There are so many choices to make when becoming a student and picking the right University is only one part of the jigsaw puzzle. Once you’ve secured your place and you’ll need to start thinking about where you are going to live as well as what type of student accommodation you are going to live in. It’s not as simple as just passing your grades and pitching up in Cardiff with a random accommodation selection one hopes that you have a wonderful student experience.
The first major step, when picking accommodation is making sure you’re in the right part of town, and we understand that everyone is different so what might be right for someone, may not be right for you. What’s important to you, accommodation located close to Cardiff University, easy transport links to other areas of the city, something of more quality but walking distance from lectures. We’ve put together a guide for students to help dissect these questions and help you make sure you find the perfect place to live.
Let’s check out the top areas for students to live in Cardiff!
Cathay’s is difficult to avoid when thinking about student accommodation options. With accommodation located near to Cardiff University, living in Cathays can get you to most of Cardiff University campus within a 5 minute walk.
Cathays, is a hotbed for student living, stocked up with pubs, bars, restaurants geared up for students and all offering very favourable pricing. You can head out to lectures at 9am, having rolled out of bed 5 minutes before, grabbing a Magic Wrap sandwich on the way through, before returning for a quick bite to eat and a pint at the Woodville pub – are Cardiff University student favourite.
Cathays is made up mainly of terraced housing, ideal for student house sharing with rows of housing located out the back of the The Student Union – you can’t get closer the University if you tried! While for a convenience factor it offers everything a student needs, be warned, it can be quite lively and noisy at all hours of the night and day.
Bordering Cathays, Roath is a little further out from the City Centre, but although maybe not quite as ideally located for Cardiff University accommodation, it is a hotbed for those studying at Cardiff Met. Albany Road is the main road that provides the lifeblood to the area, with a number of shops and takeaway restaurants along it. At the bottom of the road, Wellfield Road has some great restaurants as well.
Roath is a vibrant neighbourhood with its own park, which provides a great location for those looking to get out for some fresh air or a quick jog around the lake.
It’s likely a 20 minute walk for Cardiff University students to lectures but with that you’ll likely find some cheaper rent options available. For Cardiff Met students studying at Cyncoed, the Met Cardiff Rider bus service offers quick and easy transport links, directly to your relevant campus so you’ll be on Campus in no time.
Again, a little further out from the likes of Cathays and Roath, Heath offers a great option to final year students, or those looking for a quieter life away from the daily hubbub of student life in Cathays. The area has accommodation near the University’s Heath Park Campus perfect for those choosing to study healthcare related courses.
Despite being further out, it is only a mile or so from the city centre, and there are good bus routes that will be able to take you into town.
The City Centre of Cardiff has totally changed over the last 5 years or so and offers students some amazing residences to choose from. Whether looking for a private flat with a little more budget to play with, or looking to join one of Cardiff’s luxury new student blocks Resooma have some great student accommodation options near to Cardiff University.
Living in town you can opt join many students checking into Eclipse student accommodation with its onsite gym and bar or head over to Bridge Street Exchange located perfectly in the city centre right next to St. Davids shopping centre.
Adamsdown & Splott
Yes, it’s the district that sounds funnier the more you say it. Splott, out to the east of the city, bordering the shoreline of the Seven Estuary, isn’t exactly as student focused as its northern counterparts. The area has long had a reputation a little bigger than the sum of its parts, mainly due to the silly name.
As student life goes, from Adamsdown, near Splott, you’d be close to the Trevithick building, home to the Schools of Engineering, Physics & Astronomy, and Computer Science. Rent here should be a little cheaper too and you’d also be close to the Splott Warehouse, a great venue for mass shindigs, or the occasion colour party. That said, you the normalities of student life may be few and far between, with limited bars, cafes, and restaurants in the area.
Cardiff Bay, was once a multicultural dockland, and red light district, but oh how things have changed since then. The bay area has undergone a full re-generation making it one of the best places to live in the city. For students however, it will be a little further out so possibly only for those with personal transport options. Accommodation tends to be taken by young professionals and hence will be more expensive compared to over options.
A bus ride, or a reasonable 30 minute walk, from Cardiff University is Canton. Canton is a great area, popular with post grad students given its quieter more civilised way of life, it’s proximity to the city centre amenities such as the Millennium Stadium, and a strong range of nice cafe, bars and restaurants.
Accommodation may be a little more expensive in the area but for those looking to integrate a little more with professional life it might just be the perfect spot.
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