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Record freshers call hotels home

Aberystwyth University
The university has welcomed more than 2,300 first year students

More than 50 students arriving at university have been housed in hotels, guest houses and flats after a record surge in recruitment.

Last week Aberystwyth University feared it had about 160 more freshers than it had room for in halls of residence.

But by the time students arrived for the start of term on Sunday that figure had dropped to 56.

First year students are up by 364 this year and the university confessed this had "surpassed expectations".

It represents an 18% rise in numbers, compared to an average increase of 2.7% in Wales and 8.8% across the UK.

During the next few days, the university's accommodation office will be working closely with students in temporary accommodation to find them more permanent homes.

'Very smoothly'

Students in temporary accommodation are being invited to attend daily briefings with accommodation office staff, said a spokesman.

Aberystwyth University's vice-chancellor Professor Noel Lloyd said: "I am very pleased that the accommodation arrangements have gone very smoothly over the weekend and that all first year students who sought university accommodation have been catered for.

This year the university experienced a late surge in demand for courses after much of the accommodation had been allocated, Aberystwyth Guild of Students president, Ben Hallet, said last week.

The university has enjoyed an "outstanding recruitment year".

Last year, a student survey found that Aberystwyth was the UK's favourite university town.

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