If you fancy a quiet life with long walks by the sea every sunset, than Swansea is the right town for you. Located on the southwest coast within historic boundaries of Glamorgan county, Swansea is the second largest city in Wales. Having lived there for about 10 months, I have come to learn a few things about the lifestyle in Swansea.
Pros of living in Swansea
- Amazing coastal areas and beaches only a few minutes walking from the city centre. Swansea is pretty close to stunning countryside as well. Living here feels like you’re on a never ending holiday.
- It’s a very cheap place to live in, the rent for a large studio right in the centre is between £525 and £575, bills included (except city council, if you’re not a student). You can’t rent a studio with this price in Bristol or London.
- No hustle and bustle of the big cities, Swansea is a quiet and simple city, you cannot get lost in it.
Is Swansea a good place to live?
Cons of living in Swansea
- Except for the stunning seaside, there are only a few things really worth to see in Swansea. Yes, this little town is the birthplace of the poet Dylan Thomas (who actually described the city as lovely ugly town) and there is a Waterfront Museum and the National Museum of Swansea as well, but it only takes 1-2 hours to see them all.
- Wine Street. I can’t understand why people choose to flock to this hellhole on every Fridays and Saturdays. Maybe I’m getting too old now and don’t feel like partying every weekend, but there’s plenty older than me who go.
- Unemployment rate is high and if you’re lucky to find a job the pay rate is lower than in Bristol, for instance.
- Many companies advertise their preference or Welsh speaking applicants (is right there on indeed.co.uk)
- The weather is terrible most of the year. The wind and rain are relentlessly down-heartening over many days or even weeks. The town looks deserted during these times and there is not much to do.
- Welsh people (still) lack of sense of beauty in general, the town is ugly and boring. And their manners of speaking and behaving are rough.
- A depressing and boring vibe mixed with amazing coastal scenery – and that sums all about Swansea.