Living in Aberystwyth

Unrivalled Community

The Department of International Politics is home to a community like no other.  The Department’s exceptional research culture and sense of intellectual community is reinforced by the highly qualify of life offered by the surrounding area. 

Aberystwyth University occupies one of the most scenic sites of any in Britain.  Located on hillside overlooking the town and Cardigan Bay, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the University is part of a lively, friendly, and safe community that combines the traditional features of a seaside resort with those of a university town.  Aberystwyth is also naturally ‘green’ as close integration of town and university makes widespread use of cars unnecessary: everything is a relatively short walk or cycle-ride away. 

Sporting Facilities

Aberystwyth University boasts a range of facilities that cater to a diverse variety of sporting and fitness activities.  The Sports Centre, located on campus just steps from the International Politics Building, offers the latest gym equipment and a variety of fitness classes.  The sports enthusiast will also find 48 acres of natural grass pitches, badminton, basketball, and squash courts, and a flood-lit all weather sports pitch.  

Recreation and Entertainment

Aberystwyth is blessed with beaches, castle ruins, and some of the most striking countryside in the UK.  Its coastline, punctuated by blue flag beaches and breath-taking cliffs, attracts walkers, surfers, and families looking for a day out.  The surrounding Cambrian mountains and nearby Snowdonia National Park provides some of the finest hiking in the country. 

For a night out Aberystwyth has a venue for all occasions.  The award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre, a focal point of the community, offers an artistic programme that includes drama, dance, music, and the visual arts.  There are more than 20 pubs in town, which provide venues for staff and students to carry on the conversation after seminars and various other events.