Cardiff has one of the UK's biggest shopping centres, with around 40 million shoppers each year.
It offers some of the most varied shopping facilities outside London, ranging from independent stores to designer chains.
Cardiff's city centre is one of the most visited shopping destinations in the UK and is helpfully compact, with much of the area pedestrianised.
It is also only a five-minute walk from the University campus. It is almost unique in the UK to have a campus with a quiet, study atmosphere so close to a bustling downtown area.
Arcades and malls
Cardiff's most characterful shopping streets are the beautiful Edwardian and Victorian arcades which contain small boutiques, independent stores, coffee shops and bookstores.
St David's and St David's 2 are Cardiff's mall complexes both in the city centre, the latter of which is a recent £675 million development. Inside, you'll find large chain stores such as Apple, Marks & Spencer and John Lewis, in addition to chain restaurants for every taste.
Cardiff Market, situated in a Victorian building in the city centre, is a great place to visit for a more traditional and old-fashioned local shopping atmosphere. It's also a good location to get affordable fresh vegetables, fish and meat.
Away from the city centre
There are other shopping streets in Cardiff, like City Road, Crwys Road and Albany Road (all in the student districts) boasting a range of shops, coffee shops and restaurants.
There are also superstores for food and household items (including IKEA). These are usually on the outskirts, so it's a good idea to go with other students by bus or taxi.