Aberystwyth University, affectionately known as Aber, is a coastal university located on the west coast of the United Kingdom in Wales. Surrounded by the ocean and natural woodlands make Aber a magical escape to study your degree. With convenient travel links to Birmingham and London, you will find yourself able to enjoy the city on the weekends and the peacefulness of a smaller place to conduct your studies. Various events take part in the town from ice skating along the seafront in the Winter to food truck festivals in the summer.

Aberystwyth offers a social and cultural experience which is the envy of much bigger towns, but they retain the intimate charm and friendliness associated with a campus, community-based university. Aberystwyth is also home to the National Library of Wales, a copyright library that receives a copy of every book published in the UK and is an excellent learning resource for students.

Aberystwyth is in a secure, low-crime area, with insurance costs that are substantially less than those in urban areas. Their students are from all sorts of backgrounds and countries, which contributes greatly to the cosmopolitan nature of the university and the town. All the university accommodation is campus-based and to help you settle in they offer all international students guaranteed accommodation for their whole time at Aberystwyth.

Established in 1872 as the first university institution in Wales, Aberystwyth has long enjoyed a reputation as a friendly university closely integrated with the local community. Aberystwyth is in a Welsh-speaking area of Wales and you will be able to hear a living Celtic language being used for work and leisure without actually having to learn it to study! 

With a variety of awards for student satisfaction, including being the Welsh University of the Year (The Times & Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020). Aberystwyth prides itself in making sure that you will receive an education from lecturers who care about your development and lead you to success with over 97% of Aberystwyth graduates in work or pursuing further study after six months of completing their studies. Student will learn from lecturers conducting world-renowned research ranging from working on the Mars Rover Expedition to using forensic evidence on medieval manuscripts. 

When not focusing on your studies you can join one of our 100+ societies. These student societies and clubs range from sports such as football all the way to underwater hockey. If you prefer a more social experience you can join one of our social societies ranging from theatre to beekeeping. No matter your interest we have a society for you to join here at Aberystwyth University. You can also stay active with our on-site sports facilities. This gives you the opportunity to maintain a healthy lifestyle with an indoor swimming pool, all-weather fields, cardio equipment, weights, climbing wall and bookable dance studies. There is so much more for you to explore here on Aberystwyth, if you’d prefer to maintain your exercise in nature you can enjoy our various hiking and biking trails which can be found throughout Aber. Given our location next to sea you can learn how to surf or sail as well. The list goes on but perhaps you can explore Aberystwyth yourself. 

If you would like to find out more about studying at Aberyswyth University, contact one of our Across the Pond Advisors today!


Student population: 6,000

City population: 13,500

Rural/urban setting: Seaside town

Location: Aberystwyth, Wales

Date of establishment: 1872 (First University of Wales)

Centers of excellence: International Politics (world's first department), Art and Design, Theatre Film and Television Studies, Welsh & Celtic Studies, Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences; English & Creative Writing

Cost of tuition per year: from £14,000 per year (2021/22) 

Accommodation cost: Free with certain accommodation options or starting at £1,721 per year 


The university offers scholarships to which all international students can apply. Contact your advisor for more information. If you do not yet have a personal student advisor, please get in touch with an Across the Pond Advisor or use the form on this page to request one.



Aberystwyth is the only university in the UK that offers free on-campus housing to international students.

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