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Cardiff and Wales

Cardiff is a thriving, beautiful city that’s widely recognised as an outstanding place in which to live and study.

It combines all the advantages of a compact, friendly and inexpensive location with the cultural and recreational facilities you would expect from Wales' capital. As an elegant, cosmopolitan city near to Wales' remarkable landscapes, Cardiff was ranked third best capital city in Quality of Life in European Cities Survey 2015.

  • 31,935 students
  • 330 parks and gardens
  • 354,300 people
Wales Millennium Centre


As a capital of Wales, Cardiff has the range of entertainment and nightlife you would expect of a modern city.

Cardiff Bay

Location and transport

Cardiff is located on the coast of South Wales and is easy to reach from many places in the UK and overseas.

Two women walking through Cardiff arcade


Cardiff has one of the UK's biggest shopping centres with around 40 million shoppers each year.

Principality Stadium against a bright blue sky.


Sport is a big part of the culture of Cardiff and going to see an event or match is a quintessential part of studying abroad here.

Clapboard with 'Doctor Who: Director - Joe Ahearne, Camera - Ernie Vincze' printed on it

TV and film

One of Cardiff's fastest-growing industries. Shows like Doctor Who and Sherlock are filmed in Cardiff.

Walker in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Pen-y-Fan, from Cribyn


If you enjoy getting out of the city, Cardiff is an ideal study abroad choice.

Tafwyl field 2015


While sharing many characteristics with the rest of the UK, the Welsh people also have a culture that is quite unique and of which we are fiercely proud.

Castle ruins in Wales


You will find plenty to discover in Wales, with thousands of years of heritage to explore.

Pobl Caerdydd stand at Tafwyl 2014

Welsh language

There's plenty of opportunity to learn Welsh and experience a vibrant Welsh language culture in Cardiff, Wales' thriving bilingual capital city.