7 Reasons to study in Cardiff

21 May 2021
By Unite Students, Staff writer at The Common Room

Steeped in history, culture and sport, there are many reasons why you should study in Cardiff. But don’t leave it up to chance. Deciding where to study is a big decision and it’s important to know if you’ll like the city as well as the university.

If you can’t visit the city in person, our best advice is to do your research - and we’re here to help.

So, if you’re still making up your mind, our seven reasons to study in Cardiff will help you understand whether or not the Welsh capital is for you.

1) A real student hub

Home to three different universities that cover a wide range of degrees, it’s no secret that studying in Cardiff offers a huge range of social opportunities.

With a friendly student community and welcoming atmosphere, you’ll never be short of options to meet people from all walks of life. And no matter if you’re studying at Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan or the University of South Wales, you’ll leave with a valuable degree and lifelong friends.

2) The full city experience

If you’re looking for the full city experience, Cardiff is the place to go. Everything you’ll need in the Welsh Capital is found in the city centre, meaning if you choose the right student accommodation, all your student essentials will be right on your doorstep.

So, if you want the convenience of your student bar, budget supermarket and favourite restaurant within walking distance, join the 31,000 other students calling this beautiful city home.

3) A student-friendly community

A cheap burger and a pint are, let’s be honest, the two fundamentals of student life. In Cardiff, you’ll find most places are affordable, which will help you make your student loan last. So, even if your additional loan isn’t always enough to cover your cost of living, the good news is that, in Cardiff, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to stretch it further.

And any extra money you have left over? Save it up for that summer trip you’ve been planning for all year.

4) Opportunities to study abroad

Cardiff University is notorious for its great links to other universities and institutions around the world, so, studying here could open the door to unique opportunities to study abroad. Take this chance to embark on overseas placements in Europe, America and more.

With links to 300 institutions worldwide, it’s no doubt a great reason to study in Cardiff. A year studying outside of the UK can increase cultural awareness, employability and your independence.

5) A city close to nature

While many of us seek a life in the city, it’s still a nice luxury to know you’re not too far from the countryside. The good news? There are plenty of camping spots and nature walks surrounding Cardiff, offering a place for you and your friends to escape the busy city or exam stress for a day.

We recommend the Ely Trail or the Taft Trail – both are lengthy walks that show you the best of the nearby countryside and can help cure any hangover.

6) A great night out

Although it’s maybe not as famous for its nightlife as Newcastle or Leeds, Cardiff has one of the youngest populations in Europe, which is why it still has a reputation for being a brilliant night out.

There’s plenty of choice too; Cardiff has traditional pubs, upmarket cocktail bars and popular nightclubs. If you’re looking for a university city with a good nightlife, Cardiff may be the place for you.

7) A rugby fan’s haven

Cardiff is the perfect place if you’re into your sports - especially if you’re into rugby. It doesn’t matter if it’s playing or watching, there are a whole host of opportunities in the city.

The national sport is Rugby and the Principality Stadium plays host to a number of blockbusters matches throughout the year. So, grab your tickets and join the thousands of fans for a classic.

For football fans, you can watch Cardiff City take on championship rivals in their bid to return to the Premier League.

Before you go...

If you think Cardiff is your university city, all of our student accommodation is located perfectly to make sure you get the most out of your student experience.

With eight locations in the heart of the city, you’ll be close to all the best nightclubs, bars and shopping centres. You can even choose from a range of flats and studios, each with premium facilities such as a common room, a gym and onsite parking.

Begin your university experience in Cardiff with Unite Students.

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Staff writer at The Common Room