Cardiff University

Location of university

Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
Location of university
9.1 / 10

(based on ratings in 2016)


"The university is less than a ten-minute walk from the city centre, which boasts every high street shop you can think of. You needn't go into town though, as the facilities on campus are brilliant. There is a Subway on Park Place and the food canteen in the students' union offers variety and a place to sit and relax. The students' union has many other options for food, such as Magic Wrap and a Co-Op minimarket too, there really is a lot of choice. The Cardiff museum is free to visit and is next to the university, the Sophia Gardens are also a short walk just a bit further on. From Sophia Gardens, you are able to catch a boat to Cardiff Bay, which is full of activities for you to enjoy. A food festival was held this summer and there are many other exciting events held throughout the year."
"The location of the university buildings is very central and easy to move between. There's plenty of student housing around for when you're moving out of university halls. Multiple gyms and libraries can be found throughout Cardiff and there's extremely social accommodation as well as great alternative things to do such as gigs, live sport, shopping and bars."
"The location is close to both housing and the city centre and very convenient for most people. My accommodation is just five minutes from my lectures and ten minutes from the city centre living in student accommodation. The facilities are all close by and there are a lot of shops and services in the students' union to fit most of your needs whether you want a quick lunch or to fix your laptop. The place is very beautiful and, although it is a large university, it never feels too busy or crowded. During the day, you can play sports, walk in the parks, go shopping or go to one of the various events hosted throughout the year in one of the arenas or various venues scattered throughout Cardiff. These include stand up comedy routines, plays and orchestras."
"We have a nice campus with good accommodation and plenty to see and do in the city centre including the museum, castle, cinemas, shopping and bowling etc."
"The location of the university is great, it's right next to town. The student accommodation I lived in during my first year was good and close to everything but the other, more popular, accommodation is quite far away. I also don't like how the sports facilities are quite far away."
"The university is in the centre of the city. It's very practical to quickly get to places within the university as well as the city itself. The campus is well kept and a lot of money is invested in making sure the university is of the highest standards. The facilities are also well looked after and very available for the students. The main library could be more accommodating for a larger number of students with more computers and seating areas. Student accommodation is of a good standard and most are fairly central."
"Different parts of the university spread out around the local area but it's easy to walk between them. Lots of good academic facilities, classrooms and the library have recently been renovated. Other facilities provided by the university are pretty good but the cost of the gym etc can be expensive as a student. Student accommodation is varied with some cheap and basic rooms but others that are luxurious. Some of the accommodation buildings are old so have their limitations in terms of room size etc."
"The city centre is very modern and has lots to do, the nightlife is also fun in Cardiff. The student accommodation is always developing and is one of the cheapest places to live as a student in the UK. The campus is rather central so close to town and easy to get around. I do think it could introduce more shops and places to eat though as the cafeterias in Cardiff are rather expensive. The facilities for sport are good in Cardiff and they are all based in the Talybont area so they're easy to reach."
"During the day there are comedy clubs, music festivals, theatres and indoor music venues. There's also a white water rafting centre and you can visit the Brecon Beacons to go hiking, rock climbing and waterfall swimming. The shopping is amazing and there are pubs, rugby, cricket, football and the Cardiff stables riding centre."
"Cardiff is a brilliant city, not too big and full of parks and green areas. There are loads of things to do, such as museums and the bay. The university is a five-minute walk from the city centre and the accommodation is just a bit further away but still within walking distance. The students' union is great too. It's huge and full of shops, places to eat, a pub and even a night club. There is also lots of space to do work."


"Cardiff as a city has a lot to offer students, with everything being situated close to the town centre. The university facilities themselves are to a good standard, with a lot of improvements currently ongoing. There's a large variety of accommodation available, which accommodates for various needs. There is a lot of student housing available for second and third years and it's good value for money."
"Everything is accessible and useful, although I do not care for the student accommodation I stayed at in first year, but the quality of student houses for 2nd and 3rd year are on the most part incredibly good value and wonderfully situated. The campus is well spaced out for me and my studies, with most of my buildings within the same small radius."
"The location is excellent, having the university in between the centre of town and accommodation is great. It's all within walking distance, which is really helpful as well. The library facilities are brilliant as there are so many libraries to choose from. However, I have had trouble accessing some documents online through the library system. The student accommodation is perfect for my needs ie the room size and en-suite bathroom. Though I know of people who have suffered with damp and mould in their flats so maybe I have been lucky. The location of the accommodation is brilliant, as it's near grocery shops and the main road into the university."
"Friendly, easy to get around and affordable. Campus is well organised and close to town centre. Lack of cultural events (music, theatre, etc) is the major downside."
"Campus is near to the town centre and supermarkets are conveniently located. Student accommodation is quite far away from the campus and has had problems with damp and silverfish infestations. There have also been cases of maintenance staff entering accommodation without notification and cherry pickers and scaffolding being stationed outside students' windows."
"The location is fantastic. The city is just the right size, but also has a lot of diversity from independent shops to the big brands. Also culturally, with multiple languages being spoken. There are some really amazing facilities such as the libraries and the uni buildings. Most especially though is the student union. There is always something on and it's a good place to go to for help or to relax with friends. Student accommodation can be quite a distance away, however, from my own experience it has been exactly what was needed and plenty of help is provided when looking into getting your own house."
"The location is great, it's just outside town so it's not super busy but is conveniently close. Cardiff is a great city, lots of green space with all the amenities of a city. Feels very safe, there's lots to do."
"The university is not too far from town. It is a clean and safe location. The facilities are good. The libraries are amazing, which is very important for students. The student accommodation is a bit hit and miss, it varies depending on how much you're willing to spend."
"Student accommodations are quite far away from the uni (20 – 30 minutes for Talybont, 45+ minutes for uni halls) and very far away from town. The campus is located within the city which is great, but the Heath campus is very far away and students studying there can feel isolated from the students union opportunities."
"The city itself is in a great location and the main campus is only five mins walk from the centre. There needs to be a lot more library space and electrical sockets in study areas. Student accommodation is good but could do with some updating and it can be quite a long way from the main campus."

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