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Accommodation and moving here

Once you have a firm offer to study with us, you can then apply for a place in University residences.

To book your accommodation, you'll need your SIMS username and password, which we will email to you after we have made you an offer to study.

Undergraduate students who selected Cardiff University as either their firm or insurance choice are guaranteed University accommodation in their first year.

University accommodation key dates.

What to bring

What is provided in University residences and what you need to bring.

Paying for your accommodation

Find out about the different methods of paying your University residences fees.

Private accommodation

Learn how to find private accommodation in Cardiff, and your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

Council Tax

Find out about council tax and if you are exempt from paying.

Parking permit

At some halls of residence you can park a car as long as you are allocated a parking permit which must be requested when booking the accommodation.

International and Exchange students

As a full degree international student you are guaranteed a place in University residences for the duration of your studies.

As an Erasmus+ student you are guaranteed a place in University residences if you are studying with us for a full academic year. If you are with us for less than an academic year you may still apply for a room in University residences but you are not guaranteed a place. If you are an Erasmus+ student coming to Cardiff for the autumn semester only and would like advice about finding accommodation in the private sector, please contact the Erasmus+ team:

If you are a full session International Exchange or Study Abroad student, you are also guaranteed a place in University residences. For further advice, please contact

Please visit the accommodation web pages for details of the residences guarantee deadlines.