Finding your Cardiff student accommodation: The Complete Guide

Apr 20, 2019
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Finding your Cardiff student accommodation: The Complete Guide

Cardiff is one of our favourite student cities, bursting with energy and offering something for every type of student. Like any University town, finding the right student accommodation in Cardiff can be a daunting task, especially for new students with little knowledge of the city, its areas, and a full understanding of the types of accommodation on offer to the cities students.

Let’s face it, Cardiff is a fantastic city to live in as a student. Whether you’re already living nearby, or are travelling in as an international student, the city will be sure not to disappoint anyone coming to study in the Welsh capital city.

Cardiff boasts some of the best student accommodation in the UK with a full range of possibilities for student living; choose from private halls, student houses, or more upmarket flats in the neighbourhood area that is best suited for you!


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If you’re looking for student accommodation in Cardiff near the start of the year, we would always advise speaking to someone on the phone. There are a number of websites that can help you with your search, including the service we offer as Resooma, along with a number of other credible alternatives including the student unions themselves.

What accommodation should I be living in?

As a standard, it would be normal for 1st year students to enter into either University owned or private halls of residence. In more recent years, the quality of university owned housing has dropped substantially and more students are opting to choose the private halls of residence close to campus in the likes of Cathays or in the city centre.

Companies like Fusion Students and Collegiate, offer some fantastic buildings with both Eclipse and Zenith boasting some of the best facilities and locations. New students may also wish to consider the amazingly located Bridge Street Exchange property in the centre of town right next the the St. Davids shopping centre and surrounded by plenty of bars and cafes. All of these sit just a short walk from some of our favourites; Nandos, Pizza Express, Jamie’s Italian, The Grazing Shed, and a host of other brilliant food places in the city centre.

Away from that, depending on your University, there is a range of university owned accommodation which while not offering the same level of facilities as its private counterparts, offers its student dwellers living locations that tend to be in the heart of the student living, or located very close to campus. As a Cardiff University student, you have a varied choice of accommodation with varying price points and locations that will suit depending on your course and campus. Cardiff Met students have extra options on Cyncoed campus, as well as residences situated at Plas Gwen more relevant for those studying on the Landaff campus.

What are the main student areas to live in Cardiff?

Cardiff is full is students with 3 universities in the Welsh capital, and this has lead to the development of some more recognised student areas.

Cathays is one of the most densely packed areas for student accommodation in Cardiff. Backing onto the majority of Cardiff University campus’ including the Business School, Law School, main university library and the Student Union itself. Cathays is a Cardiff student living treat, with tons of good value and student friendly bars, restaurants and shops scattered throughout the neighbourhood.

Roath, is the second main area for student accommodation in Cardiff. Packed full of terraced student housing, the main haunts are around Richmond Road, City Road, then Albany Road where you’ll find a number of nice pubs and coffee shops. Roath gives students fairly easy access to Cyncoed campus for Cardiff Met students.

Other areas for student accommodation in Cardiff include, the city centre, the heath (perfect for those studying medical degrees and needing access the hospital), and then Newport Road and Adamsdown areas.


How much should student accommodation in Cardiff cost?

Student accommodation in Cardiff varies in prices, as it does in quality. The average student accommodation costs


What are Resooma Top Picks?

Eclipse is one of the latest urban living offering from Cardiff. With features including a concierge, cleaning and laundry services, you can see why it is a popular choice amongst students in the city. Eclipse is only 5 minutes from the city centre, and 10 minutes from the SU building too, meaning you’ll never have to travel far to get where you are going!



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Zenith is the newest high rise to fly up in Cardiff and it’s quite something to behold. Did someone say Skybar? Yes, Zenith’s will have bar at the top for students to enjoy the views over the whole of Cardiff. Student’s will also get state of the art facilities including Gym and basketball courts and all this only a 2 minute walk from the centre of town. Zenith has good transport links with the residence walking distance (5 minutes) from Cardiff Central station where you can get a quick train to Cathays or other university campus’.



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This city centre apartment is perfect for anyone who enjoys their leisure time – as you are so close to all of the best bars and shops in Cardiff. With stunning views over Cardiff and a modern feel inside, you’ll feel right at home in your 6th floor flat. Coming fit with two double bedrooms and two bathrooms, you’ll waste no time waiting for that shower queue!



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