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Moving to a new city (Swansea)

By bzdani 07 Aug 2018

Moving to a new city  - Swansea!

Moving to a new city brings a mixture of emotions; excitement, anticipation, and nerves are a few. Our aim is to make your move to Swansea as seamless as possible. This article aims to provide you with travel info, useful apps and suggests the best places to eat in the city, on a budget – what are you waiting for?!

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Safezone app which is a round-the-clock safety reassurance app (free): 

It sends staff and students security information, if you want your journey or whereabouts to be known then you can also check-in through the app (but you don't have to be tracked if you don't want to).  The Safezone regions cover all Swansea University campuses as well as the sports village, 360 watersports, St David’s Park, Margam and Baglan.

Swansea Big Local App (free): This app will provide you with lots of vouchers for local shops which is free once you download it within the app.

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You can also see a list of all student discounts to students at the Local market on the following page.

This is Gower app for a guided tour of the beautiful Gower peninsula. 

Santander Bike app: You can register online, or use the app – once you receive your code on the app you then enter that into the computer system – simple! Alternatively you can call: 02922 481736

Swans Football app (free): If you’re a fan of sports then this app is designed to heighten match days and provide information about the local football team.


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Bus timetables can be found on the unibus website. University routes in between campuses are the number 8, 8X and 10

Similarly, you can plan your bus route on the following link.

You can use your phone as a ticket and if you live at HSV – you’ll get a free bus pass for the year too! Otherwise, the student discount makes ticket prices reasonable for the year too.

For an overview of directions to the various campuses: check out the following page. 

Restaurants and Food

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Foodie or fast food junky? Swansea’s got it all when it comes to food. From Pizza Express to Thai, Chinese to homemade ice-cream. ‘Taste of Home’ is a university based initiative with the aim of getting students to save money while shopping for food and enjoying healthy meals with their housemates

You may feel inspired to do a local grown food tour, tasting some cockles and lavabread at Swansea Market after reading, dive in!

Restaurants on a budget in Swansea include:

Restaurant name

Type of food/ experience




8 Craddock Street

Thai Taste

Tasty Thai

Stall 58d Swansea Indoor Market

Starvin’ Jacks

British Healthy: jacket potatoes catering for specific diets – fill your boots!

5 Portland Street


Steakhouse, British, Fast food – this will require a car but it’s posh fish and chips in the Gower.

189 Llangyfelach Rd


Café, British, Welsh, Vegetarian: A friendly feel with tasty food

11 Portland Street


As trendy as Peckham, tuck into a homemade pizza at the student hub -Uplands.

67 Brynymor Road, Uplands

Parents’ visiting/ Birthday time

Oyster Wharf, Mumbles – Croeso Lounge, Bistrot Pierre, La Parilla, Prezzo

Classy dining in a classy seaside setting. Choose from a chick café (Croeso Lounge) to French (Bistrot Pierre), to Italian (Prezzo) and a rooftop dining experience with La Parilla.

Oyster Wharf, Mumbles

Pizza Express

An Italian winner every time and very central.

40 Castle St, Swansea, SA1 1HZ

Pati Raj

Delicious Indian food with a stunning view.

Victoria Park, Mumbles Road




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