Swansea University is well-known for offering a great student experience – with plenty of things happening that can help make your years as a student into some of the best years of your life. Swansea features thousands of students around the city, making it a great place to study! Whether you’re an undergraduate, postgraduate or visiting student, you will have an enjoyable time! Unfortunately the time will fly by – but you’ll certainly have enough time to do everything on this list! This article should give you some inspiration to get the most out of your stay at Swansea. This list ranges from things such as landmarks to see, places to travel, and most importantly – graduation! Read on!
1. Explore Wales!
Wales is a beautiful country! There is a great mix between cities and the countryside, with much to see. Take full advantage of being here, and make sure you explore! Swansea as a city actually features a lot to see and do, but there are other places worth visiting too – Cardiff and Aberystwyth are good examples of other places in Wales that are worth seeing!
2. Utilise the Student’s Union
It is well worth engaging with Swansea’s Student’s Union! They offer many activities for students to enjoy, and provide general support when needed. There are a range of societies too, which are great for making friends, developing new hobbies and interests and ultimately, having fun! Societies range from academic-based to hobby-based – there should be something for everyone! You can also check out our advice pages too, should you ever need!
3. Enjoy the Nightlife!
Swansea offers an impressive nightlife! There is an abundance of places to visit in Swansea, all of which offer something unique! Whether bars, pubs or nightclubs are your thing – you can certainly find something! It is well worth taking time out in the evenings to recharge your batteries.
4. Learn about Different Cultures!
This doesn’t mean you should find two other people, sit on a piece of lawn somewhere and recreate the corny picture seen on every front cover of a University prospectus. Instead, and jokes aside, Swansea features a diverse range of cultures that is well worth taking advantage of. You can learn about these different cultures, and perhaps even try out a new cuisine style! The ability of working with people from different backgrounds is an excellent asset to have!
5. Try Out the Sport Facilities
Swansea University boasts impressive sports facilities – as a student here, you should take advantage of them. Whether you are just a casual player playing for fun, wanting to get exercise, or compete for the University – it is something worth trying. For those who do take sport seriously, Swansea is part of many BUCS leagues, giving you the chance to compete against other Universities, with many sports featuring competitive teams. As mentioned earlier, societies are an excellent way of trying out sports.
6. Sail on the Copper Jack!
One of Swansea’s great sights is the Copper Jack elegantly gliding through the water, and ultimately heading for the city’s Liberty Stadium. At some point, you should take a trip on the boat, which is run by volunteers. The journey starts and ends at Swansea Marina, and only takes a maximum of two hours. It can be very relaxing, and offers a look at Swansea like never before! You’ll really get to know the city by doing this! Check out their website here.
7. See Swansea’s Street Art
The chances are that despite walking past the range of street art in Swansea, you’ve never quite appreciated it! There are considerable paintings around streets in Swansea. The Maritime Quarter features some impressive sculptures, while the High Street of course in renowned for street art. The enormous portrait of Elizabeth Taylor is an iconic sight!
8. See Oystermouth Castle in the Mumbles
A firm favourite of the Swansea community is Oystermouth Castle, located in the Mumbles. The ancient castle features some impressive sights, and the view from the top of the castle is nothing short of breathtaking! This is a good chance too to learn about some of the history of Swansea.
9. Go and Support Swansea FC!
Okay, they aren’t quite Manchester United, but Swansea are (for now), a Premier League football club, and therefore it is well worth visiting the Liberty Stadium at least once to see them play. A great atmosphere is created, and every now and then, a richly-appreciated victory happens!
10. Visit King Arthur’s Stone!
An intriguing sight in Swansea – there is a stone that was allegedly thrown by none other than King Arthur. The stone is located at the Reynoldston area of Swansea. This is a very cheap thing to do – considering it just naturally sits near to a car park! In what is best described as a myth – King Arthur allegedly found a stone in his shoe, which he promptly threw. It apparently multiplied in size as it gracefully headed for its landing place. In any case, it is an impressive view!
11. Visit Other Parts of the United Kingdom!
The United Kingdom features some incredible cities. Getting to England is easy via train, and Bristol is a great city that is well worth visiting. For shopping fans – Cabot Circus is an amazing shopping centre! Going further, London is obviously a great choice, while the likes of Brighton and Birmingham are reasonable to get to. Meanwhile, for a longer journey, consider onward travel to Manchester, Leeds or Newcastle – and don’t forget coastal areas! There is a lot to see, the UK features some amazing landmarks! If you are wary of the high train fees – check out our guide here on 7 ways to save on rail travel!
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12. Study Hard!
While this isn’t as fun as most of the suggestions in this article – this is still a critical element of University! However, what is most important is to get a good work/life balance. By doing this, you’ll be able to harness your mind’s full capabilities – ending in great results! With the University boasting good graduate prospects, your hard work can certainly pay off!
The single most important part of being a student at Swansea – graduation! This is where your year’s of hard work will pay off – ensure you get to this day! It’ll be a proud day for you and your family. Hopefully, on your way to graduation, you’ll be able to complete many of the things in your stay here! Why not consider joining me and writing about this great University and City, details can be found below!