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Living in Pontypridd
The University of Glamorgan is based in Pontypridd, in the picturesque Welsh valleys, just 12 miles north of the Welsh capital city of Cardiff.
The quiet setting of this close-knit community and its equally handy location just up the road from Cardiff makes it an ideal home for students who want a bit of peace and quiet to study without missing out on the thrills of city life.
The campus is by Treforest Rail Station, with the main bulk (although not a big bulk) of Pontypridd within easy walking distance, or, if you were laden with shopping, a very short trip by bus or train. Pontypridd has enough shops to take care of your everyday needs, mainly centred around Taff Street. As well as the local shops, this includes a couple of major brand outlets for clothes, food and banking.
The Ynysangharad Park, which includes the local cricket ground, is just behind the high street, providing you with some open space to get some reading done, or kick a ball around for a few hours with your mates. Or, to see it done properly, the Pontypridd rugby team play just up the road.
Treforest itself is mostly populated by students during term times. Even beyond the campus, most of the houses in the immediate area are student homes, so living there really is like having your own neighbourhood. Naturally there are a LOT of pubs in the area, although for clubbing you’ll have to head down to Cardiff. Treforest also has a semi-professional football club, who play in a local stadium
Speaking of Cardiff, you can be in Cardiff Central Rail Station in just 30mins, so you won’t feel like you’re missing out. If you think you’re going to make a lot of trips, it might be worth investing in a Student Railcard. Sit down and do the sums, or get a Maths student to do them for you (Bribe them with coffee and chocolate. Usually works) to see if it’s worthwhile for you.
It’s raining. What can I do?
- Sport: There are several leisure centres in the area, the closest to campus being the Hawthorn Leisure Centre. There’s also a Climbing centre on the Treforest industrial estate.
- Pub: Obviously! The Otley Arms, The Forest (real name The Cot’), and Flagstones for food.
- Muni Centre: This is a local arts centre in Pontypridd, with a very varied programme for such a small venue. Keep an eye on their website for upcoming concerts, shows, dance events, comedy and movie nights
It’s not raining! What can I do?
- Pontypridd Golf Club: Even if you can’t play, it’s still worth going just for the views. It overlooks the Taff and Rhondda Valleys.
- The Pit Pony Sanctuary: If you’re a fan of four-legged creatures you’ll love this one. The Sanctuary takes care of ponies left over by the end of the mining industry in the area. You can visit and have a tour round the site, which is a chance to take in some excellent views and see some wildlife too.
- Brecon Beacons National Park: This magnificent landscape is only a short distance away, the park and offer everything from canoeing and archery to claly-pigeon shooting and horse riding. And Quad-Biking. Just saying.