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Cardiff University

UCAS Code: C15

Location: Cardiff, south-east Wales Show on Map

Site: All sites near city centre, plus hospital site

World-class research-intensive university; a member of the Russell Group of universities.

Student Population

Total Students:30,000
FE Students:8%


Total undergraduates:20,610
Full Time:79%
Mature on Entry:13%
UK Students:88%
State school entry:83%

Teaching Staff

1430 full-time, 548 part-time.

Broad study areas

Business; law; health & life sciences; medicine, dentistry & nursing; professions allied to medicine (including occupational therapy, physiotherapy & radiography); physical sciences; engineering; architecture; town planning; humanities & social studies.


Admission Information:Normally at least 3 A-levels, excluding general studies, required; detailed policy depends on subject area (see website for more detail).
Points on Entry (Mean):399
Drop Out Rate:5%
Accommodation:All first years guaranteed student accommodation (if apply during the normal UCAS cycle).


Site:Close to Cardiff city centre. Healthcare students also at hospital site, Heath Park Campus, 1 mile away.
How to get there:Cardiff Central Station on the national rail network; coaches to bus station (next to train station); M4 from London and M5 (west country and midlands). For university, frequent trains from Central Station to Cathays station (on campus), local buses from bus station (53, 79, 81 for main campus; 8 or 9 for hospital site). Various park-and-ride services in city.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Student support centres offer general advice, financial support, counselling, services for disabled and dyslexic students, international student support, careers service. Health centre. Chaplains (Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Muslim and access to local rabbi) work alongside other local faiths/denominations. Day-care centre.
Amenities:Large purpose-built Students’ Union with 9 bars, nightclub, concert venue, cafés, high-tech meeting space, non-alcoholic social lounge, shops, hairdressers, letting agency, bank, print facility, clothing shop, bookshop, jobshop, IT shop and repair service, athletic union, societies, student media centre (radio and television station and student newspaper).
Sporting facilities:Indoor and outdoor facilities on 3 sites. Park Place, on main campus, has 3 squash courts, a fitness centre, comprehensive fitness class programme, a range of fitness services and a well-being treatment clinic. Sports training village, at Talybont student halls site, has 2 large multi-purpose sports halls, martial arts dojo and indoor cricket nets, plus various external facilities. Sports fields, a 33 acre site, with 3 rugby, 1 lacrosse and 6 football pitches, 4 cricket squares, 1 floodlit training pitch and a large pavilion
Accommodation:All first years applying in the normal UCAS admissions cycle are guaranteed accommodation (a few rooms adapted for disabled students, particularly for those in wheelchairs or with a hearing impairment): 5055 self-catering places at £68−£95 per week; 85 catered places (female only) at £100 pw; 193 part-catered places at £82−£94 pw; all September to June (including Christmas and Easter vacations). Most students in private-sector housing for 2+ years, rents locally £60−£65 pw plus bills.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Integrated library, IT and media services: 14 libraries with over 1.4 million books, 21,000 journals (printed and electronic), access to numerous web-based databases; 3200 study places and 1000 workstations. Specialist collections include Salisbury Library of Celtic and Welsh material; Cardiff Rare Books and Music Collection of British and European works from 1500; Cochrane Archive of evidence-based healthcare; European Documentation Centre. Also special collections in law, architecture, journalism. Information provision, £128 pa spent for each student (FTE). IT network, including wireless access, to all parts of campus, 5500 connections in student residences, 24-hour access. Anytime access to electronic information resources from on- and off-campus through Cardiff Portal. IT and library support (on-site or by telephone, email or online, including interactive enquiry service); IT and information literacy skills courses, some in liaison with academic departments.
Other learning resources:Virtual learning environment used across the university. Free downloadable apps provide key university information and access to useful tools from mobile devices.
Study abroad:2% of students spend a period abroad. Active Erasmus programme, with 250+ European links. Student exchange agreements worldwide.
Careers:Careers and Employability is dedicated centre offering: advice and guidance from career consultants, an extensive range of careers information and online resources, including a vacancy bulletin and graduate destination statistics. Personal help and advice available from information staff; range of workshops, careers talks, employer presentations, skills sessions and careers fairs. GO Wales programme offers work placements (paid, project based work experience) and tasters (bursts of flexible unpaid work experience). Cardiff Award provides the opportunity to gain recognition for the skills acquired via extra-curricular activities, improve professionalism and employability on graduation.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £6120 (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university for each academic year (Sept–June), £8160 for full calendar year.
Term-time work:Part-time work in university and SU (in bars, restaurants, offices, libraries, labs, sports centre etc) through Unistaff Jobshop; also jobs locally in bars, shops and offices.
Financial help:Bursaries for all UK students whose family income is up to £30k pa, increasing as family income increases so that the bursary combined with the student loan and grant gives a total of £7500 pa; students whose family income is £30k−£42.6k pa receive a bursary that combined with their student loan and grant gives a total of £6750 pa. Further help for care leavers and those from Welsh Communities First areas. 100 scholarships, worth £3000 over course of study, for high-achieving students in particular disciplines (eg physics, Italian, computer science, earth science).
University tuition fees:Students from Wales and the EU pay £3465 for first degree courses, other UK students pay £9000 pa (NHS pays fees on some courses). International students pay £10,700 pa (classroom), £13,750 pa (lab/pre-clinical/music/architecture), £24,500 pa (clinical).


Academic features:

4-year integrated sandwich degree programmes, 5-year two-tier degree programmes in architecture and town planning. 5-year medical and dental courses, plus foundation year for those without science backgrounds; clinical teaching throughout Wales.

Awarding body:

Cardiff University.

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BD, BDS, BMus, BN, BSc, BEng, BScEcon, LLB, MArch, MB BCh, MPhys, MChem, MEng, MPharm

Length of courses:

3 years; others 4 and 5 years

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Anatomy
  • Ancient History
  • Archaeology
  • Architectural Design
  • Architecture
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Banking
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Conservation
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Dentistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Engineering (General)
  • English
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • European Business Studies
  • European Studies
  • Exploration
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geoscience
  • German
  • History
  • History/Philosophy of Science
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Logistics
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Engineering
  • Medicinal Physics
  • Medicine
  • Medieval Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Midwifery
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Operational Research
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Plant Science
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Radiography
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Administration
  • Social Policy
  • Social Science
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Systems Analysis
  • Theology
  • Town/Country Planning
  • Urban Studies
  • Welsh Language
  • Welsh Studies
  • Zoology

Student view

Harry Newman (Civil Engineering), Union President


What's it like as a place to live?

The best. Cardiff is a capital city meaning we get all the big music tours, best shops and loads of international sport. We're 2 hours from London, 10 minutes from the sea, and a 5 minute walk from the centre of town.

How's the student accommodation?

There is more student accommodation than students! This is great for us as it means a shared house in your second and third years will cost around £250/month each. At least £100 cheaper than anywhere else in the country. The freshers' accommodation is varied. It's all of a good standard and there is something for everyone's budget. You get what you pay for.

What's the student population like?

There are 29,000 students at Cardiff Uni. At least one of them is going to want to be your friend! They're a fun loving bunch, 5500 of whom are in our 67 sports clubs, 5,500 in our 150societies. The international community is thriving in Cardiff. There are lots of opportunities to meet likeminded people.

How do students and locals get on?

You'll live in a very student dominated area and the whole infrastructure is totally geared up for students. Many businesses in the city are dependent on students and they really appreciate us being here.


What's it like as a place to study?

Going to university anywhere, you can't expect to be taught. That is, you can't sit there while a lecturer explains things to you and instantly understand. When I first came to Cardiff, this was a bit of a shock. Lectures are large but you are expected to be passionate about your course, read and ask questions of your lecturers after class. We have 15 libraries and there's a great sense of camaraderie around exam times!

What are the teaching staff like?

Being a Russell Group university, Cardiff is a research led institution and attracts some world leading researchers. The unions of all Russell Group universities keep pushing for better quality of teaching from academic staff and Cardiff has come on leaps and bounds in recent years. If you share a passion for the subject, you will always be welcome in the office of any Cardiff University academic.


What are student societies like?

We have 140 societies, from Harry Potter to debating, and 67 sports clubs. There are so many opportunities to get involved. They are well funded and one of the very best things about Cardiff Uni.

What's a typical night out?

Start off at 7pm for a BBQ in someone's garden, then meet up with more friends for two-for-one cocktails at some independent bars in the student area of Cardiff. Walk over to the Union nightclub and party with 2499 other students, before catching a taxi back home via a kebab shop!

... And how much does it cost?

Walk there: £Free

Taxi back: £5

Club entry: £Free before 11pm

Drinks: £1-£2.90

Kebab: £3.50

How can you get home safely?

We run a free safety bus for especially vulnerable people. Otherwise, taxis are cheap and readily available.



Is it an expensive place to live?

Cardiff has one of the cheapest costs of living in the UK.

Average price of a pint?


And the price of a takeaway?


What's the part-time work situation?

There is plenty of minimum wage, part-time work available close by. The Union employs around 500 students directly and also runs an employment agency called JobShop, which has the full support of the University. They recommend you don't work more than 20-25 hours per week in employment which is fair.


What's the best feature about the place?

The location

And the worst?

Paying £6 on the Severn bridge!

And to sum it all up?

Cardiff is the cheapest, best place to be a student. Get involved.

Past Students

Neil Kinnock MP, Glenys Kinnock MEP, Tim Sebastian (presenter), John Peters (former RAF pilot and Gulf War veteran), Doreen Vermeulen-Cranch (anaesthetics), Vincent Kane (presenter), Mark Lamarr (presenter and DJ), Huw Edwards (BBC).

More info?

Cardiff University Students’ Union (Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3QN), tel 029 2078 1419, email studentsunion@Cardiff.ac.uk or check website www.cardiffstudents.com.



Cardiff University
Deri House
2-4 Park Grove
CF10 3PA


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