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Aberystwyth University has a proud history dating back to 1872, when it was established by the people of Wales as the first Welsh university.

Set on the coast of beautiful Ceredigion, the university has forged close links with the historic market town and holiday resort in which it sits. It combines long academic traditions with a fabulous location, beneath the mountains and beside the sea in a centre of national, regional, cultural and commercial importance.

Among its state-of-the-art facilities, the campus is home to one of only six copyright libraries in Britain and a ‘Beacon’ status arts centre.

Set in the centre of stunning Cardigan Bay in West Wales, with the Irish sea to the west and the Cambrian Mountains to the east, Aberystwyth has a great range of pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafés and shops. There is a lovely beach that enjoys great sunsets and visits from dolphins and porpoises, and lots of sites of special scientific interest in the area.

Aberystwyth has been voted the best university town or city in Wales – and eighth in the UK – by MSN Travel while the 2013 Daily Mail Complete University Guide named it the safest place in England and Wales.

The main campus on Penglais Hill is home to 12 of the university’s 17 departments and most of the student halls of residence.

Interestingly, Aberystwyth University features heavily in the filming of the Welsh police drama Hinterland. Part of the campus is used as a police station and students have benefited from placements on the show.