When you arrive

Things to know and do when you begin your student life.

Moving into Accommodation

Check out our Moving In webpage for details on when and where to arrive and collect your key from plus a very handy pre-arrival checklist.

Before you arrive, have you:

  1. Applied for University accommodation
  2. Activated your Aberystwyth University e-mail account
  3. Accepted your offer & completed your Accommodation Licence Pack
  4. Got a copy of your Key Release Form – you need this in exchange for your room key when you arrive!
  5. Uploaded a photo for you Aber Card – smile!

Residents' Handbook 2022-23

Plan Your Journey

Finding us is easy, no matter what mode of transport you decide to use. Our Maps and Travel pages have detailed information on getting to Aberystwyth.


During the Big Welcome you will be able to park on Campus, without a permit, for the purpose of unloading your belongings and moving into University accommodation.

Parking immediately next to the accommodation is limited and therefore during the main arrivals period we limit parking in these areas to a maximum of 20 minutes to ensure that we can facilitate this service for all students.  Once you have finished unloading your belongings we ask that you please move your car to another parking area in one of the designated long stay car parks. Members of staff will be on site to help you park.

To find out all about parking on campus, and to apply for a permit if you’re eligible, please visit our Parking webpages.

Sport Aber

The Sports Centre, located on the Penglais campus hosts a wide range of indoor and outdoor facilities. These include:

  • a swimming pool
  • 5 designated gym areas
  • climbing wall
  • dance studio (which also facilitates an extensive selection of group exercise classes).
  • Adjacent to the sports hall we have a full-size 3G football pitch and outdoor group exercise marquee, both encircled by a 2 lane 400m trim track.

All students living in university accommodation receive free and unlimited access to the Sports Centre including the online Wexer exercise app via Student Platinum Membership. Any students not living in university accommodation can enjoy the same unlimited access by purchasing Student Platinum Membership for just £135.

Sports Centre Memberships

Students' Union

Our Students’ Union is home to live entertainment, clubs and societies, as well as presenting a range of exciting activities.

As a student-led, independent part of the university, Aberystwyth Students' Union represents students and provides a diverse and inclusive range of services that will enrich your student life. These include advice, training, skills development, volunteering opportunities, employment and other services that promote inclusion, friendship and personal development.


Sports Clubs and Societies Registration

If you are interested in hearing more about Sports Clubs or Societies, you can join a mailing list from the 1st August via their individual pages on the AberSU website - this will keep you up to date with their news and any events and help you to make a decision before paying to become a member of the group.

Follow link to see the Society list - Societies

Follow link to see the Sports Clubs list- Sports Clubs



Food and Drink Packages

Meal Plan Offer - you can now take advantage of our fantastic value ‘Eat with us, shop with us’ flexible meal plan packages even if you are living in self-catered accommodation or private housing in town! Eat what you want, when you want, where you want, from hot dinners to Starbucks on the go or just pick up some ingredients to cook yourself. For more information: https://cateringpackage.aber.ac.uk/

Student Discount Card

TOTUM, previously known as NUS extra, is the #1 student discount card, which brings you over 200 UK student discounts and comes with 1 year free ISIC - accepted in over 130 countries - unlocking over 42,000 international discounts. 

This is the only discount card approved by the National Union of Students and AberSU.

TOTUM website: TOTUM