Centre for Student Life

We are investing £50M in our student experience by constructing an iconic building at the heart of the University, the Centre for Student Life.

The Centre is a service-led project in partnership with the Students’ Union and in direct response to feedback from our students. It is the fruition of a successful and dynamic partnership that the University is proud to enjoy with its student body.

It has been designed to provide a wide range of services to support key elements of student life, transforming the delivery of services to students.

It will provide a heart to the Cathays Campus, offering support and advice to students about money, disability, international student support, careers, wellbeing and student life. The Centre will also offer flexible social learning spaces and a technology-rich 550-seat lecture theatre.

In brief

  • Enabling work begins: Early 2018
  • Work due to be completed: 2020
  • Cost: £50m
  • Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Pre-construction contractor: BAM Construction

Sustainable design

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.

The Centre for Student Life will provide a single physical gateway on the Cathays campus for all student support services. Student services will be structured around four areas:

  • careers, employability and global opportunities
  • mental health and counselling
  • international student support, disability and dyslexia support, and administrative functions including those provided by Registry, IT and Residences
  • student finance enquiries and administration.

There will be an equivalent virtual service development to ensure services are delivered effectively to students based at Heath Park, to distance learners, to our students studying in Newport, and to all those on placement or study abroad in the UK or overseas.

The Centre will also offer significant social learning spaces over its four floors, and consultation rooms will be given over to students as bookable study spaces outside of service use. It will include a 550-seat, state-of-the-art lecture theatre, and will give students more choice by offering a wide range of retail and catering outlets.

Latest updates

  • Tree removal on the Centre for Student Life site is scheduled to take place on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 June.
  • On these dates, the section of pavement running from the Students' Union stairs to 45 Park Place will be closed to pedestrians. Park Place will be reduced to one lane and temporary traffic lights installed along this section of road. The lights will be operational between 09:30 and 15:30.  The use of parking bays on either side of the road adjacent to the work area will be suspended.

    Although this work has been scheduled, an ecologist will be inspecting the trees for birds' nests on the morning of the 26 June.  If birds are found, work may be stopped but inspections earlier this week have found no active nests.

    For questions or queries, please email centreforstudentlife@cardiff.ac.uk

  • The GP Surgery moves to 37 Park place on 24 April and will be operational from 27 April.
  • The Costa coffee outlet and Subway sandwich shop near the Students’ Union will move from 48 Park Place to 49 Park Place


The most common nuisance generated by construction is dust and noise. It can never be avoided, but it can be controlled by damping down.

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 entrance to the Students’ Union from Park Place will be constructed and remain in place throughout the construction period.  Access via Senghennydd Road will be open as usual.

Get in touch

For any specific queries please email the programme team:

Centre for Student Life programme team