Being part of the community

CastleAbout Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth is an idyllic seaside town that sits in the heart of Cardigan Bay and surrounded by the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains. In the 2001 census, the population of Aberystwyth was 16,000 which means that Aberystwyth University’s 8,500 students make up one third of the people who live in and around Aberystwyth. To add to this, the population figure includes 2,000 staff who work for the University. It goes without saying that the University in Aberystwyth is integral to the day-to-day life of the town.

Although the main Penglais Campus sits proudly on Penglais Hill, the University has many other building dotted around the town, including the majestic Victorian built Old College on the seafront. Most of the staff and students live in and amongst the community of Aberystwyth and so a strong ‘town and gown’ relationship is vital for the success of business and community cohesion.

Aberystwyth University provides a number of facilities for the benefit of staff, students and the community, such as a vibrant Arts Centre, a well equipped Sports Centre and excellent childcare provision. In addition to this, many collaborative events are organized in partnership with local businesses and other public bodies.

Public Services

Local services in Aberystwyth are provided by Ceredgion County Council and Aberystwyth Town Council and include education, a public library and recreation facilites.

Healthcare is provided by the NHS Wales Hywel Dda Health Board and includes Bronglais Hospital and a number of general practitioner surgeries. Dental services are available both privately and on the NHS.

Language

Croeso! If you’re new to Ceredigion we’d like to welcome you to one of the most vibrant bilingual communities in Wales. Welsh is one of the oldest languages in Europe and here in Ceredigion there is a vibrant bilingual community and a broad range of lively cultural and community events and activities for you to enjoy. As an employer Aberystwyth University has a bilingual policy which accepts the principle of treating Welsh and English on the basis of equality. Menter Iaith Ceredigion has produced a Welcome Pack which introduces a wide range of resources including where to learn Welsh.