Swansea University (GDL)

The Legal Cheek View

Studying the GDL at Swansea University will mean that you’re less than one minute from the beach. Indeed, buoyed perhaps by their proximity to the ocean, one GDL student told us they’d recommend “everything” about doing the conversion at the Welsh seaside law school.

The law school’s location is a big pull. It’s part of a wider university that has its very own waterports centre on the beach. The £1.4 million facility gives you the chance to do anything from kayaking to beach volleyball. And if you’ve always wanted to be a surfer, now’s your chance. But Welsh waters can be choppy, so you might stick to strolls along the shoreline to de-GDL-stress.

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The food on campus is also a hit. There’s a big choice of eateries, from Indian, Mexican and Chinese meals to traditional British goodies, and they’re particularly proud of their pasta. If it’s Asian cuisine you’re after, Fusion Café is open from breakfast well into the evening, and they reportedly have good coffee. Taliesin serves homemade pizzas, soups and cakes. Bias has the best noodles. And the Students’ Union has a bar and coffee shop, where you can find everything from pints and fraps to paninis and pub grub. You’ll be doing the GDL so let’s face it, you’ll need the fuel to pull you through.

Overall, the Swansea campus is known for its homely, friendly and supportive culture. As it’s a single-site campus, “you get a great sense if being part of a community”. Students make friends easily “and quickly too because you will find you always see the same people around campus”. On summer evenings, students even have BBQs on the beach and light campfires. If you’ve got a car, head to the beaches on the Gower peninsula.

Key Info

Full time fees £7,950
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places 40
Part time places n/a