Campus and Crime Map

Student Accommodation

  • All first-year students are guaranteed university accommodation, providing their application is submitted by the published date and that an offer of accommodation is responded to by the stated deadline. Please refer to the university website for details.
  • A wide range of accommodation includes catered and self-catered residences with either standard or en-suite rooms available. Fferm Penglais residence offers high-end, en-suite student rooms, along with 100 studios. 
  • Facilities are located either on-site or close to the residences, including learning and study spaces, laundry rooms, secure bike storage, communal space for clubs and societies and café/restaurant/shop.
  • Accommodation fees include utilities, Internet/Wi-Fi and a high level of personal contents insurance, plus free sports centre platinum membership.
  • The majority of residences are within five to ten minutes' walk of the campus, while others are in town or on the seafront.

Accommodation Costs

Catered from £4,540 per year
Self-Catered from £3,331 to £6,786 per year

Student Life

  • City Population: 16,420
  • Student Population: 10,000
  • Aberystwyth is a small market town within Ceredigion, West Wales. 
  • The town is huddled between three hills and is focused around a seafront with two beaches, castle ruins, a harbour, pier and promenade. The surrounding hills hold the visible remains of an Iron Age fort and a monument to Wellington.
  • Despite the town's geographical isolation, Aberystwyth's large student population and many attractions for tourists provide a lively atmosphere.

Culture and Nightlife

  • The town has a range of high street and boutique shops, a large selection of traditional and modern pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants, as well as a couple of nightclubs.
  • Local attractions include Constitution Hill, Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth Castle and the ancient hill fort Pen Dinas, while the Rheidol Valley Steam Train offers a fun day out to Devil's Bridge and its picturesque waterfalls and bridges.
  • There are also two main cinemas: The Commodore cinema, family-run with a bar; and the independent Art Centre cinema, which broadcasts live satellite events from around the world.
  • The town's beach front is popular with walkers, joggers, skaters, roller-bladers and bikers, and the coast provides plenty of opportunities for water sports, including bodyboarding, kite-surfing and kayaking.
  • Plascrug Leisure Centre offers a range of indoor and outdoor sports facilities including swimming pools, indoor sports hall and squash courts, a fitness suite and gym, tennis and netball courts and a five-a-side football pitch. Students also have access to the recently refurbished Aberystwyth University sports centre.


  • The main Penglais Campus is a 15 minute walk from the town centre.
  • Regular bus services run to destinations including Cardigan, Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea and Machynlleth. National Express offers a daily link to London and Birmingham, while Megabus provides services to London and Cardiff.
  • Aberystwyth Railway Station is on the Cambrian Line to Shrewsbury and Birmingham. Trains to London Euston take five hours. The station is a 20-minute walk from the university.
  • Aberystwyth is easily accessible by road.