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Cardiff University

Cardiff University

Cardiff University


About us

We are an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision, located in a beautiful and thriving capital city.

We are the only Russell Group university in Wales and are proud of our long-standing reputation for academic excellence, cutting-edge research, and high student satisfaction.

Driven by creativity and curiosity, we strive to fulfill our social, cultural, and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.

Who we are

We excel in producing high-quality, innovative research which translates into benefits both locally and worldwide.

We have a diverse student population, with students coming from more than 130 countries and with a range of backgrounds.

Our academic staff are leaders in their fields who create a stimulating environment for learning.


Our students benefit from research-led teaching that develops their individual intellectual abilities.

A degree from Cardiff University opens doors across the globe. Graduates are in such high demand by employers that 84% enter highly skilled employment shortly after graduating.


We use our knowledge to develop innovative research that will have an impact on the world.


Our research expertise and facilities are used by industry and commercial partners, government bodies and other organisations internationally. We excel in connecting industry, business, government and NGOs with our academics.


Cardiff is a truly international university; our international partnerships and collaborations mean that students have access to globally recognised and valued teaching and research.

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Campus Features

Cardiff University is made up of two large, well-located campuses:


The Cathays Park campus is where most of our Academic Schools are based. With wide tree-lined avenues and elegant Portland stone buildings, it's an inspiring place to study.

The palpable feeling of history is contrasted by modern facilities including new labs, lecture theatres, and IT suites.

  • 22 of 26 Academic Schools on site
  • Less than half a mile from Cardiff's vibrant city centre
  • £200m investment in state-of-the-art facilities including the new Centre for Student Life
  • Several libraries on-site or nearby
  • 24/7 security and comprehensive CCTV coverage
  • Close to several halls of residence.
  • The main Students’ Union building, located at the heart of the campus on Park Place, is one of the biggest and most active in Britain and was recently voted 2nd best in the UK.

Events, clubs, and information services are provided, and on-site facilities include food outlets, a general shop, bookshop, student letting agency, nightclub, and pub.


Healthcare-related courses (excluding Pharmacy and Optometry) are based at Heath Park. It's just a mile from the city centre and next to 100 acres of parkland and playing fields.

Our Academic Schools share the site with the University Hospital of Wales, one of the largest hospitals in the UK.

Each School has its own specialist resources and facilities. Study areas and IT facilities are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Lecture theatres, seminar rooms, libraries, and operating theatres are also on campus.

International experts in various medically related fields provide valuable services, including patient care, in this major teaching and research centre.

Residences and Students’ Union services are also at the site, and students can take advantage of the numerous sports amenities, including a pool, squash and badminton courts, and fitness suite.

  • Dedicated healthcare campus shared with the University Hospital of Wales
  • Recently built £18m Cochrane building with three-story library, labs, and seminar space
  • Operating theatres on site
  • Residences nearby
  • Students' Union and support services on site
  • Sport and fitness facilities (including swimming pool)
  • On-site policing team
  • One mile north of the city center.

We have a range of accommodation options to suit individual preferences and budgets.

Accommodation in university residences is guaranteed for all international students who meet necessary application deadlines.

Both undergraduates and postgraduates arriving in September are guaranteed a single occupancy room, and new undergraduates will be allocated with other first-year students.

Among our 17 residences, students can make a selection for specific needs, including:

  • Those seeking a quieter living environment
  • Alcohol-free living
  • LGBT+
  • Welsh speakers and learners
  • Couples and families

    Visa Requirements

    Please visit UK Visa and Immigration for the latest information on visas required to study in the UK.

    Scholarships and Funding

    We offer scholarships worth over £2 million.

    Scholarships are available to international students across a wide range of subject areas and are offered in the form of a tuition fee discount.

    Cardiff University is recognised and approved by many sponsors from around the world and as such, international students may also apply for funding offered by external organisations.

    Please contact us for more information.

    Campus Life & Facilities

    We deliver a comprehensive range of services dedicated to helping you make the most of your student life.

    The new Centre for Student Life at the heart of our Cathays campus is home to our student support services and we offer free, impartial, non-judgmental, and confidential advice on a wide range of matters.

    Support services include:

    • Advice and money
    • Careers and Employability
    • Health and Wellbeing
    • Day Care Centre
    • Disability and Dyslexia
    • Equality, diversity, and inclusion
    • International Student Support
    • Chaplaincy
    • Student Mentor Scheme
    • Residence Life Team

    Cardiff is a is a great place to be a student and is the most affordable university city in the UK.

    Our city is friendly, safe, and diverse with over 90 languages spoken here. As the capital city of Wales, Cardiff is renowned for vibrant arts, culture and food, great shopping, and world-class sporting events.

    You’ll find breath-taking beaches, national parks, and mountains are all easily accessible and mild weather makes our climate consistent with the rest of the UK.

    It's very easy to get around on foot with the campus, city centre and famous local landmarks all just a short walk or cycle away.

    Contact us to find out more about student life in Cardiff

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      30-36 Newport Road, Adamsdown CF24 0DE, CF24 0DE, Cardiff

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