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.