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Life at Cardiff University

The University is based in and around Cardiff's elegant civic centre, five minutes' walk from the city centre. Academic buildings, student residences and the Students' Union are within a short walk of each other.

The University guarantees first year accommodation to all students who come through the normal application cycle. Two thirds of the study bedrooms have ensuite facilities and all rooms in University halls of residence have computer network connection points.

Financial Assistance

If your household income is up to £30,000, your son/daughter may be eligible for the Cardiff University bursary (non-repayable) which could top up the amount of money that your son/daughter receives from government funding to £7,500.

If your household income is between £30,001 and £42,600, your son/daughter may be eligible for the Cardiff University bursary (non-repayable) which could top up the amount of money that your son daughter receives from government funding to £6,750.

Terms and conditions apply and the amount of bursary received will vary, depending on the amount of government funding received towards living costs. Please see the bursary pages for further information and details regarding eligibility.

We also have a number of Scholarship schemes in a range of subjects for those achieving AAA or equivalent. For further information, please see the scholarship pages.

Living costs

Cardiff offers all of the benefits of a capital city at a very low cost compared to many other UK cities. We estimate minimum living costs for 2011/12 at £6,480 for 9 months or £8,760 for 12 months, see our living costs calculator for more information. Our Student Support Centre provides advice and guidance.


The central location of our University campuses and halls of residence mean an easy, busy and well-lit journey between the city centre, University and home. The University also has a 24-hour security service which covers the campus and halls of residence, and works closely with the police and the Students' Union.

Life after Cardiff

Our close links with employers and professional bodies, and the recognised high quality of our teaching, ensure Cardiff graduates are equipped with the skills, knowledge and attitudes that today's employers look for. Each year, around 94% of our graduates enter employment, professional training or postgraduate study within six months of graduating.

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2014 prospectus

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