Advantages Self contained but also Cardiff down the road
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I studied at the University of Glamorgan between 1995 and 1998 and, cliched as it is, I had the time of my life! The course was great - I had been unsure of what to study while doing my A-Levels so chose their Humanities degree, which meant in my first year I did a bit of sociology, psychology and linguistics. I narrowed it down to psychology and linguistics and came out with a BA (Hons) Humanities (Psychology). Although situated in the small area of Treforrest, in Pontypridd, it is not far from the capital, Cardiff. If you want more than the Union bar or nightclub, or the lovely local pubs (in particular, the Otley Arms) Cardiff is a 20 minute trip away on the train. On campus, in the Student Union building, there is a downstairs bar and cafe called Smiths. Very nice food, and as with most unions, cheap booze. Upstairs, there is the Knox, another bar area. Very nice, regular quizzes etc - good fun. And also, the Union nightclub Shafts! Here they hold theme evenings, parties, charity events, and have weekly attractions. It's cheap and near most of the local accommodation (unfortunately though, it's only open till midnight). Off campus, there are a number of local pubs/bars, from your traditional pub with pub grub, to a night-club with dancefloor and events. In Pontypridd there is a cinema, bingo hall, more pubs. And of course Cardiff is a hive of activity! The halls of residence are nice, and a good way to meet and get to know lots of other students. They are comfortable, with common rooms and television rooms in each building. Each floor has a communal kitchen, which becomes the meeting place of the corridor! I spent most of my first year here! And fortunately it only takes about a minute to get to lectures from there in the mornings! There is plenty of local accommodation at a reasonable price, surrounding the University. My friends and I didn't secure our second year house until August of the summer holiday. It was a 6 bedroom old house, with a lounge and it cost us about £30 a week.
There's a sports centre on campus and an excellent library, but I must admit I didn't spend much time in either!
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