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Student areas in Swansea

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Brynmill

Located 1.5 miles west of the city centre, Brynmill is one of the most popular areas for student houses in Swansea due to its proximity to Swansea University (just over 1km in distance). Make sure you visit Brynymor Road for a great selection of restaurants and cafes, or the nearby Uplands for a student night out to remember.

Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant is home to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s campus and is conveniently located within walking distance to the city centre. It’s a great place to find private student accommodation in Swansea and has excellent public transport links, with Swansea Train Station under 1km away from Mount Pleasant.

Sandfields

Situated just a short distance from Swansea city centre, Sandfields is a popular choice for student housing in Swansea. Located just over 1km from The University of Wales Trinity Saint David and around 2km away from Swansea University - Sandfields is a convenient location that brings all the benefits of city living, but without the price tag.

Swansea City Centre

When you choose to live in Swansea city centre, you’ll be at the heart of the action and find plenty of fantastic options for student housing in Swansea. You’ll be within walking distance of University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea Train Station and the historic Swansea Castle, and never far from a diverse selection of cafes, bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

Swansea Marina

Situated in the city’s Maritime Quarter, Swansea Marina is definitely one of the more picturesque places to live in the city - with many options for luxury student accommodation in Swansea. The Marina has a wide selection of quality restaurants and bars, and is the perfect spot for harbourside strolls.

Uplands

Uplands is a popular area for both Swansea University and University of Wales Trinity Saint David students. The area is also known for its nightlife - with lots of bars located on Uplands Crescent with student friendly offers and drinks deals. Uplands is just one mile away from Swansea city centre and has some great house shares and student apartments in Swansea.

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About student living in Swansea

Whether you prefer to live in student housing in Swansea located in the heart of the city centre or want to enjoy the peace and quiet that the Suburbs offers - you’ll always find things to explore nearby. Here are some of Swansea’s highlights:

Food and Drink

The Swansea food scene boasts a broad range of independent eateries, artisan producers, street food vendors and fine dining restaurants. Not to mention, seafood is always in good supply with it being a coastal city (head to Slice or Hanson at the Chelsea) for some tasty and memorable fish and shellfish dishes. To enjoy food and drinks on the beach, make sure you pay a visit to Swansea Marina to explore its range of cafes, restaurants and bars.

Nightlife

Both Swansea city centre and Uplands are great places to venture for a good knees up. Swansea city centre has lots to offer, with its own Popworld and the only superclub in the city - Fiction. You’ll also find a strong live music scene, with Hangar 18 and the Hyst regularly hosting weekly shows from local musicians and performers. If you live in Uplands, the Uplands Tavern Pub and Bar Saint James are both great places to visit to experience Upland’s bustling nightlife scene.

Culture

With its rugged coastline and sandy beaches, Swansea offers the best of the great outdoors and a host of historic indoor attractions. To learn about Swansea’s history, some of the best things to do include riding the Swansea Community Boat for a historic River Tawe trip, visiting the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and watching a show at the Swansea Grand Theatre.

Shopping

With a range of indoor and outdoor shopping areas, Swansea is home to the Quadrant Shopping Centre which is attached to the bus station, making it a hotspot for student shopping - no matter where your student flats in Swansea are located. It also hosts the biggest indoor market in Wales at Swansea Market, which has over 100 independent stalls, ranging from crafts to food.

FAQs about student accommodation in Swansea

How much is student housing in Swansea?

Student accommodation in Swansea starts at £70 and can cost over £300 per person per week (pppw). The average rental cost for student housing in Swansea is around £91 pppw, excluding bills. For purpose built apartments, the average is £132 pppw. How much you spend all depends on your preferences and whether you choose to opt for a student house share in Swansea or luxury student accommodation in Swansea. Your chosen neighbourhood can have a huge influence on your monthly rental cost too.

Is Swansea cheap for students?

There is an abundance of cheap student accommodation in Swansea and it has the fifth-lowest monthly rent when compared against the UK's other university cities.

Where do Swansea University students live?

Swansea University students are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding somewhere to live. There’s plenty of student accommodation in Swansea located in the city centre, Swansea Marina, Brynmill, Uplands, Mount Pleasant and Sandfields.

Is Swansea expensive to live in?

No. Swansea is a relatively cheap place to live compared to many UK university cities.

What rank is Swansea University?

Swansea University is ranked 24th place in the Guardian University Guide 2022, 29th in the Complete University Guide 2022 and 39th in the Times Good University Guide 2022.

Where is the best place to live in Swansea?

This depends entirely on where your university campus is located. You’ll be able to find student accommodation in Swansea in close proximity to all of the city’s university campuses.

Is Swansea University a Russell Group?

No, Swansea University is not a member of the Russell Group.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student properties in Swansea are now advertised with bills included in the price. Where this is the case, your rental price could include electricity, gas, internet, TV licence and water bills and this is clearly stated on the listing. Properties without bills included are also available, giving you the flexibility to choose your own energy and water suppliers and internet service provider.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

It is normal for property managers to require you to pay a security deposit at the time of booking or before you move in. Where a deposit is required and you are signing a tenancy agreement, your property manager must protect your deposit in a legally recognised tenancy deposit scheme. As long as you look after the property and have no deductions for damage or unpaid rent, your deposit will be returned to you after your tenancy agreement ends. Tenancy deposits are legally capped at five weeks’ rent per person, so if your own portion of the rent is £100 per week, the maximum deposit would be £500. It is more common however for student deposits to be in the £100-250 range.

How long does a tenancy agreement last for?

The majority of student accommodation in Swansea is rented for fixed contract lengths. For purpose built student accommodation, 43 and 51 week fixed term contracts are the most common. For shared houses, 52 week stays are the most common and generally start in July to September.

Do you offer student accommodation for short-term stays?

Short-term student rentals in Swansea are becoming more popular every year. As a result, property managers are increasingly offering shorter tenancy lengths, whether for the summer period or for individual semesters and terms. This is more common in the purpose built student accommodation sector than in shared student rental houses in Swansea.

Latest student property news in Swansea

EQT Exeter Completes Purchase of PBSA Portfolio
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EQT Exeter has completed the purchase of a prime PBSA Portfolio, comprised of five purpose-built student accommodation assets.
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