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Cardiff is an amazing city. Although smaller, it has the vibe of a capital, but unlike London, Cardiff is not overwhelming. The pubs are very cool and offer very good deals for students. You can easily get everywhere by bike or bus. In terms of activities, you always have something to do, whether it's just a walk in Bute park or Cardiff Bay or a go karting or paintball session. So I can say that Cardiff is the most accessible city in the UK at least when it comes to value for money. I love living here!

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By christinestancu
On 13th November 20

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Cardiff is an amazing city. Although smaller, it has the vibe of a capital, but unlike London, Cardiff is not overwhelming. The pubs are very cool and offer very good deals for students. You can easily get everywhere by bike or bus. In terms of activities, you always have something to do, whether it's just a walk in Bute park or Cardiff Bay or a go karting or paintball session. So I can say that Cardiff is the most accessible city in the UK at least when it comes to value for money. I love living here!

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By christinestancu
On 13th November 20

Living in Cardiff

Croeso i Caerdydd! That’s ‘Welcome to Cardiff’ for all you students from across the border. There are two universities here: Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University.

If you aren’t a Welsh speaker, not knowing the language is really no reason to be put off coming to Cardiff. All the road signs are bilingual, as are the important notices, and after a few days you’ll be so used to it you’ll forget it was ever any different.

With two universities here it's no surprise to find a competitive spirit in Cardiff. The immense Millenium Stadium is the home of the national football and rugby teams, but also hosts Boxing and indoor Rally Driving events. It may not be the prettiest track in the world, but it’s worth it to find a venue where you won’t be trouble by Wales’ notorious rain.

In its spare time the stadium doubles as a concert venue for world class music acts. It sits a street away from the central train station and is only a short bus ride from even the furthest campus. Cardiff is pretty compact so even though there are some good bus and taxi companies, for the most part everything you’ll need is within walking distance.

Just up the road from the Stadium is Cardiff castle, which every student really should visit at least once during their stay. Going up the Norman keep, the big old turret on the mound, will give you a great view not just of the site but of a good part of Cardiff as well. If you like castles there’s actually quite a few in the surrounding area, so take some time to explore. There’s also the Senedd for all you politics students. The Welsh National Assembly meets here and parts of it are open to the public, so if you’re the kind of person who wants to make a difference, this could be a great place to start.

Something else every student needs to explore is Caroline Street, also known as ‘Chip Alley’. This little road is the go-to spot for post-night-out fast food and takeaways. Knowing how to find it is a matter of basic student survival.

Don’t be surprised if you spot a TV crew wandering around the city centre. The BBC has used Cardiff as the set for a lot of shows, like the hospital drama Casualty, and the sci-fi duo of Doctor Who and Torchwood. Yes, you really can go and stand on Torchwood’s ‘Invisible Lift’ if you like. It’s in Roald Dahl Plass… Or is it?
The nearby Red Dragon Centre offer shopping, cinemas, and some slightly less geeky entertainment.

A good place to hang out if you find yourself at a loose end is Bute Park. It’s a big enough space to pack summer studying or sunbathing alongside ball games and Ultimate Frisbee. Sometimes there’ll be events or performances happening here too, including the annual fireworks display Sparks in the Park so it’s worth keeping an eye on.

Food and Drink:

  • Brains: Brains isn’t a place, it’s one of Wales’ trademark beers. It was originally brewed in Cardiff itself, although you can now find it all over the country. You can’t say you’ve been to Cardiff if you’ve not tried a Brains.
  • The Old Brewery Quarter: If you just can’t decide where to eat, the Old Brewery Quarter houses a wide range of popular cafes and eateries. If you still can’t decide, it also backs conveniently onto Chip Alley
  • Mr G’s Soul Kitchen: This Caribbean restaurant is just by Cardiff Bay, and serves up a mouth watering menu that will fill your stomach without breaking your bank account.

Nightlife:

  • The student clubs are centred around Castle Street and Greyfriars Road. GLAM and Revolutions are chic venues for the discerning student partier, offering regular themed nights and drinks deals.
  • Other clubs and bars in the town are around St Mary’s Street in Cardiff centre. Locals recommend Clwb Ifor Bach for an evening away from the classic student-style night out.
  • It’s rare that you’ll need to get somewhere in central Cardiff that you can’t walk to, but if that famous rain catches you out, club together with your mates and get a lift home from Cardiff Cabs.

 

 


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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1252550 On 25th November 20

Cardiff is the best place I have ever lived. The food options here are genuinely stunning and I never have any trouble getting around. I would advise potential students to have a look at the NextBike scheme. You can ride a bike to and from your lectures for free if you register with a student email. Honestly, it's great.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By christinestancu On 13th November 20

Cardiff is an amazing city. Although smaller, it has the vibe of a capital, but unlike London, Cardiff is not overwhelming. The pubs are very cool and offer very good deals for students. You can easily get everywhere by bike or bus. In terms of activities, you always have something to do, whether it's just a walk in Bute park or Cardiff Bay or a go karting or paintball session. So I can say that Cardiff is the most accessible city in the UK at least when it comes to value for money. I love living here!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Member237864 On 15th October 20

Cardiff is so cheap but So amazing. Best city to live in, everything is walkable, the uni have a partnership with Nextbike for 30 minutes free cycling every day. Would give 10 stars if I could

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member851321 On 27th September 20

Cardiff is the most adventurous and affordable location in the UK. I can't wait to stroll around and meet new people with a smile.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1050451 On 14th August 20

Has something for everyone. Nighclubs, bars, pubs, gyms etc..

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member647984 On 12th May 20

Absolutely can not fault Cardiff as an area, a large player on the global scene having hosted the champions league final and rugby World Cup whilst I was there, people are the nicest people in the U.K, gorgeous place to live as a student

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member447319 On 14th April 20

The city is very good, has everything you need to get by.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1346867 On 20th March 20

A lovely city. Good mix of plenty to do and also a small/homely feeling. Beautiful place too

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member845917 On 19th February 20

Cardiff is a beautiful city. Everything is so close and within walking distance. Access to Ubers and buses are so easy for students. Town is always lively and busy, the St Davids centre has really nice places to eat. Nights out for uni students are great, cannot complain. Especially on student nights where drinks are cheaper, you are guaranteed to enjoy a night out in Cardiff whether its events, gigs or club nights. There's something for everyone.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1245545 On 11th February 20

I love your arcades in Cardiff that so much fun

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1045543 On 11th February 20

Cardiff is great transport is good.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member645025 On 28th January 20

Cardiff is definitely a walking city. You can get most places in about 30 minutes and the night life is great. Clwb Ilfor Bach is brilliant (everyone calls it Welsh Club) and Live Lounge is always fantastic. St Davids has pretty much every shop imaginable and there are tons and tons of great restaurants to choose from.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member743009 On 29th October 19

Cheap and enjoyable, wales really is the place

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1242504 On 2nd October 19

A very safe and friendly City, good shopping, restaurants and bars.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Monkeyblues On 28th July 15

Again, Cardiff is known for its cheap accommodation, not only when it comes to the halls, but also the rent is in most cases reasonable. There's a lot of places where you can eat out and enjoy good food, usually for a really good price. You can either go to town where you find the most popular chains of restaurants, such as Wagamama, or stay near the campus and enjoy Hogwurst's famous milkshakes and hot dogs. If you're staying in Cathays then the number of options is overwhelming. The place is full of cheap take aways and restaurants. Nights out in Cardiff are always fun, and since the city is full of students, it is usually quite cheap to go out. With St David's Shopping cetre being 10 mins away from the main building, you get the access to the most popular shops, but also you get to go to the Arcades, where you can find more vintage shops, or just less known shops. With everything being there just a few minutes away, you don't really need to use public transport much.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1211607 On 27th July 15

cardiff is great, has everything you need, bus, trains, shopping, eateries, everything!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By MeganJones1996 On 13th July 15

Obviously the best city around. Amazing prices for students, great atmosphere and perfect for students.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1210398 On 6th July 15

I couldn't have wished for a nicer, more friendly city to spend my uni years in. All the great things about the city, but with lots of green areas and not too big. I always feel completely safe.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1010432 On 6th July 15

5 stars for all! Everything about living in Cardiff is fantastic, it's small enough that you can walk pretty much everywhere but there are buses for when you're feeling lazy! The St David's shopping centre is HUGE and has everything you need. Their food court provides a closely grouped variety of different food options, but there are restaurants spread over the city. The club nights are fantastic with plenty of places to choose from, or if you want a more classy night you can choose to have a candlelit dinner by the Bay!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member810384 On 5th July 15

Plenty of jobs available in this large city centre, shops, restaurants, bars &nightclubs are widely available! There are also plenty of schools for people to complete any placement!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member910372 On 5th July 15

Can't really beat the nightlife or shopping!! Eating out can be expensive, but the food is nice and can get good student deals!! Cost of living is pretty decent, and rent is cheaper than most other cities!!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Bananakingdom On 5th July 15

Overall amazing city , really can't fault it, in terms of public transport I'm sure it's great but there's no need to use you can walk everywhere !

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Bananakingdom On 5th July 15

Overall amazing city , really can't fault it, in terms of public transport I'm sure it's great but there's no need to use you can walk everywhere !

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1210278 On 5th July 15

Such a fantastic city with everything you need and great housing costs. Beautiful parks and a wide range of housing types

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member510249 On 5th July 15

I have fallen in love with Cardiff, I graduate this summer and have decided to stay in the city to lice and work, as there is so much to do and there is something for everyone, I don't drive but it is easy to get around via public transport

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member710179 On 4th July 15

Cardiff is the perfect place for students.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member510102 On 4th July 15

Fantastic city, at first you may feel overwhelmed because of the size of it but once you have settled in for a while you will realise that it is actually quick and easy to get to many of the different parts of the town.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member710073 On 4th July 15

Cardiff is the best city as its not massive but you get to know your way round quickly. Plenty of things to do and a great variety of shops and restaurants

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Northern Exile On 4th July 15

Cardiff is an absolutely fantastic city - coming from Manchester I was amazed about how much it had to offer. It is a compact city but has so much to do e.g cinemas , ice rinks , white water rafting and even a snow dome in the next few years ! Cardiff is also incredible for sport - every year is the 6 nations rugby which is mental and the champions league final will be held here in 2017. The nightlife speaks for itself , its unreal- its big , its crazy but its still safe! Well worth a trip to see what the city has to offer !

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member710055 On 4th July 15

Cardiff is an excellent city and students are never far from the heart of it.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Weird Lover Wilde On 4th July 15

Perfect city for a student. So student friendly, I can't imagine anywhere is better in terms of these criteria.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member129944 On 3rd July 15

Everything you could ever want/need is in cardiff! Honestly never needed to use public transport because you can walk anywhere pretty easily.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By JumpingHerbivore1240 On 3rd July 15

Brilliant. One of the few student friendly cities. Lidl, pound land and pound world will be your saviour. So many places to eat and go out, with a different student night every night of the week.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member119836 On 3rd July 15

Very good nights out in Cardiff and amazing shopping within walking distance, very cheap living costs and nights out!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By HafMor On 30th April 15

Great city, by the bay not far from the beach

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member45968 On 21st April 15

Amazing place one of the best city's of the United kingdom

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Student Review: 4 /5
By Katiedhodgson On 28th March 15

Cardiff is an amazing city, from the skin tingling atmosphere that game night brings, to the liberal rally's on divided social issues. You never know you may also see an impromptu marching band! The city is diverse and vibrant with a constant mellow buzz to it. However cost of living is an issue for me personally as I hail from the north where things are dirt cheap - so it does feel extortionate paying £3.79 for a korma, what's the deal cardiff?! Other than that the place is fantastic, can't get enough of it!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Cney On 27th February 15

Cardiff

Easily the cheapest place to live, practically everyone is a student in Cardiff. Good night life, never want to leave.

Cons?
5p Carrier Bag a go.

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