Cardiff University

Cons

What are the worst things about studying at your university?

2018

"The closest gymnastics and rock-climbing facilities are quite a long walk away."
"Many of the halls are of a bad standard unless they are private. The libraries and study spaces both need modernising."
"I've had a lack of notice regarding lecture cancellations. A lot of this has been due to poor technology leading to problems with recording equipment."
"Communication can sometimes be poor as it is only conveyed through our student emails."
"60% of my modules in the second semester were severely affected by strike action and I have missed a large amount of content from my course. There's often poor availability of past papers and solutions/mark schemes."
"A lot of professors are quite busy at certain times of the year so it can be hard to get help before exams etc. The marking could also be improved in terms of organisation."
"We didn't get compensation for the missed hours due to the strike, I barely had any lectures this semester because of them. It's also sometimes hard to find somewhere to sit in the library unless you go early in the morning."
"The libraries are always very busy and you have to get there earlier in order to get a seat next to a plug."
"I would like more contact hours and one-on-one sessions with tutors to give more detailed individual feedback."
"Our sports facilities are a bit sparse and our accommodation could be improved."

2016

"Parking: as I am a commuting student I have to park over 15 minutes away and walk or pay upwards of £30 to park for the week!"
"The roads in Cardiff are very bad for cycling, a lot of pot holes and dangerous roads."
"Frequent bad weather, often heavy traffic clogging up the roads around the university buildings, Cathays often very unclean."
"A lot of student houses are in disgusting states, and landlords don't care enough to sort out the issues with the properties."
"The ASSL library is really cold, which actually prevents me from studying there. It's also the only library open 24 hours. There tends to be very little space, especially when exam time roles around. Trying to find anywhere on campus to study is near impossible if you don't stay all day. It is inevitable it'll be busy, but there is literally nowhere to go."
"Sometimes seems to be poor communication between departments."
"There are not always enough resources for some of the newer modules or enough copies of books that are too expensive to buy."
"The lack of facilities: no pool, no free gym access."
"It rains a LOT in Wales. Poor housing after first year."
"Organisation can sometimes be a struggle, lectures are often reorganised and relocated."

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