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University Hall

Available to: undergraduates, undergraduates with non standard residential periods and undergraduates (March nursing)

A large hall of residence with a bus service operating between University Hall and Cathays Park Campus and Heath Park Campus.


University Hall is a large hall with a lively, friendly atmosphere. It is a short walk or cycle to the Heath Park campus and less than 2 miles from the Cathays Park campus. The University has a bus service operating during set times between University Hall and both the Cathays Park campus and Heath Park campus which runs weekdays. This service is provided as part of the residences package for University Hall, so you do not need to pay each time you use the University bus service.

University Hall is nestled on top of Penylan Hill just outside the city centre. It's a residential campus all on its own, much like the maybe more well-known ‘Talybont’. A normal misconception about ‘Uni Hall’ (apart from the name; ‘where do you live?’, ‘Uni hall’, ‘No, which one?’ ‘... Uni hall!’) is that the distance from uni makes it a less desirable location - but if anything it creates a much stronger community! With different blocks, you get a chance to meet people from all courses and with all different interests. You spend more time together as it’s not as easy to wander off into town. My friends I lived with are still some of my closest friends to this day. Oh, and to add the cherry on top of the cake, you can watch everyone else walk to uni in the rain as you travel on a free bus! Perfect.
Madeleine Phillips
University Hall

Distance to campuses

Main Building Heath Park campus
Distance 1.75 miles 1.25 miles
Walking 35 minutes 25 minutes
Cycling 17 minutes 12 minutes
Bus Ty-Gwyn road, Cardiff Bus 52
University operated bus service available
University operated bus service available

Please note: the timings given above are only provided as a guide.


Shop Penylan
Supermarket Colchester Avenue (Sainsburys)
Fast food Wellfield Road
Bar Wellfield Road
Sports facilities Outdoor multi-use games Area (MUGA) on the site, including Tennis, Netball, Basket Ball and Futsal.
View all of the University's sports facilities
  • Self-catered
  • Shared bathroom facilities (418 rooms)
  • Ensuite (251 rooms)
  • Shared kitchen/dining areas
  • Flats/floors for 7-17 students
  • Network connection point and Wi-Fi access
  • Bicycle sheds
  • Laundry
  • Social lounge with Skype pods
  • Car parking (93 spaces)
  • Quiet living option for undergraduates (shared flats/houses with other students who have also expressed an interest in a quiet living environment)
  • 2 rooms equipped with a flashing alarm and vibrating pillow, suitable for those with a hearing impairment

University Hall bus service

For University Hall students, there is a dedicated bus service to and from the Cathays Park Campus and Heath Park Campus. This bus service runs weekdays between 18 September 2019 and 19 June 2020, generally at the following times:

  • Cathays Park Campus - 08:20 - 17:30
  • Heath Park Campus - 8:20 - 17:30

Please note, this service is not available during the Christmas recess (14 December 2019 to 5 January 2020) and the Easter recess (28 March 2020 to 19 May 2020) and Mayday 4 May 2020.

Couples – University Hall

  • 1 x studio with 1 double bedroom/study area, kitchen/dining room and shower room with toilet
  • 2 x one bedroom flat with 1 double bedroom, kitchen/living/dining room and shower room with toilet
  • Wi-Fi available for partners/spouses. Only registered students can use the network connection point.

Families - University Hall

  • 1 x two bedroom flat with 1 double bedroom, 1 bedroom with bunk beds, kitchen/living/dining and bathroom
  • Wi-Fi available for family members. Only registered students can use the network connection point.

All Couples/Families are expected to seek alternative accommodation for subsequent years as the period of residence cannot be extended beyond the first year.

Session 2019/2020

Standard residential period (September to June)

Shared bathroom £4409.08(2 X £1469.69 and 1 X £1469.70) 
Ensuite £5109.64 (2 X £1703.21 and 1 X £1703.22)  
Car parking £163.00(2 X £54.33 and 1 X £54.34)  

Full year residential period (September to September)

Studio £7567.72(2 X £2522.57 and 1 X £2522.58) 
1 bedroom flat £8504.71 (2 X £2834.90 and 1 X £2834.91) 
2 bedroom flat £9441.70 (2 X £3147.23 and 1 X £3147.24)  

Non standard residential period

Type  Notes
Ensuite /
Shared bathroom
Variable according to individual course dates.
Fees will be calculated according to the daily rate for the Standard Residential Period.
Heath Park Students

Please note: these residential periods may include placement periods when you will be paying residences fees but may not be occupying your room.

Sharon Perry

Assistant Residences Manager

+44 (0)29 2251 0590

Isabel Cleverley

Senior Assistant Residences Manager

+44 (0)29 2251 0591

Jaime Bradley

Residences Manager

+44 (0)29 2087 4615

How to apply

Learn how to apply and if you're eligible for guaranteed University accommodation.

Quick facts

Students 673
Catering Self-catered
Type Shared bathroom
One bed flat
Two bed flat

Rooms available for

  • Couples
  • Disabled students
  • Families
  • Quiet living (undergraduate)
  • Quiet living (postgraduate)
  • Welsh speakers and learners


University Hall
Birchwood Road
CF23 5YB

+44 (0)29 2251 0597