Cardiff is the largest city and capital city of Wales. Located on the south coast, Cardiff is also the eleventh largest city in the UK. The most popular tourist destination of Wales, Cardiff attracts tens of millions of visitors each year. The city has loads to offer, from fantastic castles such as Cardiff Castle, Castell Coch and Caerphilly Castle, to the largest sports venue in Wales the Principality stadium and famous green spaces such as Bute Park and Pontcanna fields. Historically a major port that grew to city status in 1905 through the developing industry in South Wales and the nearby valleys.
The last half century have seen impressive growth and development in Cardiff. Now considered a major hub in the UK with regards to arts, media, sports and entertainment. Cardiff is the perfect city for sports fans with the city being home to Cardiff City Football Club, Glamorgan County Cricket Club and the Cardiff Blue to name just a few. The city also plays host to most major Welsh international matches, In fact the city has a rich history of sport having hosted events in a number of commonwealth games as well as the 2012 Summer Olympics
The city is home to Cardiff University as well as Cardiff Metropolitan university with an estimated 20% of the population being students - so you can be sure there is plenty that caters to the bustling student population.
Popular Student Areas of Cardiff
Cathays sits north of Cardiff University and offers a huge number of terraced houses perfect for the student rental market. It’s proximity to the university makes quick work of the commute but it also caters nicely to those looking for a good night out with a number of pubs and bars in the immediate area - not to mention the students’ union.
Roath is northeast of the city centre but still offers accessibility to the universities. Perhaps catering more for students looking for a slightly quieter year. The area is known in particular for Roath park with its lake and wild space that offers a nice retreat from city living. The area also has all the amenities you would expect as well as being only a short trip to the universities and the city centre.
Heath is slightly further out of town than some areas but is well positioned for the Heath Park Campus. - so those studying here will find the Heath area particularly convenient. The area boasts Heath Park which is large enough to house a miniature golf course, miniature railway, football pitches and a lot of green space for you to explore. The area is still close enough to the city centre for you to enjoy.
Not often seen as the most student-centric area, there is still good reason for students to enjoy their time in Adamsdown. Close to the Cardiff University Engineering and Computer Sciences departments the area is within walking distance of central Cardiff and all the transport links, shopping, entertainment and general amenities this this has to offer.
Once known as Tiger bay, the Cardiff Bay area has a very interesting history. The area has undergone a wholesale regeneration in more recent years with the area now offering modern living and shiny new builds. Perhaps a bit too modern and pricey for the average student the area may suit some more than others.
Top Universities in Cardiff
- Cardiff University
- University of South Wales
- Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
- University of Glamorgan