Swansea is a traditional university, founded by Royal Charter in 1920. Our international outlook and collaborative links with industry ensure that our degrees meet employers’ needs, and that our world-class research has real impact. Our welcoming campus community thrives on exploration and discovery, and is the perfect environment to live and study.

Originally established by Royal Charter in 1920, Swansea was the first Campus University in the UK . The campus community is one of the principle reasons why staff and students love Swansea University. The campus has a friendly, close-knit appeal that encourages a welcoming and supportive community.

Swansea University (Welsh: Prifysgol Abertawe) is a university located in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom. Swansea University was chartered as University College of Swansea in 1920, as the fourth college of the University of Wales. In 1996, it changed its name to the University Of Wales Swansea following structural changes within the University of Wales. The new title of Swansea University was formally adopted on 1 September 2007 when the University of Wales became a non-membership confederal institution and the former members became universities in their own right.


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It is the third largest university in Wales in terms of number of students. The university campus is located next to the coast at the north of Swansea Bay, east of the Gower Peninsula, in the grounds of Singleton Park, just outside Swansea city centre. Swansea was granted its own degree-awarding powers in 2005 in preparation for possible changes within the University of Wales.

The University also enjoys a prime position overlooking Swansea Bay, the start of the famously dramatic Gower coastline comprised of twenty-one bays and coves. View more of the Gower. This section of the website will also introduce you to some of the University’s key buildings and will tell you a little more about our location.

Swansea and Cardiff University compete in an annual varsity match, known as the Welsh version of the Oxbridge event, which includes the Welsh Varsity rugby and The Welsh Boat Race.

Swansea University is a vibrant, campus-based community. The campus is home to buildings covering a wide range of architectural styles and designs. There are three listed buildings on site: Fulton House, the Wallace Building and the library’s East Wing 1937 Building (which was the original University library and now houses the Law collection) have all been designated architecturally significant.

This section highlights several of the University buildings that are of particular interest: Singleton Abbey, the Taliesin Arts Centre, Fulton House, the new student residences and the Digital Technium.

The majority of university buildings are on the Singleton Campus, based in the grounds of Singleton Park, adjacent to Swansea Bay. The campus also includes the nearby Sports Village and Hendrefoelan Student Village, about 2.5 miles away.