Swansea, United Kingdom
Swansea has much more to offer students than just beautiful beaches and a fun student life. Sonali Acharjee discovers what makes the experience here so special.
A breathtaking coastline and world- class academics are just some of the reasons why student life at Swansea is unforgettable.
The second largest city of Wales, Swansea has long been a student favourite because of its natural beauty and cosmopolitan outlook. The city, which is currently undergoing a £ 1 billion special refurbishment scheme, is one of the few Welsh cities to have been transformed into a leading student destination without compromising on its old world charm and hospitality.
“I chose to study at Swansea because I wanted to live in a city where one can experience both peace as well as city life at the same time. Swansea is dotted with parks, secluded hideouts and beach coves which are perfect if you wish to be left alone. On the other hand if you want to party or meet new people, the city offers a bustling and fun nightlife,” says Anuradha Nair, 18, a student at Swansea University.
Swansea University is one of the major educational attractions in the city. The university currently boasts of a stunning campus in Singleton Park overlooking Swansea Bay and was recently awarded the Times Higher Education
“A GROWING INTERNATIONAL STUDENT BODY IS JUST ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF STUDYING AT SWANSEA,” SHELLEY MATTHEW, SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
Award for the best student experience in the United Kingdom. “I feel very safe at Swansea. I can walk about at any time of the night on my own or visit just about any corner of the city without having to worry or fret about security. I think this certainly enriches the overall student experience as you can focus on your academics much better,” adds Nair.
From the Victorian Grand Theatre to the annual Welsh music festival, students have plenty of recreational op- tions in the city. “It’s a lively community and there is always something to do after classes on weekdays and on weekends. Personally I just love to sit on the beach, eat some seafood and read books,” says Nair, who is originally from Delhi.
Around 2,000 foreign students come to Swansea each year. Together they represent nearly 120 different cultures and countries from around the world. “Swansea is a very cosmopolitan and tolerant city. A growing international student body is just one of the benefits of studying here. From the moment you arrive till the day you leave, you will feel welcomed and right at home,” says Shelley Matthew, international project officer at Swansea University.
With over 100 university partners across the world, the cities two main higher education institutions, Swansea University and Swansea Metropolitan University, offer students the chance to spend a year or semester working or studying abroad. “It’s just a wonderful place to both live and study. I would be happy to stay on and pursue my masters here as well,” adds Nair.