Why choose Aberystwyth University?

Top reasons for studying at Aberystwyth University:  

Impactful Teaching

Our impactful teaching is informed by cutting-edge research and our students are taught in departments at the forefront of emerging research. Our undergraduate students are supported by world-leading academics to develop the skills and knowledge needed to address today’s real-world problems. Our commitment to teaching excellence is reflected in Aberystwyth being placed Top in the UK for Teaching Quality (Good University Guide, The Times and Sunday Times 2021). 

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World-leading Research

From combating climate change, improving food quality and production, promoting human and animal health, to developing artificial intelligence and helping advance space exploration, our researchers are at the forefront of innovation, and the impact of our research has far-reaching international benefits. The latest Research Excellence Framework assessment identified 98% of our research as being  of an internationally recognised standard or higher (REF 2021). 

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Guaranteed Accommodation

We offer a range of accommodation options across three residential sites, and we guarantee a place to all first-year students. You can choose from catered or self-catered options, all of which are a short walk from campus. Students living in university-managed accommodation will also receive free Platinum Sports Centre membership. Aberystwyth was also placed Top in the UK for Halls and Student Accommodation in the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2022. 

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A unique student experience

At Aberystwyth, we strive to offer an unrivalled student experience, and for the last six years, we’ve ranked 1st in England and Wales for Student Satisfaction (NSS 2022). Our Students’ Union is home to over 100 clubs and societies, meaning this is your place to pursue lifelong interests or discover new passions. Our vibrant campus is home to the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, cafes, restaurants, Sports Centre and playing grounds, as well as The Botany Garden Glasshouses (home to tropical plants).  

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Breathtaking location

Nestled between the Cambrian Mountains and Cardigan Bay, our stunning coastal location is the perfect place for those interested in outdoor pursuits. Our welcoming, inclusive, and vibrant student town offers plenty of opportunities in which to socialise and to make lifelong friendships. All Undergraduate first year students joining Aberystwyth University in September 2022 will be able to claim a free 1-year 16-25 Railcard which will offer a third off rail fares throughout the UK.

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Financial support while you study

At Aberystwyth, we offer a generous package of scholarships and bursaries worth thousands of pounds. Students who apply to study at Aberystwyth through Clearing may be eligible to receive our Academic Excellence Scholarship, worth £2,000 in the first year.  

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Supporting you during your studies

Supporting our students is a high priority for us, and our dedicated team within Student Support offer the practical, emotional and financial advice necessary to help you to succeed in your studies. 

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