Centre for Student Life

Centre for Student Life front elevation architect visuals
Architect visuals for the front elevation of the Centre for Student Life.

We are investing £50M in our student experience by constructing an iconic building at the heart of the University, the Centre for Student Life.

The Centre is a service-led project in partnership with the Students’ Union and responds to issues raised by our students in recent years. It is the fruition of a successful and dynamic partnership that the University is proud to enjoy with its student body.

It has been designed to provide a wide range of services to support key elements of student life, transforming the delivery of services to students.

The civic qualities of the proposed building, together with the utilisation of modern construction technologies, make it an exceptional piece of contemporary architecture.

Cardiff Council planning report

It will provide a heart to the Cathays Campus, offering support and advice to students about money, disability, international student support, careers, wellbeing and student life. The Centre will also offer flexible social learning spaces and a technology-rich 550-seat lecture theatre.

Construction work is due to start in 2017 and the Centre is due to be completed for the 2019/20 academic year. It was designed by award-winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, who have a track record with high-profile public buildings.

Improved student services

The Centre for Student Life will provide a single physical gateway on the Cathays campus for all services that support student life.

Student services will be structured around four concepts:

  • futures: careers, employability and global opportunities
  • wellbeing: mental health and counselling
  • student life: money, international student support, disability support, student administration
  • advice bar: designed to deliver excellent customer service, this is the place to which students will take any issue or question either physically within the Centre or 24/7 online.
Architect visual of the Centre for Student Life first floor common room
Centre for Student Life first floor common space

The Centre will also offer significant social learning spaces over its four floors, and consultation rooms will be given over to students as bookable study spaces outside of service use.

The Centre will include a lecture theatre, retail and catering and will provide the venue for careers fairs with capacity to host more than 100 employer stands, and provide adjoining space for employer-student engagement activities.

There will be an equivalent virtual service development to ensure services are delivered effectively to Heath Park, to distance learners, to our students studying in Newport and to all those on placement or study abroad in the UK or overseas.

Changes to services during construction

The Students’ Union will continue to operate as normal throughout construction of the Centre for Student Life. The new building will link through to the Students’ Union, where their existing student services will still be provided.

Courageous response to a difficult brief and complex site.

Design Commission for Wales response to the plans

The entrance to Cathays train station will remain the same as the construction project will work around the existing access route.

The GP surgery will be moving down the road to 37 Park Place in January 2017, where service will continue as usual.

Further information

For any specific queries please email the programme team:

Centre for Student Life programme team