Private sector

external student houses

The information on this page is provided for the convenience of students seeking accommodation in the private sector. Inclusion of a landlord/letting agency on this page does not constitute an endorsement by Cardiff University.

Property lists

The University Residences Office produces lists of accommodation available in the Private Sector.  This is a free service to Cardiff University students and therefore students are not required to pay a finders fee/administration charge for properties found via the lists.

The lists are updated weekly, on a Friday, and are available throughout the year.

Cardiff Student Letting

Cardiff Student Letting is a letting agency owned and run by Cardiff University Students' Union. It is committed to ensuring that students find quality housing owned by reputable landlords. The agency is conveniently located in the ground floor mall of the Students’ Union building, where students can register their details and receive email alerts of all new properties that match their requirements. Cardiff Student Letting does not charge agency fees.

Other letting agencies in Cardiff

ALMA is a group of Letting Agents operating mainly in the South Wales area. Member firms have a common set of standards and are supported by Cardiff County Council. View a list of letting agencies in Cardiff which are members of the Association of Letting and Management Agents (ALMA).

Further advice

Things to remember

  • There is plenty of private sector accommodation available – don’t rush.
  • Average rent for a single room in a shared house is approx £55-£65 per week.
  • Budget for utilities eg gas, electric, water, unless your tenancy agreement states that these are included.
  • Cathays and Roath are popular areas with students.
  • Check the property has adequate security ie window and door locks, and also that sufficient fire precautions have been considered.
  • Confirm what facilities are available in the property, including whether you require a permit if parking is available.
  • If all residents within a dwelling are full time students you should be exempt from paying Council Tax.
  • If a landlord has rented the property listed but offers you another property, check with your accommodation services to establish whether any safety certificates such as gas and electric have been presented for this property. Houses you are offered that are not on the list have not given evidence of appropriate safety certificates and are potentially unsuitable.