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Student Accommodation in Aberystwyth

Written by Sam | January 27, 2021

Aberystwyth is a small town on the west coast of Wales, roughly half way up! It only has one university which is Aberystwyth University, it has just under 7,000 full time students and is a seaside resort.

It has a very good cost of living, meaning you can get a lot for your money while you are there. Rents are cheap compared to many cities and for the added extra, you are right next to the beach and the Cambrian Mountains.

The Penglais Campus, the central teaching campus, is located a short walk from the town centre and seafront. Llanbadarn is home to the university’s equine teaching centre. Its Gogerddan campus houses the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, a world class research and teaching centre that addresses global challenges such as food security, sustainability and climate change.

If you want to read more about Aberystwyth, you can find more on our places page: Aberystwyth. If you want to read more about Aberystwyth University, you can find more detail on the stats, courses, and what it’s like to live at Aberystwyth by reading our university pages: Aberystwyth University

Private Student Accommodation in Aberystwyth

Here I am just looking at Purpose Built Student Accommodation, these are the accommodation blocks that are managed or owned by those other than the university. They are usually based around the centre and come with lots of added extras, such as:

  • En-suites in flats
  • Accommodation manager
  • Bills included
  • Free breakfasts
  • Bikes to use
  • Gym, Cinema and Study rooms
  • Social events
  • Added security

The only downside about these types of accommodation can be the cost. They are usually designed well and have lots of great features, but they are more expensive than student housing, however, you do get a lot more. In a student house, you will usually get bills included and maybe some social events.

In Aberystwyth there is a small amount of private student accommodation and this means for students your options are limited. You can also live in halls or go into private rented student housing.

All the private student accommodation is based on the seafront and close to the train station making getting in and out really easy.

Map of student accommodation in Aberystwyth
Map of student accommodation in Aberystwyth

Some good student accommodation providers in Aberystwyth are:

If you are looking for good student accommodation in Aberystwyth, your options are fewer than other areas, however, here my tips to help you find good quality student accommodation:

  • Look for quality fixtures and fittings in the rooms
  • Make sure the communal areas are fit for purpose and not just a small room
  • Read the tenancy before booking
  • Check their response to COVID
  • Look at the inventory
  • Compare what they offer to other providers

If you want more detail on what to look for then you can find more detail in this article here: How To Find Your Next Student Accommodation.

Student Housing in Aberystwyth

Because there is just under 7,000 students in Aberystwyth and not many private student accommodation providers, this means that a lot of students like to live in student housing.

By law, all landlords and agents in Wales must register with Rent Smart Wales, and if they manage their own properties they must also have a licence from Rent Smart Wales.

The student housing is cheap here and you can live for a lot less than what you would in a city, however, there will be less to do but you have a lot more natural beauty and the seaside!

The best areas to live as a student are:

  • Llangawsai
  • Town Centre
  • Waun Fawr

These are areas around the university and town centre. However, because Aberystwyth is relatively small, again it narrows your options, however, these are the ones where most students go, other than the university.

Some good student housing providers in Aberystwyth are:

If you are searching for student housing and want to make sure that you find a good student house here are my tips:

  • Check the quality of the fixtures and fittings
  • Make sure it’s clean and thought put in to the design
  • Read the tenancy before booking
  • Check the inventory
  • Speak to current tenants if you can
  • Research the agent online first

If you want to dig into more detail about how to find a good quality student house, this article will help: How To Find Your Next Student Accommodation.

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