Cardiff and Wales

Cardiff is a thriving, beautiful city that’s widely recognised as an outstanding place in which to live and study.

It combines all the advantages of a compact, friendly and inexpensive location with the cultural and recreational facilities of a modern capital city.

Facts and figures

  • 30,180 students
  • 330 parks and gardens
  • 354,300 people

Chapter Arts Centre

Cultural attractions

Cardiff has a rich, cultural heritage for you to explore and enjoy.

Wales Millennium Centre

Entertainment

As a capital of Wales, Cardiff has the range of entertainment and nightlife you would expect of a modern city.

Cardiff Bay

Location and transport

Cardiff is located on the coast of South Wales, approximately 145 miles west of London, with excellent transport links.

Two women walking through Cardiff arcade

Shopping

Cardiff has one of the UK's biggest shopping centres with around 40 million shoppers each year.

Principality Stadium against a bright blue sky.

Sports

Sport is a big part of the culture of Cardiff and going to see an event or match is a quintessential part of studying abroad here.

Clapboard with 'Doctor Who: Director - Joe Ahearne, Camera - Ernie Vincze' printed on it

TV and film

One of Cardiff's fastest-growing industries. Shows like Doctor Who and Sherlock are filmed in Cardiff.

Campus map

Where is Cardiff?

Cardiff is in south Wales, about two hours by train from London.

Walker in the Breacon Beacons National Park, Pen-y-Fan, from Cribyn

Adventure

If you enjoy getting out of the city, Cardiff is an ideal study abroad choice.

Tafwyl field 2015

Culture

While sharing many characteristics with the rest of the UK, the Welsh people also have a culture that is quite unique and of which we are fiercely proud.

Castle ruins in Wales

History

You will find plenty to discover in Wales, with thousands of years of heritage to explore.

Pobl Caerdydd stand at Tafwyl 2014

Welsh language

The Welsh language is one of Europe's oldest living languages. You don't have to learn Welsh to study here but it can be fun!