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Aberystwyth University

2,358 Aberystwyth University reviews

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Student rating
This is the overall rating calculated by averaging all live reviews for this uni on Whatuni.
(4.4)
  • Aberystwyth University
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Eva Martens
10 Mar 22

Computer Science (with integrated foundation year) BSc (Hons)

University rating (4)

First things first, the foundation year is really easy. If you don't have to go through with it consider contacting the Uni and getting advice whether going straight into first year is suitable for you. As mature student, I wish in hindsight I would've gone straight into the main course. None the less, great Uni! The facilities are fantastic, the lectures are all recorded and some modules give you access to the previous year's materials too. Lecturers and teaching staff are very personable and most have a very engaging teaching style. The University offers student accommodation, which is a good choice for the avarage student. Renting privately is a lot cheaper though! You can get 1-Bed room apartments in town for the price of staying in a small room in Rosser or Ferm Penglais. You're never more than a 25 minute walk away from the Uni if you do. Do NOT choose the Uni accommodation if you value your sleep. The room doors let all noise in from the corridors and the windows from outside. You'll likely hear your neighbouring flats play music and movies late into the night. Do choose the accommodation if you're a young student looking to make friends and want an active night life (and you're not too fuzzed about sleep). The real appeal of Aberystwyth, outside of excellent teaching and academic support for students, are the societies! Get out there and join a few that interest you! They organise events and social nights out almost weekly and it's the best way to meet people who like similar things to you. Aberystwyth always has stuff going on, you won't get bored. The Uni is far away from the rest of the UK. The only real downside (or upside depending on how you look at it) is that the transport to such a remote place is somewhat lacking. You can take coaches (7-9h to London) if you're saving money, or the train, (4-5h to Birmingham). I hope this review helps with your decision!

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Leon Thomas
10 Mar 22

Human Geography (with integrated foundation year) BA (Hons)

University rating (3)

The uni is easily accessible with most facilities in the same place and many of the services open 24hrs, however the location isn’t ideal with it being up a big hill away from town. Student support is generally fine but can be hard to get in proper contact with anyone if needs be particularly during covid, the careers team offers a good support for all things occupational and the students union has its own building that’s fully staffed and hosts a range of events. Student life is ok plenty of bars and pubs to attend, the uni could offer more societies.

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Anna Kaesser
10 Mar 22
Aged 18-24 years

Film and Television Studies/Fine Art BA (Hons)

University rating (5)

The best part about studying here are the people that I've met. The students union has such a wide range of sports clubs and societies that everyone can find a group of people that they belong with. It's a beautiful place to study, the sunsets are a highlight and Snowdonia's just north of us. The worst thing here is walking up the hill after going food shopping, it's why so many people choose to live in town for second and third year. The taxis to get up the hill are cheap though.

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Oliver
09 Mar 22

Geography BSc (Hons)

University rating (5)

Very hilly but not a lot that can be done about that, the buildings are functional but a bit tired in places the su doesn’t have a lot to do if your not into the nightlife and partying

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Lucy Seabourne
10 Mar 22
Aged 18-24 years

Computer Science/Physical Geography BSc (Hons)

University rating (5)

The views are absolutely stunning and despite what people may say about the weather in Wales, it's really not that bad and it makes the sunny days even more special! It's also quite unique in that there's very little suburban area, meaning you can walk ten minutes from university accommodation and be in complete countryside unable to see any other buildings. The walks around here are amazing and there's a huge variety to choose from. Whilst we're on the topic of walking, there is THE hill (Penglais Hill), and while most people get a taxi or bus up from town if they live in uni accommodation, it is easily walkable and definitely improves your fitness! One tip for choosing accommodation (at any university) is to look at a satellite image of the buildings and surrounding area, as well as the generic pictures, because what you might not be able to tell from the prospectus pictures is that there can be a very different vibe based on surroundings. For example, PJM and Fferm are both very open, and PJM in particular has lovely grassy expanses which make everything so much less claustrophobic, while Rosser, Cwrt Mawr and Trefloyne provide a more traditional uni halls feeling. Maintenance are very quick to sort any problems. The main downside of Aber is that from the outside the facilities don't always look the best, like the Hugh Owen library which looks a bit like a concrete bunker. However, this is because the money is spent on renovating the inside where students will actually spend their time, and you'd never guess how depressingly grey the outside is once you're in there! The societies and sports clubs are amazing and the people in them are so inclusive that you'll become like one close-knit family. The lecturers as well are very friendly and encourage you to actively participate in discussions. There's also the opportunity to take some modules through the medium of Welsh if you want to. We have regular surveys sent out where we can provide feedback on the modules, and there are academic reps who can relay any issues you might have to staff members. Overall, I couldn't recommend Aber enough and would encourage people to look past league tables etc (or look at the student satisfaction/teaching quality which Aber scores highly on) and think about where would you be happiest studying?

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H.
10 Mar 22

Mathematical and Theoretical Physics BSc (Hons)

University rating (5)

It's a small university, and a small town, and this has both its good and bad sides. It's great knowing all your lecturers, and having them know who you are too. The teaching is almost always excellent, and the amount of interest lecturers show and time they invest even in undergraduates is amazing. If you're doing well, you can be sure of getting noticed and getting extra opportunities. You can also get to know everyone in your classes, and the atmosphere is friendly. However, there is not the same breadth of choices you might get in a larger uni. There have to be some compromises, especially if you're interdisciplinary. e.g. no dedicated theoretical physics department but modules taught with varying degrees of overlap by both the maths and physics departments (for my degree scheme). The town itself is small and quiet, and very safe. Might be too quiet for some, but there's a sense of community. A lot of people stay after their degree. Additionally, there's the beach and a lot of good hiking, just walking out your front door.

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hannah
10 Mar 22

Zoology (with integrated year in industry) BSc (Hons)

University rating (4)

Beautiful location, only one club but plenty of good pubs and bars. Its a small uni, which has its perks as everything is close by, however that can make it harder to make friends and find your people.

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Thomas
10 Mar 22

Computer Science (with integrated year in industry) BSc (Hons)

University rating (4)

Aberystwyth is a lovely town with a huge emphasis on the student life, Almost any bar you walk into in town is full of students so its really easy to socialise The university itself is a nice place to study, with amazing views of the sea. Most courses are done on the main campus but if you need to use either of the others its quite a walk. The main downside to the university is having to walk up the hill back to accommodation.

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Kinga
10 Mar 22
Aged 18-24 years

Psychology BSc (Hons)

University rating (4)

I think that student support options should be a little bit better constructed.

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Claudio M Coppola
25 Feb 22

PhD Computer Science

University rating (4)

My best experience is being part of the Computer Science Department in providing help to the undergraduates. Worst experience was not being able to go to my office at the University during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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