New year. New you.


New Year’s resolutions are the biggest cliche, yes, but take a vow to make the most of your time in Swansea. Here are some hints and tips to make your year in the city count.

Visit Oystermouth castle

Open from April, this treasure is located in Mumbles and allows you to feel that little bit more cultured this year. For £20, you can visit as often as you like, with friends, and watch the open air performances in the summer months.

Watch the sunrise from the beach

No matter how much of a grumpy house hermit you are, I’m 90% certain something sentimental will be ruffled in you when you see the sun appearing over the horizon. It’s better than watching the bins getting emptied outside Penmaen, right?

Start an essay a month in advance

This may not seem like a big life change, but we all know that the more prepared you are, the more likely you are to get that 2:1. You may even enjoy writing those 3,000 words if you progress in smaller, manageable chunks than starting a fire typing 1,000 words a minute the night before your deadline.

Netflix moderation

Most students could probably get a first class degree in the facts of Breaking Bad, Dexter and How I Met Your Mother. But let’s be honest, your CV isn’t going to blossom because you know why Marie wears purple in Breaking Bad, is it? Consider deactivating your membership through deadline and exam season or moderate to one episode a day as reward

Join more university societies and clubs

If you missed Give it a go Week in January, don’t fear; you can see all of the societies online at There are societies for all different interests, but if your niche isn’t covered, it’s very simple to set up your own club for like-minded people. You never know who you might meet and it can be a great asset to your CV.

Attempt ‘The Beast’ at Uplands Diner

Getting fit in 2014 was only going to last so long, right? Consisting of six bacon, four sausages, three eggs, chips, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, spagetti, hash brown, three toast and four bread and butter for £7.95, it’s a life achievement to finish.

Take part in The Waterfront blind date

Who knows, 2014 could be the year you find the one. Cupid will be out to get you so if you want to set up your friend or yourself, email


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