Cardiff University

Park Place

  • Location: City

Student life

Cardiff Students’ Union (CSU) is a student-led, independent part of the university which represents and supports students providing a diverse and inclusive range of activities, services and facilities that enrich student life. CSU is consistently ranked in the top 5 for student satisfaction in the UK by students.

Cardiff University has around 200 societies and 65 sports teams. Many of our Athletic Union sports clubs travel all over the UK to compete against other universities in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competition.

The Centre for Student Life is the one-stop hub for all student needs. Whether you are looking for advice on health and wellbeing, preparing for the future, managing money, or living in Cardiff, our expert, dedicated support staff will be on hand to support you.

What's it like to live in Wales?
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With lush rolling hills to explore by foot, bike or zipline, a proud sporting tradition, and a famously-benevolent population who like a good singsong, Wales may offer the most satisfying student experience in the UK.

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’re the outdoorsy type, you’ll be right at home.

Studying here, you’re bound to hear a tale or a hundred involving dragons, knights, and castles, perhaps over some rarebit – a traditional dish that will put your average student’s cheese on toast to shame.

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What's it like to live in Cardiff?
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Cardiff may be the most lush student city on the map – and a buzzing hot-spot if you're mad about sport.

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Campus and facilities

Cardiff University is made up of two large, well-located campuses. The Cathays Park campus is where most of our academic schools are based. Healthcare-related courses (excluding Pharmacy and Optometry) are based at Heath Park - just a mile from the city centre.

Most of our accommodation is within easy walking distance of lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, the Students’ Union, and the city centre. With 16 different residences, providing more than 5,500 study bedrooms, you can apply for one that best suits your preferences, interests, and budgets. 70% of bedrooms have their own en-suite facilities and all bedrooms have wifi access. Our Residences Life Team provide a supportive, friendly community with exciting events run throughout the year.

Course locations

Main Site

PO Box 921, Cardiff, CF10 3XQ

Heath Park Campus

Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN

Main Site - Cardiff

30-36 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0DE

Cathays Park Campus

Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT

Newport (Software Academy)

11 Devon Place, Newport, NP20 4NW