Very stressful during exam period but well worth going to uni for, socially and academically it excels you. A lot of independent learning though.
Campus / Facilities
Clubs and Societies
Internet / Wifi
By mdjt32 On 9th February 16
Studying at Swansea University
Swansea University is the third largest university in Wales and is located right by Swansea Bay and very close to the city centre, this incredible setting in which to study offers many possibilities and for this reason many stay in the area after graduation. Facilities that are adding to an already growing reputation include a mock court, flight simulator, hospital wards, translation labs and a library that is holder of a Customer Service Excellence Award.
Enhanced by its location, Swansea University takes sports seriously. There is something available for all levels across the facilities and most notably includes the Sports Village, home to two swimming pools, rugby and football pitches, tennis courts, an athletics track, sports hall, climbing wall, gym, lacrosse pitch, cricket squares and physiotherapy and massage suites. Also owned by the university is the 360 Beach and Water Sports Centre. Here students and the local community can have a go at kite surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and beach football plus it has its own bar and restaurant. Many students of Swansea University have gone on to achieve great things in the world of sports including Phillipa Roles and Daniel Craines in athletics, Robert Howley and Alun-Wyn Jones in Rugby, Adrian Dale in Cricket, and Katherine Lanaghan in womens rugby.
The Taliesin Arts Centre is located in the centre of the campus and is home to the Egypt Centre and Ceri Richards Gallery. Throughout the year many events take place including film screenings, exhibitions, dance and drama plus various types of music concerts for both students and the wider community. The Egypt Centre is a collection of items from various sources and plays host to many school groups and visitors plus offers many volunteering opportunities to students.
The Students' Union is home to a student newspaper, magazine and radio station plus many clubs, societies and information and advice services. Close to the campus is a whole load of entertainment in the form of bars, pubs, clubs, cafés and restaurants as well as the famous Oceana leisure complex and live music hosted in venues across the city. Swansea is also home to the Liberty Stadium, two cinema complexes and the Boardrider deep water wave machine.
Swansea University boasts awards such as the 5th safest university and 90% student satisfaction in 17 departments. Career prospects are also great for graduates, with more than 91% gaining employment or continuing further education within 6 months after graduation.
Very impressive provisions, with almost everything you need in the heart of the campus: Grocery store, post office, banks (yes, multiple), resto's, coffee bars, cinema, clothing shop, pub, ... home deliveries from different supermarkets are no issue and the housing on campus is very decent, just 100 meters away from the sea.
There's a very active social life, with a well functioning Students Union (however, they don't know how to throw really good parties; but Swansea's own nightlife compensates that very much ;) )
Everyone is okay here at Swansea, aesthetically, not the nicest looking uni, with little things that could be added to make the uni experience just a little better. For example a hairdressers/barbers, an alternative to Costcutter. But JC's has a great atmosphere and is okay priced, and Tooters is very cheap!
Was great until they moved the Engineering to the Bay Campus which is a joke! Brand new buildings rusting away after being open for 2 months, WiFi that barely works, hardly any computers on site, an hours bus ride to the nearest shop and back, no SU Bar or social space. The accommodation is freezing and there's nowhere to store food/pans/plates in the kitchen. Car parking is non-existent. Lecture rooms don't even have chalkboards or whiteboards in them - even the lecturers complain! Half the site still has building work going on which you can hear over your lecturers voice.
Absolutely incredible Uni, wasn't going to put it as my first choice, but visited the uni and loved it from the minute I got there! Their societies are also incredible! Couldn't rate it more highly!!!!
Currently having an amazing university experience here!! Would not want to be anywhere else, have made the most amazing friends as everyone at Swansea is extremely friendly. Walking straight down to the beach for a bbq after lectures is also incredible and not something you can do at any other uni. My lecturers have also been so helpful this year and answered any/all questions I've had. Everyone should come here!!
More student union involvement on the Bay Campus would be good to see, as student services such as careers or societies are limited unless you are on the main (Singleton) campus or willing to travel to it.
Absolutely terrible uni. The Bay campus library is far too small with not enough computers and the uni management refuse to do anything about it. Singleton looks like a filthy, run down council estate. Library staff are rude and unhelpful. Many lecture theaters do not even have proper whiteboards and the projectors frequently malfunction. The on site tesco is too small and always runs out of food at lunch time. All other campus food options are horribly overpriced. Accomodation is overpriced and substandard, for instance one oven for 12 rooms and always cold. To be fair some lecturers are good and helpful but some are appallingly bad. Many modules you just end up having to teach yourself. Many societies are completely inactive. The uni always solicits student feedback but never acts on it.
As probably one of the only first years who couldn't find a society to join, I'm probably more at fault than than the societies are. Swansea is a very sports-oreintated university, and if you're about as good as a small infant when it comes to hand eye coordination, that could be a problem. However, if there was a musical theatre society, I'd join in a heartbeat.
The food in 52 degrees is shockingly bad, avoid the burger which I left on the plate half an hour ago in utter disgust, it was like a burnt brick and tasted off, the wifi is non existent and the atmosphere the same. Such a shame as it could be a little gold mine.
The new bay campus is great for when you have lectures as it is a 30 second walk to the lecture halls, the one aspect that is lacking is the social side, I'm not saying the place is completely dead but it could be a bit more lively at times.