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The university is located on the coast of Wales near to the Gower peninsula. Educating nearly 15,000 students, Swansea has a wide range of courses to choose from of which almost all contain the opportunity to study in Europe or the USA. The university's sports achievements and facilities are impressive with a £20m international sports village and a £1.4m Beach and Water Sports Centre that is university run.
As of 2013 Swansea Metropolitan University became part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. It is a multidisciplinary collegiate university offering courses in a wide range of fields varying from tourism to health to media to executive business. Every campus offers something unique to students, both geographically and educationally. The university offers several opportunities to students who wish to study abroad including China, USA, Canada and Europe.
Brynmill is a suburb that lies around two miles west of the city centre. Due to its proximity to Swansea University it is also extremely popular among students. The area lies just behind Swansea Bay, a large sandy beach in the city and along with the beach students choosing to live here will also have quick and easy access to Victoria Park and Brynmill Park as well as the city's recreation ground. Brynmill Park in particular is very popular, and a great amount of money has been spent upon its restoration over the last few years by the city council.
A very central location, Sandfields doesn't have a strict set of boundaries but the generally acknowledged area lies just west of the city centre. Sandfields contains many of Swansea's notable buildings and is home to many hotels and guest houses. Student accommodation in the area is relatively sparse, but for city centre living Sandfields can't be beaten.
The west of the city centre and just to the north of Swansea University, Sketty is popular with students, boasting a number of private accommodation options alongside the more traditional university-owned accommodation at Hendrefolean Student Village. If you want to live near campus without paying campus prices, Sketty might be right for you.
St. Thomas is a traditionally working class area of Swansea with a large range of Victorian terraced houses that offer some cheaper alternatives to properties in the west of the city. Particularly suited to students studying at the Swansea Metropolitan campus St. Thomas offers some great options that are also close to the city centre.
If you're looking to get involved in Swansea's nightlife, or looking to get any shopping done, Uplands is where you go. As well as becoming increasingly known as a place to go out, Uplands is also where much of the city's more high-end student accommodation is located, with the area offering a wealth of large properties situated between the two main university campuses in the city.
In order to enhance your Swansea house-hunt, feel free to use our advanced search. If you are unsure what area to begin with, you can't go far wrong by starting your search in Brynmill and Uplands.