Here at USW, we have three campus locations. Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd.

Our Pontypridd campus is in the heart of South Wales, is just 20 minutes from Cardiff by train, and where most of our Pathway programmes will be taught, giving you the best of both worlds.

With a thriving event scene, there’s always something to experience. From historic sites and travel hotspots in easy reach, to local bars, markets, cinemas, coffee shops, global sports, concerts and so much more, you’ll never struggle to find a way to spend your time.

USW Pontypridd is made up of two sites: Treforest and Glyntaff. From historical buildings to new, modern structures, Pontypridd reflects the University’s proud history and its ambitions for the future. Here, you’ll find everything you need – your classes, the library, cafes and bars to eat and drink, and friends to spend time with.

What you’ll find at USW Pontypridd Campus

  • Halls of Residence
  • Students’ Union
  • Library and Student Centre
  • Sport Centre
  • Food, drink, coffee and cafes
  • USW Sport Park
  • Train station with regular trains to Cardiff and beyond

Take a guided video tour through the Treforest campus:


Our interactive virtual tour gives you the chance to experience our Treforest campus in Pontypridd.

See the full screen 360 panoramas of our facilities, including the aircraft hangar, lecture theatre, libraries, all-weather sport pitches, gym, students’ union and much more.

Click on the image below to view.

Virtual Tour

From local pub restaurants to the familiar faces of national chains, we have a huge range of places to eat and drink that will appeal to all.

Not to be missed is the annual Big Welsh Bite food event and don’t forget to check out Pontypridd Market for a unique shopping experience.

Food places we think you’ll love

  • Carini’s fish and chips – nothing beats a hot fresh portion of chips with some tasty fish, a classic traditional British meal!
  • Bunch of Grapes – also known as ‘The Bunch’, how a great British pub should be
  • Saffron (Pontypridd) – full of flavour and spice, a great option for an authentic Indian meal

Explore Pontypridd

Bus Travel


For more information about train times and tickets:


  • Cardiff Airport – Approximately 40 minutes
  • London Heathrow Airport  – Approximately 2hr 30 minutes

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