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Plan your visit

How to get here, what to do when you arrive, where to eat on campus; we've put together some practical advice to help you make the most of your day.

Getting here

We recommend travelling by public transport or using the Park and Ride as parking on campus is extremely limited.

Destination: Cathays train station

Visitors should change at Cardiff Central station and catch the local rail service to Cathays. Trains depart from platform six. Journey time from Cardiff Central to Cathays is only five minutes.

Destination: Centre for Student Life, Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff CF10 3BB

Some bus/coach services will stop outside the University on Park Place. If yours does not, you can get a local bus (routes 53 or 86) from the main bus station to the University.

The Centre for Student Life is based on the Cathays Park campus in the city centre (CF10 3BB).

Park and Ride

Destination: Park & Ride East, Junction 30 of the A48(M), CF23 8HH

For more information, please visit the Park and Ride website.

Nearest car parks


  • Greyfriars Road NCP car park
    CF10 3AE
  • Dumfries Place NCP car park
    CF10 3FN
  • North Road car park
    CF10 3DY

There are a couple of car parks within walking distance of Park Place. The Greyfriars Road NCP car park is closest to City Hall. The Dumfries Place NCP car park is near the rest of the city centre. The North Road car park is near Bute Park and the Civic Centre.

Destination: Cardiff Airport

Several inter-regional and international air services operate from Cardiff Airport which is about 12 miles from the city centre.

Visitors should take the X90 bus to Cardiff Central station or a free bus to Rhoose (Cardiff International Airport) railway station. All rail services from Rhoose go to Cardiff Central station and many also continue to Cathays station.

When you arrive

On your arrival in Cardiff please make your way to the Centre for Student Life (CF10 3BB), where you can check-in at the event and collect a programme.

The Centre for Student Life is a short walk from the city centre which boasts lots of cafes and restaurants for you to get something to eat. There is also a Costa Coffee and Subway next to the Students' Union on Park Place.

Places to eat on campus near the Centre for Student Life include:

Students' Union

Our Students' Union offers a wide range of places to grab food and drinks.

Student High Street (Park Place)

  • Costa Coffee
  • Subway

Main Building

There is a restaurant located on the ground floor of Main Building which is just a short walk from the Centre for Student Life. Hot and cold breakfast and lunch options are available.

Elsewhere on campus

Other restaurant facilities are available in the Trevithick Building. There are also coffee shops in the John Percival Building, Bute Building and Optometry Building.

To ensure your personal safety throughout Open Day, please adhere to all warning and instruction notices and act in a safe and responsible manner on any tours, talks or Open Day activities.


In case of an emergency, immediately contact the nearest member of staff, or if you have access to a phone, please phone our Security Control Room on +44 (0)29 2087 4444.


In the event of a fire alarm (a continuous siren) immediately vacate the building by the nearest exit and remain outside until told by University staff that it is safe to re-enter.

If you are on an upper floor and have difficulty in negotiating stairs, please make your way to one of the designated safe-haven points, which are sign-posted, and use the telephone there to seek further assistance.

Please note that lifts should not be used in the event of a fire.

Meeting points

If you lose a family/group member or become lost on Open Day, please make yourself known to a member of our staff.

Please report any items of lost property to staff on the registration desk or security staff.