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Student Accommodation

  • Approximately 5,500 places are available with a guarantee of accommodation for firm applicants in the first year.
  • A wide range of catered/self-catered accommodation; most rooms in residences have en-suite facilities and all study bedrooms have computer network connection points and wireless access.
  • Most of the residences are within easy walking distance of the university.

Accommodation Costs

Catered from £5,534 to £5,867 per year
Self-Catered from £3,713 to £5,686 per year

Student Life

  • City Population: 346,000
  • Student Population: 25,000
  • Cardiff is a thriving and attractive capital city, widely recognised as an outstanding place to live.
  • It is a compact city bounded by an historic waterfront area in Cardiff Bay on one side and beautiful countryside on the other. There are large areas of parkland stretching into the heart of the city centre.
  • Cardiff has all the cultural and recreational facilities one would expect of a capital city. It is one of the best shopping destinations in the UK and hosts many high profile cultural and sporting events in world-class facilities such as the Wales Millennium Centre and the Principality Stadium.
  • The cost of living is relatively low compared to many other UK cities and there are excellent public transport links.

Culture and Nightlife

  • Cardiff has a cosmopolitan 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. 
  • A range of cinemas and theatres includes the Chapter Arts Centre with two cinemas, three theatres, a visual arts centre plus café and bars; and the Atlantic Wharf entertainment complex with 12-screen cinema, bowling alley, nightclub, bars and restaurant. Two comedy venues, Jongleurs and the Glee Club are also in the city
  • Other cultural attractions include the magnificent Wales Millennium Centre, a multipurpose cultural and entertainment venue and home to the Welsh National Opera, the National Museum, Cardiff with the largest collection of impressionist painting in Europe outside of Paris; St David's Hall is the national concert hall of Wales, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales is based in Cardiff.
  • 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.


  • The university is located at the heart of the city. The main campus area is around five minutes' walk from the city centre.
  • Within the city, public transport is efficient and reasonable. Some students use the bus services but many cycle or walk.
  • Cardiff is easily accessible from all parts of Britain via the M4/M5 motorways and via high speed intercity trains. London is around 2 hours from Cardiff by train.
  • There are direct flights from Cardiff International Airport to a number of UK and international destinations.