Swansea University

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By Wick3d

A fantastic experience! It has a great support network, 24/7 library, fantastic scenery with the gower coast being stunning. Lectures are taught in a relaxed environment by people at the forefront of their respective fields and great lab sessions are provided throughout the course within individual modules.

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Facilities

Facilities

Location
The University boasts two beachfront campuses, both on the edge of the beautiful Gower Peninsula.  Both university campuses are a few miles from the city centre, where you can enjoy the local attractions and nightlife.

Library and study facilities
Swansea University Libraries and Archives provide a high-quality service to students, staff and visitors.   Our libraries support teaching, learning and research activities across the University and offer the latest technology, facilities and training.  Swansea University Libraries have over 1,800 PCs with silent and group study areas.

Careers service
The Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) provides a network for linking students with employers - ranging from employer talks and workshops through to student led networking events. The Academy supports Swansea University students at each stage of their journey towards a graduate career - from coordinating professional careers advice, managing a range of placement schemes and ensuring face-to-face & online support, to providing guidance for making informed career choices and preparing for interviews.

Students’ Union
The Students’ Union at Swansea is the centre of activity, offering over 180 sports clubs and societies for you to choose from.  Not only can joining a club or society be a great way to make new friends and meet like-minded people, it can also give you valuable transferable skills for gaining future employment.
In addition to the clubs and societies the Students’ Union hold a number of key events through the year that you wouldn’t want to miss!
Welsh Varsity – Swansea take on Cardiff in over 30 sports, a phenomenal event that every student can enjoy, wear your t-shirt and join the Swansea GWA Green and White Army.
Summer Ball – A festival style event held on the meadow on Singleton Park Campus, former acts include Rudimental, Florence and the Machine and Chase and Status.

Sports
Here at Swansea we pride ourselves on our dedication and commitment to sport and active living. Sport Swansea encompasses all areas of sport and recreation, welcoming every level of sporting ability.
Our Sports Village, located just across the road from Singleton Campus houses Wales’ National Pool, University Gym; Squash Courts; Fitness and Spin Studios; multi-purpose Sports Hall; Physiotherapy Clinic and a Soft Tissue Therapy Clinic.  Outdoor facilities include Tennis Courts, Playing Fields, Athletics Track and Field, Sports Pavilion and Astroturf Pitches.
The Bay Campus features a full height Sports Hall that can accommodate basketball, badminton, netball, volleyball, fencing and archery. There is also a fully equipped gym with a functional room for spin and kettlebells. Other sporting facilities and services include: a floodlit multi-use games area and half basketball court, training pitches, programmes of beach sports such as rugby, beach soccer, volleyball and beach tennis, instructor-led water sports programme in stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) and kayaking, cycle hire, exercise and jogging routes.

Medical and welfare services.
While you study at Swansea we offer you a range of health and welfare support services. We are committed to promoting a safe and supportive environment for you so that you can make the most of your time here. 
The university has been positively mentioned for its range of student support in several review categories.  The CampusLife services include:
Community
Welfare
Money
Chaplaincy
International

Financial Aid
The award-winning [email protected] team are here to help you with any student money related issues.  They deal with a wide array of students who all have differing circumstances and backgrounds and are on hand to provide information, advice and guidance where required. [email protected] aims to empower students to take control of their finances in order to limit the impact of financial issues to ensure students achieve their maximum potential whilst ensuring a positive student experience.

Courses and fees

Courses and fees

Entry Requirements
Swansea University accepts a wide range of qualifications not just A Levels and BTEC National Diploma.  Each course has a different requirement, and this can be found on the relevant course page on the website.
Some courses have requirements for example AAB-BBB at A Level, this means the University will take things like your personal statement into account as well as your predicted grades before making a conditional offer.
Find your course here.

Faculties / Departments

International
We have a thriving international community with students from all over the world choosing to study with us. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment.
Swansea University offers up to £1.5 million worth of scholarships for international students. We are proud to support the Chevening Scholarship Programme and we are honoured to be part of the Santander Network of Universities. We recognise the ambition and talent of many international students and offer scholarships up to £6,000 for Undergraduate study.

Tuition fees
UK Students Per Year: £9,000
International Students Per Year: Please refer to website
How much you will pay depends on where you live and you may be eligible for financial assistance (income-related) and/or a scholarship bursary.
For the most up-to-date information on fees and funding visit swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding

Bursaries and scholarships

Excellence Scholarships
£3,000 will be awarded to all students who achieve AAA at A-Level (or equivalent including the Welsh Baccalaureate Award).  Each scholarship is worth £3,000 over three years.

Merit Scholarships
£2,000 will be awarded to all students who achieve AAB at A-Level (or equivalent including the Welsh Baccalaureate Award).  Each scholarship is worth £2,000 over three years.

Sport Scholarships
Each year the University offers several undergraduate entrance scholarships for outstanding students in their sporting activity.  Scholarships are worth up to £3,000 per year.

Music Scholarships
Swansea University offers scholarships for talented musical performers worth up to £1,000 per year including a cash payment and regular instrumental and vocal lessons.

Coleg Cymraeg
The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol offers scholarships worth up to £3,000 if you follow credits through the medium of Welsh.

Open Days

At our Undergraduate Open Days you can explore our two university campuses at Singleton Park and the Bay, discuss course options and entry requirements with subject representatives and view our accommodation on campus and at our nearby Student Village. Open Days are a great way to get a feel for the University and to find out if you would like to live and study here. 

Our Postgraduate Open Days give you the opportunity to:

  • Get answers to your questions about postgraduate taught and research opportunities at Swansea University.
  • Find out more about postgraduate student loans and the application process
  • Find out more about postgraduate funding and the scholarships Swansea has to offer.
  • Meet current postgraduate students and hear about their study experiences.
  • Meet course representatives and speak to admissions tutors about research options.
  • Speak to staff and get expert advice about applications, accommodation, finance, careers, research, and support for international students.
  • Take a guided tour of our fantastic postgraduate facilities and seafront campuses.

Explore campus with our 360-degree virtual tour here.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Starting University is an exciting whirlwind and amidst it all, you need a place where you can relax, take stock, and feel right at home, right away.

Whether you want to live in cosy campus halls, leafy student village, or in one of the nearby private properties the Swansea University Residential Services Team are there to ensure that you choose the accommodation that is perfect for you.

Adapted rooms are available for those with special requirements, including wheelchair users.

Accommodation includes:

  • Free WIFI
  • Free contents insurance
  • Telephone in study bedrooms (with free calls throughout the University network)
  • TV points in all study rooms
  • Welfare Wardens in residence
  • Student Residents’ Committees
  • Part-catered and self-catered residences (Bay Campus is self-catered only)
  • En-suite and standard rooms with shared bathrooms (Bay Campus has en-suite rooms only)
  • Family accommodation
  • 40, 47 and 51-week residences

Bay Campus (on campus)
All the rooms at the Bay Campus are en-suite and are self-catered.  As well as standard rooms, this campus has premium rooms (which is larger and has a double bed), twin bedrooms as well as both one and two-bedroom flats.

Hendrefoelan Student Village (off campus)
Hendrefoelan Student Village houses over 1,200 students, with each flat or house hosting between 7-10 other students.

Singleton Park Campus (on campus)
Singleton Park offers a range of different sized rooms, including self-catered, en-suite, standard, inclusive and a catering card package.  Some are available for 40 weeks, while others you can have for up to 51, meaning you don’t have move out during the holidays.

Beck House (off campus)
Beck House is specifically for families, international students and postgraduates.  These are single rooms in houses with between 6-11 other students, most of which are mature.  47 or 51-week contracts are available for standard rooms or a large en-suite.  

Our student reviewers praised how well-maintained Swansea University

To find out more, visit Swansea’s accommodation pages.

Campus

No.

Typical Type of Room

Cost Per Week

Bay Campus

2005

Mainly en-suite rooms

En-suite £144**

Beck House

130

Mix of standard and en-suite rooms

En-suite £125**

Hendrefoelan

1030

All standard rooms

Standard - £91**

Singleton

1180

Mix of standard and en-suite rooms

En-suite £137**

SAS Lettings

665

Rooms in shared houses, off-campus

Standard - £90**

**Costs are based on a Typical Medium Room in that category. Restriction on certain types of accommodation may apply.

There are also offer designated rooms for those looking for single sex, alcohol free, quiet or Welsh-speaking accommodation.  

Travel Information

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To get from one university campus to the other, Swansea has several bus routes running all day and every 8 minutes during peak times throughout the term.

Since the city centre is situated between the two campuses, these bus routes also double up as a cheap and efficient means of getting into the heart of Swansea.

Living Here

Living Here

On campus
Both campuses offer an impressive range of facilities to enhance student living experience.  Singleton Park has an on campus theatre and cinema, shops, catering outlets, and even a museum.  The Bay Campus has a state-of-the-art library, an 800 seat auditorium, several coffee shops, dining hall and retail shops.

Sports and recreation
Swansea University’s range of societies includes academic clubs, societies to grow your skills for future careers, as well as general hobbies and interests.  Why not try Beer-Pong, Glee or Quidditch if you’re looking for something new!  The University also offers Sport for All, which means you can get involved whether you’re an elite athlete or just looking to improve your general fitness.  Swansea University has over 180 sports clubs and societies available to join.
We’re sure that there’ll be one (or more!) clubs and societies perfect for you, but if not don’t worry.  The Union make it easy for you to start your own.

Entertainment
One of the most common things to come up in reviews is the beach and how close it is to the university, perfect for the summer BBQs and winter walks.  As well as several beaches, the city centre is walking/cycling distance (or a short bus ride from both campuses) so you’re never far from the shops and bars.

Nightlife
Ask any student where they spend their student nights and they will almost certainly tell you about Wind Street (just look at our reviews!) – the hub of Swansea’s night life.  There will be bars you recognise such as Walkabout and Revolution but also quirky independent bars such as Flickering Light and Lil London.

Other Contact Details

Phone number:
+44 (0)1792 205678

Mailing address:
Swansea University
Singleton Park
Swansea
SA2 8PP
Wales
UK