Conditional offer: Aberystwyth OR SWANSEAWatch
Oh wow, thank you so much for this. So do you think even if I'm not able to go for the open day I would be fine? Because I feel when I eventually go into the school, I would be out of place or maybe I'm just over thinking.
In terms of the environment, would you say Swansea is way bigger than Aber. And I still don't understand how the course structure works because mine is with Human Resource Management
However the course is very flexible and you can ditch your pathway like I did so I can choose any modules I wanted. (I did Supply Chain Management then transferred to the general pathway. I changed like 4 times, including to add a placement year)
On the contrary, Aberystwyth is rather small as univerities go, while Swansea is just in the largest third. The OP should note how isolated the west of Wales coast is from large towns, and how its students amount to 50% of the town's population. Swansea, on the other hand, is a sizeable place of around a quarter of a million people. The character is utterly different, and one may appeal more than the other.
Don't the numbers i gave speak for themselves? Swansea: 20,000 students in a city of 250,000; Aber, 8,500 students in a town of 16,000 (and I don't know whether that includes the students or not). Swansea is big, Aber is tiny.
Back to OP the lifestyle would be quite different if 50% go home for the weekend, as many of the students may be living in neighbouring towns. An interesting thing I found is many people I got to know at Swansea come from areas outside of Wales or further than Cardiff and did not live within a commutable distance. So you will see a lot of students on nights out, walking around the city etc. So it is very lively.
It depends what you want do you want a fairly busy city or a more homely town.
They’re both similar in terms of reputation so I wouldn’t base it too much on that or rankings but more about the kind of experience you want. Swansea is a relatively big city (in comparison with Aber at least), while Aber is much quieter with a smaller student body.
You must have a preference as to what kind of experience you’d prefer, then base it off that.
Swansea is a lovely place to study, there is lots going on! Its right on the beach front, and Cardiff is a short distance away if you want to hit the Welsh capital
Another factor is how do you get here. This will depend on where you live in Ireland and whether you intend travelling by plane or Ferry. If your coming by ferry through Holyhead you might find Aber easier. If coming by plane Swansea might be easier as there are airports in Cardiff and Bristol. The nearest airport to Aber is Birmingham. Road travel is far easier to Swansea as it is just off the M4 whereas there is no motorway near Aber. Aber is very isolated. There are no large towns near it. Swansea has towns larger than Aber within 20 minutes plus Cardiff an hour way. You can get to Bristol and Bath within 2 hours by train from Swansea and London and Birmingham within 3.
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So are you saying Swansea is so bigger place than Aber because I don't think I can make the open day at Swansea.