Easily accessible location to town
By Emma Robinson On 17th November 19
Studying in Carmarthen
The University of Wales Trinity St David has three campuses in South West Wales, in Carmarthen, Lampeter and Swansea.
University of Wales Trinity St David
The Carmarthen campus of University of Wales Trinity St David is one of the university’s three main campuses. It is home to 1,500 students that make up the close-knit community and means students benefit from small classes. The teaching at UWTSD has been recognised with a Silver award from the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
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Carmarthen Student Life
Set in amazing scenery, Carmarthen is the larger and busier town compared to Lampeter and has easy links to Swansea and even Cardiff. Also, Merlin, the wizard was apparently born there, which has no relevance to your studies at all but is still quite awesome.
Cost of Living
Student accommodation costs in Carmarthen range from £90 - £140 per week; the average is £122 per week.
Compare the average elsewhere: Aberystwyth: £110/week, Swansea: £145/week, Bangor: £156/week.
(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)
The average price for:
A cheap meal at a restaurant: £10
A pint of beer: £2.50
A regular takeout coffee: £2.82
1L of milk: £0.72
A loaf of white bread: £1.08
There’s the usual selection of bars and pubs you’ll find in a student town (the locally brewed real ale Felinfoel comes recommended). The selection of clubs is more limited, popular student destinations are Savannahs, The Vine and Notts. Aside from pubs and clubs, there is St Catherine's Walk Shopping Centre in the middle of town that has plenty of restaurants and a Vue cinema whilst The Lyric Theatre hosts shows, live music, and comedy.
If you have a car it would definitely be handy to bring it with you as you can easily head out and explore the local area. The 226 and 228 buses run regularly between the town and university, while the X40 links Aberystwyth, Lampeter, Carmarthen and Cardiff together. There is a good train service to get you to the nearest cities, the train to Swansea takes about 50 mins and Cardiff is about 1 hr 45 mins.
An area in the centre of the town is pedestrianised and this is where you can find the outdoor market that takes place every Wednesday and Friday selling food, fresh produce, arts and crafts and much more. For all your high street shopping needs, there’s Merlin’s Walk and St Catherine’s Walk Shopping Centre.
Carmarthen has its own medieval castle, and if you’re willing to venture out there are quite a few more within a short drive of home. Laugharne, Kidwelly, Carreg Cennen and Llandovery are all nice ones to visit.
There are lots. Pendine has a sandy section and a rocky section to please both sunbathers and adventurers. The Millenium Coastal Park at Llanelli is a great example of discarded land that’s been turned back to nature. Dylan Thomas liked Laugharne beach so much that he even wrote a poem about it!
Carmarthenshire is known as the “Garden of Wales”, and with the Brecon Beacons to the east and the western Welsh countryside in every other direction, it’s not hard to see why.
For something a bit different, hop on this Welsh heritage railway line and travel back in time on a steam train. You can get a cream tea and enjoy the four-and-a-half-mile section of the former Carmarthen to Aberystwyth line.