Cardiff University was founded in 1883. It is based in and around Cardiff's elegant civic centre, 5 minutes' walk from the city centre. Academic buildings, student residences and the Students' Union are within a short walk of each other. Cardiff is the only Russell Group university in Wales.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


On the coast, near the sea


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: C15

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 74%
  • Postgraduate 26%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 79%
  • Part Time 21%

Where students come from

  • UK 75%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 20%

Student gender

  • Male 40%
  • Female 60%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The university libraries have a wide range of information resources, with more than 1.2 million printed books, 59,000 e-journals and an extensive range of rare and historical books. A flexible study and research environment is provided, with over 2,500 study spaces across the university. Some of the libraries are open 24 hours a day throughout the year.
  • Open access IT rooms across the university are freely available for students to use, some open 24/7. Wi-Fi across campus enables students to use their own laptops and mobile devices to access resources. A wide range of software and IT support is available; IT help can be accessed by phone 24 hours a day.
  • The university's virtual learning environment facilitates online support for learning, studying and collaboration. Event capture technology records lectures, making them available on demand to students.

Student jobs

  • The Jobshop is a student employment service providing casual work to hundreds of students.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Employability service provides expert advice and guidance to students throughout their degree. Students benefit from 24/7 access to an online platform, Your Career Journey; tailored workshops on a wide range of topics; and from one-to-one appointments with dedicated advisers.
  • The service partners with contacts from a broad range of industries and sectors to source exclusive work experience opportunities, from short insights that fit around students' timetables to longer, paid internships and full-time placements. Students can network with employers by attending a wide variety of employer events, presentations and careers fairs. There is also dedicated support available for students who face barriers to gaining work experience.
  • The Cardiff Award is a structured employability programme to encourage students to invest in their future by improving their understanding of their career potential, gaining practical experience and reflecting on their skills.
  • The Enterprise and Start-Up team can help bring ideas to life; they offer tailored support for student entrepreneurs and start-ups, and for students who want to think creatively and develop their skills without starting a business.
  • The Skills Development Service, run by the Students' Union, provides a range of training courses and sessions designed to build students' confidence, improve transferable skills and increase employability for the future.

Health services

  • The university has its own GP surgery. In addition, the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences operates an eye clinic which is open to students.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The university provides a range of support from self help, peer led support, workshops, courses and groups, and short term brief therapy.
  • The university's Student Mentor Scheme helps students meet some of the challenges of starting university. New students are matched with students from the same academic school, who are trained to assist them with adapting to new ways of learning and teaching as well as living away from home.

Disability support

  • The Disability and Dyslexia Service provides specialist advice to prospective and current students. It works with students and staff across the university to coordinate support and provide specialist services that best meet the needs of disabled students.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

Students' Union

  • Cardiff has one of the biggest, best and most active Students' Unions in the UK. High quality facilities include Y Plas, a 2,150 capacity nightclub; and the Great Hall, a major concert venue.
  • The union offers an exciting entertainment programme, a comprehensive range of student support services and more than 180 societies and 60 sports clubs, along with its own newspaper, lifestyle magazine, radio station and TV station.
  • Union facilities offer ample desk space, seating, computer access, power points for laptops and group meeting space.


  • Cardiff University was founded in 1883 prompting a public holiday, a procession through the city and the ringing of church bells.
  • Cardiff University appointed one of the first female professors at a university in the UK. Millicent Mackenzie was appointed Associate Associate Professor of Education in 1904, becoming Professor of Education (Women) in 1910.
  • In 1999 Cardiff joined the Russell Group of leading UK research universities. It is the only Welsh member of the group.

Fascinating Fact

  • Cardiff University has featured in TV shows including Sherlock, Dr Who and Casualty.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Martin Lewis OBE – award-winning TV and radio presenter and founder of MoneySavingExpert.com.
  • Huw Edwards – BAFTA award-winning journalist and BBC News presenter.
  • Dame Mary and Doug Perkins – founders of retail optics chain Specsavers.
  • Maimunah Mohammed Sharif – director of UN Habitat.
  • Professor Alice Roberts – anatomist, author and broadcaster.
  • Dr Jamie Roberts – British and Irish Lions, Welsh rugby union international.
  • Albert Lee – head of Hong Kong Film Festival and former chief executive of Emperor Motion Pictures.
  • Nicole Cooke MBE – former professional road bicycle racer and Commonwealth, Olympic and UCI Road World champion.
  • Joanna Natasegara – Oscar-winning film director and producer.
  • Richard Parks – former Wales international rugby union player turned extreme endurance athlete and television presenter.


Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 3AT