Swansea Bay is for the students of Swansea. Studying by the beach and the sea is a unique university experience. I've eaten in most the restaurants and cafes, in town, in Uplands and the Mumbles. I'm a cyclist. You can cycle from woodland to beachside in a matter of minutes.
By member1343771 On 18th November 2019
Study in Swansea
On the South Coast of Wales, you’ll find Swansea and located just outside of the city centre is Swansea University.
Swansea University has a stunning waterfront campus and is known for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere known as the “Swansea Experience”. They are a research-led university and have been recognised with a gold award for their teaching by the Teaching Excellence Framework.
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Swansea Student Life
Swansea is a great location for beach bums and water sports fans alike. Swansea University gives you the perfect place to start discovering all that Wales has to offer while getting your degree.
Cost of Living
Student accommodation costs range from £70 - £225 per week; the average is £145 per week.
Compare the average elsewhere: Aberystwyth: £110/week, Cardiff: £157/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: £3.65
A regular takeout coffee: £3.18
1L of milk: £0.93
A loaf of white bread: £0.86
Prices are about 4% higher than equivalent costs in Cardiff.
You can walk or cycle to most places in the city, which means getting around is very easy. However, on a rainy day (and it does rain a fair bit in Swansea) you can hop on one a Unibus which runs 24 hours a day during term time. If you get a season ticket you get free bus travel between Swansea and Cardiff. Swansea is well connected by road and rail, making it easy to get to major cities such as Birmingham, London, Manchester and Bristol.
There’s a good amount of shopping including all the regular high street brands and great independent boutiques too. There’s also the Quadrant Shopping Centre which is adjoined to the famed Swansea Market as well as fantastic traditional arcades to explore too.
The natural harbour formed by the Swansea Bay has given the area some great beaches that stretch all the way along Swansea’s coastline. Pretty much every watersport under the sun is available here for you to try: surfing; waterskiing; kitesurfing; scuba diving; the list goes on.
There are parks scattered all over Swansea, and the biggest one, Singleton Park, is close to the student village. It’s large enough that city-wide music events are held here, so keep an eye on their schedule.
Maritime Quarter is a regenerated former dockland with so much to offer. Whether you fancy a coffee, a big night out or great restaurants (for all budgets) you can find it here. If you fancy some culture and history there’s the Waterfront Museum, which is free!
Just a little further along the coast is the Gower Peninsula which is renowned for its stunning coastline and beautiful beaches. Whether you fancy a lazy day on a sandy beach or up for some adventures such as surfing, kayaking or coasteering, you’ll love having the Gower on your doorstep.
If exploring mountains is more your bag, you’ll be spoilt with just being over an hour away from the Brecon Beacons National Park. The fantastic landscape boasts incredible hiking and cycling trails as well as caving and gorge walking. Make more of an adventure out of it and camp out at one of the campsites.
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