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English & Foundation courses


We know that where you live is very important to you and that you want to live in a convenient, safe, sociable location that is also a suitable study environment.

Settling in and making new friends are important first steps in your new life at Cardiff University and living in University residences provides you with an ideal opportunity to meet people from different countries studying a wide range of subjects.

You are guaranteed a single occupancy place in University residences for the full duration of your studies. This is providing you apply through the normal admission and allocation process and re-apply for residences each year through the overseas returners process.

About 70% of our individual study/bedrooms have private bathrooms (called en-suite) and students generally share kitchens. All University residences have access to 24-hour security and are within easy travelling distance of Cathays campus. We recommend that all first year students – especially those new to Cardiff and the UK – take advantage of the benefits of living in a University residence.

A choice of residences

As a foundation student you will automatically get a choice of three halls of residence and as you progress onto your undergraduate course you can choose from any of our 14 halls of residence/student houses. Whether residences are catered or self-catered, mixed or female only, the Residences Office has the widest possible range and seeks to meet your preferences as far as is possible.

Aberdare Hall (female only)

Aberdare Hall

Our only all-female residence, this traditional woman's hall is ideally located right next to the Cathays Park campus. Aberdare Hall was built in 1893 and retains many interesting period features with a semblance of Victorian charm. This hall is adjacent to the Cathays Park campus and offers both catered and self-catered accommodation. During term-time, the catered option provides breakfast and evening meals Monday to Friday and breakfast at weekends.

Gordon Hall

Gordon Hall

Gordon Hall is a part-catered hall of residence. It is a small, quiet hall located in a residential area and is particularly convenient for those studying Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, Engineering or Computer Science. The evening meal service provides students with a hot meal Monday to Friday except during vacations. Generally the meals are served between 4.30pm – 7.00pm at the nearby Trevithick Restaurant in the Queen’s Buildings.

Talybont Court

Talybont Court

Talybont Court is part of the Talybont complex which is the largest of the University’s residences and provides a range of social amenities including excellent sports facilities. This purpose-built development is situated close to large areas of parkland and is a short walk or cycle to most of the academic buildings. All rooms in Talybont have ensuite bathrooms. Talybont is a self-catered halls of residence, with students shared kitchen and living areas between flats of four to seven students.

Applying for residences

Full details of all University residences and how to apply online are contained in the information we send you once you have been made an offer to study on the foundation course.

In addition to allocating University residences, the Residences Office also offers help to students seeking privately-owned accommodation and maintains a regularly updated list of flats and shared houses which are available to rent. Advice on tenancy agreements and other aspects of living in private sector accommodation is available via the University Student Advisory Service and from the Housing Advice and Representation (ARV) Centre in the University Students’ Union. If you are looking for private accommodation you are strongly advised to visit Cardiff before the start of session.

International Foundation Programme