Written by Samantha Williams

It can be a struggle sometimes to find true-to-life information about what university life is really like for students. Sure there can be informational articles about what a student might need to bring with them. There’s also useful information about the city, such as ‘The best hidden food gems in Swansea’ or ‘the best gay clubs in Manchester‘, but at times it can be hard to find personal experiences that you can relate to. So we dive deeper to tell you what being a student is really like, including university life on campus, the experience of going to lectures and what it’s like to live in student accommodation.

University life on campus

Typically, a university campus can often be described as a town in and of itself, which you can see in the Swansea University campus map below. This is because there is just so much to do! Of course, Swansea is not the only university in the UK, seeing as there are over a hundred universities in the UK according to Wikipedia. But many of the features of Swansea and university also apply to other universities:

university campus map shows what student life can be like

As can be seen from first glance, the university has a lot to offer when it comes to study spaces, activities, and accommodation. Within these areas, you’ll often find cafes and places to get a coffee – much needed during university life. For example, Fulton house has a café and shops such as Cost Cutters and Cwtch that can be seen from first entering the building, whilst others can be directly seen and accessed from going upstairs. Besides the various campus shops and cafés, there are also numerous places to study, as well as computer rooms and a library filled with three floors worth of resources ready for any sort of research students may have to conduct. This means that there is a high chance of no loose ends for writing or ideas! With all that said, lets move on to another big aspect of this map: accommodation.


accommodation is part of university life

One of the most important aspects of campus life students consider when going to university is accommodation, and with good reason. After all who wouldn’t be thinking about where to live during term time? Student accommodation is a great option if someone is looking to make friends and live independently with the safety blanket of being able to go home in the summer for the most part. It is also a good choice for travel, as travel is at a minimum when anyone lives close to campus and most things after just a short walk away.

Though, of course, there are also downsides to living independently. There are a lot of costs to cover such as rent and food, and according to some students the living conditions in lower priced accommodations can be a little cramped. In my experience, though, living at home has always been the right choice as the distance to lectures is only a bus ride away and there is the pleasantness of coming home to the place i’m most comfortable with. With lectures in mind, lets take a look at what a typical lecture would entail.


lectures are a part of university life

As far as personal experience and the experience of others go, lectures tend to be between 1 and 2 hours long depending on the subject. These lectures are taken on by between 1 and 3 lecturers who normally split the lectures, but this doesn’t make a difference to the students except maybe slight differences in teaching methods. Even though some students fail to attend at least half of their lectures, it’s strongly advised to avoid this attitude as much as possible.

For one, students may miss valuable information that the powerpoint on the relevant intranet doesn’t cover and which may be included in the exam, spelling bad news for those hoping to get the top grades offered. More than that, though, both lectures and other related classes are often quite fun and an interesting learning experience so there is plenty of reason to attend them. And besides, if someone liked a subject enough to take it at university then an effort may as well be made to indulge in all parts of it, lectures included. But enough of university in general; what is a typical day at university like?

Typical day at university

university life

For one, university life isn’t as jam packed as one might think at first. The day often starts with either a bus trip or walk to campus. There might even be time before lessons start if your lucky, in which case a morning coffee is usually a must especially if it’s an early class. The day normally has no more than two lectures of one or two hours each depending on the course, leaving the rest of the day free! Of course, that is sometimes an exaggeration considering that most if not all of the work is to be carried out outside of lecture, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t free time either.

Over the course of the year and from other opinions, it is safe to say that the most free time comes at around the beginning of term before deadlines begin to pile up. Feel free to explore the libraries, shops, and nightlife in these pockets of free time or even just stay home as some people might. But remember, come the end of term be sure to get a library space earlier rather than later if there is work that needs doing.