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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Study in Cardiff

There are two universities in Cardiff, Cardiff University which is predominantly based in the city centre and Cardiff Metropolitan University which is a short bus ride from the centre.

 

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Cardiff University

Founded in 1883, Cardiff University has an excellent reputation for teaching and research and is one of the 24 universities in the Russell Group, which is a group representing the UK’s leading research universities. The university has over 33,000 students enrolled from 130 countries and has 95.7% of graduates entering employment, further study or both shortly after graduating.

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Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University, formerly University of Wales Institute, started life as a School of Art in 1865. Nowadays whilst still having an Art & Design Academic School, they also have faculties in Education & Social Policy, Management, Sport & Health Sciences and Technologies.

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Cardiff Student Life

Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, is a lively and student-friendly city. There is a lot on offer whether you are looking for culture, outdoor activities, shopping or a great nightlife and the city has the added bonus that almost everything is within walking distance. 

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Accommodation costs

Student accommodation costs range from £98 - £317 per week; the average is £157 per week.
Compare the average elsewhere: Swansea: £145/week, Durham: £179/week, London: £288/week.

(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)

The average price for:

A cheap meal at a restaurant: £10
A pint of beer: £3.50
A regular takeout coffee: £2.90
1L of milk: £0.97
A loaf of white bread: £1.06

The cost of living is about 4% higher than in Belfast, about the same as Birmingham and about 27% lower than London.

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member845917
19th February 2020

Everything is so close…

Everything is so close and within walking distance. Access to Ubers and buses are so easy for students.

member1045543
11th February 2020

Transport is good…

Cardiff is great, transport is good.

Monkeyblues
28th July 2015

With everything being just a few minutes away…

With everything being there just a few minutes away, you don't really need to use public transport much.

member129944
3rd July 2015

Honestly never needed to use public transport…

Honestly never needed to use public transport because you can walk anywhere pretty easily

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28th January 2020

St Davids has pretty much every shop…

St Davids has pretty much every shop imaginable and there are tons and tons of great restaurants to choose from.

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28th July 2015

You get access to the most popular shops…

With St David's Shopping centre 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.

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6th July 2015

St David's shopping centre is HUGE…

The St David's shopping centre is HUGE and has everything you need. 

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3rd July 2015

Lidl, pound land…

 Lidl, pound land and pound world will be your saviour.

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The Great Outdoors

The Brecon Beacons are a mountain range about an hour’s drive from Cardiff. If you love the outdoors or just fancy some time away from the city, a visit to this breathtaking national park should be high on your to do list. There are hiking and cycling trails, waterfalls and historical ruins to explore.

 

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Beaches

South Wales has a stunning coastline, you will find beautiful beaches for traversing, sunbathing and surfing. Penarth beaches, Porthcawl beaches and Barry beaches are all within an hour's drive from Cardiff.

 

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Bute Park

If you fancy spending time away from studying but don’t want to travel out of the city, Cardiff boasts a number of green parks to both explore and relax in. Bute Park is the green heart of the city, it is home to Cardiff Castle, the River Taff, a canal, landscaped gardens and so much more. 

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Bridge Street Exchange 4.79 /5

One of the best places you could live as a student in Cardiff at an affordable price. Right in the heart of city centre and only 15 minutes walk to Ca...

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Eclipse 4.56 /5

Stayed here for my post grad year, the staff are brilliant, the rooms are SOOO much bigger than other accommodation, location is fantastic, the commun...

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The Neighbourhood Cardiff 4.49 /5

This is the best private student accommodation I’ve ever lived . The people here are very good and helpful also the rooms are very nice. I’ll recomme...

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City Heights 4.44 /5

I have nothing bad to say about this building. Lovely rooms and building overall, the residents and employees are always kind and helpful. Only query ...

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Blackweir Lodge 3.92 /5

Liberty Fields had amazingly friendly, fun and helpful member of staff but at reception and on the maintenance team. The security team was also lovely...

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Roy Jenkins Hall 3.9 /5

It was a really lovely place to stay at, as less than 30 people lived in the building, everyone knew everyone. Well furnished and cleaned, the kitchen...

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Cyncoed Halls 3.86 /5

The halls are great for making friends and or on campus which is a bonus but it's at a 30 minute walk to anywhere that sells food, the bus only take t...

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Talybont Gate 3.83 /5

One of the most expensive Cardiff uni accommodations but good value for money. The rooms are nicer than the Liberty Living accommodations at a higher ...

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Talybont Court 3.76 /5

The best accommodation in Talybont! This is where you want to be if you like the party/social scene but would also like to guarantee some peace and q...

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Colum Hall 3.66 /5

For me Colum Hall is one of the best halls of residence in Cardiff. It's a short walk from the city centre but you don't really get the noise of being...

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5th May 2021

If you live a calm and...

If you live a calm and serene environment. This place is for you read more

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4th May 2021

I love Cardiff. City...

I love Cardiff. City is not big but has everything. read more

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4th May 2021

A small town without...

A small town without many shopping malls and big brand stores. Very chill and peaceful. read more

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29th April 2021

Calm and beautiful city...

Calm and beautiful city with very kind people read more

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29th April 2021

Nice city to live basically...

Nice city to live basically I like Cardiff:) read more

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29th April 2021

A great and bust city...

A great and bust city to live in with plenty to do read more

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22nd April 2021

I like this city very...

I like this city very much, and life is very convenient! read more

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12th April 2021

Safe, small city with...

Safe, small city with lots to do and nice parks. read more

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6th April 2021

Amazing!! Love it here,...

Amazing!! Love it here, couldn't recommend more! read more

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26th March 2021

Cardiff city centre is...

Cardiff city centre is brilliant. Great nightlife, great shopping, easy to navigate and surrounded by several parks and stuff read more

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25th March 2021

Great friendly city,...

Great friendly city, great night out and lots to do! read more

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25th March 2021

It’s a lovely small city...

It’s a lovely small city to start of read more

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24th March 2021

Love it. It’s great fun...

Love it. It’s great fun and McDonald’s takeaways took over my life read more

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24th March 2021

Haven’t been out properly...

Haven’t been out properly in cardiff yet because of covid but I’ve heard it’s good and quite cheap! There’s everything here, so many restaurants and shops it’s a good city to be in! Everything is within walking distance read more

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16th March 2021

Cardiff is expensive....

Cardiff is expensive. But, it has everything a student would want. Lots of clubs and retail shops. read more

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11th March 2021

Nothing is open at the...

Nothing is open at the moment but when it is it's great, the shopping centre is great with all the shops you could need. Plenty restaurants and delivery is great at the moment too read more

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11th March 2021

Nit really crowded. Perfect...

Nit really crowded. Perfect for education emvironment. Groceries and daily expenses are relatively cheap read more

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5th March 2021

Amazing city & nice...

Amazing city & nice people read more

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24th February 2021

Cardiff is a perfect...

Cardiff is a perfect city. Cheap and nice to get around. Buses are fine but too many separate companies. Trains are okay but poor compared to the rest of the UK. The shopping and night life is excellent read more

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9th January 2021

Good experience and lots...

Good experience and lots of shops. read more

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25th November 2020

Cardiff is the best place...

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. read more

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13th November 2020

Cardiff is an amazing...

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! read more

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15th October 2020

Cardiff is so cheap but...

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 read more

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27th September 2020

Cardiff is the most adventurous...

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. read more

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14th August 2020

Has something for everyone....

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

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12th May 2020

Absolutely can not fault...

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 read more

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14th April 2020

The city is very good,...

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

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20th March 2020

A lovely city. Good mix...

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

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21st February 2020

Amazing city just love...

Amazing city just love it read more

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19th February 2020

Cardiff is a beautiful...

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. read more

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11th February 2020

I love your arcades in...

I love your arcades in Cardiff that so much fun read more

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11th February 2020

Cardiff is great transport...

Cardiff is great transport is good. read more

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28th January 2020

Cardiff is definitely...

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. read more

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9th November 2019

Bus bus bus bus bus train

Bus bus bus bus bus train read more

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29th October 2019

Cheap and enjoyable,...

Cheap and enjoyable, wales really is the place read more

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2nd October 2019

A very safe and friendly...

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

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9th September 2019

did not stay in cardiff

did not stay in cardiff read more

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28th July 2015

Again, Cardiff is known...

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. read more

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27th July 2015

best city for student...

best city for student life read more

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27th July 2015

cardiff is great, has...

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

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13th July 2015

Obviously the best city...

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

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member1210398
6th July 2015

I couldn't have wished...

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. read more

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6th July 2015

5 stars for all! Everything...

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! read more

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6th July 2015

Learnt my bearings quickly.

Learnt my bearings quickly. read more

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6th July 2015

A great city to live...

A great city to live in! read more

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5th July 2015

Good for everything

Good for everything read more

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5th July 2015
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5th July 2015

Plenty of jobs available...

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! read more

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5th July 2015

Can't really beat the...

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!! read more

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5th July 2015

Overall amazing city...

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 ! read more

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5th July 2015

Overall amazing city...

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 ! read more

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5th July 2015

Such a fantastic city...

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

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5th July 2015

I have fallen in love...

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 read more

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4th July 2015

Cardiff is the perfect...

Cardiff is the perfect place for students. read more

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4th July 2015

Fantastic city, at first...

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. read more

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4th July 2015

Cardiff is the best city...

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 read more

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4th July 2015

Cardiff is an absolutely...

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 ! read more

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4th July 2015

Cardiff is an excellent...

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

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Weird Lover Wilde
4th July 2015

Perfect city for a student....

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

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member1210012
4th July 2015

Sometimes the bus will...

Sometimes the bus will be late read more

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member129959
3rd July 2015
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HillK
3rd July 2015
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member129944
3rd July 2015

Everything you could...

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

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member109876
3rd July 2015
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JumpingHerbivore1240
3rd July 2015

Brilliant. One of the...

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. read more

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member59849
3rd July 2015
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member119836
3rd July 2015

Very good nights out...

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

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member69828
3rd July 2015
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member109179
17th June 2015
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member128854
30th April 2015
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HafMor
30th April 2015

Great city, by the bay...

Great city, by the bay not far from the beach read more

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member91905
21st April 2015
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member45968
21st April 2015

Amazing place one of...

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

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member121961
21st April 2015
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Katiedhodgson
28th March 2015

Cardiff is an amazing...

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! read more

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Cney
27th February 2015

Easily the cheapest place...

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

Cons?
5p Carrier Bag a go.

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