Welsh life in Cardiff

Student life isn’t all work. Beyond the academic, Cardiff offers many attractions and activities which will meet many different tastes.

Cardiff is the youngest capital city in Western Europe and it is an ideal place to spend your University years. It is a welcoming, cosmopolitan and friendly city with a lively Welsh-language culture. There are almost 37,000 Welsh speakers living here and there are numerous opportunities to socialise through the medium of Welsh.

Life in Cardiff

There is also an energetic and vital Welsh community within the University. The Welsh Society (or the Gym Gym) at the Student’s Union delivers all kinds of Welsh language activities for students.

Many students are also members of Aelwyd y Waun Ddyfal which has won many national awards including Youth Choir of Wales in 2013. It provides an opportunity to sing and socialise with other Welsh speakers and compete in eisteddfods and musical festivals.

As a School we are keen to hold events where staff and students can come together to socialise. We host a poetry stomp annually between staff and students and the competition is always enthusiastic.

University’s Welsh residences

All undergraduate students who make an application during the normal UCAS process (i.e. come to Cardiff as a firm or insurance choice) are guaranteed accommodation in their first year.

There are some flats in Senghennydd Court and Tal-y-Bont North which are kept for Welsh speakers and learners who wish to live together.

Student Accommodation at Cardiff University