By now you can probably manoeuvre around your main campus, including the lecture theatres, your accommodation and dining hall. As for town, you have probably found a food shop, amenities and night clubs. So, now you’re starting to find your feet, here’s a quick guide for you in preparation for when you’re ready to spread your wings, exploring the area and visiting places of interest in the region, such as the Gower and the Welsh capital city, Cardiff.
1. Basics of getting in and back from town
If you’ve got food delivered so far and headed to town on foot or taxi, it might be worth looking to invest in a bus pass. If you haven’t jumped on one already, the bus services between campuses are very frequent and you can hop off in town too. Numbers 8, 9 and 10 will get you there.
2. How to get to the Gower
The Mumbles is the start of the Gower and that’s a brisk walk or a short bike ride from Singleton, a bus ride or longer cycle from the Bay Campus) along the seafront (head right out of all campuses) until you get to the Wharf and other attractions at the Mumbles. Mumbles is the start of the lovely beaches.
You could walk from Mumbles to Langland beach along the coastal path, the next beach along after that is Caswell. Alternatively on the bus, catch the number 8 bus to Gower rd near Olchfa comprehensive school and from there catch the 118 bus to Rhossili via Killay – average travel time on the bus is about an hour to Rhossili (which isn’t too bad as it can take up to 40 minutes in the car). To plan your journey to the Gower click your current location and final destintation: https://www.traveline.cymru/Also check out all the bus routes and ways to get around the Gower without a car here for more information on the local area.
3. Shop in Cardiff
Why not go for a day out in Cardiff. The St David’s2 shopping centre is full of lovely shops and the surrounding pedestrianized shopping area is a favourite among shoppers, especially with Christmas around the corner. Pop-up for a day (and night) out. Trains leave about every half an hour and will get you to the city Centre within 50 minutes or so. If you’re travelling by bus – catch the X10 to the Central Bus Station on Penarth Road. If you’re into shopping, the Bridgend shopping outlet McArthur Glen will be on the bus route – it’s well worth a visit for a bargain or six!
4. Walk near your Campus
If you are new to Swansea, there are many walks that will show you the beauty of the surrounding area that you can access by foot. The Clyne Gardens are a short walk from Singleton Campus and will leave you transported into an array of bluebell woods and wild flower meadows:
If your residing at the Bay Campus: take a stroll along Crymlyn Burrows and explore the natural habitat (head left from the Bay Campus).
5. Trendy Swansea
To live it up, head to the Uplands – it’s about a mile of a walk from Singleton Campus and about 8-10 minutes walk from the City Centre. You’ll be able to get everything from a swish haircut, to a pint and pizza among the city’s trendsetters, as Beck House residents will probably have found out already