Aberystwyth University


  • Location: Seaside, Town, Rural

Student life

Aberystwyth offers an excellent environment in which students can find their independence away from home, and was voted Top in the UK for Student Life by the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2023. 

Our accommodation is located on, or within easy walking distance of the campus, and we guarantee accommodation to all first-year students, which includes free membership and access to our Sports Centre and facilities.

The local area is the ideal place for those interested in outdoor activities or looking to explore new pursuits, with sandy beaches and internationally renowned National Parks on its doorstep. Students spend their spare time hiking, biking, surfing and sailing, or socialising in one of Aberystwyth’s many bars, restaurants and cafes.  

Our Students’ Union offers sociable and relaxing spaces to study and unwind. It’s home to over 100 clubs and societies, ranging from Anime to Debating, and the many sports clubs include Football, Rugby, Hiking, Sailing and Surfing. 

What's it like to live in Wales?
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With beautiful hills and coastlines to explore by foot, bike, surfboard or zipline, Wales offers a great student experience and a wide range of universities connected to their local communities.

The country has a little of everything – historic cities like Cardiff and Swansea, pretty coastal towns, and three national parks including Snowdonia, home to the highest mountain in Wales. If you love the outdoors, you’ll be right at home.

Wales has a long history of sporting achievement, literature, and history. Perhaps you'll hear some tales over some rarebit – a traditional dish that puts cheese on toast to shame.

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What's it like to live in Aberystwyth?
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A closeknit seaside community on Wales’ west coast, Aberystwyth is perfect for those who enjoy exploring and the simple things in life.

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Campus and facilities

Aberystwyth is a campus University, where students can find everything they need for a rewarding student experience within easy walking distance. The campus is home to University accommodation, teaching and studying facilities, lecture rooms and practical labs, the Students’ Union, Wales’s largest Arts Centre, a Sports Centre and several restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops.

The Sports Centre offers a range of facilities to support our student’s health and well-being, including a sports hall, dance studio, swimming pool, and climbing wall. The campus also boasts a brand-new sports dome home to state-of-the-art cardio equipment and strength and conditioning apparatus.    

The Arts Centre is situated at the centre of the campus and is home to theatres, a cinema, cafes and galleries and hosts a range of shows, festivals, and exhibitions throughout the year.

Aberystwyth students also have the National Library of Wales on their doorstep, which is one of only five copyright libraries in the UK.

Course locations

Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Penglais Campus, Penglais Road, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DD

Llanbadarn Campus

Llanbadarn Fawr, Ceredigion, Aberystwyth, SY23 3RJ

Main Site

Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales, SY23 3FL

Coleg Cambria Deeside Campus

Coleg Cambria Deeside Campus, Kelsterton Road, Connah's Quay, CH5 4BR

Penglais Campus

Penglais Road, Ceredigion, Aberystwyth, SY23 3AR

School of Art

Buarth Mawr, Aberystwyth, SY23 1NG

Coleg Gwent Usk Campus

Coleg Gwent Usk Campus, Usk, NP15 1XJ