Located at the heart of the small picturesque market town, Lampeter campus is surrounded by plenty of attractions to spark your interest. The oldest university and the site of the first rugby match in Wales, the campus is steeped in history and surrounded by stunning countryside to explore. Now that you’ve moved in, you’ll want to start getting to know the local area. Check out these tips for getting the most out of your time studying in Lampeter.
The most appealing feature of studying at Lampeter is arguably the campus’ connection to the local community. The fact that the campus is used by the town’s residents gives it a friendly, welcoming feel, and there are lots of ways you can get involved with the community over the course your studies, enhancing your student experience.
- Volunteering is a brilliant way to meet new people, develop skills and of course, give back to the local community. Get in touch with the Students’ Union to find out about opportunities.
- The Old Bar & Xtension is your port of call for a good night out. Attached to the Students’ Union, there are events to suit everyone, including pool tournaments, fancy dress and club nights. Going out not your cup of tea? Get a team together for their weekly quiz night!
- The picturesque river Dulas runs right through Lampeter campus, and the meadow next to it provides a perfect spot for having a lunchtime picnic, BBQ or kick about. Not many university campuses can boast such an idyllic location and brilliant opportunity to be intrinsically linked to the local community.
Explore your surroundings
As a student at Lampeter you’ll be in a perfect location for visiting some of Wales’ most celebrated destinations. The Student Experience Department’s Steve Davies recommends making the most of Lampeter’s stunning surroundings by catching local buses to these places;
- Only a 20-minute drive from our campus, Aberaeron is a beautiful seaside town. It’s the perfect destination for a day out, boasting amazing sunsets, plenty of places to eat and drink, and a harbour where dolphins are regularly spotted. It’s a no brainer.
- Being a popular and thriving university town itself, Aberystwyth is easily accessible by public transport from Lampeter. Aberystwyth is a coastal town in the middle of the Ceredigion coastline, making it a popular destination for holiday makers. The town is steeped in history and is full of independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. It is also home to the National Library of Wales, which regularly hosts events, has lots of static displays, and shares fascinating historic tales and Welsh legends. It won’t be a wasted journey.
- New Quay is another stunning seaside town, and only half an hour away in the car. The town offers panoramic views of the West Wales coast and is a brilliant destination for spotting wildlife.
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Eat and Drink
Lampeter is a brilliant place to be if you’re a foodie. It is full of small, independent businesses and there are therefore lots of lovely places to eat and drink, including a number of cafes serving freshly prepared artisan food and homemade cakes. It is known for being home to Conti’s Cafe, which produces award-winning Italian ice cream, and is the perfect destination for taking a study break on a sunny day.
Looking for somewhere nice to explore on the weekend? The People’s Market in Victoria Hall is a must, showcasing some the best local foods, handmade crafts and live music on the second and last Saturdays of every month between 10am and 1pm. Additionally, the university campus hosts the popular Lampeter Food Festival, which is held every July and brings hundreds of food and drink enthusiasts into the town to shop for local produce, socialise and watch live chef demos.
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