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We know that where you live is very important to you and that you want to live in a convenient, safe, sociable location that is also a suitable study environment.

University residences

We recommend that all first-year students – especially those new to Cardiff and the UK – take advantage of the benefits of living in a University residence. All University residences have access to 24-hour security and are within easy travelling distance of Cathays campus.

Whether residences are catered or self-catered, mixed or female only, the Residences Office has the widest range and seeks to meet your preferences as far as is possible. Settling in and making new friends are important first steps in your new life here with us and living in University residences provides you with an ideal opportunity to meet people from different countries studying a wide range of subjects.

Once you have received an offer for the International Foundation Programme, you will be able to apply for accommodation through SIMS. Students who apply by 11 August 2017 and receive an unconditional offer to study by 31 August 2017 are guaranteed a single occupancy place in University residences.

International students are guaranteed a place in accommodation for the duration of their study, however they need to apply through the overseas returners process for each session (this is in January each year).

Private accommodation

In addition to allocating University residences, the Residences Office also helps students seeking privately-owned accommodation and maintains a regularly updated list of flats and shared houses which are available to rent.

If you are looking for private accommodation, we strongly advise that you visit Cardiff before the start of session.