Aberystwyth University. Your Next Chapter.
While Aberystwyth, in and of itself, is a discovery – a stunning location on the west coast of mid-Wales. It is also somewhere that allows our students to discover more about themselves, unlock their potential and think about the future they want to have in the world. The mark they want to make on the world.
It’s also a perfect place for them to make friends, create lasting memories, try something new, experience a unique culture and make the most of the academic and non-academic opportunities available to them.
It’s no wonder that Aberystwyth University is top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017). *Aberystwyth University’s rankings are compared against the HE institutions listed in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
Aberystwyth is surrounded by a beautiful environment. Nestled between the Cambrian Mountains and Cardigan Bay it provides a rugged landscape of rolling hills, valleys, sand and sea. Even the famous national parks, of Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire, sit a short distance north and south of Aberystwyth, respectively, too.
Aberystwyth is a lively, vibrant university town and a home-from-home to 9,000 students – doubling the population! Throughout the year its streets are filled with students from around the world or buzzing with tourists – both enjoying Aberystwyth’s sights and creating a distinctly cosmopolitan feel to this Welsh seaside community. This is why we have achieved the Silver Award for best International University at the annual Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2017.
Made up of colourful and characterful Victorian architecture, its buildings are formed around the landscape, overlooking the sweeping 2km promenade, where students, locals and visitors mingle as they walk, jog or ride along.
A lasting tradition dictates that students and visitors, alike, ‘kick the bar’ at the northern most point of the promenade underneath Constitution Hill (or ‘Consti’ as it’s known to locals) as they take in the fresh sea air.
There is plenty to do both inside and outside of Aberystwyth. From visiting its numerous high-street and boutique shops, cafes and eateries – to exploring the local sights of the National Library, Cliff Railway, Constitution Hill, Seafront, Bandstand, Old College, Castle Ruins, Harbour and more.
With three beautiful beaches to choose from, North Beach (designated as a blue flag), South Beach and Tanybwlch Beach, there’s no better place to kick off your shoes, feel the sand beneath your feet and try to spot some dolphins. Or in the summer, you can enjoy watching the sun go down with a small fire or BBQ.
Outside of Aberystwyth there is a great outdoors and locations such as Nant Yr Arian and Hafod provide great spots for wandering through woodland, trekking up hillsides or cycling down mountain bike trails. Keen triathletes, surfers, kayakers, mountain climbers and more will never have to travel far to enjoy their passions.
There are, of course, plenty of other sports and societies our students enjoy here too. With over 50 competitive sport clubs and a wide variety of over 100 societies these, along with Aberystwyth’s location, provide the perfect backdrop to share interests, grow in community and make friends for life.
Aberystwyth was the first town in Wales to win the coveted Purple Flag for a welcoming and safe nightlife. It’s lively nightlife also provides great entertainment, with the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Student’s Union, Royal Pier, a range of bars and pubs (all 52 of them!), night clubs and more – all in close proximity. You can enjoy a night of live music, stand-up comedy, a fun night out with friends and more.
Be part of our academic community that allows you to explore new opportunities and empowers critical minds, in an environment like no other.
You can find out more about what our students have discovered about Aberystwyth and themselves below!