Travelling to Aberystwyth


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Finding the main Penglais Campus

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There is a regular train service from London, Euston, with a journey time of 5 hours.

The main inter-city services offer connections to Aberystwyth from Birmingham International, Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton (journey time is approximately 3 hours).

The other main connection point to Aberystwyth is from Shrewsbury (journey time is approximately 2 hours).

A frequent bus and taxi service operates from the station to both campuses.


The nearest airports are Birmingham International and Manchester. If you arrive at Birmingham International, there is a direct train connection to Aberystwyth which takes 3 hours.

From Manchester airport, you can take a train to Crewe and change there for Shrewsbury. There are direct connections from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth (2 hours - total journey about 4 hours).

You can also travel to London, Heathrow, Gatwick, and other airports. These are linked by public transport routes to Aberystwyth. Please check train routes and times when arranging travel.

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Penglais Campus. If approaching from the north (Machynlleth and all points), the entrance to the University campus is sign posted and is on your left (second left).

If approaching from the centre of Aberyswyth, or from Llanbadarn Road (turn left at the junction with Penglais Hill), follow the signs for the National Library of Wales and the University. The main university campus entrance is sign posted and is on your right towards the top of Penglais hill.

(If you find yourself at Llanbadarn Campus, drive past main entrance up the hill and take the first left. Follow the road until you come to signs for the university – co-op is on the right.)  Turn left at the main junction and drive down hill – the main university entrance is on your left.

If you are travelling by train or coach

The coach stops at the main university entrance. If you are arriving by train, there is a taxi rank outside the train station. Taxis from the station cost about £3.00 and all the taxi drivers know the university halls of residence.

Travelling to Aberystwyth from Overseas

Here is some information to help you organise your travel to Aberystwyth for your study school.

1. Immigration requirements

You should consult your travel agent or the local British Consulate, Embassy or High Commission about visa requirements and any necessary vaccinations well in advance. A current passport or identity card, valid for the duration of your time in the United Kingdom and the study school, is essential.

If you plan to visit another country after the end of the study school, you should obtain any necessary visa before you leave your own country. It may not be possible to arrange a visa through an embassy in London in time to permit your visit to take place. You should also ensure that, if necessary, your British visa is valid for a return to Britain before you travel back home.

2. Insurance

You are strongly advised to take out insurance to cover cancellation costs, loss of personal baggage and money, and medical expenses. The British National Health Service normally does not provide free medical treatment (except in an emergency) for students on courses of less than 6 months' duration nor for citizens of countries with which there is no formal reciprocal agreement. The University of Wales Aberystwyth does not provide this insurance for you.

3. Climate and Clothing

The British climate is well known for its variability and some days can be cold and/or wet, even in summer. You should bear this in mind when selecting clothing for your visit to Britain. Remember also that you will generally be expected to carry your own baggage, so keep weight to a minimum.


4. Concessionary Air Fares

Some airlines offer concessionary rates for students; you may be able to show your letter of acceptance to your course as proof of your student status. The University cannot make arrangements for your travel to Britain nor help you with travel arrangements while you are in Britain.