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Study in Cardiff

Cardiff may be the most lush student city on the map – and a buzzing hot-spot if you're mad about sport.


Rugby matters in Wales! You have to catch at least one game at the Principality Stadium.

City life – Cardiff University graduate

'Not too big, not too small. And the atmosphere there on an international rugby weekend is unbeatable.'

Roald Dahl

The wild imagination behind Matilda, The BFG, and The Witches was born in Llandaff.

Nightlife – first year student at Cardiff University, 2016

'St Mary Street is Cardiff's 'main strip' and is where you'll find more bar and pub type places. Caroline Street is better known as 'Chippy Lane' and is a must after a night out to get food. Dorothy's is the most popular.'

Cardiff Castle

A combination of Norman, Roman and Gothic-Victorian styles, the Castle's origins go back 2,000 years.

Student life in Cardiff

Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Friday feeling
Live Lounge for live covers of favourite rock tunes
Sunday chilling
Escape the crowds with a stroll round Roath Lake
When family visit
Take small (and big) kids to the Dr Who Experience
Catch up with mates
Grab coffee in Queen Street while watching the buskers
Feeling cultural
Chapter Arts Centre for indie film, art, and performances with a global flavour
Low on cash
Discover history at National Museum Cardiff

Pierhead Building

Explore the Pierhead and discover the importance of Cardiff Docks in shaping Wales' past.

Nightlife – fourth year student at Cardiff University, 2016

'From casual drinks at Cosy Club or the Taff, to a house night at Ifor Bach ('Welsh' Club) to 90s hits in Retros, there's something for everyone!'

Town centre

Perfect for shopaholics and for thrill-seekers – watch out for the Cardiff Escape Rooms here!

Second year student at Cardiff University, 2018

'Cathays, where I live, is popular with students. It's close to the city centre and has a brilliant choice of takeaways and restaurants. Supermarkets are easily accessible, at most a 10-minute walk away. Would absolutely choose to live here again.'

City Hall

City Hall stands at the heart of Cardiff as the centrepiece of one of the world's finest civic centres.

Second year student at Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2018

'I live in Roath, off Albany Road. There are loads of other students here. There’s a high street nearby with loads of shops, so don't have to go into the city centre for things. It's easy to cycle to uni from here, and buses link you to the city centre.'

Welcome to Cardiff

All modern signs in Wales feature directions in Welsh and English, usually with the Welsh printed first.

Living in Cardiff

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips:

Average weekly rents*
  • Private landlord
  • £63 - £116
  • Cheap
Housing value for money*
  • Fair deal
Local transport*
  • £9.40
  • Week To Go 16-21 My Travelpass
  • (Bus)
Where you'll find students*
  • Cathays
  • Roath
  • Llandaff
*Average mean rents via (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.

Student money tips

Apply for a 'Key to the City': a £5 pass that gives three years' free entry to Cardiff Castle.

The cost of living as a student soon adds up, us our budget calculator to find out roughly how much you'll need each month.

Discover more savings on student life in Cardiff with UCAS student discounts. Find the latest deals, from fashion brands and eating fresh, to big discounts on tech and travel.