Top things you need to know about Swansea if you are a student!

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We would like to say a massive welcome to all the next students of Swansea & also all of our returning students. We have put together a guide of Swansea best gems!

Top places to eat in Swansea….

  1. Jamaican Jill’s
  2. The Smoke Haus
  3. Mamma Mia
  4. Copper Bar

Top Places to get your sugar fix…

  1. Truly Scrumptious
  2. The Crepe Vine

Best Places for night time entertainment

  1. Cinema & Co
  2. Tino’s Comedy Night
  3. The Wine Street Strip

For your food shopping visit

  1. Brontosaurus
  2. Billy Uptons
  3. The choice is yours (Fruit & Vegetables)

Get your health & Beauty fix…

  1. The Powder Room Swansea
  2. Hairlines Swansea Market
  3. Makeup By Maxi- Leigh

Daytime Entertainment

  1. Leisuretime
  2. Ten Pin Bowling
  3. LC2
  4. Real Town Tours


 Jamaican Jill’s                             Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 22.06.00

City gates, Wind Street, Swansea SA1 1EE

A Reggae Cocktail bar with a Caribbean restaurant. We recommend their smoking cocktails to kick-start any night out! Don’t forget that with our Loyalty App you can enjoy one main meal and get one half price every Wednesday in September. This could be the perfect opportunity to get to know your housemates! For more information please CLICK HERE!


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41 Wind Street, Swansea SA1 1EE

The Smoke Haus is what we would call a “Meat lovers” paradise. The Smoke Haus is known for its massive meals so don’t go without an empty stomach as you may have a challenge to face. The perfect atmosphere to chill out with your roommates! ( You can also pick the music you listen to online at their website) Visit To find out how!!

Mamma Mia                                                                                  Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 22.08.47

18-20 Princess Way, Swansea SA13LW

An Authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of our Swansea. There is a great atmosphere there, Delicious food & they boast the best pizza in the whole town. Our Big Heart Of Swansea App will also get you 10% off all food orders – The perfect excuse to invite all your friends too!

Copper Bar

38-39 Castle Street, Swansea SA11HZ

Copper Bar is very proud to be a “quirky” Swansea bar and coffee shop serving cakes made from it’s very own beer! Copper serves Coffee, ales and delicious cakes made from the beer made at its very own micro brewery. Check out there Facebook 

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6 Nelson Street, Swansea SA1 3QE

Truly Scrumptious is a friendly family run business based right in the heart of Swansea City Centre. They sell everything from Chocolate Kebabs, Crepes, Waffles, and Milkshakes to freshly prepared sandwiches, salads and much more. You can visit Truly and try one of their beautiful creations with all your friends or take it home to save when you really need that chocolate fix! Plus with our Big Heart App receive FREE toast with any tea or coffee purchased.

The Crepe Vine                                                                       Airshow Crepe Vine3

4 Whitewalls, Swansea.  SA1 3AA 

 The Crepe Vine is a little gem based in Swansea City. The Creperie boasts 60 crepes Sweet & Savory. They also sell wonderful and unusual coffees like Banana Milkshake Latte & a great chilli Hot Chocolate. Crepe Vine is an affordable treat ideal for the students of Swansea. You can also sit down or take away! Visit their Facebook HERE!


 Cinema & Co                                                                                                cinema and co 3

17 Castle Street, SA1 1JF Swansea, United Kingdom

This really is a hidden gem for Swansea. In their high street space, they have a unique 50 seater Cinema! They really have made use of their space as not only is it a cinema but also a gallery! They have also squished in a bar selling snacks, wine, and award winning beers!

Email: [email protected] OR have a look at their Facebook page for all other films and updates – Cinema & Co.

Tino’s Comedy Night                                                                                        Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 22.12.01

11 Wind Street, Swansea, United Kingdom

Tino’s organizes a comedy night on the first Thursday of every month at the only café on Wind Street. Entry is £6 in advance (£7 on the door)

To see the full details and view lineups please visit their Facebook 

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This Wine Street Strip event takes place every Sunday bringing live music between 5- 11 PM. The 3 Venues, which take part, are:

The Bucket List

The Perch

Bambu Beach Bar

Each week the live music acts change so keep yourself updated with their Facebook page

Brontosaurus                                                             Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 22.14.49

23B Swansea Indoor Market, Swansea, United Kingdom

Brontosaurus is a Vegan Lifestyle store. It’s your perfect shop for all things vegan. They have a range of vegan items & offer lunch on the go which is perfect for the student life.

To have a look at what they have to offer visit their Facebook page 

Billy Upton’s Butchers

6a Swansea Indoor Market, Swansea United Kingdom

 Billy Upton’s Butchers are one of Swansea’s longest running traditional butchers! They are very proud to be one of the only butchers in Swansea market who produce homemade sausages daily. Billy Upton’s, not only offer discounts with our Big Heart App but also offer student deals such as:

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5 Chicken Breasts

4 Pork Steak

1KG of extra Lean Mince

5 Lamb Chops

All of this for just £20.00 There are a variety of different deals & offers!

Keep yourself updated by visiting their Facebook page or pop down and talk to the welcoming staff members who are always willing to help!

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Swansea Market, Swansea SA1 3PQ

The choice is yours is a large family run business in Swansea Market. Swansea market is run by a friendly team of knowledgeable people who are always willing to help with any questions ( We understand as you may be new to living alone you may need some extra advice ). What is also incredible is that this business which has survived for nearly 70 years they have now gone into “ online shopping” so they can be adapted to your business lifestyle. You can visit their website  


The Powder Room Swansea

46C Swansea Indoor Market, Swansea, United Kingdom

The Powder Room Swansea is a family run business which can cater to all your beautifying needs. The Powder Room offers a wide selection of cosmetics, fragrances, accessories, body jewelry, a vast selection of scarves, self-tanners, and makeup! The powder Room can add all the finishing touches for any night out at a cheaper affordable price.

Hairlines Swansea Market

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Hairlines are one of Swansea’s leading hair extension suppliers owned and run by an amazing family who have many years of expertise. The stock ranges from the highest quality hair extensions clip on and non-clip! They also provide wigs, hairpieces and more! They have a large variety of products, which can suit everyone’s needs. Call in and speak to their staff who can help glam up your hair!

Visit their Facebook page for more info

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10-11 Caer Street, Swansea, United Kingdom

Maxi- Leigh is a Freelance Makeup artist based in the Heart of Swansea City Centre, with a studio located adjacent to Swansea Castle Gardens. Lauren offers glam makeup sessions ready for any big occasion. Maxi- Leigh also had an offer with our Big Heart of Swansea App where 2 people can have their makeup done for just £40 every Wednesday! This means a savings of £30! The perfect opportunity to get glammed up with your new housemates and hit Wind Street! To view Maxi- Leigh’s glamorous makeovers visit her Facebook page

Leisuretime                                                                           Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 22.23.25

251 Oxford Street, Swansea, United Kingdom SA13BL

Leisuretime Swansea is a travel agent who offers coach holidays, group travel, cruises over many destinations. You may feel that you want to plan a day trip to get to know all your new friends at University. The Big Heart of Swansea App is currently offering 10% off the total cost of a Leisuretime operated holiday when spending over £99. To view Leisuretime holidays visit their website or pop in store and speak to a friendly member of staff!


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Parc Tawe, The Strand, Swansea, SA1 2AX

Ten Pin Bowling is the perfect day out in Swansea especially with a group of friends! You can really make the most of the day at Ten Pin as there is also a bar & restaurant and a games room! The Big Heart of Swansea App is currently offering to buy the first game at full tariff price and get the second game free, only valid Monday- Fridays ( Excluding Bank Holidays and other offers). To view full deals and offers please click HERE!

LC2                    lc22

Oystermouth Rd, Swansea SA1 3ST

Take a trip to Wales biggest indoor Waterpark! The perfect activity to get to know your new friends. Let loose and enjoy the Waterpark as there are hours of fun to enjoy! Don’t forget there is also a Gym and an activity center to also keep you busy! Check out everything taking place at the LC2 at their website

Real Town Tours                                                                     Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 22.26.42

Take the day out to unwind and relax discovering the beautiful history of Swansea. The tour will take you on a virtual tour of Swansea city guiding you through the streets, architecture and unique features which make Swansea such a favorite to visit. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know your new home and also a fun way to discover it with your new friends!


The information provided in this blog is gathered from third-party sites and was correct at the time of posting.  We (Swansea BID and Big Heart of Swansea) cannot be held responsible for any misinformation and/or canceling of events.  We advise that you contact any third parties for clarification of information (including terms & conditions, opening times, dietary requirements, general business information etc.) to avoid any confusion.   The above information does not form an affiliation with these businesses nor does it form a recommendation of services and/or products. 

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