Top Reasons to Attend University in Cardiff
- Population 346,000
- Student population 25,000
There is much to be proud of in this prosperous and attractive city. It is bounded by an historic waterfront area on one side and beautiful countryside on the other, with good public transport links. Cardiff has all the cultural and commercial facilities one would expect in the home of the National Assembly for Wales, whilst the cost of living is lower than in most capital cities. Recent huge regeneration projects have resulted in the Cardiff Bay waterfront development, including the National Assembly's Senedd building and the Wales Millennium Centre. This facelift has really put Cardiff on the map as a forward-looking, modern European city.
- Within the city, public transport is efficient and reasonable. Most students use the bus service but cycling and walking are popular. The Cardiff Metropolitcan University bus service links all the sites and the city.
- London is 154 miles away, and trains take under 2 hours.
- There are direct flights from Cardiff International Airport to a number of destinations.
Attractions for students
- Famous for rugby, the Millennium Stadium, the largest covered stadium in Europe, is the also venue for international football fixtures.
- Other sports catered for in the city include squash, ice-skating, golf, swimming and football.
Culture and nightlife
- A range of cinemas and theatres includes the Chapter Arts Centre with two cinemas, three theatres, a visual arts centre plus café and bars.
- Cardiff has a vibrant nightlife with bars and pubs for all tastes. The city also hosts an annual Mardi Gras in September, now one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the UK.
- The magnificent Wales Millennium Centre, a multipurpose cultural and entertainment venue, and the new home for the Welsh National Opera was completed in 2004.
- The Atlantic Wharf entertainment complex offers a 12-screen cinema, bowling alley, nightclub, bars and restaurant.
- Admission to the National Museum, Cardiff, which houses the largest collection of impressionist painting in Europe outside of Paris, is free. St David's Hall is the national concert hall of Wales, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales is based in Cardiff. Two comedy venues, Jongleurs and the Glee Club are also in the city.
- The Edwardian arcades criss-cross the city between the various modern shopping centres and offer a variety of unusual shops and cafés.
- The main shopping areas are Queen Street and the St David's Centre with the full range of high street and designer names.
Proximity to the city centre
- Cardiff University: buildings all round the city centre.
- Cardiff, University of Wales Institute: four main teaching campuses situated around the city centre.
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Content was accurate at the time of compilation. Population figures are compiled from the 2011 censuses for England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.