The campus-based Aberystwyth University is at the heart of Aberystwyth, a cosmopolitan town in Mid Wales.


On the outskirts of a city or town


In or close to the countryside


On the coast, near the sea


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: A40

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 86%
  • Postgraduate 14%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 81%
  • Part Time 19%

Where students come from

  • UK 83%
  • EU 11%
  • Other 6%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Hugh Owen Library is open 24/7 during term time with extensive resources, quiet study areas and flexible learning spaces for group or individual projects. Library services include a personalised AberCard, e-learning resources, past examination papers, study zones and more.
  • The National Library of Wales, one of only five copyright libraries in Britain, is situated next to the campus, giving free access to over six million books, manuscripts, maps and more.
  • Wi-Fi access is widely available and the AberLearn Blackboard virtual learning environment provides online resources, including lecture materials, online reading lists and lecture recordings.

Student jobs

  • The Careers Service provides a freely accessible database of part-time work in the local area.
  • The University’s AberWorks option provides a broad range of part-time and casual work across the institution, and the AberForward scheme offers work experience over the summer across all university departments and functions.
  • Extensive one-to-one support, as well as workshop sessions, on sourcing and applying for part-time work locally is available throughout the week.

Careers advice

  • Careers Service staff offer advice and information via one-to-one drop-in sessions; full guidance appointments can also be booked. Workshops to enhance skills development and career choice are offered centrally by the Careers Service, as well as by visiting employers and guest speakers.
  • Within academic departments, Careers Service staff deliver lectures, presentations and workshops, and offer subject-specific guidance, advice and information.
  • AberConnections offers a comprehensive database of local, national and international opportunities, including part-time work, short-term placements, summer opportunities, 12-month internships and full-time graduate roles.
  • Volunteering opportunities, careers fairs and a range or employer-led events are also offered throughout the academic year to all students.
  • An eMentoring service for students is provided in collaboration with Alumni across the diverse subject areas and a multitude of work sectors.

Health services

  • All students are encouraged to register with a local GP, which the university facilitates in conjunction with local GP surgeries.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The Student Well-being Service provides advice and support on a range of emotional, psychological or mental health issues related to student life. It offers a professional, private and confidential service of up to six sessions per student per year.
  • For students eligible for the Disabled Students' Allowance the university also offers mental health mentoring.
  • A range of workshops are also offered on common issues such as examination stress, low mood, and more.

Disability support

  • For disabled students, those with long-standing health conditions or a specific learning difference (SpLD), the university's Accessibility Service can arrange a variety of support such as one-to-one sessions with study tutors and/or mentors according to student eligibility.
  • The service can advise on adapted accommodation, enabling technology, individual examination arrangements and the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) application process, both before and after entry.

Students' Union

  • The award-winning Students' Union (Best in Wales 2017, NUS Wales) is located at the heart of Penglais campus. It provides a comprehensive range of welfare, social and sporting facilities as well as the union bar and Brynamlwg Tavern.
  • An entertainments team organises weekly events and there are over 100 clubs and societies, including rugby, surfing, paintball, debating, film and environmental groups, among others.
  • The Advice Centre helps students with a wide range of issues.


  • Aberystwyth University was established in 1872 as the first university college in Wales. The university pioneered a number of academic disciplines in Wales: Welsh, Law, Drama, International Politics and Geography.

Fascinating Fact

  • 65% of all oats grown in the UK have been bred at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • HRH The Prince of Wales.
  • Lance Batchelor – chief executive officer of SAGA Group.
  • Dr Catherine Bishop – Olympic medal-winning rower.
  • Alex Jones – presenter of BBC TV's The One Show.
  • HRH Tuanku Muhriz – 11th Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.
  • Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM – former first minister of Wales (2009–2018)
  • Justice Belinda Ang Saw Ean – judge in the Supreme Court of Singapore.
  • Director Professor Frederick Soddy – Nobel Prize-winning chemist.
  • Rt Hon Baroness Kay Andrews OBE – deputy speaker of the House of Lords.
  • Sharon Maguire – film director, with credits including Bridget Jones's Diary.


Aberystwyth University, Cledwyn Building, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DD