About the accommodation... The Celtic Studies department is in the Old College which is the huge building with turrets on the sea front. The main university campus is Penglais Campus which is just outside of the town up a rather steep hill. So going in the Seafront Residences is very sensible for doing Celtic Studies as you won't need to catch a bus or walking a fair way to get to lectures. HOWEVER, the first year of the Celtic Studies course runs as on third studying Welsh, on third studying Irish and Celtic Civilisation and then one third of another subject of your choice. So History, English etc etc. So two thirds of your time will be spent in the Old College and a third of it will be spent up on Penglais Campus. Also, the National Library of Wales (copyright library like Oxford and Cambridge) is up near Penglais Campus so you will be spending quite a bit of time up there. There are regular buses to the campus and if you pay around £30 (I can't remember if it's £30 or £33) for a pass you get free bus travel for a year around Aber and half price bus travel on buses from Aber to other parts of Wales.
The first year of the Celtic Studies comprised of Welsh, Irish, Celtic Civilisation and then a subject of your choice. In the second and third year you will do more in Welsh and Irish and you will be given options to study Breton and Scots Gaelic. By the second year all your Welsh lectures and Breton lectures will be in the medium of Welsh (even if you know no Welsh now, after the first year and the summer camp, you will be pretty damn good in it.)
You can chose between the Seafront Residences or Alexandra Hall. Alexandra Hall is the one right on the end of row. This shows it. You have a choice between ensuite or the standard shared bathrooms in Alexandra Hall. The Seafront Residences are all shared. When you do the accommodation form, you have to give an order of preference for all of the accommodation. I had to number them from 1-13 with 1 being my first choice and 13 being the one I definitely don't want in a million years. But no, apart from choosing between Alex Hall and the other Seafront Residences, you can't choose where in the you'll live. You can't in any of the accommodation for most universities in the UK. You pick which halls you want, and whereabouts is said halls you'll end up is up to the accommodation people.
I've got a big problem. I'm passionate about Celtic languages and want to study them. In Slovenia, where I'm from, Celtic can't be studied, so I decided to come to England.
question #1: do you think it's wise for me to come to England anyway? I mean comlpicated admission process, high fees ...
question #2: Oxford or Cambridge? Both have courses for celtic, but I cannot decide ... Some advantage for Cambridge is that it can be studied at its own; but maybe at Oxford it's much better ... Any relevant information?
I'd like to get one thing straight that people have been messing up in this thread: At Cambridge with the ASNaC tripos, while you actually take papers in the ancient forms of the Celtic languages, you are encouraged and given means to study the modern dialects also. For example, there are travel grants available for ASNaC students to study modern languages in Ireland, the UK, Iceland and Scandinavia. And yes, you can learn Breton, Cornish and Manx. I'm going to start ASNaC this October, and at my interview I specifically asked about learning these other Celtic languages. According to my interviewer, the Celtic specialist at Cambridge is always excited to get students who want to learn these tongues.
I'm also an international and was worried about the high fees to go to school at Cambridge, but there is plenty of money there to help students who need it. Thanks to my college (Trinity), I will not have any financial worry this fall.