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Is Clearing right for you?

Applying via Clearing is a good option for students who:

  • have not applied for a university place yet
  • have changed their mind about which programme to study
  • have not met the entry requirements for their chosen course and would like to find an alternative
  • have received better results than expected and would like to switch to a different programme

Who is eligible for Clearing?

If you meet one of the following criteria, you can apply through Clearing:

  • you are not holding any offers from universities or colleges
  • your offers have not been confirmed because you have not met the conditions
  • you have declined, or not responded to, a changed course/date of entry/point of entry offer
  • you have applied too late for your application to be considered before Clearing

Applying through Clearing

If you are interested in applying to Cardiff University through Clearing or have questions about the vacancies we have available, please contact us on:

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Clearing vacancies

Check which programmes have places available through Clearing.

Contact the Clearing Team

Our friendly team is here help you through the application process.

Guaranteed accommodation

Accommodation is guaranteed for most applicants who join us through Clearing in 2024.

Why choose to study at Cardiff?

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Reasons to study here

Academic life at Cardiff University is exciting, innovative and rewarding.

Virtual tour

Take a 360 tour

View our state-of-the-art facilities and hear from our current students.

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Living in Cardiff

Our students are captivated by the Welsh capital. Find out why.


The UK’s friendliest city

Cardiff was voted the friendliest city in the UK in the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2023.


12th for graduate employablity

Our graduates are sought after by employers according to the Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking 2023.


2nd most affordable

Cardiff has been ranked the second most affordable UK city for students in the Natwest Student Living Index 2023.

Hear from our students

Life in Cardiff

Your time as a student will present unique opportunities and experiences. Find out what our students have to say about life in Cardiff.

Studying at Cardiff University

Our students talk about what made them choose Cardiff, and what it's like to study here.

Information for new students

From online enrolment to paying your tuition fees, through to figuring out how to get to Cardiff, our pages for new students will guide you through the steps you need to take once you have an offer, in order to start your Cardiff adventure.

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Online enolment

One of the first steps to becoming a student at Cardiff University is to complete online enrolment 3 weeks before you start.

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Visas and immigration

Find out what to do before you apply for your visa, how to apply, and to do once you have it.

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Travelling to Cardiff

Learn more about preparing for your journey to Cardiff and the documentation you'll need when you arrive in the UK.

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Living costs calculator

See how far your money goes by using our living costs calculator.


Whether you choose to live in a university residence or private accommodation, we want you to feel at home here.

We guarantee accommodation for most applicants who join us through Clearing in 2024.

You are guaranteed accommodation if you:

  • receive an offer through Clearing by 19 August 2024
  • meet all the deadlines stated in your offer email

Applicants will either be allocated a room in university residences or accommodation provided and managed by a private accommodation provider.

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Browse our accommodation

Take a 360 degree look inside all of our halls and houses and compare prices, locations and more.

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Life in student accommodation

Immerse yourself in a supportive, welcoming community and take part in events to help you get settled.

Private sector housing

Cardiff Student Lettings

Owned and run by Cardiff University Students' Union, this letting agency can help you find quality housing – and they don't charge agency fees.

Making the most of your university experience

It's not all work, work, work. What you do outside of your studies can be as important as what you learn inside a lecture hall.

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Student support services

From counselling and careers advice to health and wellbeing support, we offer a comprehensive range of services that you can access during your time here.

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Get an insight into the extensive range of opportunities available, regardless of your level of ability.

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Students’ Union

Home to more than 200 student societies and 60 sports clubs, live entertainment, as well as welfare, careers and advice services.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying to Cardiff University through Clearing or have questions about the vacancies we have available, please contact:

International clearing enquiries

Or complete our Clearing online enquiry form.

If you contact us by email please include:

  • your name
  • your UCAS ID (if you have one)
  • your nationality or country of residence
  • your course of interest
  • any supporting documents that you might have (transcripts, qualifications and English language test results)