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Living in Swansea, Wales:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Swansea, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked five people living in Swansea what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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If moving to Swansea, decide what type of area (rural or urban) you want. the area I live in is a little village and it suits my personality best; just as I can be quiet, as is the village itself. Then again, there are many urban areas to live in Swansea too. Just do a little research before you confirm your choice though.

Swansea is a beautiful up and coming city. The people are friendly, ambitious and approachable. The idyllic seaside views and delicious ice-cream is what brings in the tourism but its the community that makes people the stay. The village of Mumbles is one of the top tourist destinations due to the plentiful view of sea and sand.

Gabriella, says: 2020

Someone moving to Swansea, should be knowledgeable of Welsh camaraderie. They should also learn about Welsh values and popular opinion. It would also benefit them to be aware of the vast student demographic which populates the city. There are a high number of Welsh rugby fans, and the annual Six Nations rugby game is exceedingly popular.

Rowena, says: 2020

The weather is cold, windy, and damp. We only have a couple of weeks of summer, but the people are very friendly, there are shops on every corner and a beach only 20 minutes away. There are mountains and hills everywhere so make sure you wear flat shoes, but never underestimate the weather, it may look sunny but rain will always find a way too you.

Tracey, says: 2020

If you’re thinking of moving to Swansea, here are some tips to help: Would you prefer near the beach or closer to the city? West Swansea is perfect for being near the beaches of Gower, good schools, and nice restaurants in Mumbles. Property is pricey here, however. East Swansea gives better value for money, with excellent transport links onto the M4, and is nearer to many amenities such as out-of-town shopping and hospitals. Schools here, though, are not as good. A good compromise could be Gowerton or Gorseinon. Both offer excellent links to the M4 and Swansea city centre, yet are still close enough to the Gower to enjoy those beaches. Gorseinon itself has plenty of shopping, while still maintaining a village-like atmosphere. And if more retail therapy is needed, nearby Fforestfach has many larger stores.

Charlotte, says: 2020

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