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Cardiff University Reputation
Cardiff University aims to be part of the best universities in the world. It is home to more than 28,000 students with around 8,000 of those being postgraduates. Internationally well-known for it's high caliber of teaching, Cardiff is also a research-intensive university. All of its 27 academic schools carry out research projects encompassing such areas as humanities, health, engineering and technology and natural sciences, the significance of which earn the university millions in grants and attract top researchers from across the globe.
Many well known people are alumni of Cardiff University including, English cricketer James Tomlinson, Journalist Huw Edwards, CEO of Citibank Stephen Bird and Nobel Laureate Professor Robert Huber.
Students from all over the world attend Cardiff University and Government performance indicators show that students here are much more likely to succeed in their degrees, with completion rates of 1st years being much higher than the national average.
Nearly all student accommodation is within walking distance of the students' union, libraries and lecture theatres. The majority of student accommodation is in self-catered flats and according to the National Union of Students Cardiff has some of the lowest rents in the UK .
The Students' Union has over 140 societies for students to choose from that aim to help individuals to grow in confidence, expand their skills and make new friends. There are four main venues; Solus where you can expect to hear a wide variety of music and live acts like Emeli Sande. The Great Hall which by day hosts lectures and by night is a legendary gig venue. CF10 café and night venue for acoustic gigs and socials. Taf the student local serving food and drinks and home to the famous Sunday Roast complete with Taf's Giant Yorkshire Pudding.
Cardiff University boasts a diverse range of sports clubs and facilities including a Fitness and Squash Centre, Strength and Conditioning Centre, Sports Training Village with pitches, tennis courts, indoor wickets and sports halls, and the Sports Fields which total 33 acres of the highest quality wickets and pitches which have recently been used by Olympics Football teams before the London 2012 Olympics.
Throughout history students have caused social change. Through the Students' Union students are encouraged to get involved in campaigning and recognise themselves to be more than people who like to study but as people who engage in issues and take action to make the world a better place. Recent campaigns include Go Greener, Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment, Hate Crime and Invest in Sport.
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Brilliant facilities, accommodating every need. Big range of societies and clubs, thanks to the students union being exceptional at outreach and advertising what they have on offer. The SU is by far one of the best in the country, very modern, insane student support services, if you have any problems at all, whether they be mental or physical, the student support services will go out of their way to ensure your issues are solved. Careers service allows ease of access to temporary work offers, and caters to all kinds of work, however the outreach is almost non-existent so you would usually have to hear about the careers services from a friend to use it properly. Internet is standard, nothing exceptional, and has quite frequent outages, but gets the job done when it is working, just don't depend on the uni wifi for getting things done on time, because you will be disappointed.
The wifi is rather dodgy as it loses connection when you switch buildings even though it's the same wifi network. A simple trick is to just disconnect and reconnect. I don't use all the facilities in SU but the SU lounge is a nice place to take a short nap and microwave food. If u want more peace and quiet, then just head on to the ASSL(Arts and Social Science Library) or the Postgraduate study area in SU. Staff I've met so far have been all smiles and sunshine, so no complains on that as an international student. I haven't really had any interactions with SU student representatives so I don't have any comment. There are loads of clubs to join here, so don't worry. They have a lot of career talks etc where they invite big employers, so that is a a good effort by the uni.
There are so many clubs and societies that you can join and the fairs make it easy to see what all is on offer. Wifi constantly drops but you just get used to it. Everything is really close together and very close to the city centre.
The internet screws everyone over all the time, but heyho that's life. Had a wicked time first year. Would defiantly recommend to new fresh to get involved in as much as possible including sports and societies. Also, go out and explore as much as possible to make sure you enjoy your time at uni to the max.
I've had a great time here so far although my school (history) is administratively terrible. Internet (Eduroam) is absolutely terrible and the number of website, that do not necessarily provide a platform for illegal activities such as movie streaming or download, that are blocked is shameful. The Student Union is brilliant and very useful.
The fact that Cardiff Uni offers wifi in all buildings and accommodation is so helpful. There's such a wide range of societies and clubs, however, if nothing is suited to you, the Student Union is also a lovely place.
Some campus buildings can be further away, but most are fairly central to the main building and students' union. The fact that it isn't a campus uni means that it's almost right next to the city centre, so you can go shopping in between your lectures! The Students' Union itself is very good and helpful, and there's a huge range of clubs, societies and sports to get stuck into, and the uni puts on regular careers fairs. The internet can sometimes be temperamental, but generally the connection is good and connects around all the campus buildings and accommodation. Lots of research goes into Cardiff's courses, so you know you're getting your money's worth.
I did a mathematics degree at Cardiff university. It was so bad I dropped out and went somewhere else. I got my fourth choice for accommodation, my first three where very large accommodation sites (talybont) so was surprised I didn't get it. My campus was a 50 minute walk from my lectures, town, clubs, basically anywhere. The maths block for so worn down I felt the walls where just going to crumble. There wasn't enough lecture rooms in their department we had to walk everywhere around the university buildings. Sometime taking 15 minutes to get between lectures. A lot of my lectures were one to three hours apart during the day so I couldn't walk back to my flat as it would take too long. So I had to stay in the library or the SU. These buildings need refurbishing. They are so run down and old, there is no heating so I would be sat freezing in my coat while trying to work. Non of the lectures showed any enthusiasm into what they were teaching. I could keep going on but everything was bad
We have roughly 14 libraries to suit different subjects, hours, and needs. The clubs and societies are amazing, very enthusiastic, and Cardiff are quite good in terms of winning against other Universities, the best in Wales. I've seen better SUs. Nontheless it has everything a student could need to offer. The Taf (student pub) has constant rubbish staff and alcohol prices. I don't use the Careers Service, but there is a lot of enthusiasm around it and information on it for those that want or need it. Wifi is usually poor.
There is so much going on at Cardiff! All of the societies and social events are a great way to make friends and have a good time. The uni is spread out but not too spread out so everything is in walking distance which is good. Some things are over priced such as the gym and the food in the student union but other than that I love it.
Love the University and its facilities. Also part of the Business Society and the American Football team who organise great socials and are a great way of meeting new people. The location is amazing too, a mix of city life but also great scenery and parks too.
The Arts and Social Sciences library is very useful, easy to locate books needed. The staff there are very helpful and friendly as well. Lectures for English are in the Law Building and Biosciences as there aren't any in the John Percival Building. Those buildings can therefore be very busy. IT equipment can be temperamental in lectures which can disrupt presentations (Word and PowerPoint). Wide range of societies offered, locations not always ideal. SU has a nice atmosphere, can become very crowded at times. WiFi is mostly reliable, only occasionally faulty.
amazing university to go to, there is always something going on in cardiff, and the university campus is beautiful. Only downside is the Internet and high prices of food and drink is university building cafeterias and convenient shops.
Everything is close in Cardiff (apart from UniHall) and this makes everything easier. The SU is massive and has anything you'd need. Clubs give you the opportunity to try any sport you'd like (climbing, dance, rowing, caving etc.) in the beautiful Welsh countryside.
The only thing I would say for those who like to game for freshers. You need to join the gaming society to register your console however, it's not the best because the total waiting time could result in a fortnight and even then there is no guarantee you'll be able to play online.
Cardiff University is a great place to study and socialise. The city has everything to offer from shopping to nightlife, sporting events and festivals. Cardiff is also continently located just a short drive away from the Brecon Beacons - a beautiful mountain range where you can hike to the peak of Pen Y Fan and gaze over the surrounding rolling hills. The University itself has a vast array of societies and activities to get involved with.
Just a fantastic university in a great city. My course has now been ranked 3rd in the UK just behind Oxbridge. Cardiff Uni is also great for sports and other extra-curricular activities. The night life is second to none! And all this in a city that has been voted as the best city to live in in UK!!!
Cardiff wasn't my firm choice, however ending up there was the best thing that could have happened to me. I am onto my second year and cannot wait for it to start. For the past year I have met the most amazing, laid back people and made friednships for life, experienced the great nighlife that Cardiff has to offer and definitely enjoyed my course and the way it was run.
My first year at uni has been the best year of my life so far! Cardiff is an amazing city, great nightlife, fantastic Union and facilities. I love my course and my course mates and enjoyed living in Talybont halls. Best Uni Ever!
Absolutely love Cardiff, the uni and the city itself. It's got everything you need close together so there's no need to get taxis or busses as you can walk everywhere. The students union is amazing for a night out as are many of the other clubs the city has to offer. I got in through clearing and was scared if I would love it as much as I had my first choice, I definitely made the right decision and have no regrets.
My experience so far at Cardiff university has been amazing. The only thing I had to reduce my rating for is that the wifi is quite difficult to connect to when first signing up but that is nothing compared to what a great experience this university has to offer and the career opportunities that you are left with at the end of it
Cardiff is AMAZING! If you're looking for a place to offer you an academically stimulating course AND a place to have the best nights out, Cardiff is the place for you. Coming to Cardiff was the best decision of my life!!
I fell in love with Cardiff the minute I visited the uni, I am so glad I chose to go there. I've made such lovely friends who I met on the first night of freshers and who I'm sure will be lifelong friends. The uni is full of opportunities to get involved and above all is a top place to study! I'd recommend Cardiff to anyone wholeheartedly.
All the facilities are close to one another and the uni is close to town so you can walk everywhere. The uni send you lots of information about internships and job opportunities and the jobshop at the uni pay well and always have jobs available.
Really love Cardiff university, the lecturing is very good and lecturers are available to see for one to one help which I find very helpful, especially when writing coursework essays. There are a very wide range of societies and I have loved being a member of Broadway dance in particular, I have met so many great people and made some really good friends through it.
The city itself is brilliant but sadly the university, or at the least the way the university is run, let's it down. The overall administration, especially within the law school, is bordering on a shambles, and much of the teaching isn't much better. Luckily the university has some fantastic societies and many other things to get involved with to make the experience enjoyable. Moreover the fact the university is in the Russell group helps to give it some credence, otherwise it wouldn't be a surprise to see employers overlook you, at least within some subject areas.
Studying Occupational Therapy. It's a great course! Great lectures and facilities. There's a great range of societies to get involved with and they're very open to you setting up a new society if you can't find what you're looking for! They're also awesome at offering overseas funding for volunteer projects and have a great study abroad scheme (erasmus) for those who wish to spend 3 months to a year studying abroad. Cardiff's also a great city with lovely people. That's my experience anyway.
Cardiff University is a brilliant place to study. The city of Cardiff is small enough that it doesn't take very long to get anywhere and big enough it never feels crowded and has everything you need. Cardiff University Staff have always been great for anything I have ever needed them for and there is WIFI EVERYWHERE!!!!!