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Coming to Cardiff


Most international students are guaranteed a single place in University residences for the duration of your studies as long as you apply in time.

To book your accommodation, you will need your SIMS username and password, which will be sent to you by email after you have been made an offer to study.

Once you have a firm offer to study at Cardiff you can then apply for a place in University residences.

What is provided in University accommodation?

Please see the residences webpage for details of which items you will need in your room:

You may need to provide your own bedding, towels and kitchenware. You can buy all of this cheaply in Cardiff, so do not bring this with you because your suitcase will be too heavy to carry!

All rooms in University residences also have both Wi-Fi and connection points for access to the University network and high speed internet.

When can I move into my University residence?

If you have booked University residences, you can view details of how and when to arrive:

If you are starting your course in September and are participating on our September induction programme, we recommend that you arrive on the first day of your Residence Period.

Where can I find private accommodation?

There is plenty of accommodation in Cardiff that is let out by private landlords to students. Such accommodation consists of shared houses and flats. Occasionally you may find a room in a house that you would share with the landlord/lady.

We recommend that you come to Cardiff one week before the start of your course to look for suitable private accommodation, as it is very difficult to find a room/house/flat if you are not in Cardiff. The Residences Office has up-to-date lists of self-catering rooms, bedsits, flats and houses for rent. See You can only access the list once you’ve enrolled because you will need your Cardiff University username and password.

Cardiff Student Letting Agency is the best place to start looking for private accommodation. Cardiff Student Letting Agency is owned and run by Cardiff University Students’ Union. This letting agency is keen to keep the cost to students at a minimum and does not charge an agency fee. For further information about the services provided by the Cardiff Student Letting Agency see:

How much does private accommodation cost?

The cost of private accommodation will vary depending on the location, the size and quality of the flat or house, how many people you are sharing the accommodation with and whether or not bills are included in the cost of rent. On average the cost of renting a room in a house you share with others will be £310 - £370 excluding your bills for water, gas, electricity and insurance. Unlike University residences, where most bills are included, you will find that when you rent private accommodation you may have to pay for additional things. These are likely to include:

  • A bond (this is normally equivalent to one month’s rent and will be returned to you after you leave the property providing that no damage has been done)
  • Water, electricity, gas, telephone and internet bills
  • Insurance
  • Half-rent during vacations

For more information about the cost of private accommodation please see:

Do I need insurance for my possessions?

Yes, we strongly encourage students to insure their personal possessions against damage, loss or theft. If you live in Cardiff University residence you are automatically given £5000 worth of personal possessions insurance cover from Endsleigh insurance. For more information see:

Housing help and advice

If you are thinking of renting private sector accommodation, you can obtain information on the typical costs of renting in Cardiff and gain useful tips on what to look out for when looking for private accommodation from the Student Support Centre:

The Advice and Representation Centre staff in the Students’ Union can also help. They are happy to explain and check your tenancy agreement before you sign a contract or pay any monies to your landlord. They also have information to help you find accommodation. For more information about advice they offer and their opening hours see:

Where can I stay while I search for private accommodation?

If you are planning to spend some time in Cardiff before you have arranged your private accommodation, you could stay in a hostel, hotel or bed and breakfast in Cardiff. Hostel accommodation is basic and the cheapest costing around £20 per night. Bed & breakfasts charge around £40 -£80 per night, and hotels cost between £70 and £150 per night. This accommodation can be found near the campus and the central city area. You can find further information on accommodation in Cardiff from the Cardiff Visitor Centre which provides an accommodation booking service.

Telephone with your credit card details +44 (029 2087 3573 or email You can also visit this website:

Self-catered residences at Cardiff University are also available during the summer period (mid-June to early September). You can view details and book a room online at

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