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Accommodation: Everything from Halls to Renting!

1. Make Halls Feel Homely

It is important to make your halls room homely, whether that’s with bringing your favourite home comforts, or creating a new vibe as you start a new chapter of living independently away from home. Check out our original content on Making Halls your Home,’ and Leaving Home For the First Time,’ for more.
2. Pick The Halls Option That Will Suit You

There are plenty of accommodation options at Swansea, so make sure you pick the one that is right for you. Whether you want to roll straight out of bed 5 minutes before lectures or if you want a bit of a commute to wake you up in the morning, there are plenty of options for you. I studied on Singleton Campus in my first year but lived on Bay Campus because I personally preferred Bay’s accommodation with ensuites and double beds. Make sure you look at all the options and choose the right one for you. Look at the different shops and on-site food options at each campus too as this could change your decision. For example, Subway on Bay Campus versus Tortilla on Singleton Campus. The campus-to-campus bus service makes living on either campus possible no matter where you study.
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3. Private Halls

Swansea University also has newly established connections with Private Sector Accommodation Providers, so these are also options based off campus. These are often situated further into town and near the train station for excellent transport links.
4. Special Circumstances

At Swansea, you can apply to live with Welsh Speakers, in Family Accommodation, in accommodation for Mature Students or in accessible/adapted rooms too. Swansea really does try to cater for everyone and all individual needs.
5. Rent With Your Friends

Typically, students will move out of halls after first year and move into student housing with their friends for their remaining uni years. You will have met a lot of people in your first year, whether that is your halls housemates, people on your course or people from societies or extra-curricular activities. When you come towards finding houses and moving in with people, really think carefully about whether you could live with them. Do you have similar schedules? Have you got similar interests? Do you like going out or would you rather live with people who prefer to stay in?
6. Choose The Right Renting Location

Students tend to live in the Uplands and Brynmill areas of Swansea when they move into student houses. Both are around a 20-minute walk into town but have their own little selling points. Uplands Crescent in Uplands has a lot of different places to eat and shops, such as KFC, Uplands Diner, Sainsbury’s and Tesco Express, to name a few. It also has cute little bars, such as Bar Saint James, and other pubs/bars such as Jack Murphy’s, Uplands Tavern and Whitez (complete with pool tables). Brynmill also has many pubs, such as The Mill and The Bryn-Y-Mor and restaurants such as Hoogah and Thai Bach. Have a look around and find the area that’s good for you.

Hope those tips about halls/renting help! Let us know if you have any questions.

Hope Henry Swansea Student Ambassador and Second Year Graduate Entry Medicine.

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