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Short blog: quick fire answers about Aberstywth

Short blog: quick fire answers about aberstywth

Hello everybody! I have been having a look at other erasmus blogs and i saw that a lot of them do this kind of "tag" about their erasmus destinations, so i also wanted to do one.

Why did you choose to go to aberystwyth, united kingdom?

I have already given a long answer to this question in my first post. saying that, I chose the united kingdom because i wanted to improve my level of english and i had always liked their culture and history.

How long did the scholarship last? How much money do you receive to help you with living costs?

I only went to aber for a semester, so the grant lasted for the semester that i was there for. I received 300 euros per month, but this differs depending on what country you go to. The united kingdom is one of the most expensive ones, but if you go to poland, for example, they will give you less money per month because it is assumed that general life there is cheaper.

What is the student lifestyle like in aberystwyth?

aberystwyth is a university city, so the city is full of students. In addition, aber is so small that you quickly get to know everyone, whether it's from going to class or from going on nights out.


Would you recommend the city and the university of aberystwyth to other students?

Of course! I wasn't looking for a big city nor one that was a lot smaller, so aberystwyth was ideal. also, being a small city, the extra charges that you have to pay when living in a big city disappear. And well, I also have to say that practicing your english never hurts either.

What is the food like?

Well it's horrible... When the most representative food of a country is fish and chips, it leaves a lot to desire, no? Hahaha. you know, it's time to learn how to cook. also, the foreigners love our spanish potato tortilla.

Did it cost you to find your accommodation in aberystwyth?

No way, not at all. I chose the residence that the university offered me. It was quite expensive, but it was this or find a flat in the city, which made me back out. Here is my blog entry where i talk about the halls in detail: accommodation in aber.

How much does it cost to live in aberystwyth?

Well let's see, quite a lot. The accommodation is quite expensive and food costs a bit more than it does in spain. I spent around 300 pounds a month, more or less. Saying that, it also depends on whether you go on nights out, and what you spend when you do. I assure you that that figure will go up considerably if you do, even though pubs are very cheap!

Is the language easy to get to grips with? Are there language courses available at the university?

No, I didn't have a problem. The accent, you just have to get the hang of it, i really like it. in spain i study foreign languages, so no, I didn't do a course. Also, you have to pay for the courses that the university offers, and living day-to-day life is enough if you want to improve your level.

What's the easiest or most economical way to travel to aberystwyth from your city?

Well, flying to birmingham and then getting the train.

Where would you recommend to go on a night out in aberystwyth?

the pier, why not, some cocktail bar or something, if one night you want to have a chilled night out. Anyway, the best parties are that take place in the student halls. Don't miss out!


Is it good to eat out in aberystwyth? Can you recommend some good restaurants?

Well there is so much choice, I think i will make a post about this specifically. There are chinese restaurants, spanish, the mythical fish and chips (also, all of them are take-aways! ), etc. I also recommend the tamed da, the university canteen, which is quite cheap... Just in case one day you don't have enough time to make food.


What good cultural sites are there to visit?

Aberystwyth has lots of tourist attractions seeing as it's so small: the old college, constitution hill, the library, the bay... You can always get a train and go to whatever place you fancy, like cardiff or portmeirion.


Is there any other advice that you could give to students going to aberystwyth in the future?

Yes, erasmus isn't there for you to spend it locked away in your room talking on skype. It is an experience that you only live one and you have to enjoy it. There is time for everything: studying, being with friends and going out partying. Nothing in excess is good. It might seem like what i am saying is "obvious", but i am saying it with knowledge of the facts, and it angers me to see an opportunity like this go to waste. "carpe diem" more than ever

And that's all, this is the end of my express entry. Here i've given you my two cents on the topic. I'll see you tomorrow, friends.

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