Best Locations for Student Accommodation
Although many students stay in private halls, rent in private accommodation can be found for around £60 a week per room.
Living in the area
West Wales is a fantastic location to be as a student. The campuses have got excellent links with the local community meaning that students quickly settle in and make friends, both within the university and outside. There is wide range of community-based activities and events on offer that provide a contrast to academic life and supplement the activities organised by the Students' Union. A major advantage to living in west Wales is a sense of space. Both campuses are surrounded by green fields and there is a host of opportunities for outdoor recreation such as hill walking, mountain biking, canoeing, and surfing as well as visits to sites of historical and cultural interest. The additional advantages of living in West Wales is that the cost of living is much lower than in many urban areas.
Whether you are staying in either Lampeter or Carmarthen, most things are within walking distance. However if you like to get to places quicker, then it is well worth getting a bike. There are some nice rides to be had both to Beraeron from Lampeter or Llansteffan from Carmarthen and a cycle to the nearest seaside is great exercise, during which you'll see some of Wales's spectacular scenery.
There is a regular bus that will take you to and from both campuses for £5.
The Attic Bar on the Carmarthen campus and the Old Bar on the Lampeter campus both offer a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at all times, day and night, with a café and snack facilities, full bar service, large screen TVs, pool tables and jukeboxes.
At night, there is Unity on the Carmarthen campus and Xtension on the Lampeter campus which pull off some pretty good classical uni-type drinking scenarios including school discos, mods and rockers nights, under-wear-over-wear, fetish balls and toga parties etc.
Although the population pretty much doubles when the students are in town, Lampeter social life is still surprisingly good, if you know where to go (at least occasionally, off campus). There is one nightclub in the town called The Quarry Nightclub, which does a student night on thursday evenings (£10 fee which pays for entrance, food, cloakroom and drinks). For the following day there is a good old fashioned Greasy Spoon called Dai's Diner which is a haven for all victims of any over indulgence the previous night with a good breakfast or brunch to settle the stomach.
In Lampeter there is a Sainsburys and CO-OP for general food shopping and Spar for late-night cravings or emergencies. One of the nice things about Lampeter is that there are quite a few independent shops selling nice local items, as well as a few bargain shops.
On the other hand Carmarthen is a busy town with a good mix of traditional and modern shops and leisure facilities. A new retail development has brought big name stores -" Topshop", "H&M" and "River Island" , dining and leisure facilities into the town centre including Wales' first purpose-built digital cinema with six 3D screens.