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What makes us unique

Why study at Cardiff University?

In this talk, we'll tell you what's available for students who study here.

From the academic prowess of Wales' only Russell Group University to social opportunities and living in the capital city, find out why so many students fall in love with Cardiff University.

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Take a 360 tour of the University

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

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Reasons to study here

Find out why you should choose us for your undergraduate studies.

Living in Cardiff

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

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Our campuses

We have two: Cathays Park in the city centre and Heath Park, home of our teaching hospital, the University Hospital of Wales.

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UK's most sought-after graduates

97% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities, such as travelling (HESA data)

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One of the most beautiful universities in the UK (Times Higher Education 2018)

You'll study in a capital city renowned for its friendliness, culture and natural beauty - we have more green space per person than any other big UK city

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Compact and easy to explore

Our Cathays Campus, Cardiff Castle and shopping districts are all within minutes' walk from each other

Cathays Park campus tour

Our Cathays Park campus, where most of our Academic Schools are based, features tree-lined avenues and elegant Portland stone buildings.

Applications and admissions

Not sure where to start? We’ll take you through the UCAS application process. Find out more about applying and writing a personal statement.

Applying to university

In this talk, we'll break down the application process, UCAS deadlines, how to apply, the types of offers made and how to respond. We'll also discuss the application form, common errors and offer advice on how to make a successful application.

Accommodation

Start your student life in a fun, lively environment, meeting loads of new people from different backgrounds. All firm and insurance offer holder students are guaranteed a single occupancy place in our accommodation, provided they meet associated deadlines.

Accommodation at Cardiff University

In this talk, find out how to apply for accommodation, along with details about our halls and houses. We'll also cover how we process applications and when you're likely to receive your room offer.

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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 settle in.

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Our Residence Life team

Made up of our current students, this team provides peer-to-peer support and organises social events and cultural activities throughout the year.

Student finance

If you need help to cover your tuition fees and living costs, you have a few options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries. Need specialist support? Our Advice and Money team can help you navigate any challenging student finance issues you might face.

Please be aware that funding for students starting a course in September 2022 has not yet been confirmed, including University bursaries and scholarships. All the information included in the videos is based on the current funding packages available for students who will start a course in September 2021 and is therefore subject to change. As soon as funding is confirmed for those who intend to start a course in September 2022, we will update these resources. Please continue to check your funding body’s website for up-to-date information and the University website.

In this talk, based on figures for 2021 entry, we'll cover the financial support available towards tuition fees and living costs, as well as information on the cost of living in Cardiff. This talk also includes funding for Medicine and Dentistry up to the fourth year of the course.

Student Finance explained

In this talk, based on figures for 2021 entry, we'll cover the financial support available towards tuition fees and living costs, as well as information on the cost of living in Cardiff. This talk also includes funding for Medicine and Dentistry up to the fourth year of the course.

In this talk, based on figures for 2021 entry, we'll cover the funding opportunities currently available for our Healthcare Sciences, Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene courses.

Funding a healthcare-related course

In this talk, based on figures for 2021 entry, we'll cover the funding opportunities currently available for our Healthcare Sciences, Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene courses.

Funding for undergraduate students

Find out what’s available, including loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships and support for asylum seekers.

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Tuition fees

Covers all tuition, essential course costs, registration and exams.

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Advice and Money team

Our students can access our free, impartial and confidential guidance on a wide range of money matters.

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Living costs calculator

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

Student support and wellbeing

From counselling and careers advice to international student support, we offer a comprehensive range of services that you can access during your time here, or after you graduate.

An introduction to our Disability and Dyslexia Service

We have more than 3,000 registered students using our services. If you feel you might need support at university, or if you have previously had support and want this to continue, watch this talk to find out more about what we can do for you.

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Advice for disabled applicants

Things to consider before you apply and how to arrange individual adjustments for your time at university.

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Student Mentor Scheme

As a first year undergraduate, you’ll have a student mentor, who will help you adapt to life at the University.

Student Advice

Careers advice during your studies

We can help you start a business, organise work experience during your degree, find a job and provide tailored career support.

International and EU students

With more than 7,900 international students from more than 130 countries, we’re a truly global university.

To help you settle into student life, our dedicated international student support team runs welcome events and activities, and a free coach collection service from Heathrow and Cardiff airports. They also provide specialist advice on a wide variety of financial, immigration and welfare issues.

Information for international students

In this talk, our International Office provides some helpful advice and highlights why Cardiff University, and the capital city itself, is the perfect location to live, study, work, and play as an international student.

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Country-specific guidance

Find out more about entry requirements, in-country support, events and more.

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English language support

If you need to improve your English language skills, our range of English language courses can help you meet requirements.

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Foundation and pre-master's programmes

A foundation or pre-master's programme can provide an alternative route of entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Study, work or volunteer abroad

No matter what course you’re on, you can take the opportunity to go overseas, where you can discover different cultures, learn a new language and make friendships to last a lifetime. We have links with over 300 institutions, and our students visited more than 50 countries last year in Europe and further afield. We offer a range of bursaries, too, to help cover the costs.

Spend time abroad with Global Opportunities

In this talk, our Global Opportunities Team will talk you through the wide range of opportunities available, as well as exploring the benefits of international experience.

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Your chance to see the world

Find your next adventure, challenge yourself and boost your future career.

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Globetrotters blog

Meet our students who have spent time working, volunteering or studying abroad.

Learn a language – for free

Alongside your main degree programme, you can take one of our free Languages for All courses in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. If you’d like to learn Welsh, you can sign up for our free Welsh for All course, which also fits around your academic commitments.

All levels are catered for, from complete beginners to advanced.

Watch this open day talk to learn more about these courses, which allow you to try a new language or improve on an existing one, for free.

Languages for All – Free language courses for students

Watch this open day talk to learn more about these courses, which allow you to try a new language or improve on an existing one, for free.

In this talk, we'll cover more about this course, which is a great opportunity to study Welsh and learn about Wales' history and culture during your stay here.

Welsh for All – Free Welsh courses for students

In this talk, we'll cover more about this course, which is a great opportunity to study Welsh and learn about Wales' history and culture during your stay here.

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Our Languages for All courses

Open up a world of new destinations, inspiring cultures and exciting career options by signing up for one of our free language courses.

Our Welsh for All course

Many employers and companies are looking for graduates who can communicate through the medium of Welsh and this is your opportunity to take advantage of expert, professional provision.

Study through the medium of Welsh

We have nearly 100 degree courses which offer some or all of their modules in Welsh. Living in a bilingual capital city means you’ll also have plenty of chances to experience a vibrant Welsh language culture, on campus and off.

Read how we're making a positive contribution to the development of the Welsh language. And if you want to learn Welsh, you can sign up to our Welsh for All course so you can learn the language, for free, alongside your studies.

Please note that the talk and videos are only available in Welsh.

Using your Welsh at university

In this talk, you'll get an idea of the kind of courses you could study through the medium of Welsh and insight about the social lives of our Welsh students.

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Meet Ben, a Coleg Cymraeg ambassador

He explains the advantage of studying part of his Mathematics course through the medium of Welsh.

Who’s who of Welsh student societies.

Meet the students

Who’s who of Welsh student societies.

Siwan and Elen talk about their experiences of studying through the medium of Welsh and the effect that speaking Welsh has on their patients.

The importance of the Welsh language in nursing

Siwan and Elen talk about their experiences of studying through the medium of Welsh and the effect that speaking Welsh has on their patients.

2015 Creative Minds Scholarship winners

Reasons to study through the medium of Welsh

Enhance your career and study options, as well as open the door to a new world at university and beyond.

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Get involved

All of the clubs, societies, gigs, festivals and other opportunities open to those students who have a love of Welsh culture.

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Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol: Cardiff Branch

The Cardiff branch of this national body is responsible for developing the Welsh medium education and scholarships at the University.

Sport

You’ll find endless opportunities to get involved—both on campus and off—whether it’s taking part in a 7-a-side football league, continuing your elite sporting career or hiking Wales’ 870-mile coastal path.

Our facilities are located across four sites, and include a training village, sports fields, a fitness and conditioning centre, and a studio.

We're working on the necessary adaptations to our sport offering for this year, but we wanted to give you a flavour of what we have available. Please note that, in the current situation, certain activities may not be able to take place.

Get involved in Sport at Cardiff University

Get an overview of the sporting opportunities at Cardiff University, whether you’re looking to join a sports club, become a member of our gyms, participate recreationally or are an elite athlete.

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

Student sport at Cardiff University

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

Get an overview of the programme, including where you'll train, along with interviews with coaches and players.

Cardiff University Rugby

Get an overview of the programme, including where you'll train, along with interviews with coaches and players.

This is Wales' biggest student sport event, featuring teams from Cardiff and Swansea Universities as they compete in over 30 sports in front of 15,000 fans.

Welsh Varsity

This is Wales' biggest student sport event, featuring teams from Cardiff and Swansea Universities as they compete in over 30 sports in front of 15,000 fans.

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HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.