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Student Accommodation

  • All first year students are guaranteed a place in university accommodation providing their application is submitted by the published date, and that an offer of accommodation is responded to by the stated deadline.
  • A wide range of accommodation includes catered and self-catered residences with either standard or en-suite rooms available; the Fferm Penglais residence offers new en-suite student rooms, along with 100 studios, all larger than any previously offered by the university.
  • Located either on site or close to the residences are 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 located within easy reach of campus with some also located in town and on the seafront.

Accommodation Costs


Number of university/college beds 3,822
Typical annual cost of university/college accommodation £3,700–£5,000
Typical annual cost of private accommodation £2,900–£3,700

Living Here

  • 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 pier and a harbour. 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; the town has many services and is home to more than fifty pubs.

Getting Around

  • 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, trains to London Euston take 5 hours; the station is a 20-minute walk from the university's Penglais campus.
  • The Vale of Rheidol steam-operated railway also runs services to Capel Bangor and Devil’s Bridge for most of the year.
  • Aberystwyth is easily accessible by road.

Culture and Nightlife

  • There is a large selection of traditional and modern pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants as well as a couple of nightclubs.
  • Local attractions include the Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth Castle and the ancient hill fort Pen Dinas, while the Rheidol Valley stream train offers a fun day out to Devil's Bridge and its picturesque waterfalls and bridges. The town has 3 cinemas, including the Commodore, a family-run cinema 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 watersports, including body boarding, kite-surfing and sub-aqua.
  • The nearby 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; in addition, students have access to the recently refurbished Aberystwyth University Sports Centre with its many activities and facilities. Aberystwyth also has its own athletics, football, cricket, rugby and boxing clubs.