Student Life

Studying a course at USW is more than just earning a degree. Here, you'll make friends for life, try out and learn lots of new things and become more independent than ever before. 

USW is home to a collaborative community of diverse and welcoming students. Whether you've just finished your A levels, you're returning to education to further your career, or you're taking on a research project, you'll find people just like you, who share your interests, beliefs, and motivations. 

EXPLORE OUR CAMPUSES

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The great thing about our locations is that you can travel between them in next to no time at all. Cardiff is just a 15-20 minute journey away from Pontypridd, and Newport is around 30 minutes away from Cardiff. 

THE STUDENTS' UNION

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From over 100 societies and clubs to choose from, endless support, activities and events to volunteering and skill-development, USWSU make sure you have the chance to enrich every aspect of your student life.

SUPPORT AND WELLBEING

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For wellbeing, information and advice, whatever the issue, there’s a network of people at USW ready to help you. 

PLAY SPORT AT USW

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USW has a thriving sport environment, with a range of our teams competing in the British Universities & Colleges League.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

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USW Sport is for everyone and 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.

ATTEND STUDENT EVENTS

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

STUDENT BLOGGERS

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Our students offer lots of advice about applying to university and how to make the most of your student life, whilst also giving you an insight into campus life, events and our clubs and societies.

CHAT TO STUDENTS

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Want to know more about student life, what it’s like to study a course, living in South Wales or what it's like to study at USW? Chat to our Unibuddies!


Life off-campus is your chance to flourish, gain independence, meet like-minded people and explore a new city. Each of our locations can be easily travelled to and from, so whether it's Cardiff, Newport, Pontypridd or beyond, you'll get the chance to explore everything South Wales has to offer.

MEETING NEW PEOPLE

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Meeting new people can seem like a challenge. Here at USW we have a close community of friendly students from all walks of life. You'll find your #USWFamily here.

EXPLORE YOUR NEW HOME

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Benefit from the hustle and bustle of a creative capital city as well as the rolling landscapes of the valleys and the award-winning beaches of South Wales. Explore our locations.

FOOD AND DRINK OPTIONS

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From local pub restaurants to the familiar faces of national chains, South Wales has a huge range of places to eat and drink that will appeal to all.

ENTERTAINMENT AND NIGHTLIFE

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From comedy gigs, theatres, pubs and clubs, to a thriving music scene, you'll find your perfect night out in South Wales.

SHOPPING IN THE CITY

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From well known high street brands to independent boutiques and quirky arcades, the retail scene in South Wales has plenty to offer.

ACTIVITIES AND SPORT

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South Wales has an incredible reputation having hosted many international sporting events. You can play and support local and international teams in the city.

MANAGING YOUR MONEY

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Managing your money at University can be a challenge. The Student Money Advice Team provide advice and information to help you make informed decisions about your finances. 

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

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Where you live is just as important as what you learn. Whether you want to live on campus at USW Pontypridd (Treforest) or in the city (Cardiff or Newport), we'll help you feel right at home. 


STUDENT STORIES

What's it like to be a student in Treforest? Poppy has you covered.


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