Aberystwyth Applicants - Student Q&A Watch
If you have any questions at all about anything, no matter how stupid or little it may seem please ask them as if you're thinking about it, someone else will be too!
In this thread there is a team of featured answerers, led by Aek-94 and myself.
The team consists of:
Halls in 1st yr: Trefloyne
Course: Marketing and Management (Masters) drama and theatre studies (Undergraduate degree)
Halls in 1st yr: Seafront
Course: Law (some modules through medium of Welsh)
Applicants ask away!!!
More about Aberystwyth University
If it's a community spirit you want Aberystwyth has that in abundance! the small town creates that for you, You'll also be able to find societies catering for pretty much every taste from caving, chess, rock music to glee.
Most departments have a society of sorts, if it so happens yours don't, make one. New societies are always popping up, from the departmental ones to the weird and wacky ones... (Zombie apocalypse society being one of my favourites recently)
Hi what is the accommodation like? And how easy/hard is it to get en-suite? I have an unconditional offer.
With regards to getting a en suite room, there aren't that many of them when compared to the rest of the accommodation. The flats with en suite are split between campus and the seafront so if you want en suite please be aware that you may be placed on the seafront. The opinion of living on the seafront is pretty mixed, some who love it and others who hate the long walk up Penglais Hill for lectures in the morning. Additionally the new refurbished flats are ones in Cwrt Mawr and Trefloyne, not the en suite ones so there kitchens are generally old ones. Granted they all work perfectly well (well most of the time!) but when compared to the new refurbished flats, the kitchens aren't the greatest in Rosser.
A lot of people apply for en suite rooms but as there aren't that many of en suite rooms there are a lot of people initially disappointed. However they soon come to sense that having a en suite isn't vital in their life!
For example, I'm living with 9 other people, we have 2 shower rooms and two toilets. You may think "OMG!!!! queues!!! " but it isn't like that at all. Since everyone has different timetables, everyone is using the showers at different times in the day so there is very rarely a queue. After a month and a half of living in my flat, today was the first time I've had to wait for the shower. I waited a whole minute, the en suite rooms granted I'd be straight in the shower but is that worth the extra money? That extra money is nearly £1000, which is totally not worth it in my opinion. My nice refurbished kitchen with leather sofas, breakfast bar, two ovens and two hobs is worth much more than that in my opinion. Extra worth which I'm not paying for, result!
Hey Nathan, I'm going to quote OpitimisticRam in this, as I believe he will be the best person to ask. I'm guessing you want to know about living costs as well as accommodation etc?
can someone please help me with costs as i am looking to start next september at aber uni but i have no idea how much money i need to live there or how to get a loan or anything can someone help p.s. im from newcastle so it will cost quite a bit im guessing?
You can also get the bus down direct to the university. This will cost more than the train, £86.40 and take over 11 hours. I haven't looked at splitting the journey, but you would have to change buses at Birmingham so perhaps it could be cheaper splitting the journey and looking at prices Aber to Birmingham and Birmingham to Newcastle.
For living costs, see the accommodation fees page here. Choose a halls of residence that you would like to live in and work from that number. For example I live in Cwrt Mawr and pay £69 (instead of £90) per week as I received the accommodation bursary (£800 discount) for having Aber as my firm choice.
Food wise, it depends on where you like to shop and what food you like to eat. There are all sorts of independent grocery shops and butchers in town which offer some great quality food but it can be more expensive than the supermarkets. In Aber we have a Coop, Iceland, Lidl and 3 Spar's (one 24/7), obviously Lidl is the cheapest but it has random brands so some people don't like shopping there. Outside of the town centre is a big Morrison's that has just had a store refurbishment. I usually spend around £30 a week on food, this is spending around £15 on 'general' things in the supermarkets and then meat, eggs, fruit/veg in the local independent stores around the town.
Nights out can be as cheap or as expensive as you want. Many pubs and bars around the town have promotion nights on different days so any day you go out you can always find a place with a pound party or similar. A general night out, I usually spend £10/20 depending on what I drink or if I'm buying for friends.
Taxi's are cheap around the town, depending on company you should be paying £3 per car during the day and £1 per person at night.
As D-Box says, do look at all the scholarships and bursarys that Aber offer. They have a huge amount of things, apply to lots and you're sure to get something. I heavily suggest doing the entrance scholarship exams, a lot of awards are handed out and the amount of applicants who take the exams isn't that large so the chance of being awarded something is quite high.
I was just wondering whether there was a Girls Rugby team? I know it is pretty standard, but some places actually don't have one D:
Also, what societies would you suggest joining? Are there any "MustJoin" societies in your opinion? (sensible or wacky, I don't mind!)
How many students use the National Library? is it a good place to go to do some work/research or can you find everything you need in the Uni Libraries?
One final thing, how easy is it to find a Job in Aber?
Ok, so I'm pretty set on going to Aber, just waiting for an offer now.
where I work I get a hell of alot of CV's every week, make sure yours stands out!
good luck on the job hunt!
You will find that a few users who are applicants this year have received emails to say that the university have received their applications. I'll copy your post into that thread so you can read the replies for yourself and get to know which users are applying this year.