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: Academic year 2020/2021
  • 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

Earthworks commence:

  • Top soil is removed
  • Stone aggregate to be brought on site to create piling mats


  • Completion of the new hoarding line and pavement.
  • Completion of the pelican crossing opposite 44 Park Place.
  • Relocation of CCTV cameras overlooking the site.
  • Painting white lines and installing cat eyes.
  • Relocating lighting columns.

Within the boundaries of the Center for Student Life site:

  • A temporary lift will be constructed to provide access to the Students' Union. This will replace the existing lift.
  • Installation of a new electrical substation.


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 will set up the site to suit the surroundings and ensure effective segregation of construction and the University environment. A member of the site team is appointed to work 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.

Park Place will be narrowed between Cathays station and 45 Park Place. This will involve the removal of some parking spaces and the relocation of the bus stops.

A new, temporary staircase and lift to the Students’ Union from Park Place will replace the existing staircase. These will remain in place throughout the construction period. Access via 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