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Where will my son or daughter live?

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In the past many students moved some distance away from their home to study, but with more courses on offer than ever before, there is now more choice for students, either to move away or to stay near to their family.

Staying at home can be a cheaper and a more convenient option; some people may prefer this. On the other hand, some courses will only be available some distance from home, and many students enjoy the independence that moving away can bring. University offers an ideal opportunity to move away from home in a protective environment.

University accommodation

Talybont Residences

Student residences

Settling in and making new friends are important first steps in university life. Living in university accommodation can help ease the process of adjusting to the challenges and opportunities of student life. It offers students a comfortable and independent lifestyle at a reasonable cost. Costs vary depending upon the type of accommodation.

A certain level of support is provided as many students have not lived away from home before. The cost of accommodation may include catering, cleaning, heating, and bed linen. They also have the added advantage of location — usually situated near to, on, or close-by the university campus. Student residences are a great way to meet like-minded people and to make new friends.

Useful fact

All undergraduates who apply during the normal UCAS admissions cycle, ie. come to Cardiff as a firm or insurance applicant are guaranteed a single occupancy place in University residences during their first year of study.


It’s important to read information about student residences as there is a wide range of provision. Some residences are a collection of self-contained, self-catering flats where 4-8 students live together sharing a common kitchen and living area. Others provide a part-catered option where all students eat together in a refectory. Many residences also offer other facilities such as a laundry, a bar/social centre and sports facilities.

Most residences offer single study bedrooms comprising of a bed, wardrobe, desk, a washbasin or en-suite facilities and the rooms may have internet access. Some students choose to bring a portable television (for which a TV licence is required), hi-fi systems or a computer to use in their own rooms.

All undergraduates who apply during the normal UCAS admissions cycle, i.e. come to Cardiff as a firm or insurance applicant are guaranteed a single occupancy place in University residences during their first year of study. For further information on the guarantee of residences, University residences and associated residences fees, please visit the Residences website.

In the second year, the majority of students choose to live with friends in rented accommodation near to the University. They will take responsibility for finding a suitable house, organising finances, paying rent and bills, cooking and cleaning. The average cost of living in private rented accommodation is £58 per week. The University’s Residences Office offers help to students seeking private sector accommodation by maintaining regularly updated lists of shared houses and flats which are available for rent.

Useful fact

Cardiff University is the largest and most academically successful university in Wales.