University of South Wales

Cardiff I Newport I Pontypridd

  • Location: Town, Rural

Student life

At USW you’ll be part of a supportive environment for studying and living, where new students quickly feel at home. You'll find people just like you, who share your interests, beliefs, and motivations.

If you join a society or sports club at USW, you’ll meet lots of new people and get involved in all sorts of activities, from demonstrations and day trips to nights out and parties. Whatever you’re interested in, you can meet like-minded people or discover something new.

When choosing your accommodation, you could live in the vibrant creativity of Cardiff… the start-up spark of Newport… the rugged nature surrounding Pontypridd, Glyntaff and Treforest… and everything in between. We have three locations but are one University. Every campus is well connected by public transport, and within 20 minutes you could find yourself relaxing on the beach at Barry Island or climbing the Brecon Beacons

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What's it like to live in Wales?
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With beautiful hills and coastlines to explore by foot, bike, surfboard or zipline, Wales offers a great student experience and a wide range of universities connected to their local communities.

The country has a little of everything – historic cities like Cardiff and Swansea, pretty coastal towns, and three national parks including Snowdonia, home to the highest mountain in Wales. If you love the outdoors, you’ll be right at home.

Wales has a long history of sporting achievement, literature, and history. Perhaps you'll hear some tales over some rarebit – a traditional dish that puts cheese on toast to shame.

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What's it like to live in Cardiff?
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Not only a buzzing student city, Wales' coastal capital is a creative and sporting hot-spot.

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Campus and facilities

At USW, we offer more than just a degree. We create graduates who are prepared for tomorrow, who are ready to build their careers and succeed in their chosen field. All our facilities are purpose built and industry standard, which is why studying at USW is as close as you can get to being in industry while you're at university.

We have a unique approach to teaching through hands-on experience and partnerships with industry leaders, to prepare you for where your chosen profession is heading. Our industry connections mean you can attend work placements. These placements are an important part of your course and are designed to enhance your employability. Some students may have an opportunity to spend a year abroad as part of their degree. This is a great way to make your CV stand out.

Course locations

Coleg Gwent (Ebbw Vale)

Coleg Gwent (Ebbw Vale), Waun-Y-Pound Road, Ebbw Vale, NP23 6GT

Coleg Gwent (Newport)

Coleg Gwent (Newport), Nash Road, Newport, NP19 4TS


Newport City Campus, Usk Way, Newport, NP20 2BP

Coleg y Cymoedd (Aberdare)

Coleg Morgannwg (Aberdare), Cwmdare Road, Aberdare, CF44 8ST

Main Site

Llantwit Road, Treforest, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL

Coleg y Cymoedd (Nantgarw)

Parc Natgarw, Heol y Coleg, Cardiff, CF15 7QX

Merthyr Tydfil College

Merthyr Tydfil College, Ynysfach, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1AR

Cardiff (Atrium) Campus

University of South Wales, Pontypridd, Cardiff, CF37 1DL

Main Site

Pontypridd, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL

Torfaen Learning Zone

Torfaen Learning Zone, St Davids Road, Cwmbran, NP44 1DF

Coleg y Cymoedd (Rhondda College)

Coleg Morgannwg (Rhondda College), Rhondda, Tonypandy, CF40 2TQ


University of South Wales, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL

Cardiff and Vale College (Cardiff)

Cardiff And Vale College (Cardiff), Trowbridge Road, Cardiff, CF3 1XZ

City Campus, Newport

Usk Way, Newport (Wales), NP20 2BP

Glyntaff Campus

Glyntaff, Pontypridd, CF37 4BD

Gower College Swansea

Tycoch Road, Sketty, Swansea, SA2 9EB

Coleg Gwent (Cross Keys)

Coleg Gwent (Cross Keys), Risca Road, Cross Keys, NP11 7ZA


University Of South Wales, Adam Street, Cardiff, CF24 2FN

Coleg Gwent (Usk)

Coleg Gwent (Usk), Llanbadoc, Llanbadoc, Usk, NP15 1XJ