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Centre for Student Life

The Centre for Student Life is an iconic student building at the heart of the University.

The Centre for Student Life is a service-led project delivered in partnership with the Students’ Union and is part of the biggest campus upgrade in a generation. It is the fruition of a successful and dynamic partnership that the University is proud to enjoy with its student body.

The Centre will provide a heart to the Cathays Campus and a new home for our student support services offering additional social study spaces, consultation rooms, a 550-seat auditorium and quiet contemplation spaces. As well as the building, we are currently transforming the way we support student life by investing in improvements to our support services, including mental health and wellbeing.

In brief

  • Enabling work begins: Early 2018
  • Work due to be completed: 2021
  • Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Construction contractor: BAM Construction

The Centre for Student Life is part of our commitment to delivering an exceptional student experience and will transform the way we provide student support services. Our enhanced services will ensure our students feel supported to succeed throughout their student journey, from interested applicant to proud Cardiff University Alumni.

As part of the transformation, we’re developing 24 hour online services and extended opening hours to ensure greater accessibly for students including those based at Heath Park, our distance learners and all those on placement or study abroad.

The new building will be home to a range of services including support with study, health and well-being, preparing for the future, managing money and living in Cardiff. It will also increase links with the Students’ Union and enhance the services already provided there.

Latest updates

DatePlanned activity
May 2019

Park Place in Cardiff will be closed to traffic both ways between 06:00 on Saturday 30 May until 18:00 on Sunday 31 May.

The road, which passes Cardiff University Main Building in the city centre, is being shut to allow a tower crane to be removed from the Centre for Student Life construction site.

Park Place will be closed between Costa Coffee, opposite Main Building, and Cardiff University Day Nursery to the south.

Cathays Lane, accessed by Costa Coffee, will also be closed during the day (from 07:00 to 19:00 on Saturday and Sunday) but open after 19:00 each night.

The pavement on the Main Building/ University side of Park Place will remain open to pedestrians throughout.

BAM Construction is continuing work on the Centre for Student Life on Park Place, but will be protecting their workforce on site by following new operating guidelines defined by the government and the construction industry.

November 2019Work to remove the Students’ Union steps will begin. The building will remain open. Access to the Students’ Union from Park Place will still be possible via a new temporary entrance at the end of the lane that runs parallel with Cathays station (by Costa Coffee) and the rail tracks. From 18-30 November, there will be no lift access from Park Place, but lifts on the Senghennydd Road side of the Students’ Union will operate as usual. Please contact the Students’ Union ( - Tel +44 (0) 29 2078 1400) if you have concerns about entering the building during this time. The new lift on Park Place is expected to operate from 30 November and will be accessible via the temporary entrance on Park Place. The new Students' Union access arrangements will be in place until February 2021.
April 2019 onwardsConstruction of concrete frame


The most common nuisance generated by construction is dust and noise. It can never be avoided, but it can be controlled by damping down, using hoarding and tarpaulins. As the project starts to take shape, we’d like to thank you for your patience.

Safety is of utmost importance. The construction company has designed the site to suit the surroundings and ensure effective segregation of construction and the University environment. A member of the site team is responsible for working closely with the University to ensure the safety of staff, students and visitors.


The entrance to Cathays train station will remain open throughout the construction period.

Access to the Students' Union from Park Place will remain open throughout the construction programme. Senghennydd Road will be open as usual.

The Centre for Student Life has been designed with sustainability in mind. It will focus on reducing energy consumption, supplying energy efficiently, and where possible, using renewable technology to keep the building’s carbon footprint to a minimum. Some of the design features include photovoltaic cells, the use of natural ventilation, a green roof and energy efficient lighting.

The building will be assessed under Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) and is on track to achieve a BREEAM Excellent score. BREEAM measures sustainable value in a series of categories, ranging from energy to ecology.

Get in touch

For any specific queries please email the programme team:

Centre for Student Life programme team