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What life is like at Cardiff University

The University is based in and around Cardiff's elegant civic centre, five minutes' walk from the city centre. Several academic buildings, student residences and the Students' Union are within a short walk of each other.

The University guarantees first year accommodation to all students who come through the normal application cycle. Two-thirds of the study bedrooms have en-suite facilities and all rooms in University halls of residence have computer network connection points.

Financial assistance

If your household income is below £35,000, your son or daughter may be eligible for the Cardiff University bursary (non-repayable) in addition to statutory funding from their funding body.

Read more about the bursary and eligibility.

We also have a number of scholarship schemes in a range of subjects for those achieving AAA or equivalent.

Living costs

Your money will go further at Cardiff with capital city attractions at provincial prices - including one of the lowest average costs of living for university cities. Take a look at our living costs calculator for more information.


Our university campuses and halls of residence are centrally located. Cardiff is a safe city but like all cities you have to be sensible. The University has a 24-hour security service which covers the campus and halls of residence, and works closely with the police and the Students' Union.

Student Support

Whilst your son/daughter is studying with us they will have access to our Student Support Centre available on both our Cathays and Heath Park Campuses. Our Student Support Centre offers free, impartial, non-judgemental and confidential advice on a wide range of matters, including money, employability and wellbeing.

Life after Cardiff

Our close links with employers and professional bodies, and the recognised high quality of our teaching, means Cardiff University graduates are equipped with the skills, knowledge and attitudes that today's employers look for. 95% 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. Source: Graduate Outcomes 2020/21 survey.

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