Cardiff University was founded in 1883. It is based in and around Cardiff's elegant civic centre, five 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


In or close to the centre of a town


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 73%
  • Postgraduate 27%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 78%
  • Part Time 22%

Where students come from

  • UK 76%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 19%

Student gender

  • Male 39%
  • Female 61%

Student Services and Facilities


  • The university has 18 libraries (conveniently located near to subject areas) and more than 1.4 million books and journals, 29,000 e-journals and an extensive range of rare and historical books.
  • A flexible study and research environment is provided, with more than 2,500 study spaces across the university.
  • Some of the libraries are open 24-hours a day throughout the year.

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 guidance to students throughout their degree. Career options can be explored online, in workshops or by meeting with a careers adviser; and a mock assessment centre, psychometric testing and mock interviews help prepare students to compete for jobs. Students can also network with employers by attending a wide range of employer events, presentations and careers fairs.
  • Work experience is a key component of the university's approach, supporting Cardiff students and recent graduates to gain work experience by sourcing part-time and full-time placements. There is also dedicated support available for students who face barriers to gaining work experience.
  • The Cardiff Award is a structured employability programme open to all students in their first and penultimate year. It encourages students to invest in their future by gaining experience and reflecting on their skills.
  • The Enterprise and Start-Up team can help bring ideas to life, offering tailored support for student entrepreneurs and start-ups and also for students who want to think creatively and develop their skills without starting a business.
  • The Skills Development Service is run by the Students' Union, providing 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 services

  • The university provides confidential counselling and well-being support on matters of a personal or emotional nature. Support is provided on an individual or workshop basis.

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.
  • For further information please refer to the university website regarding disability and dyslexia support.

Other services and facilities

  • The entire campus area is wireless enabled, allowing students to use their own computers to access resources.
  • The university's virtual learning environment facilitates online support for learning, studying and collaboration. Event capture technology is used to enable staff to record lectures and make them available on demand to students.
  • Open access IT rooms are open 24/7.

Students' Union

  • Cardiff has one of the biggest, best and most active students' unions in the UK, with high quality facilities including 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.
  • The 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 the first female professor in the UK in 1904.
  • 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

  • Nathan Cleverly – retired Light Heavyweight world champion boxer.
  • 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.
  • Professor Alice Roberts – anatomist, author and broadcaster.
  • Dr Jamie Roberts – British and Irish Lions, Welsh rugby union international.
  • Susanna Reid – ITV presenter.
  • Nicole Cooke MBE – former professional road bicycle racer and Commonwealth, Olympic and Road World champion.
  • Richard Parks – former Wales international rugby union player turned extreme endurance athlete and television presenter.
  • Joanna Natasegara – Oscar-winning British film director and producer.


Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 3AT