I’ve never thought I say this but I miss the rain. I really do….
It has been absolutely boiling here for weeks and there is no end in sight.
I’ve been tracking across the country visiting my friends at universities here, they are either still writing their exams or have just finished. The generally easiest method was for me just to take the train into the city and then catch a tram to their student halls. and it would have been great but between it being absolutely boiling and the train being delayed I got just a tiny bit lost and had to have my friend come and pick me up.
So I thought what better thing to do than to tell you about all the wonderful ways of getting to the university. Well at least the Treforest or Glyntaff campuses as I have never been to Newport and would not know how to give directions to the Atrium.
How to best reach the Treforest/Glyntaff campus:
If you are a foreign student there are few ways to get around this. Well there are some but generally they are more time consuming and expensive.
The three main places you can fly to that will get you into Treforest relatively easily are Cardiff, Bristol and London.
You are partially limited where to fly to by where you are flying from as there are not always flights from and to all airports without connection flights and whatnot.
Cardiff is a small airport and the flights going directly there are limited. Though it has probably the easiest connection to then get to the university. It is only 20miles from the university and you can catch either a taxi or the train to get to the University. The taxi services operate 24/7 and will cost you about £30 for a 20min journey.
Bristol is not as close so generally you have to get either a connecting train or bus that will take you into Cardiff and then travel on. Trains run pretty regularly so the connection is alright.
The option that I generally use is flying to London. If you book early the flights to any of the London airports are relatively cheap and I don’t think it really matters where you fly from they will always have a flight to London. The only issue is that you will have a relatively long train or bus journey ahead of you. And if you do not book your train tickets ahead of time the prices can go up as well.
As I said before, I found travelling from London to be my best option but I can see how this may differ for other people.
I keep going on about taking connecting trains and I think as long as you are not travelling by car then it is hard to get around it. There are not as many routes that will get you to Treforest. Generally you have to go to Cardiff first and then take one of the trains to Treherbert, Aberdare or Merthyr Tydfil. They run every 15 minutes or so. The station you should get off is Treforest Station, which is right next to the Trefforest campus.
From the M4, exit at J32 and join the A470 north towards Merthyr Tydfil and Pontypridd. Then after a few miles there should be a sign for the A473 (Llantrisant) and the University.
Parking is a possibility on and close to the campus. If you want to bring your car as a student and park in the parking-lots you need to get a pass first though.
I hope it will have cooled down by the time I have to go back to the UK as travelling at those temperatures is generally not a whole lot of fun.
Well this is it from me for now 🙂