Welcome to UniLife

You're about to join us to start your degree, and we can't wait to embark on this exciting adventure with you!

You may be looking for information about how to prepare for university, tips on settling in, what to bring you, what events you can attend during the first few weeks or information on what support services are immediately available to you. This page has all you need and more to help you transition to university student life.




Student Life

There is a lot to do before you come to university, especially if it's your first time as a student. But with a bit of preparation beforehand, your transition to university life can be as seamless and stress-free as possible.


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We offer an optional introductory course to help you prepare for study or continue your studies. It introduces you to the tools you will be using and gives an overview of the support services available to you.

Moving in

Coming to university may be the first time you experience living on your own - an exciting, but somewhat daunting prospect. However, the skills and independence you develop along this journey are truly invaluable.

Our accommodation across South Wales is accessible, affordable and has all you could need to settle into a new location and begin your student journey. Here, you will be able to make new friends, add homely touches to your room and have the freedom to follow your own routine.

We’ve put together a packing list to help you get organised and some tips for settling into your new home.

Treforest Accommodation

Money money money

It's exciting when your first student loan payment lands in your bank account, but don't forget that you need to manage it well throughout each term so that you don't end up in a sticky situation.

If you're yet to arrange your student finance, find out how to below. We've also put together some money management tips to get you started.

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Over 100 Clubs and Societies

Student Blogger - Denika Fiedeldey

Trying a new sport or joining a club is a great way to make friends. From indoor climbing to yoga, archery and everything in between, there’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy.

Join us at Our Welcome Events

Freshers Society

Each campus hosts a range of student events from mental health awareness days to comedy nights and of course parties at our on-campus nightclub Eclipse.

The Students' Union

USWSU exists to make sure you have the chance to enrich every aspect of your student life. They run societies and clubs, offer endless support and volunteering opportunities and hold over 150 events at our venues annually.

So, whether you want to develop your skills, become a representative on your course or socialise with friends, they've got it all.

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Student Support


Whether you are struggling with stress and anxiety, need assistance applying for Disabled Students Allowance or confidential advice on anything that affects your ability to study, the Wellbeing Service can help.

We recommend that new students make contact with our service at the earliest opportunity so that we can ensure that appropriate adjustments and support are in place from the start of your course.

Student Life

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At USW you'll make friends for life, try out and learn lots of new things and become more independent than ever before. 

Common Myths

Clearing Myths

We address some common misconceptions to give you an idea of what life as a student might look like.



At our locations, you can enjoy all that south Wales has to offer – city life and culture, stunning beaches and breathtaking countryside.

Campus Maps

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Download a copy of our campus maps and keep it handy to help you find your way around during your first few weeks.