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What It's Like To Live & Work In Swansea

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Living in Swansea

Swansea, or City and County of Swansea as it is officially called, is Wales’ second biggest city, combining picturesque beaches and coastlines with a bustling city centre. It offers a diverse range of days out such as coastal walks, museum trips, football, rugby, theatre shows and shopping (to name a few), so, whatever your interests, there will be plenty to keep you busy.

Swansea Jobs

Actuary£33,000 per annumNationwide
Business Tax Summer InternshipCompetitveNationwide
Retail at Cancer Research UKCompetitveNationwide
Network Professional Programme £20,000 to £28,000 per annumNationwide

Transport in Swansea

Swansea is easy to reach, particularly from London and Welsh locations such as Cardiff, Carmarthen and Llanelli. Whether by car (it’s by the M4), train, or even airplane, it’s well connected, and internal bus routes make travelling around the city straightforward.

Renting Prices in Swansea

On average, properties in Swansea cost around £763 pcm (per calendar month) to rent, with one-bedroom properties averaging at £578 pcm. Two-bedroom properties are particularly common on the market, which average at £780 pcm.

Nightlife in Swansea

From familiar chains to quirky gems to specialist, tailored bars, Swansea nightlife is diverse and full of options.

Fiction is particularly popular, proudly promoting themselves online as ‘Cardiff’s only Superclub’. Hosting regular resident DJs, the club focuses on good music and great atmosphere, and there is disabled access to all three of their club rooms.

Or, for something a bit different, the No Sign Wine Bar dates back to 1690, located in a Grade II listed building. The name refers to its history of not having a sign to identify its alcohol licence when it was a legal requirement for public houses to do so - this was because it was a bar rather than a public house, and the name has continued to stick.

Notable Attractions Swansea

As well as Swansea Bay which draws people in with its expansive, idyllic views, the National Waterfront Museum is a major attraction in the city. It’s free entry, focusing on the history of Wales’ role in the Industrial Revolution. Also considering Swansea’s maritime heritage, the museum displays interactive technology alongside objects from its industrial, maritime and mining histories.

For further history, you can visit Swansea Museum or the castle, or alternatively the city’s range of parks and beaches are ideal for quiet days out.

Best known for

Healthcare is a very strong industry in Swansea - it makes up 17.5% of employment in the city. 11.1% of employment is public administration and defence, and another 11.1% is retail.

Education Institutions in Swansea

Swansea University
University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Swansea campus)