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Aberystwyth, University of Wales

Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom

  • 357 THE World University Rankings 2014-2015
  • 303 THE World University Rankings 2013-2014

Campus setting Suburban
Living cost RM 3,587 per month
Student population Large (More than 10,000)
International students 20%
Institution type Public


Lovingly dubbed Aber, the Aberstwyth University was first established in 1867 by the Welsh University committee in the form of purchasing the uncompleted Castle hotel. Its following years were in full swing, struggling through the Great Depression before stablising in 1872. Fondly known as The People's University, Aber became the first institution in Wales to offer courses in Chemistry, Comparative Philology, English Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, Geography, German, Greek, Hebrew (also Arabic, Syrian, Sanskrit, Turkishand Persian), History, Italian, Latin, Logicand Philosophy, Mathematics, National Sciences and Astronomy.

Since then, Aberstwyth University has not slowed down (even in its third century of operating) in spreading high quality education in one of the most unique places in the UK. As a participant of the Erasmus scheme, students can expand studies to other parts of Europe or participate in exchange programmes to Aber from their own universities.

  • University of the Year for Teaching Quality (The Good University Guide 2018, The Times & Sunday Times).
  • Top 5 in the UK and Best in Wales for student satisfaction, NSS 2017*.
  • 3rd in Wales in the Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.
  • Top 40 UK University according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17.

Up to 95% of graduates find employment or continue in further education in just 6 months after graduation (HESA 2017).

Also, 95% of the research produced by the University is of internationally recognized standards (REF 2014).

Campus Information 

Facilities include:

  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre
  • Brynamlwg (Staff Social Club)
  • Childcare
  • Hospitality Services Venues
  • Language Resource Centre
  • Libraries
  • Music Centre
  • Sports Centre
  • Students' Union

The University is set in beautiful unspoilt scenery on the shores of Cardigan Bay. The beach has consistently been awarded the EU blue flag for cleanliness. The landscape, flora and fauna in the Aberystwyth area are quite outstanding. Several sites of special scientific interest are close to the University. Red kites regularly fly over the campuses and bottlenosed dolphins can be seen offshore. As a major tourist centre, Aberystwyth has a wealth of restaurants and good places to eat and plenty of general activities and facilities.


Self-Catered Accommodation

  • Cwrt Mawr 
  • Rosser 
  • Trefloyne 
  • Pentre Jane Morgan (PJM) 
  • Seafront Residences 
  • Alexandra Hall 
  • Brynderw 
  • Claredon House 

Catered Accommodation

  • Penbryn 
  • Pantycelyn
Courses Available 
  • Accounting and Finances
  • Law
  • Humanities & Social Sciences 
  • English Language
  • Creative Arts & Design
Additional Information 

This historically beautiful university town boasts the safest nightlife in all of Wales - offering art centres, unions, fantastic riverside facilities and 52 pubs and night clubs all for the students and visitors.

The beautiful English terrain surrounding Aberstwyth provides the greatest chance for outdoor enthusiasts to improve their climbing, boating and trekking skills, or for city habits to enjoy fresh green air.

  • Voted Safest Place to Study in Wales and amongst the 10 safest in the UK by the complete University Guide 2016