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Student Accommodation

  • Approximately 5,500 places available with a guarantee of accommodation for firm applicants in the first year.
  • 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

Cardiff University

Number of university/college beds 5,391
Typical annual cost of university/college accommodation £3,599–£4,375
Typical annual cost of private accommodation £2,640–£3,135

Living Here

  • City Population: 346,000
  • Student Population: 25,000
  • Cardiff is a prosperous and attractive city, bounded by an historic waterfront area on one side and beautiful countryside on the other, and 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 developments include Cardiff Bay waterfront, 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.

Getting Around

  • Within the city, public transport is efficient and reasonable. Most students use the bus service but cycling and walking are popular. 
  • London is 154 miles away, and trains take under 2 hours.
  • There are direct flights from Cardiff International Airport to a number of domestic and overseas destinations.

Culture and Nightlife

  • 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. 
  • 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.