Known for its world-leading research and beautiful waterfront setting, Swansea University also boasts a diverse population of over 15,000 students and 2500 staff drawn by its global reputation and appealing quality of life. The university's Singleton Park Campus is compact, friendly and set in handsome parkland on the edge of Swansea Bay
; from September 2015 the university's new Bay Campus – a 65-acre new development on the eastern edge of Swansea – is also due to open.
It's easy to travel between the two campuses and the city centre via a range of transport options – read on to find out the best ways to get to Swansea Uni, whatever your budget.
How to get to the Singleton Park Campus
Swansea's High Street Station is served by regular trains to London and destinations throughout Wales and the rest of the UK. Likewise, the Quadrant Bus Station in the city centre features regular intercity coach services to Cardiff, Bristol and other UK destinations.
There's a regular bus service between the train station and Quadrant Bus Station for those arriving by rail; from the bus station, you can take bus numbers 2A, 3A and 82A to the Singleton Park Campus. Services run approximately every 15 minutes.
Alternately, you can get the ftrmetro service bus number 4 (a purple "bendy-bus") directly from the railway station to the campus. See the First Cymru website
for full details of routes and timetables; note that students also get a discount on bus passes.
How to get to the new Bay Campus
When it opens, the Bay Campus will be served by two new dedicated bus routes – the Orange and Green Lines – and will also be included on a selection of existing local bus routes.
The Orange Route will travel from the Hendrefoilan Student Village to the Bay Campus via the city centre and railway station; while the Green Route will go via the Singleton Park Campus and city centre. You can also get regular bus numbers 20, 20A, 21A, 21B, 29, 37, 89, 157, 158 and 224, as well as the X1, X5, X24 and X58.
Cycling to Swansea University
As part of its commitment to creating a sustainable university, Swansea Uni provides bike parking at both campuses, as well as shower and locker facilities at the Bay Campus. The cycle route linking the two campuses is being upgraded over summer 2015; details of this and the many other cycling routes around Swansea Bay can be seen on this map (http://maps.npt.gov.uk/cycleswanseabay/index.html).
The uni also operates a bike pool scheme called BayCycles – students and staff can borrow a bike for free for up to four hours at a time during the working week. See here for more info
Commute to Swansea University by car share
Both campuses are easy to access by road (comprehensive directions here
), but only disabled visitors are permitted to park on campus. Parking is available at nearby city car parks, or alternately you can take advantage of the First Cymru park and ride service
To help cut the costs of driving and parking (and make your commute a little bit greener), why not arrange a car share with fellow staff or students? Liftshare makes it easy to find others going your way, and you just might find some new friends in the process!