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Student Accommodation

  • Cardiff Metropolitan University has nearly 1,000 study bedrooms located at the Cyncoed and Plas Gwyn campuses.
  • In addition, the university allocates just over 250 en-suite rooms within private halls of residence to students.
  • As well as allocating students places in halls, the Accommodation Service also helps students find suitable accommodation off-campus.

Student Life

  • City Population: 346,000
  • Student Population: 25,000
  • Cardiff is an exciting, modern capital city that punches well above its weight for its size and relatively small population. Cardiff boasts an excellent year-round calendar of events, hosting major sporting events like the Rugby World Cup and the annual Six Nations Championship, major theatre productions, and big-name touring comedy acts and musicians. In addition, a variety quirkier events like street food festivals, pop-ups, and secret cinemas ensure there’s always something different to do.
  • Cardiff city centre sits neatly alongside acres of green parkland, and is home to the huge St. David’s Dewi Sant shopping and entertainment centre. There’s also a warren of boutique Victorian shopping arcades, three world-class sports stadiums, and a lively coffee shop and craft beer scene – not forgetting a stunning waterfront area and the bars and restaurants of Cardiff Bay.
  • Cardiff has been ranked as the most affordable student city in the UK in the 2017 NatWest Student Living Index.

Culture and Nightlife

  • The traditional student areas of Cardiff are found in the suburbs of Roath and Cathays, with plenty of pubs, cafés, bars and shops. In the city centre, traditional pubs and craft beer bars sit alongside the larger nightclubs which all host weekly student themed nights, whilst Mill Lane is popular for its stylish cocktail bar scene.
  • Cardiff has a variety of shopping outlets, from big name brands in the St David's Shopping Centre, to independent retailers in the Victorian arcades.
  • The city has an incredible sporting heritage, with football at the Cardiff City stadium, international cricket at the SSE SWALEC, ice hockey with the Cardiff Devils in Cardiff Bay and international rugby at the Principality Stadium.
  • Other sporting events include the Cardiff 10k and Cardiff Half Marathon, gaining in popularity every year – with a new full Marathon planned for 2018. The UK's only Velothon has also become an annual highlight, welcoming more than 10,000 cyclists to Cardiff to tackle a 140km, traffic-free route through South Wales.


  • Public transport in Cardiff is affordable. Many students use the bus service but cycling and walking are also popular. The Cardiff Metropolitan University bus service links all the sites and the city.
  • London is 154 miles away, and trains take under two hours.
  • There are direct flights from Cardiff International Airport to a number of destinations including overseas.