With over 33,000 students hailing from more than 120 different countries and campuses in Cardiff
, Newport and Pontypridd, the University of South Wales is the largest Welsh uni and one of the nation’s most dynamic teaching and research institutions. Its campuses boast state-of-the-art learning facilities, particularly at the brand-new campuses in Cardiff and Newport city centres.
All of the South Wales University campuses are easy to reach via public or private transportation, as well as being well-connected via rail, coach, air and motorway with other cities across the UK – perfect for students travelling home for holidays, or simply wanting to get out and explore more of the country.
How to get to the Cardiff campuses
Classes are taught at both the university’s ATRiuM Building and nearby Atlantic House – both are conveniently located in the city centre, just a short walk from Cardiff Central Station and Cardiff Queen Street Station, which both offer extensive rail links throughout both Wales and the rest of the UK.
The city’s coach station is also within walking distance of both campuses, with a variety of services to Welsh and UK cities, as well as Cardiff International Airport, Bristol Airport and London Heathrow and London Gatwick.
If you’re driving, exit the M4 at junctions 29, 32 or 33 and follow sat nav instructions for post code CF24 2FN (ATRiuM Building) or CF10 4AZ (Atlantic House). Both campuses are easy to reach on local city centre buses, by foot or by bicycle.
How to get to the Newport and Caerleon campuses
Both the university’s newest campus in Newport
city centre and the Caerleon campus, on the northern edge of the city, are easily reached by car or public transportation.
The Newport City campus is only 5 to 10 minutes’ walk from the train station, with good connections to Cardiff and further afield; the city can also be reached by National Express
coaches from destinations around the UK. It is also well-signposted from the M4 for those who are commuting by car – the postcode is NP20 2BP.
The Caerleon campus can be reached by Newport Bus number 28, which leaves from stand 25 at the Newport Central Bus Station, or see the Newport Bus website
for more routes, as well as information on the cost-effective Unigo Student Smartcard programme for university students. Alternatively, if you’re driving, exit the M4 at Junction 24 or 26 and follow the signs for Caerleon, or enter postcode NP18 3QT in your sat nav.
How to get to the Pontypridd campuses
South Wales University has two campuses in this area: Treforest and Glyntaff. Regular rail services from Cardiff Central and Cardiff Queen Street run to Treforest train station, with a journey time of around 20 minutes. The Treforest campus is less than 10 minutes’ walk from the station, while the Glyntaff campus can be reached in about 15 minutes.
For those with their own car, leave the M4 at junction 32 and follow the A479 north until you spot signs for the university – both campuses are located just off the A473, but on opposite sides of the river. The postcode for the Treforest campus is CF37 1DL and for Glyntaff is CF37 4BD.
Car share to South Wales University
If you’re planning to commute to any of the South Wales University campuses by car, why not arrange a lift share with fellow staff or students who are also travelling to Cardiff, Newport or Pontypridd? Not only will you save money on petrol, but you’ll be doing your bit for the environment, too, reducing carbon emission and helping ease congestion. This can be a particularly good option for the outlying campuses at Caerleon, Treforest and Glyntaff, making your journey more efficient, cost-effective and also sociable – it’s a great way to meet other people in your programme!