Port Tennant lies at the southern foot of Kilvey Hill just east of St. Thomas and is bounded by the Fabian Way to the south. It is a mostly residential area. Originally servicing Swansea Docks and the railway industry, it is now part of the growing and thriving SA1 area of Swansea
For the student, it offers a combination of local shops and convenience stores and is close enough to the city and to the Bay Campus to walk to your studies or your entertainment. It is also well-serviced by bus routes that run to both campuses of Swansea University, or that can take you to town to Trinity St Davids.
St Thomas is a closely-packed suburban district community to the East of Swansea City centre. Mainly residential, there are local, convenience shops, pubs and places to eat. If you fancy a short walk, you are into Swansea City Centre itself.
The locality is well-serviced with bus routes. For the student, it is an ideal base for anyone at the Bay Campus, which is a 20-minute walk away. There are plenty of bus services to Singleton and the Bay Campus. If you are studying at Trinity St Davids, then you can walk across the river and up through the city. Depending on exactly where you are in St Thomas, a walk would take 15 to 20 minutes or so.
Sketty is a well-known residential area to the West of Swansea City Centre. The area has a nice community feel about it with a mixture of housing from Victorian through to the modern day. The area is located round Sketty Cross which is where the main west route out of the city crosses the ring road going down to the beach. It is about a mile from Swansea University. There is a nice selection of local shops, pubs and banks, and it is generally considered to be a nice place to live.
Swansea has a great reputation as a city for students and there is something for everyone to see and to do. The people are renowned for their friendliness, there are plenty of shops and a great nightlife. Swansea Bay is beautiful while the nearby Gower is one of the hidden secrets of the UK. The beaches are as good as anywhere in the UK. If you prefer to go inland, you will find the stunning scenery of the Welsh valley, hills and mountains. Road and rail links to the rest of the country are good.
The Uplands is a vibrant suburb about a mile to the west of the city centre with a growing reputation as a place to eat and to enjoy a different style of nightlife to the city centre. It makes it a popular place for students to live, to eat and to be entertained. Its popularity is on the increase as it has the advantage of offering everything you could need in one place while still being close to both universities.
Brynmill, with its mix of terraced houses, has long been the main student area for Swansea. Apart from students, it is mainly a middle class family area, chosen for its local schools and its convenience for the city centre and for the university. The walk to the university takes 10 to 15 minutes and the city is about 20 minutes away on foot. Several bus routes pass through here as well.
Composed mainly of Victorian and Edwardian housing, the area is hilly, but it includes good local shopping, in particular the shops of Bryn y Mor road. The Guildhall, St Helens Rugby and Cricket Ground, are important local features, and there are local churches and two parks in the area. There is no shortage of cafes, bars and restaurants serving everything from fast food to fine eating.