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Trinity Saint David was created in in 2010 from the merger of the University of Wales, Lampeter and Trinity University College in Carmarthen. The instituton is a small uni in south west Wales. The Lampeter campus was set up as St David's College way back in 1822 and the Carmarthen campus in 1848 (making them one of the oldest degree awarding bodies in the UK) buT it has secured a multimillion pound government investment which is being reinvested.


The Learning Resources Centre (LRC) includes the libraries, learning zones, special collections and archives. The Library on the Lampeter campus is a three-storey building which houses at least 275,000 books and journals as well as a wide range of electronic resources. It is also home to the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives, a unique collection of more than 30,000 volumes printed between 1470 and 1850 (including 69 incunabula) as well as eight medieval and 100 post-medieval manuscripts. There is a so-called silent working area in the basement of the library although, unsurprisingly, this often becomes the hub for chatty 'workers'. Unfortunately, for student who need silence, for whatever reason, their only options at this point are to either complain to the chatters themselves, or complain to the librarians who are better equipped to deal with the situation. On the plus side, the librarians are very nice and often very accommodating.

At the start of the year, students are actively encouraged to attend a library tour. Perhaps freshers feel that their time would be better spent socialising and drinking but, for the sake of time-saving, attend! There are third-year student who still don't know where to find relevant journals for their dissertation.

The Library on the Carmarthen campus is a large open space building which is home to a wide range of books, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, newspapers and journals to support the learning and teaching activities of the University. The campus is also home to The Quad which gives students the opportunity to use online resources. If the prospect of a well-stocked and well-staffed library hardly bothers you, the Quad has comfortable seating, study spaces with wireless access, dedicated rooms for group work as well as an outside seating area. There’s also an opportunity to enjoy a Starbucks coffee (really!) and light snacks while you work!

IT and Computing

IT facilities are available at various locations across both campuses, and there are dedicated rooms with specialist systems for students of primary education and media-related degrees. The University also provides access to web-based services in its Halls of Residence, and there are areas of the campuses which are accessible through a wireless connection.

Most PCs are equipped with front-facing USB hubs, which is very useful if you want to store your work on a USB disk. There is also a designated space for storing work on the university's PCs, although the work will then only be accessible on the university's hard drive, which one is able to access by logging onto one of the university's PCs.


There is a vast variety of sports clubs and societies accross both campuses which include, but are not limited to:

Soccer (men and women-only teams) Rugby (men and women-only teams) Basketball (men and women-only teams) Kung Fu Tai Chi Ju Jitsu Cricket Netball

On the Lampeter campus, there is a tennis court (though it has been used exclusively as a car park since 2007), as well as a rugby field, fully-equipped gym (depends on your definition of a gym), indoor sporting ground, and an open grassy area for those who wish to participate in Live Action Role-Playing, Medieval Society events and training, and fencing. Perhaps it is worth noting at this point that although the 'LARPers' and Med Soc guys are quite prevalent and popular, they are very much the 'geeks' on campus. However, there is no animosity or malice between those who role-play and those who do not. The campus is very much open to all sports and activities (as long as real swords are left at home!). The University’s sports facilities are due to be enhanced in 2012 and will include joint provision between the University and the local County Council.

Sports facilities on the Carmarthen campus include the Sports Centre with a Health and Fitness Suite, swimming pool, a multi-purpose dance studio.

General Information
Lampeter and Carmarthen, Wales, UK
University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Ceredigion, SA48 7ED
0300 500 1822
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Student Services is a professional support service that provides information, advice and guidance. Staff can help with career planning, work placements, counselling, student accommodation, learning support, disability support and student finance including bursaries and scholarships. The University has also achieved the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for providing support for students leaving care.

Counselling services The University’s Student Counselling Service offers confidentiality and privacy to students who wish to discuss any matter of concern. Some students want only a single session, although many prefer to have a short series of sessions. Students use the free Counselling Service to talk through a wide range of issues – personal and academic.

Disabled students and additional needs The University also provides a comprehensive screening process for specific learning differences, help with applications for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), and one-to-one support for students requiring extra tuition. It also has a range of specialist technology to help with studies and specially adapted rooms in Halls of Residence.

Support for Students from Care The University has been awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark in recognition of our commitment to care leavers in higher education.

Childcare Y Gamfa Wen on the Carmarthen campus and Gwdihws on the Lampeter campus are purpose-built facilities for babies and young children. The nurseries provide a safe and welcoming environment where children receive the best care and attention.

Support for students with Specific Learning Differences (eg, dyslexia, dyspraxia, etc) is also available. This includes screening, initial assessment, one-to-one tuition, adjustments to examination arrangements and IT training. Student Services works closely with the Learning Resources Centre in providing learning support. Additional resources are available on the Blackboard and Moodle virtual learning environments.

Personal Tutors Academic staff act as Personal Tutors to support you during your course and time at the University. The type of pastoral support offered varies according to your particular course. This support aims to ensure that you are given individual attention from your tutors, to enable you to discuss issues that are specific to your learning.


The University works collaboratively with St Peter’s Surgery in Carmarthen and the Lampeter Medical Centre in providing healthcare provision for students. St Peter’s offers dedicated appointments to students at the main surgery. Surgeries in Lampeter are held by appointment with open sessions during the mornings for emergencies. The Surgery also has a dedicated practice nurse who is available every morning to ensure that you have access to medical help and advice.


There are few High Street additions to Lampeter, so no Top Shop or Marks and Spencer. This is not to balked at however, as the lack of such branded shops can be quite a relief to students on a budget, or those tired of mainstream capitalist agenda.

Of course, there are some branded shops. For example, Sainsburys and CO-OP for general food shopping, Boots chemist (when buying contraception, the staff are very discreet!), and Spar (for late-night emergencies, such as a severe lack of biscuits).

One of the real advantages to Lampeter is that there are more independent shops (i.e. owned by individuals, rather than corporations) than any other kind.

The Mulberry Bush is a modest, although newly-renovated, shop and cafe specialising in 'green', organic foods. The cafe boasts delicious vegan food; curries and stews are often on the menu, as opposed to what some people are afraid all vegan shops sell (i.e. lentil soup in lentil water, with lentil tea, and lentil pudding.)

There are at least four charity shops within the town, all of which are staffed by genuine people. If you're looking for cheap kitchen wares, you should definitely visit Ty Agored, a charity shop dedicated to the welfare of local animals. The shop is extremely cheap and there's never a shortage of crockery and cutlery to get you started. If you're lucky, you may find that an ex-student of the university has donated all their folders and stationary, so keep on the lookout.

There are also a few 'bargain' shops (think 'Poundstretcher').

Also worth a mention is the Organics shop. Lampeter is host to the greatest vegetable shop in the world (PROBABLY) everything in there is organic and costs peanuts, and there is a middle section on which everything is half price. I have never been able to carry enough stuff to spend over a fiver. And we have a car. ~It is now located on the Industrial estate behind the recycling plant, having moved a couple of weeks ago.

Carmarthen on the other hand is a busy town with a good mix of traditional and modern shops, leisure facilities and nightlife. A new retail development has brought big name stores -" Topshop", "H&M" and "River Island" , dining and leisure facilities into the town centre including Wales’ first purpose-built digital cinema with six 3D screens.


Okay, so there are no Michelin-starred restaurants, but the local food in Lampeter is very homely and filling.

There are several pubs which sell hot food, such as The Royal Oak, The Kings Head, and The Black Lion (apologies to any that I've missed out). These are all excellent pubs with a laid-back attitude. There is rarely any trouble, and they are great places to eat in. The prices are very typical of pubs; for example, a steak meal will cost around £8-11 depending on where you go, and lasagna meals ill cost around £6. But it's well-worth the money if it's a treat, and the staff are very friendly and accommodating. Please be polite and respectful though, as they are often locals whereas students often aren't.

Besides the pubs, there are several cafes. Sosban Fach is a local Welsh tea room/cafe that sells delicious, fresh, homely food. The staff, again, are very friendly and, dare I say, 'maternal' looking. There is a very cosy atmosphere about the place, and is decorated with wooden beams (an original feature of the building).

There is another Welsh cafe whose name escapes me at the moment, but it is situated on the High Street opposite Lloyds TSB bank. The food here is also delicious, and their lasagna is highly recommended. The sandwiches are garnished with wonderful salads and, again, the staff are lovely. They welcome English-speakers, although it is traditionally Welsh.

Lloyds Fish Bar is, for lack of a better term, a chip shop. But it is perhaps the best chip shop you will ever visit, although relatively pricey. Try their gravy, if you've lost faith in chip-shop gravy.

Dai's Diner, as previously mentioned, is a great place to hang out as a student. It is often full of yellow, gaunt-looking students on Saturdays and Sundays. Many students go with the intention of the obligatory fry-up and a chin-wag with other sufferers. The staff do not mind if you stay all day, as long as you're drinking or eating something.

Oscar's Den is a typical kebab shop and, as such, is open until very late every night. Be careful not to get addicted to their tasty pizzas, other Student Welfare will have to prescribe you a diet based on doctors' orders.

There are two Chinese restaurants (one restaurant and one restaurant and takewaway). The Chinese takeaway is a little dingy, but does not reflect the food with is sometimes very delicious.

There are two Indian restaurants (again, technically, one is a takeaway). The restaurant sells the most amazing Indian cuisine you've (i.e. I've) ever tasted. Try the starters (esp. chicken tikka, or samosa) with their chili mint sauce. It is to die for.

Please do not forget the takeaway, whose prices are much more geared towards the student population. The cheaper price does not reflect the food which is lovely. The staff there are often very grateful for the custom and are therefore very generous.

Besides all these restaurants, cafes and tea-rooms, there is also the University Refectory. For a genuinely homely and generous Sunday dinner, visit, well, on Sundays. The meal will cost £5.90 and you're allowed to serve your own potatoes and veg.

Carmarthen's cafes, pubs and restaurants cater for a variety of different tastes and include well known chains such as "Pizza Express" and "Frankie's and Benny's" and "Wetherspoons" as well as plenty of chinese, indian, kebab, fish and chips and pub grub.

The catering facilities on both campuses have been refurbished recently. Prices and choice of food suits most tastes and dietary requirements. From hot meals to snacks and salads, there is a variety on offer throughout the day. A meal scheme is available to students living in the catered accommodation on the Carmarthen campus as part of the fee. The scheme ensures that you can have at least two substantial and nutritious meals every day. Both campuses have a restaurant and coffee shop and students may also purchase food in the Students’ Union Buildings. Carmarthen Campus • Merlin Restaurant • The Quad • Students’ Union snack bar

Lampeter Campus • Lloyd Thomas Dining Hall • 1822 Coffee Shop • Students’ Union Shop and facilities


Just to let you know, both Lampeter and Carmarthen have the main high street banks including Lloyds TSB, HSBC, Barclays and a "Natwest"


If you are to stay in Lampeter or Carmarthen, there is simply no need for transport other than your feet. If you like to get places quicker, invest in a bike although beware, the Welsh hills are ruthless. However, a bike ride to Aberaeron from Lampeter or Llansteffan from Carmarthen, the nearest seaside is a great cardiovascular exercise, during which you'll see some of Wales' spectacular scenery.

A regular bus will take you to and from both campuses for a fiver.

There is also St. Davids if you're up for travelling to Pembrokeshire (about 1.5-2.0 hours away by car) which is a lovely, if disappointingly quiet, town. But it neighbours Whitesands Beach and Newgale Beach where you'll find some of the best surfing in Britain.

Careers service

The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and is able to assist you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.

Part-time jobs

Work placements Placement Officers can help you find paid and unpaid work placements with a variety of local companies and there’s also an opportunity for you to participate in national programmes, such as GO Wales, which often lead to permanent employment after graduation.

If you are looking for a part time job, then look in the local shops and supermarkets, as well as the local pubs. If you get stuck, stop off at the Students' Union where they can advise you. If anything, they'll advise you to also apply to work in the SU in the next academic year.

Religious facilities


The University’s Chaplains, based on each campus, can provide support for students to explore their faith, as well as a range of other issues including providing confidential guidance and help in solving problems and concerns. The Chaplaincy Service works closely with all denominations to ensure that the beliefs of all members of the University are supported.

Chapels and Prayer Rooms There is a Chapel on both campuses where services are held daily on weekdays. The Chapels are open for prayer, meditation and quiet throughout the day. There is also a Mosque and a Pagan Circle on the Lampeter Campus and there are plans to develop a prayer room on the Carmarthen campus.


Trinity Saint David Students’ Union (TSDSU) diverse and value for money; we try to cater for everyone’s tastes with a mixture of local, national and international live bands, DJs, comedians and entertainers. It all starts during Freshers’ Fortnight - the first two weeks of the year are packed with a mixture of entertainment and provides a great opportunity to meet new friends - and continues throughout the year culminating in the spectacular Summer Ball. For more information, check out our webpage: www.tsdsu.co.uk or e-mail the SU President: supresident@tsd.ac.uk

Bars, Pubs and clubs

The Attic Bar on the Carmarthen campus and the Old Bar on the Lampeter campus both offer a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at all times, day and night, with a café and snack facilities, full bar service, large screen TVs, pool tables and jukeboxes.

At night, Unity on the Carmarthen campus and Xtension on the Lampeter campus which pulls off some pretty good classical uni-type drinking scenarios; school discos, mods&rockers nights, under-wear-over-wear, fetish balls, toga parties etc.

Despite the population actually doubling when the students are in town, Lampeter social life is still surprisingly good, if you know where to go (at least occasionally, off campus). There is one nightclub in the town, The Quarry Nightclub, which does a student night on Thursday evenings (£10 fee which pays for entrance, food, cloakroom and drinks). There is also Dai's Diner, a good old fashioned Greasy Spoon, the haven for victims of a Saturday night to get a good breakfast-lunch-wake as well, and Conti's Cafe serves proper coffee (mocha, latte, Creme de Lusso, espresso, quadruple espresso, you name it...) and homemade ice cream which is quite possibly the best ice cream in the UK, Mr Conti having been making the stuff and getting awards for it since about 1849...

...Beware the town square on a Saturday night, though. There's nothing worth being there for. Unless you're leaving the Shapla Tandoori and there are two or three of you, anyhow. The shapla's probably worth it - a special thali for two will give two people dinner, and three more lunch the next day as well, if you ask nicely for a doggy bag.

Lampeter's a wicked little town.

Carmarthen has plenty of friendly pubs in town, often with specials nights (beer £1 a pint). Lots of real ales; Felinfoel is local brew. SU has best ents; regular discos, touring bands. Some 60 pubs and a cinema in town; limited clubs - Club Metro, Waterside being the most popular.


The University exhibits regularly at shows and events, including the Urdd and National Eisteddfodau - Wales’ premier Welsh language youth and arts festivals, and the University’s exhibition trailer and Outside Broadcasting Unit also visit schools and venues around west Wales.

Clubs and societies

The SU is affiliated with the British Universities and College Sports (BUCS) league. Every Wednesday, sports teams compete in various leagues to become the BUCS champion. There is also a number of societies - for an up-to-date list of our societies, check out www.tsdsu.co.uk. The societies available are developed each year as students can set up a society with others of the same interest.

Volunteering The University offers a number of volunteering opportunities in-house via Fresher Buddies scheme, Night-Time service, The EDGE (Enterprise Club), Course Representatives and Raising and Giving (RAG) Society. The SU also has links with external volunteering opportunities in the local area.


All student accommodation is located on the campuses. Each Hall of Residence has its own Hostel Warden appointed from amongst second and third year students. Their job is to support the University in looking after your health and well-being whilst living on campus. Disabled students are located in Lloyd Thomas Hall on the Lampeter campus and Archbishop Noakes Hall on the Carmarthen campus with facilities such as accessible bathrooms and variegated height work surfaces etc. Disabled students and students with additional needs should contact the Accommodation Officer with details of their requirements at the earliest opportunity.

Carmarthen Campus There are four residences, which offer single rooms in catered or self-catering accommodation. The facilities are offered include all utility bills. If you choose to live on campus, you will be given your own room for the duration of the academic year which means that you won’t have to move out during vacation periods. All rooms have Internet access which means that you could access the Internet from your room, provided that you have a laptop or PC of the required specification.

First year students are normally housed in the catered halls of residence - Myrddin, Non and Tower - the bedrooms have plenty of storage space and wash-hand basins. Bathroom and snack preparation areas are shared with other residents. In the second and third years, you can choose to live in catered or self-catering halls. Archbishop Noakes Hall contains flats of eight en suite single bedrooms with shared kitchen and living facilities. Self-catering rooms may also be available to first year students, particularly mature students and students with specific needs.

Lampeter Campus normally accommodates all first year undergraduates on campus and includes 15 different residences ranging in size from six/seven roomed houses to halls with between 21-75 rooms. Most of the rooms are self-catering and many have en suite facilities. Some halls are designated quiet halls with silence required after 11pm.

Self-catering accommodation is located in houses of between six to seven rooms with shared kitchen, shower and toilet. The en suite self catering accommodation is for four to eight rooms, each room with its own shower and toilet but with shared kitchen facilities. The St David’s Building accommodation offers a limited number of rooms during term time only. Rooms have a shared kitchen where light meals can be prepared.

Student union

Trinity Saint David Students’ Union (TSDSU) diverse and value for money; we try to cater for everyone’s tastes with a mixture of local, national and international live bands, DJs, comedians and entertainers. It all starts during Freshers’ Fortnight - the first two weeks of the year are packed with a mixture of entertainment and provides a great opportunity to meet new friends - and continues throughout the year culminating in the spectacular Summer Ball. For more information, check out our webpage: www.tsdsu.co.uk or e-mail the SU President: supresident@tsd.ac.uk


One of the advantages of living in west Wales is that the cost of living is much lower than in many urban areas, which means that your student loan may go further!


Both campuses in Carmarthen and Lampeter are based around the original nineteenth century college buildings in landscaped grounds along with with modern buildings. Each campus has accommodation, learning resources, SU, catering and sports facilities on site so that there is no need for a long daily commute, saving you both time and money.


The campus in Lampeter was founded in 1822 as St David’s College to provide a liberal education to members of the clergy including Classics and History amongst other disciplines.

The original 1848 building lies at the heart of the Carmarthen campus. It was originally known as South Wales and Monmouthshire Training College and was established to train teachers for church schools in England and Wales. It later became known as Trinity College and subsequently Trinity University College before joining forces with the University of Wales Lampeter to create the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Sweeping lawns and landscaped areas form a picturesque setting for the mix of Victorian and modern buildings.

Local area

West Wales is a fantastic location to be a student. The campuses have got excellent links with the local community mean that students quickly settle in and make friends, both within the University and outside. A wide range of community-based activities and events provide a contrast to academic life and supplement the activities organised by the Students’ Union. A major advantage to living in west Wales is a sense of space. Both campuses are surrounded by green fields and there is a host of opportunities for outdoor recreation such as hill walking, mountain biking, canoeing, coasteering, and surfing as well as visits to sites of historical and cultural interest. The additional advantages of living in west Wales is that the cost of living is much lower than in many urban areas, which means that your student loan may go further, while crime rates are amongst some of the lowest in the UK, allowing you a greater sense of personal freedom.

Teaching quality

The University consists of 3 faculties and 15 schools including the Faculty of Arts and Social Studies; Faculty of Education and Training and the Faculty of Humanities.

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