Wrexham - Getting to know your new home
Welcome to the Jungle...
Ok, it's not that bad... but leaving the comfort of your home to arrive in an unfamiliar town or city, there's always a nervous feeling and anticipation about what to expect.
You're moving away from your family and friends, your schoolmates and teachers - the security has gone and you now have to stand on your own two feet.
But worry not... Wrexham Glyndwr provides a great network of support, whether it be friendly new housemates, your course lecturers or the award-winning student support team and Student Union reps. Everyone is here to help you settle in, but there's no better way to get used to your new surroundings than to dive straight in and experience it for yourself!
So where to first?
Whether you're staying in halls of residence or private accommodation off-campus, you'll want to feel comfortable in the place that you're going to spend most of your time.
Firstly, introduce yourself to your housemates - you're going to be living in very close quarters for the next year at least so it's important to get to know one another, then you can start to explore the area together.
You'll find plenty of things on campus to help get your settled in - You'll find the Student's Union building with comfortable lounge, your own Student bar known affectionately as 'The Cent', William Aston Hall which is home to music, theatre and comedy events. There are ample sports facilities if you fancy trying your hand at something new, with plenty of opportunity to join up to sporting societies too. There are also various places to eat and drink including Scholars Rest (the main canteen) and Fellows Coffee Bar amongst others.
You'll certainly need to know where to get your groceries from - if you're based at the main campus in Wrexham you'll find the Plas Coch retail park just across the road. There's a pub, two supermarkets and a pharmacy as well as various other useful outlets. Island Green retail park and the town centre are also just a stone's throw from the University so all the essentials can be picked up in minutes.
As a student, nightlife is likely to play a very important role! But it doesn't just mean scoping out the best bars and clubs, although Wrexham has plenty to choose from.
As well as some well-known high street retailers, there are lots of restaurants, a cinema and a bowling alley at Eagles Meadow shopping complex, which opened in 2008 and helped to bring more than 1000 jobs to the town.
If you do fancy dancing the night away, Liquid and Envy nightclub is a popular destination, and also hosts Wrexham Glyndwr's official student night. If a quiet pint with your mates is more your scene there are plenty of tradtional or contemporary bars in and around the High Street and surrounding areas.
Central Station is a long-running music venue hosting bands from past and present as well as the best of local talent.
Out and about
Wrexham town centre itself has something to offer for everyone - Edwardian-style Belle Vue Park is a lovely, green space in which to relax, complete with bandstand, tennis courts and play area.
St Giles' Church - one of the Seven Wonders of Wales - is another spectacular landmark on the Wrexham landscape, while just 20 minutes drive away is Llangollen Wharf and the magnificent Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - a world heritage site in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
North East Wales in packed with sporting arenas and facilities, cultural landmarks, tourist attractions - check out our main out and about to section to find out exactly what is on offer - and let's not forget the incredible scenery unrivalled anywhere else in the UK.
If you're a student here you'll have ample opportunity to explore your new surroundings - if not why not join us on one of our upcoming open days and take the time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Wrexham and the local area while you are here!