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      25.04.2010 23:37
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      Decent little town by the sea with a huge contingent of students.

      Aberystwyth is an unusual little town and has very interesting physical features including; cliffs, sandy beaches, stony beaches, a harbour, various hills and old architecture. However, whether you'd want to study there is another matter.

      I lived and studied there from 2004-2007 and my course was English Lit. Firstly, I have to say that the town is a lot better than the courses if mine was anything to go by. Naturally the standards of the courses will vary and opinions like mine are very subjective, however, during my first week there a business lecturer told us that the university makes more money from the accommodation it owns in the town than from tuition and I can't help feeling that this was reflected in every aspect of my time there.

      The university is very keen to attract new students every year and guarantees them a place in uni accommodation for their first year. This is fairly useful and gives you a lot less to worry about when you first go, but the amount of campus space taken up with halls does make it feel like a bit of a money-spinner. Combined with the fact that you only needed the equivalent of three C grades at A-level to get in when I went, it feels like they're unlikely to turn anyone away.

      On the whole, living in the town is fairly pleasant. I made a few good friends and met a lot of decent people (along with a great many rude and moronically behaved people). As another review has suggested, the uni is much better suited to loud-mouthed pub-crawlers who are members of one of the sports teams than people who want a varied and interesting life. There are a few decent places to go and things to do though. During my time there, members of the faculty of art regularly screened interesting films and there was the opportunity to take part in a lot of different activities, although these are usually sporting activities.
      I spent some of my time fishing on the beach with my friends at any time of day or night and it's great to be by the sea. The weather can be really hot and sunny, freezing (it snowed once each year while I was there) or stormy and Aberystwyth appears to have a microclimate seperate from the rest of Wales.

      I may have come across as anti-sport so far, but I'd like to assure you that I am not. I like playing various sports, but wish to advise people that sports teams at uni are very cliquey and it's often a case of you're either in or you're out. Sport enthusiasts who make the first teams also tend to have inflated opinions of themselves and this is reflected in lewd and unsocial behaviour throughout the small town on many evenings.

      All in all I would say that Aberystwyth is a very nice town where you can have a good time and meet some good people. I wouldn't say it is the best place to study unless you are extremely self-motivated. The university resources are of a very decent standard, however, I did not ever find a tutor who seemed particularly interested in communicating.

      The town bustles during the day and is ok at night, although fairly alcohol-fuelled. The union looks impressive when you prospectively visit the uni, but it's far from exciting after a few visits and you are unlikely to bump into too many people you know there as there are so many students at the uni and so few reasons to visit the union.

      So, if you are a serious student looking to leave uni with the best CV possible, don't go to Aberystwyth. If you are an averagely hard-working student who wants to spend their study years in a nice town rather than a grim inner city, go.

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        22.01.2010 12:59
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        sports people will love it...everyone else wont

        After reading the reviews on this site i feel compelled to write my own, less generous review of Aberystwyth Uni.

        When i came to aber on the open day i instantly fell in love with the beautiful scenery and the friendly staff, over the summer i was optimistic about aberystwyth i felt i would enjoy my time at uni there! alas this didnt happen...

        freshers week was awful the union was dire and the main events quite pathetic compared to other uni fresers week.

        I have made some really good friends here and the people of aberystwyth are friendly and helpful, where else would bus deivers actually stop halfway down a road to allow a student late for their lecture on the bus?

        My main problem is that if you arent a lover of sport there is simply nothing to do i have had great nights out on pub crawls and society nights out but after a while it starts to become predictable and boring.

        my advice to perspective students is to go to the open day and recognise that if you arent into sports and they arent into pub crawls every other day ten aber isnt for them.

        Aber isnt awful its just not for everyone.

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          18.06.2009 17:32
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          Make the most of every day that your there.

          I have just finished a three year Law degree at Aberystwyth. If your looking to strudy in a friendly Uni in a smallish town this place is for you.

          There are lots of benefits of stydying at Aberytwyth for e.g:
          *Smallish town so within a few weeks you will know a lot of faces and make plently of friends, unlike city uni's where you may never see them again.
          *close-knit cammpus with plenty of facilities.

          Accomodation:
          *In fist year I stayed at Rosser Halls, which are self-catering and have theyre own en-suite, the downside is that the rooms are tiny and the wardrobes are even smaller. If you do not mind aharing a bathroom i would urge you to live in the newly re-furbished Penbryn, which is a more socialble and esy option as all your meals are included and will eat with your mates every day.
          *In second year i lived in a shared rented house in the town- ours was a dump, so I'd look around before committing to one place. Do not sign a lease aggreement untill your certain. Check the ?Uni list for the best places to live and check them out in plenty of time.
          * In third year i stayed in town but i would urge you to live in the student village Pentre Jane Morgan PJM which are student houses that are clean and hall-like. this is close to the campus which is important in your final year.

          Univerity Facitilities:
          The Uni have brilliant facilities from extensive libraries to its own cinema.
          *Lecture theatres are large and roomy and the library will contain every book you need for the course (and you can recomnebd it if it isnt there). The library allows you to borrow up to 15 books a time which is handy come essay time. You will be given your own email on arrival and this will entitl you to acess the uni's intranet and computing and printing suite. Your library card also doubles up as a NUS card and ID card to get into the Student Union.
          *On campus is the Aberystwyth Arts Centre which contains art galleries (usually showing modern and inspiring work), Its own theatre (showing a range of plays from Macbeth to Little Shop of Horrors), a waterstones (where students get a 10% discount on coursebooks and general books), and its own cinema (which shows modern films as well as classics, they also have film festivals such as Abertoir at Halloween showing a variety of horror films, I appriciated the foreign films on show which otherwise i would have had to get on DVD).
          *Eating on campus: SAtudents have the opputunity tro purchase a loyalty card to buy food on Campus- this is so worthwhile (get your parents to get you one and top it up every term) as food bought with this card is so cheap. Branwens situated in Penbryn halls is spectactular serving everything you could desire, cooked dinners, jacket potatoes, sandwiches, salad bar and my fav chinese takeaway (which comes in the boxes you see on friends) you can also get a goo hot chocolate here too. The union has a shop which is reasonably priced and you can buy sandwiches pot noodles and crisps from here (as well as stationary, gifts, rent DVDs etc). Downstairs in the Union is a canteen which do gorge baguettes made fresh in front of you as well as pizza, curly fries etc. (particularly useful after a night out in the union). The Art Center has three cafes and one canteen, which serves the most amazing cakes (meet up with friends here, take your parents here when they visit). Nosh da is a fast food joint open all night for your pizza pleasure. Also Co-op is situated really close to campus along with a newsagents and chippy- so you wont starve on campus.

          Societies and Sports Clubs:
          As someone who has now finished Uni i will pass on my wisdom and urge you to join a society or sports club. Go along to freshers fayre and sign up to anything that takes your fancy- this is where you willmeet your greatest friends in Aber. Lets face it in halls you are put with whoever the uni decides and so this is your oppurtunity to meet like minded people who have the interests asd you. these groups vary from the weirld wonderful to the wonderfully weird and include all your egular sports groups to paintballing and Urban Dance, Drama groups to Video gaming socials. You will meet up with these people to practise and get involved and then most importantly party with them. Socials usually take place on a wednesday night and will have you in fancy dress all year. Please join a group as it will make your uni experience complete- i promise.

          Thing to do in the area:
          *Aber lacks entertainment in some ways but you have the arts center which you should take absolute advantage of, as well as the local (one screen) cinema that shows a new film each week. Make it an occasion amoungst your friends- its one of those cinemas where people dress in fancy dress to reflect the film and they stop for ice cream in the middle.
          *The beach is amazing and any sunny day you should deffo hit it. Aber is also surrounded by welsh coastal towns whicgh boast lovely beaches too. Get a bus to Newquay or cardigan where you can get a boat trip and see the dolphins. Take a train to Boirth, to go surfing or to visit the Animalarioum (which houses eveything from monkey and reptiles, to kangaroos and a leopard). Devils bridge is a great day out you can catch the little train and go on an enchanted walk down jacobs ladder waterfalls.
          *The peir is a sight to be seen in houses resturants, a club, a 24hr cocktrail bar and pizza place, a DVD rental place and a casino/arcade. save up your 2ps and head there for a laugh.
          *Castell Rock is a music festival in Aber and feautures a range of bands including Radio Luxembourg and Cerys Matthews last year.

          Shopping:
          Aber has some big name shops such as Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Monsoon, Claires, Thortntons, Animal, Officers Club, Burtons, whsmiths and waterstones. But its best shopping comes in the orm of its boutiques which feauture one-off dresses, acndles nad trinkets to delight you. look out for Pollys, Her Dandy Wolfe, Pink Flamingo, Cafe Society and Gusto.
          Aber also has a retail park which has the following:
          Matalan, Peacocks, Pets at Home, Sainsburys, Brantanto, Iceland, Store 21, Argos and Lidl. Supermarkets in the town also include Morrisons. If you really want to shop get an £8 return train tickets to Shrewsbury for the day.

          Nightlife:
          This is where Aber is in its element there are approx 56 pubs in Aber town alone.
          On Campus: Court Mawr bar has regular pub quizzes and Pound party nights- a good place to start. The union is excellent open evry night with something different on each night, such as reload on awednesday (feauturing cheesy old schol tunes), Quids in on a friday (cheap drinks and current music), on saturdays theres usually a fancy dress theme. The union has a bar and a club.
          Pubs: There are too many to mention so i'll just include my favourites. Downies Vaults is the ultimate student pub, with a friendly atmosphere to a mad-cap landlord downies is th e place to be feautring the Aber Admiral with is a Quadrupal vodka and redbull for £3.50. The Cambrian is a good student place with its walss covered in Cockatails recipes and cockatils at £4 a glass. The mill feautres the mill challenge which is a lineup of 10 shots and a free t-shirt on completion. Aber has usual chain bars such as wetherspoons, Varsity and Salt for your cheap faves. The glengower is on the seafront and boasts the best views over the beach. Go there before sunset and watch the sun dissapear into the sea. Kanes is a sports bar that your can get cheap doubles, this is a popular scieties spot. The acadmenyis one of them rare places whichis a feast for the eyes, once a church now transformed into a nightspot, whilst keeping its organ pipes and pullpit. This is a good place to have a tipple. For a more alternative scene try the Angel. For a range of good Ales try he Ship and Castle. Scholars is a brill place with live music, as is Rummers hich looks like a pirate bar with barrells and candles and good wine.
          Nightclubs: mosts students will head up to the unon or go to the Pier pressure nightclub situated on the pier- this is the best place to go with a variety of music is is paid entry and only has cheap drinks and promotions on a thusday- if you go to the pub next to it Inn on the pier you can get a stamp and free entry before 11pm into the main club- this place has a 24hr pizza place as well as kareoke nights. Yokos (or Y-knot as its now named) is a good spot to go on a tuesday or before heading to Pier pressure. As the main clubs close at 2pm most student head to the Bay wgich stays open till 4pm and feautures a range of rooms complete with their own style of music in each. The Angel again is a good spot for alternative music.

          Transport:
          *Buy a bus pass at £30 and this gives you unlimited free travel around Aber for a whole year. Handy when your too lazy too walk up and down constitutional hill.
          *Aber has millions of taxis. the taxi reank is near whertherspoons but mini ranks develop at chucking out time up the union and near pier pressure.
          * A Rail card at £30 for the year will give you discounted travel.
          *Aber isnt too good for car users as you will have to buy a pass to park and live on campus and pay and display each day- no free student parking. Also parking in the town is limited.

          Eating Out:
          *cafes: Caffi Blue is lovely, full of fairy lights and books that you can swap. The orange tree is a stylish place and good for desert. Freshly ground is another good one. There are two Spartacus shops in town and these serve yummy paninis and baguettes. Mgs is a cheap coffee shop. Aber also has a Costa Coffee.
          *fastfood: Macdonalds, KFC a range of Pizza places, chinese resturants (the best is the Hounoured Guest), Indian takeaways (The light of Asia is the best).
          Resturants: this is my pick of the best. Little Italy provides excellent Italian food in a cosy environment. Wasabi is our Sushi bar and is amazing. The Light of Asia is gorgeous Indian Food. The olive Branch is a selection of ecclectic greek dishes. La Taberna is the local tapas bar and i love it there. And tides on the front is a good seafood resturant and place for Sunday Dinner Cavery.

          I really enjoyed my time at Aberystwyth Uni and hope that this review of mainly the life as an aber student may help any budding students out there. Ive made some great friends and had some brilliant times. Its a great oppurtunity to live at the beach (once you get used to the seagulls) make the most of this oppurtunity and take up a watersport. In all just enjoy is for what it is. Work hard thats what your there for but play hard as it will be the time of your life.

          Hope this review helps xxx

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            11.01.2009 23:01
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            great uni

            I spent three years here studying for a history degree and have to say it was the best three years of my life.
            I made my decision by first visiting the university on an open day and immediately fell in love with the town and how friendly the staff and people were, and the course was also exactly what I wanted to do so off I went.
            Having the national library on your doorstop is also a bonus especially when doing a degree that involves a lot of research like mine did.
            I was lucky in my first year accomadation in terms of my view- getting a room right on the sea front with a sea view, although without double glazing it did get pretty cold in the winter, but the accomadation is to a high standard and they are constantly making improvements.
            The nightlife in aber is also fantastic despite the lack of clubs- there being three in total, Pier Pressure- the ultimate in tack, The Bay where your feet stick to the floor but is absolutely the best place to be, and Why Not which has awesome music and comfy sofas, if you manage to get one.
            Aber is a bit out of the way and you will do most of your shopping in Lidls and Somerfield if you have a car or the inclination to walk to the next town there is a morrisons, but you will find that you have everything you need to survive in Aber and you wont ever want to leave.

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              17.03.2008 01:37
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              Great if you're a moron, crap if you're not.

              I've been here for almost a year now, and when I look back at on my hopes and dreams for this place I realise how naive I've been.

              Aberystwyth is rated highly in the student satisfaction tables, but also boasts one of the highest student suicide rates. So what are the reasons for this? Well, the majority of people who go to Aberystwyth University are vapid, vacuous morons who fill their meaningless lives with alcohol in the numerous, noisy, overcrowded pubs with crappy food and nowhere to sit. Moreover, You will not find anywhere else in the world where it is so hard to strike up a conversation. Not because the people in Aber are unpleasant, quite the opposite, but because the vast majority of students in Aber have nothing remotely interesting worth talking about, except perhaps the extent of their hangover or the last person they slept with. This means that for the poor souls like myself who actually like intelligent conversation and doing things other than getting completely plastered, have little to do other than consider how they might go about ending their miserable lives.

              I'm not finished yet, it gets worse. The women in Aber have the magical combination of being both ugly and stupid. Unless you're also ugly and stupid, don't go to Aberystwyth University. Still, every so often you will come across a girl who even when compared with your average woman, is quite good looking but don't get your hopes up. She's probably a whore and will have slept with every member of the American football team at least three times and will have had at one point, and will have every single STI under the sun.

              From what I can tell (this being somewhat difficult seeing as I'm a straight man) the most of the men on campus fall into a similar category to the women. There is a well established rugby and american football team, and so if well built, arrogant wankers are your thing, then you should give Aber a go.

              It's not all bad though. Aberystwyth is incredibly beautiful, with lots of well maintained walks and more beach than you could possibly want. As with everything else in Aber though, there is a slight caveat: it's covered in three seasons of the year before the tourists arrive and the council decide to clean it up. Still, given the alternative, a long walk along the sea front on your own (the majority of the student population don't appreciate what a beautiful town they live in) might well be the best course of action; and, if you do decide that suicide is a viable option after all, there are plenty of places where you can kill yourself and be washed ashore the next day to the delight of the locals.

              So to summarise, there's nothing inherantly wrong with Aberystwyth, just the people who inhabit it. If you're not a vapid moron, go somewhere else. You won't regret it.

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                07.03.2006 21:18
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                Great Place

                Background:

                First some background, I studied Business Studies at Aberystwyth University from 1995 - 1998. Therefore I can comment on the teaching within the Economics, Accountancy and Business courses as well as some German Language and History courses that I took. I am going to break this review down into two, the university and the town life as both are as important as each other should you decide whether to spend the next 3 or 4 years of your life there.. I spent one year on Campus at the University (at the top of the hill) and two years living in the town (which is situated at the bottom of a hill).

                I am sure that a lot has changed since I left the University. I was however recently at the Town and nothing much seemed to have changed there since I left.

                I will apologise that this will probably be quite a lengthy review, but there is quite a lot to say and I just love the place. Also I am concentrating on the Business Studies side of the University and the town itself. I do not think I am in a position to comment on other courses so will leave that to other people. If you do not want to read all the blurb about the place, then just fast forward / skip to the MY OPINIONS part which will tell you what I think of the place although you will miss a number of points that I have made.


                About the University:

                Ok, now I studied Business Studies which includes, Accountancy, Economics, Marketing and some Law. All in All the Lecturers were excellent and were extremely helpful.

                A number of the Lecture Halls were quite old in my day, expecially the Economic Buildings, although the Accountancy Lecture Halls were the newest and best buildings. I believe that the New Business School has most of their lectures in the Newer sections, but am not certain.

                Since I left they have created the Business School which has made itself a good reputation from what I hear.

                One of the highlights of Aber Uni is that everything is so close together. All the lecture halls are within 10 minutes walk at the most and if you are living on Campus then you are at most 10 - 15 minutes away from all your lectures. If you are living in town then you have a 15 min walk uphill to get to your lectures (I must say that I have never been so fit in my life than when I used to walk up that hill 3 times a day).

                I had on average about 18 hours of lectures and 4 - 6 hours of workshops a week when I was studying business studies so you were not exactly swamped with lectures.

                The accomodation on Campus:

                There are a number of different halls on Campus, Rendel which was an old all girls hall (now mixed) is quite nice. It is probably the most central of the Halls and closest to most of the Lecture Halls. TCE (Thomas Charles Edwards) Halls are probably the worst in my opinion. This is the section where they place those people who like to Party, play music and chill out. Rosser is a lovely Hall (but also one of the most expensive) they have excellent security where you cannot enter each building without a key and on suite showers (very good for single females who are concerned about security). The other Halls are all quite simular and cannot remember anything particular about them. I lived in Rendel and completely enjoyed myself there.

                About the Town:

                Now Aberystywth is quite a small town in and of itself. It has a population of around 13,500 and is situated in Ceredigion (a county of Wales) and can be found on the West Coast of Wales.

                SHOPS:

                It has one high street but it does have a number of shops on it. Shops like Monsoon, Argos, Boots, Burtons Menswear, Clinton Cards, Dolland & Atchinson, Laura Ashley, New Look, W H Smith and of course Woolworths are all available.

                There is also now an Iceland, Somerfield and Safeway as well for your food shopping. NOTE these are all in the town itself, if you are living on campus (at the top of a hill about 15 min walk although you can get buses of course) then there is only really a CO-OP at the top of the Campus where you can get groceries. Otherwise you need to buy them in town and carry them up (or get a bus if you are prefer).

                EATING OUT:

                There are not that many places to eat out in Aberystywth town itself. There is of course Burger King in the centre and McDonalds out in the Retail Park (about 15 Minutes walk if I remember correctly). There are also a number of smaller diners in the town as well as numerous Fish & Chips, Chinese and Kebab places. For fast food no problem, for a nice quiet romantic meal then you would need to go out to one of the pubs in the surrounding area which are nice (You would need a car to go to these).

                EVENING ENTERTAINMENT:

                Now then, this is one section that I cannot say a lot about as I am not a big pub or club man. For factual information, there are about 65 pubs in Aberystywth alone. It was always said in the past that Aber has the most Pubs to Student Ratio in the UK. Whether this is true or not I am not sure. Basically what I am saying is that there are absolutely tons of Pubs to go to as well as the Student Union Bar and a number of clubs like Porky's (although no respecting student would ever go to Porky's in my day - mainly filled with 14 year olds from the town if I remember correctly) and The Pier (which was always packed).

                Going from what other students said, Night Life in Aber was always good and they enjoyed themselves.

                There is (was) also a cinema in Aber. It was in my day one of the last family owned cinemas in britain. It showed 1 film a week (with 2 showings if I remember correctly) as it only has one screen. The screen is large and it is a good cinema although as I have mentioned with no choice as to what you want to see.

                The video shop that I used to use (which was on the pier) used to rent out video machines as well as videos which was quite useful for those of us with no Video machine but did have a TV. Doubt if this is such a problem anymore because Video machines are now so cheap, but back in 1995 they were still around £200 each which was beyond my student budget.

                Accomodation in Town:

                Now there are quite a number of student houses in the town and they do vary quite a lot in standards and quality. It is well worth looking early for a house if you can and check them and the landlords out a lot. I shared a house with 7 ohers and the house was OK. Some of my friends stayed in some really grotty places however. Thing to say here is that you get what you pay for. In my time the accomodation was not that expensive and you could get a decent place for a reasonable amount. If you wanted luxery then you had to pay for it.

                SCENERY:

                Now this is probably one of the best features of Aber. The university and the town are right on the sea. From the top of one of the Hills nearby (about a 15 - 20 minute walk up, you can see in Summer dolphins as they swim past the coast and round the cove.

                There are a number of excellent places to go for walks in the area, the beaches are clean and are a nice place to swim in the summer.

                Worth noting is that in the summer this is probably in my opinion one of the nicest places to be, although in winter it can be dark and very rainy.

                MY OPINION:

                OK, now as you might have gathered from above, I love this place. In the summer Aber Town is lovely, a beautiful place which I completely love. However in winter it gets very cold and wet. If you do not have a car, then Aber can get a little small. I did not have a car and some days I just longed to be able to get into a car and drive somewhere nice just to get out of this small place.

                The University is good and I found the lectures in general interesting and enjoyable. Obviously you get the occaisional poor lecturer, but that is the same everywhere.

                The town is OK now, when I first arrived at Aber there was no McDonalds, no Iceland, No Safeway, etc. Since then all these have been built allowing you much more options for shopping, especially food shopping.

                Getting to and from Aber can be a pain. There is a railway station, but generally if I remember correctly you have to change at least once to get there. By car it is also a bit of a trek as it is for the last 90 odd minutes single winding lanes. Did not bother me too much as once I was there I stayed there for the term and did not leave until the holidays again. I used to use the National Express buses back and forth to London because I did not have to change - but it did use to take about 7 - 8 hours.

                The scenary is excellent with great options for walking and viewing the area. If you have a car then I recommend you visit Devil's Bridge which is about 1 hours drive away from Aber. Should you need to get away and into a larger town then Chester is about a 2 hours drive away which gives you major large shops etc. This is a really good day out should you be feeling oppressed from Aber.

                I personally found the people of Aber really nice. They are aware that they survive as a town on the students and are generally nice and friendly. It is very welsh however and you do hear a lot of welsh being spoken.

                Now I go to Church regular and Aber has some excellent churches and something for just about everyone. The University had an excellent CU (Christian Union) in my day which was around 80 - 100 strong. I really recommend Aber should you be interested in a Uni with some good churches and a good CU.

                Overall Verdict: 4 out of 5

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                  24.05.2003 08:55
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                  • "At the top of a very big hill"

                  Since I'm nearing the end of my first year now, I feel that I know enough about the university to give my overall opinion of it. However, my knowledge is pretty much limited to the main campus as there is also Llambaran Campus (otherwise fondly called "Cow Campus") a mile down the road (mainly for students who study agriculture as it is extremely rural over there) and the Old College, which is just over a mile away down town, which houses a myriad of classrooms for all subjects. Let's get it on! ===== FACILITIES The university is home to many large (and somewhat intimidating) buildings and perhaps the most noticeable is the Parry Williams building that is used for Film and Television students (like me!) as its four storey floor to ceiling windows that face the ocean are a sight to behold. This building also includes a BBC Wales centre as well as a batch of editing suites with state of the art editing equipment and software. A word of warning though, the corridors within Parry Williams are plentiful and painted dark blue so it's like wandering inside a rabbit warren, even for someone who's been there for almost an entire academic year. The library is impressive and well stocked with books as well as DVDs, periodicals, journals and workstations. A photocopying room and computer suite dominate most of the ground floor and the self-issuing machine is a Godsend! Gone are the days where you have to wait in a queue for ages just to take out a single book. The ground floor also has a short loan section (with severe penalties should you be even 5 minutes late) as well as those security systems that you?d find in most high street shops at the entrance. The library itself comprises of three stories, each spilt into different sections for ease of locating books. The beauty of it is that you can log onto the library database from any computer (on or off campus) to find out whether or not the book you want is
                  there to save a cumbersome journey (well, it's all downhill from where I live but you have to consider that I've got to walk back up again)! Reservations and requests can also be made over the net as well as renewals so you have no excuse not to research for essays! If by chance the Hugh Owen Library doesn't have the books you need, you can always become a member of the National Library of Wales (membership is free and is valid for seven years) and reserve books on-line from them too. The only drawback is that you are not allowed to remove the books from the National Library and thus must do all of your notes down there. Photocopying facilities are available all around campus, however, you must top up your library card via paypoints dotted around computer suites in order to use them. This is also true for computer printing credits too. This works in pretty much the same fashion as a PAYT phone whereby you pop your card into a machine and shove money down its money hungry slot et voila. The computers all operate on Windows XP and have all the programs you would ever need for any of your courses. Post will generally come straight to your door, however, with items that are classed as "packages" i.e. anything that?s too fat to fit through the letterbox, are kept in a designated postal retrieval room that is manned at set times in order for you to go down and pick up your goodies. ID is required for this and they usually ask for your library card as it contains your name and photo (don't lose it! You need it to get into some computer suites [24 hour ones at least] and it costs £11 to replace). The only drawback is if you're not expecting anything as they have no system to let you know whether or not you have packages awaiting collection. If you have any problems at all, you can call the porters 24/7 (duty rosters are posted on every kitchen notice board) from the internal phones located next
                  to each payphone within accommodation blocks or from a landline with the prefix of 01970 62xxxx. Car parking is available outside each block and cost a princely sum of £18 per year. If you happen to have friends or family coming up to visit for a few days, a temporary parking permit can be obtained from the Porter?s Lodge free of charge. Laundry facilities are also offered for £1.40 a pop and dryers are 20p per spin. I recommend that you invest in a clothes horse if you have the room for one, or as I saw the other day walking past Rosser, hang a length of string across your room and buy pegs! The only downside is that there are thousands of students living here and only 4 washing machines in Rosser, 7 in Cwrt Mawr and 5 in Penbryn. If my memory serves me correct, when I went to a random party in PJM, there was a washing machine in the kitchen (not 100% sure though, I was drunk, it could have been a microwave or a shoebox). Sporting facilities are also plentiful at this university with a well-equipped gym as well as football pitches, swimming pool, squash courts and weight room. Membership is £28 per year and a one off induction is £7. Each time you wish to use the gym it costs £1 after 7pm and £1.20 any time before that, however, sessions are as long as you want them to be. The swimming pool is free. Well-trained employees, who are always willing to lend you a helping hand, staff the sports centre. There are many sporting societies to chose from at the Fresher's Fayre. The university also has a free monthly publication called "The Courier" which includes up to date information about the going ons at the uni and is written by students, for students. The weekly e-mail that is sent out every Tuesday also achieves this as well. ACCOMMODATION I don't think that I can really say much about accommodation to be perfectly honest as I'm only in my first year and thus have only had experience in living
                  in one set of halls. However, the knowledge I DO have is that there are seven main accommodation sectors within the university. Firstly, there?s mine, Cwrt Mawr, and then there?s also Rosser (en suite), Trefloyne (very nice), Petre Jane Morgan (the student village, otherwise known as PJM which have a plethora of houses), Penbryn (self catering and thus poorly equipped kitchens), Pantycelen (Welsh students only [how elitist! They're VERY nice]) and finally the flats on Cow Campus. Each room has an Internet connection point, which costs £75 per year to connect, however, next year, this will be included in the price and is essentially free (grrrrrrrrr). Accommodation in halls is guaranteed for first year students, overseas students and third year and above students; so basically, they?re kicking me out next year and I have to move down town (into a nice big house with two cookers!). Prices vary depending on where you happen to be staying. You can get single rooms, large single rooms and shared rooms. It also depends on whether or not you live in catered halls and also whether or not you have en suites (these halls require you to remove all of you belongings out at holidays, but Penbryn has a storage area that costs £10.50 per box [box included]). Accommodation fees are generally paid a few days into each term and are taken out for the entire term. Before you start here, you are given a short form to fill out so that the accommodation office is able to place you in halls that suit your tastes. The questions that I can remember off the top of my head were: @ Do you require Internet access? @ Do you wish to live on a loud floor? @ Do you wish to live on a single sex floor? @ Do you know anyone at this university and thus would you like to be placed on the same floor? I think there were a few others but I no longer have the questionnaire (if you can call it that). Some of the views offere
                  d are simply wonderful and from my kitchen window, you can see the sun set over the sea! In self catering halls, the kitchens are well equipped albeit you have to provide your own utensils, however, there is a grill, cooker, microwave, oven, fridge and freezer as well as chairs and dinner tables so that?s not a problem. There are also ample cupboards and drawers as well as a large notice board in every kitchen to post up important announcements... or drunken photos! Rooms come complete with desks (with several built in drawers), bookshelves, one of those horrible plastic chairs that you get in schools, a wardrobe or two, bed (bedding is provided and linen can be exchanged at a designated location weekly) and a sink. This is only my room though, as it?s one of the very few blocks that has yet to be renovated. Some of my friends also have noticeboards and comfy chairs instead of the awful plastic ones. Smoking is permitted in all bedrooms. I apologise for being vague in this section, however, to learn more, log onto: http://www.aber.ac.uk/accommodation/ COURSES There are lots of options to choose from in the way of courses. They even do Television and Film Studies with Maths (almost took that)! Most combinations are available, however, to be 100% certain, check with UCAS first (http://www.ucas.com) to ascertain whether or not your course is available here (the code for Aberystwyth is A40). The course I am currently studying myself is a BA Single Honours in Television and Film Studies and the module plan is excellent. Necessary screenings take place in the Hugh Owen lecture theatre, which seats over 400 in comfortable padded chairs complete with surround sound, VCR and DVD player, and a large screen (not quite sure how big it is, but you can see clearly from the back row). Unfortunately, there is not much room for choice in your first year on most subjects, however, in the second year, you have a m
                  ore diverse range of subjects to study along side single honours subjects. The only gripe I have is that some of the lecturers don't like to use the microphone and thus you have to strain to hear them. Most of my lectures take place in this room as there are 377 people in my class and it's the only room that is big enough for all of us. Seminars are a bit higgeldey piggeldey as they tend to allocate random rooms as there are usually a maximum of 12 people per seminar group. Seminars are every other week, which means that if you're lucky like I was, you get every other Monday off (three day weekend! Rah!). Assignments and essay titles are generally e-mailed to you so it's worth checking them every day if you can. BARS(!!!) There are three main places to drink when you're on campus. There's the kitsch Cwrt Mawr Bar that looks like it's permantly stuck in the 80s), the trendy Rosser Bar where the decent pub quizzes are held on selected Sundays. Then there's the Union, which is spilt into two bars, Bar 9 and The Joint (both drug related names... hmm...). Theme nights are held at the Union including Beach Parties, Reload (cheesy 80s music), Select (pop music), Str8 Up (monthly night for gays and lesbians), as well as Skool Disco nights and holiday related nights (for example, Rocky Horror at Halloween). PJM also has its own bar but it's not really classed as being on campus and I've never been, but I've been PAST it and it looks nice and posh inside. If the Union and campus bars aren't your thing, go down town! There are 63 pubs in town so you'll be spoilt for choice (my mission is to visit them all within the next 2 years) and then there's also Pier Pressure, a nightclub built on the end of a pier (duh). But enough about town, this op is about the uni! ===== I'm pretty sure that I've covered everything, however, if you want to know more, don't hesita
                  te to leave me a comment on what you want to know and I'll add it ASAP. Thanks for reading.

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                    31.12.2002 02:12
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                    • "the bloody hill!!!!!!"

                    Currrently doing my degree at Aber Uni, there are some good things and some bad things about this place!! The atmosphere is terrific even though the nightclubs, or should i say nightclub are tacky (yes, i am talking about Pier Pressure), the friendly faces and alcohol make you forget where you are. The people are good aswell. I have been fortunate to make some really good friends at uni who live in my block, and i am sure other people have found friends who mean alot to them too. The Welsh are ok, some of them don't like the English, but that is only a small minority. The football lads are the best group of people i have ever had the pleasure of drinking with, even though i don't drink that much, they are a group of top quality people. Now the bad things in Aber, the village idiots, just like you get at any uni, but these idiots are very big so i wouldn't say it to them, but alot of people know who these people are!!! The accomodation is not as good as i have seen at other uni's, hell, i haven't even got a carpet in my room, so i had to get my own!! You also get the chance to see all the other lads' mums, i tell you what, if your friends mums look as good as my mates mums then you are in for a treat, cough Mrs Mower cough. No, aber is not top for facilties and no aber is not the most populated place in the world, but the people who are here make it what it is. I'm glad i never went to cardiff uni, because i wouldn't have met people who mean alot to me there as i have here, rob, dave, joe, seb, gay boy jim, gay boy chris, tom, nath, mrs mower, rio, mike, mark, gaz, hoppy, steve (noone knows who he is) twig, hels bells, kez and stephie, and footy team!!! Just to name a few

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                      31.07.2002 23:05
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                      Ask anyone who came to Aberystwyth University (or Aber as it is commonly known) and they will tell you how great it is. Having studied there for 4 years, I can honestly say it was great. I even met my wife there! :) It's a great uni, and the town is so friendly. There is the sea, lots of pubs, and the pier for a nightclub. Other than Penglais Hill to walk up to uni, there are no down points. The hill does have some advantages, it tends to keep you fit.

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                        After not being offered a place at University I went through the clearing system. Aberystwyth was on my list and invited me for an interview. When I arrived in the town I went straight to the seafront and immediately fell in love. I spent the next four years of my life their which were excellent but long enough. Accomodation - In your first year their are three places you are likely to stay in: Seafront Halls Campus Halls Student Village Seafront halls ~ as the title states these are located on the seafront. I was accomodated here and lived in Ty caron. Advantages - cheap rent, very close to the pubs/shops/town generally, Sea views, Chinese takeaways, Old college (Especially helpful if doing Education or Drama), close to beach (but not as much fun in winter) Disadvantages - Penglais hill which needs to be walked up to reach campus (A free bus was provided when I was there), Most rooms are shared ( this can also be an advantage because you have an instant friend), Sports facilities are on campus Campus Halls ~ Rosser, Cwrt Mawr and the like. Advantages - modern compared to most seafront halls, Internet connection in some rooms, close to lecture theatres, close to sports facilities Disadvantages - Penglais hill which has to be walked up after a night on the raz, walk to town/pubs/shops Student village - student houses for 6/7 people Advantages - On campus Disadvantages - falling down the hill, quite expensive Nightlife ~ Aberystwyth is not a city and so there is not an amazing amount of nightlife but because the town is small you are gauranteed to see somebody you know whilst out and you can get around most of the pubs. P0pular night spots: Pier Pressure - A nightclub of sorts located on the pier. Good for a dance and definite flirting possibilities but beware of fifteen year olds The Bay - Open until 1am. £1 a pint most nights and used to get free vodka with that. The be
                        st place to go to get drunk cheaply. Small dance area. The Glen - Right at the end of the seafront so quite a walk. Various drink promotions. Small dancefloor. Open until 1am. Varsity - Used to be a cool old pub called The White Horse now just a vast open space. One of the most expensive places to drink Bar Essential - Quite expensive again The station - Train station converted. Newly opened Wetherspoons. Good drink promotions as with all pubs in the chain. The Cambrian - World famous for its pint cocktails. Price of them keeps going up but you can't go there without having one. Shopping ~ Don't expect Marks and Spencer or Next. Biggest names include Dorothy Perkins, Burton, New Look, Woolworths, WHSmith and Evans. There are some good individual clothes shops including Franks which is good for jeans and party gear. Supermarkets - Iceland, Lidl, Somerfield and Safeway which is slightly out of town so make friends with someone with a car. Other things to do ~ Bowling alley (NOWHERE NEAR LIKE A MEGABOWL but does thejob), Cinemas (Commodore, old and out of date, and New one in Arts centre on University campus), Beach. Favourite places to eat ~ Lunch - Spartacus for the best takeaway baguettes and The Upper Limit Cafe for your traditional English Breakfast Dinner - Little Italy, very popular so advisable to book ANyway, I have given loads of information so now I just want to say that if you can survive without your big shops and big nightclubs then go to Aberystwyth. The best thing is that you get to know so many people with it being so small. That can also be a bad thing because you always seem to bump in to old conquests. I really did love the four years I spent there and I met by boyfriend there too. A poll once showed that Aberystwyth produces the most couples that get married so if your looking for love maybe the sun setting over that gorgeus sea will help it along.

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                          03.02.2002 01:03
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                          I've just got back from Wales and I am so excited about going I could type for pages on the subject, it is absolutely perfect and I love the place, plus I don't have to pass any exams which means in August when everyone is stressed because they don't know where they will be living in September I know that I will be living there and will have a house and everything waiting for me, plus an extra £300 in my bank account for my trouble!! So if you think the scholarship exams are a waste of time you are actually wrong, I do A levels in Maths, IT and Psychology and ended up setting exams in Information & Library Studies and Statistics, and yet some how I have passed with a unconditional offer making life so much less stressful. The university is amazing it is set in beautiful countryside with massive hills to walk in, and of course it is by the seaside so there is millions of B&Bs if you want anyone to come and stay! It has everything, huge shops and little gift shops; it has a castle and all sorts of beautiful scenery. The university has pubs on campus, fast food on campus, shops of its own, an amazing up to the minute gym, sports clubs for everything, swimming pool, snooker and pool club, a night club a massive theatre multiscreen cinema, rooms and rooms of computer facilities, cafes bars, laundries and everyone is within 5 minutes walk of everyone else. The course I am going to be studying is brilliant and in the first term they take you on an outwards bounds course the other side of Wales where you rock climb, canoe, absale, wind surf and do problem solving plus anyone scared of heights is made to climb a 20ft telegraph pole and jump off, that would be ok except I am scared of heights, well not much but I wouldn't like it, I would do it though, I think, well I'll tell you in October, all of this is to scare off computer scientist that are the stereotypical computer geek. Basically there are ma
                          ny courses and trips you can go on outside your course that was my main point! There are 63 pubs in Aberystwyth and 3 nightclubs, No one has ever managed to crawl them all, and so if you are up for a challenge this is your place!! There are so many sports am going to take up when I get there and the music is brilliant too. You can do every sport you can think or and if you can’t they will fund you to start your own club or society. They have everything and I love it so much, I can’t wait to get there. Only 7 months such in the exceptional scenic Crewe!! (Read my opinion on Crewe for a contrast!) There is so much more to say, the union is excellent they have so much, you can even get psychological concealing if the place drives you crazy! The accommodation is great, plus you can chose catered or self-catering and ensuite, sharing etc, so it is up to you. Second year you get a house in the town (still not too far for walk) and then in the third year they have a student village for you to move into loads of houses with their own roads, even their own bar and laundry but only students live there so you are surrounded by friends and peers. Yesterday when the sun was out I was sitting in the bar on the 3rd floor with some people I met there, and you could see out right over Aber and the sea on one side and into the welsh mountains on the other, it was stunning especially for a town mouse! The only disadvantage I can see is that it is in Wales, personally I feel this is obvious and part of the appeal, it means it has signs and letters in Welsh and English and it is beautiful countryside, plus you are surrounded by rugby and welsh dragons everywhere you turn. I put this as a disadvantage because I read some opinions on here about Aber. Before I went to see for myself and everyone who hated it hated it for exactly what I love, and the fundamentals of the place so if you apply to the Univer
                          sity of Wales, expect it to be in Wales!! The only other bad thing is that Prince Charles went there which is quite bad because he had bad A levels and he left this hideous concrete monstrosity outside the union building. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<&l t;<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< ;<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< <<<<<<<<<<<<<< I just wanted to add a quick note to say that I now attend the university and love it...The place is a legend (everything is a legend around here according to the Welsh people I know) I have my own little flat shared with 7 others, Internet in my room, en-suite massive kitchen, TV rooms, computer rooms, brillient lectures halls and libraries, the union has just expanded and now has a shop for everything you need, food shops are 5 minutes away and town 10. I have joined so many clubs, drama and waterpolo being two, I swim daily and the gym has excellent facilities...there is nothing I can fault it on except walking across campus is really tiring and there are hills and steps everywhere. Last Saturday I went to watch Aber play rugby you walk to the ground through the campus and a little forest path, squirels and birds it was lovely. SO THERE!! ************************************************************************** Just one last thing....I WENT UP THE POLE....IT'S 25FT AND IT WOBBLES IN THE WIND...I DID IT, I DID IT, AND THEN I DID IT AGAIN....AREN'T I CRAZY!!!! ACTUALLY IT WAS GREAT FUN...BUT VERY SCARY!!! EXCELLENT VIEWS OVER THE SEA, I STOOD NO THE POLE AND LOOKED AROUND A BIT, WELL COCKY!!! BUT I MADE IT...AND SURVIVED!!

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                            I've been at aber for four years. I did my degree there, and so didn't want to leave, I did my MA there as well. Never judge a book by it's cover. My first impression of the town was to run, as fay away as possible. Coming from the city, the place seemed too alien for me. But after a couple of days, you realise how much the uni and the town has going for it. Being small, you get to meet loads of people fast, and you'll get to see them everyday for your time there. The uni has brilliant night time entertainment, with cheap club nights and cheap drink, this is on top of all the bars in town that seem to make up 50% of the place. The atmosphere is both freindly and lively. To be fair, all you can do is eat and drink. There are two cinemas and two theatres, which you can include with your eating andd drinking. The town is completely geared towards the students, making it feel the the town is one huge campus. You'll never have far to go to lectures, and you can be really spontaneous, and plan things at the last minute because everything is so immediately available. Getting out of the place is a bit time consuming, with only a few trains leaving each day, and taking a good two hours to find a town outside aber. But you have the seaside and the countryside at your doorstep, and if you can live with out shopping in modern stores, this is the place for you. Eat, drink and be merry (and study if you can fit it in.

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                              21.11.2000 05:39
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                              Aber is the best Uni that I know of. I've visited other Uni's and none of them have the atmosphere of Aber. The University itself is really good academically but it the place and the students that really make it. The Union has some really good nights now and the town has every type of pub that you could possibly want. The sea front is great for a walk to get rid of a hangover in the morning and in the summer its a great place to go with your friends. The University accomodation is some of the best and cheapest that i know of and overall I love this place. Ths only downfall is the great big hill that the university is perched on and that you have to climb every day.

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                                Aber is a great Uni, the courses are good, the lecturers are really nice and the facilities are great. However, it seems to have grown beyond its means. The town has become swamped with students, much to the disgust of the locals. Aber is a small University, which means everyone knows everyone elses business which can get really claustrophobic, plus the fact it takes about two hours to get to any moderately big towns or cities so don't come here if you are a shopaholic! Aber is a brilliant university and if I could pick the whole place up and move it near London then I would be totally happy.

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                                30.09.2000 09:40
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                                I like it here. I am fresher here at Aberystwyth so really haven't been here that long. One of the easiest ways to find out all about the uni is other peoples opinions and these web pages show this. Talking to others who know helps. I enjoy living here, though I haven't quite got used to doing my own washing and am still eating out quite a bit still!!! The locals are friendly and the no. of students nearly outnumber the locals so it is a very student aware area.

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