Welcome to Newport

surrounded by green space and countryside


a vibrant city situated between Cardiff and Bristol

£100m retail development, friars walk, on your doorstep


why Newport


Right at the heart of the city, overlooking the River Usk, is one of the University’s most iconic buildings and it couldn’t be in a better location to embrace city life in Newport.

With Friars Walk retail development less than a five-minute walk from campus, you can relax over a bite to eat or head to the gym. Newport also has a wide range of bars and nightclubs to suit any taste and is even home to the multi-award-winning brewery, Tiny Rebel. 

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Newport is a vibrant city situated between Cardiff and Bristol. Our City Campus is in the heart of the City, alongside the River Usk and near to local amenities and entertainment venues.

Being a student at the Newport Campus means you have everything on your doorstep including student halls just metres from the campus, as well as shops, restaurants and transport links within walking distance.

From our Newport campus, Cardiff is just a 30-minute train ride.


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Not only is Newport a city that is rich in culture, but it is also bustling with independent businesses and lush countrysides.

If you decide to live in Newport while studying at USW, you will never be short of ways to spend your spare time. From historical Roman baths and museums to exploring the wetlands, there is something for everyone in this up-and-coming City. 

If the arts are more your scene, you can unwind with friends over a drink and live music in one of the many artistic hubs that Newport has to offer.

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food and drink in Newport

The city of Newport will cater for all of your foodie needs - from artisan bakeries and cafes to a multi award-winning brewery and more.

Newport is packed with new and emerging businesses. You can explore Newport's independent culinary scene or check out some of your favourite chains, including Nandos, Wagamamas and Costa. 

Be sure to also visit Newport market, a traditional indoor market that was built in 1854. 

Newport our students love

Feeling hungry or looking for somewhere to grab a drink? Here's a list of our recommendations:



Newport has a range of bars and nightclubs to suit any taste. Meze Lounge, an alternative music bar, is a big student favourite on Wednesday nights and weekends, and Delilah’s and Linekers Bar are great for a livelier night out.

The Riverfront Theatre also provides lots of events enjoyed by students including comedy nights, drama productions, film screenings and live music. Student work is also regularly displayed in the Theatre Gallery spaces.

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USW Popular and Commercial Music students planned and managed Immersed! Festival 2020.

Cardiff has been declared the UK's first ever music city thanks to its thriving music scene. USW contribute to this in the form of the Immersed! Festival, where students programme, promote and manage the event, as well as perform themselves alongside the best of up and coming Cardiff musical talent and established headline artists.

Headliners for USW's Immersed! Festival have included multi-platinum, award-winning artist and former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft and co-frontman of The Libertines, Pete Doherty.


shopping in Newport

Newport is home to £100m retail development Friars Walk, which is a stone's throw from our campus.  

Commercial Street, the Kingsway Centre and Newport Market host everything from high street names and local independent retailers to traders, cafes and coffee shops. Here are some of the shops you can expect to find:

  • H&M
  • Jack & Jones
  • JD Sport
  • New Look 
  • River Island 
  • Pandora
  • Next

If you love shopping, don't forget that Cardiff's vast shopping centres are just 20 minutes away. 


Where to stay

In Newport city centre, the University has teamed up with private provider CLV, to offer modern Halls of Residence very close to USW Newport and overlooking the River Usk.

From luxury hotels to budget friendly b&b’s, you’ll never be far from all that the City has to offer. Here's our recommendations on where to stay if you're visiting Newport:


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Only 20 minutes from Newport is Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. 

Live life loud or take it at your own pace, Cardiff has it all to offer. With a thriving event scene there's always something to experience. From historic sites and travel hotspots in easy reach, to rooftop cinemas, street food pop-ups, coffee shops, global sports, music, festivals and so much more, you'll never struggle to find a way to spend your time.

Pontypridd is only half an hour away from Newport and is a city with a lot to offer.

Pontypridd is a vibrant city situated and is the home to our Treforest and Glyntaff campuses. You'll find a vast student union here, with an onsite gym, sports centre, shops, food, drink and so much more.