Swansea continues to grow in popularity as a student city for a number of reasons. Whether you enjoy scenic walks or nights out on the town, Swansea has it all, including an array of clubs, bars and restaurants. It’s hard to imagine ever finding yourself bored in between your studies. The city-seaside hybrid combines the independence sought by many at university with the comforts of home.
Here are five things Swansea offers you as a student:
1. Nineteen beaches
Swansea is home to nineteen picturesque beaches, perfect for walks, surfing or getting some fresh air. If you don’t have a car, Swansea offers multiple bus routes leading to popular coastal locations including Rhossili and Caswell Bay.
Top Tip: If you don’t want to travel, why not take a walk along Swansea seafront and stop off at The Secret for a coffee or hot chocolate!
With 50 sports societies at Swansea University alone, it is clear many students are fans of staying active in between their studies. The student sports community within Swansea is huge, and the city is great at facilitating this! In addition to the gym located on campus, there are over 10 gyms across the city that have a variety of classes available.
There is a wide selection of sports bars including Whitez in Uplands and The Griffin on Wind St, which have plenty of TV screens and pool tables for sports fanatics.
Top tip: Wednesdays are sports nights; Idols is often packed with sports teams!
Areas such as Uplands and Brynmill are home to some of the best restaurants in Swansea – which are mostly independently, family run. Why not support the local businesses and try out new cuisines and concepts? The choices available span from the American-style breakfast Uplands Diner, to a cosy Vietnamese meal at the Vietnam Restaurant; and for vegetarians, we recommend Crumbs kitchen.
Top Tip: Follow foodie Instagram accounts to find out the latest launches and deals (@cardiffandswanseafoodie)
4. The Marina
The area around Swansea Marina is consistently being developed, and it is steadily becoming a Swansea hotspot. Enjoying a drink while watching the sun set at one of its many restaurants and bars including Gallini's Italian and The Anchor, the marina is definitely a place to unwind after a long day at uni.
5. The Nightlife
Swansea is considered by many to be (arguably) the best nightlife spot in South Wales. Whether you prefer the bustling activity of Wind Street or the quieter environment of Uplands, there’s something for everyone. With drinks starting at just £1, Swansea is ideal for those who don’t want to spend a pretty penny.
Top Tip: Avoid Saturday nights as they tend to be more expensive and less student-focused. Wind Street is the place to be on a Wednesday, with discounts favourable for students. For those close to Singleton Campus, we recommend Tooters on a Friday night.