Learn how to find private accommodation in Cardiff, and your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
Where to find private accommodation
There is plenty of accommodation in Cardiff that is let out by private landlords, or through letting agents, to students. Such accommodation consists of shared houses and flats. Occasionally, you may find a room in a house that you would share with the owner.
If you intend to find private accommodation, we recommend that you come to Cardiff before the start of your course to view properties. We do not recommend signing up to a tenancy contract without viewing the property, ideally meeting any possible housemates and ensuring you are happy with the contract.
For information on all aspects of looking for a house or room to rent in Cardiff, see our Students’ Union Advice Team Housing guide online. Information here includes:
- where to look for private accommodation
- the different areas around the University
- short term accommodation
- viewing properties
- deposits and fees
- Council Tax and
- moving out.
The Students’ Union Advice Team also keep a list of individual rooms available in shared houses, and also those looking for rooms. Please contact them directly about this for further information.
If you would prefer to live in University Halls of Residence you can contact the Residences team to find out if they have any availability.
If you will be in Cardiff for 6 months or less, contact the Global Opportunities team. They keep a list of rooms being advertised being let by outgoing exchange students who will be abroad for either the autumn or spring semester only. Alternatively, see the Short Term Accommodation section of the Students’ Union Housing guide.
Setting a budget
Money goes pretty far in Cardiff, but it’s important to know what money you have coming in and going out before you can decide how much rent you can afford. Don’t forget you will also have to budget for bills (unless these are specifically covered in your rent).
You can use the University’s living costs calculator to get an idea of average costs of living in private accommodation. Remember they are averages though and your spending will depend on what you sign up for and how you manage your money.
How much it costs
The cost of private accommodation will vary depending on the location, the size and quality of the flat or house, how many people you are sharing the accommodation with and whether or not bills are included in the cost of rent.
On average, the cost of renting a room in a house you share with others will be £280 - £370 excluding your bills for water, gas, electricity, broadband and insurance. Unlike University residences, where most bills are included, you'll find that when you rent private accommodation you may have additional costs.
These are likely to include:
- A bond, also known as a deposit, which is normally equivalent to one month’s rent and will be returned to you after you leave the property providing that no damage has been done. This money should be protected by the landlord through a tenancy deposit scheme
- Water, electricity, gas, telephone and internet bills
- Insurance (we strongly encourage you to insure your personal possessions against damage, loss or theft)
- Rent or half rent during summer, as private accommodation for students is often offered as a 12 month contract
- An agency fee (if applicable). These vary between letting agents.
Where to stay while you search
If you are planning to spend some time in Cardiff before you have arranged your private accommodation, you could stay in a hostel, hotel or bed and breakfast.
Hostel accommodation is basic, with the cheapest costing around £20 per night. Bed and breakfasts charge around £40-£80 per night and hotels cost between £70 and £150 per night. This accommodation can be found near the campus and the central city area.
You can find further information on accommodation in Cardiff from at the Visit Cardiff website.
Staying with us in the summer
Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are unable to provide our usual summer accommodation service.
If you are a Cardiff University student and have an urgent need for University accommodation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can advise on availability.
Housing help and advice
If you're thinking of renting private sector accommodation, you can obtain information on the typical costs of renting in Cardiff and gain useful tips on what to look out for when looking for private accommodation from the Student Support Advice and Money Team.
The Students’ Union Advice Team can also help. They are happy to explain and check your tenancy agreement before you sign a contract or pay any money to your landlord. They also have information to help you find accommodation in their comprehensive online Housing Guide.