dublin.