The Uplands is a vibrant suburb about a mile to the west of the city centre with a growing reputation as a place to eat and to enjoy a different style of nightlife to the city centre. It makes it a popular place for students to live, to eat and to be entertained. Its popularity is on the increase as it has the advantage of offering everything you could need in one place while still being close to both universities
Shops you can find there include convenience stores such as Sainsbury’s and Tesco, a Post Office, banks, a small bookshop, Wheelie’s cycle shop, second hand stores, hairdressers and a range of local shops. It is home to the Uplands Tavern, a popular pub where you can drink in the shadow of Dylan Thomas and Kingsley Amis.
There are a variety of places to eat, from the ever popular Subway and KFC to independent Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese and other types of cooking. If you are feeling up to it, you can take on “The Beast” breakfast at the Uplands Diner. There are quieter cafes too and local shops where you can grab a pasty. In the evening you can sample from 2 or 3 bars, such as Noah’s Yard, which offer a place to meet and talk or listen to live music.
If you feel cultural, this is the place that Dylan Thomas grew up, so you can see his home at No5 Cwmdonkin Drive or go up to Cwmdonkin Park which is hidden away only 200 yards from Uplands where you can see where he played as a child. There you can walk, play football or just enjoy the scenery.
BUS SERVICES TO THE CITY CENTRE
At the time of writing, there are a frequent services, which pass through Uplands. They stop at the Post Office on their way out from the city and by the Estate Agents on their way into town.
BUS SERVICES TO SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
The 116 bus goes to the University on weekdays, with services every hour to an hour and a quarter.