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Student Accommodation

  • Approximately 5,500 places are available with a guarantee of accommodation for firm applicants in the first year, provided they meet certain deadlines.
  • A wide range of catered or self-catered accommodation; most rooms in residences have en-suite facilities and all study bedrooms have computer network connection points and wireless access. Most residences are within easy walking distance of the university.
  • The Residence Life team provides a warm welcome, helping to smooth the transition into university life. They help foster a strong sense of community through social events and cultural activities, and provide practical support. The team also give peer to peer support, signposting to Student Support and Well-being when needed.

Accommodation Costs

Catered from £5,702 to £6,046 per year
Self-Catered from £3,824 to £5,620 per year

The costs above are for the academic year 2018/19

Student Life

  • Cardiff is a thriving and attractive capital city, widely recognised as an outstanding place to live. A compact city, it is bounded by a historic waterfront area – Cardiff Bay – on one side and beautiful countryside on the other. Large areas of parkland stretch 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.
  • Cardiff has been named the UK's second cheapest student city in the 2018 Natwest Student Living Index.

Nightlife and Culture

  • 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.
  • Cultural attractions include The National Museum, Cardiff, with the largest collection of impressionist painting in Europe outside of Paris. The magnificent Wales Millennium Centre is home to the Welsh National Opera, while St David's Hall is the national concert hall of Wales; the BBC National Orchestra of Wales is also based in Cardiff. Cinemas are found at the Chapter arts centre, which also has theatres, café and bars; and at The Red Dragon Centre with its bowling alley, bars and restaurants. Comedy venues Jongleurs and the Glee Club are also in the city.
  • Famous for rugby, the Principality Stadium – the largest covered stadium in Europe – is also the venue for international football fixtures. Other sports catered for in the city include swimming, squash, ice-skating, golf, cricket and football.


  • The university is located at the heart of the city, with the main campus around 5 minutes' walk from the city centre.
  • Students can take advantage of free nextbike annual memberships, with 30 minutes free per trip. Hire stations and bicycles are in close proximity to many university buildings across both campuses.
  • Within the city, public transport is efficient and reasonable.
  • 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.
  • Cardiff International Airport operates direct flights to a number of UK and international destinations.