Cardiff is one of the best student cities to live in the UK. It's an exciting, modern capital city that punches well above its weight for its size and relatively small population of around 350,000 people.
Living in Cardiff has been described as both the ‘epitome of cool’ by the renowned travel guide Lonely Planet, and as ‘one of the coolest cities in the UK’ by Rough Guides. it’s also worth noting the following student cost of living research:
In the top three UK cities for quality of life and student living costs two years running
Cheapest university city in the UK for uni nightlife
3rd cheapest city in the UK for rental costs
Find out more about what it's like living in Cardiff, Wales:
When it comes to food, Cardiff has made great strides in the last 18 months; luring big names like Wahaca and Shake Shack (allegedly President Obama’s favourite burger chain) to ditch favourites like Liverpool, Bristol and Manchester and open their first restaurants outside London in the Welsh capital. If big name chains aren’t your thing, the independent restaurants and takeaways of Roath and Canton can cater to anything from a fiendish falafel craving to a deep desire for duck pancakes.
A so called ‘street-food revolution’ in the city has also seen a variety of independent food traders popping up in quirky venues like The DEPOT; a 24,000 square-foot derelict warehouse that has been transformed in to a mecca for craft beer and casual dining. Add to that, a major international food festival which takes place in Cardiff Bay every summer, and of course, the Great Welsh Beerand Cider Festival which comes around every year.
Cardiff is home to an incredible sporting heritage. You could spend your weekends here watching football at the Cardiff City stadium, international cricket at the SSE SWALEC, ice hockey with the Cardiff Devils in Cardiff Bay and of course, international rugby at the Principality Stadium.
If you’re in to mass participation or non-competitive sporting events, the Cardiff 10k and Cardiff Half Marathon are gaining popularity every year, and the UK’s only Velothon has also become an annual highlight, welcoming more than 10,000 cyclists to Cardiff to tackle an 140km, traffic-free route through South Wales.
For music lovers, Cardiff has a thriving scene and is one of the best places to live in Wales and the UK. The Motorpoint Arena, Principality Stadium and St David's Hall host all the big-name tours, while medium sized venues like Tramshed and The Globe host a range of artists.
Smaller independent venues like Clwb Ifor Bach, The Full Moon, Gwdihw and the Student's Union bars are home to more intimate music nights. The renowned Swn Festival takes place every October, promoting new music coming in and out of Wales.
Cardiff is renowned for its busy uni nightlife; including everything from bars and pubs to comedy clubs and pop-up cinemas. Possibilities for a night out are almost endless, and party animals can choose from quirky craft ale bars such as Urban Tap House and Brew Dog, traditional pubs such as the City Arms
, cocktail bars such as Lab 22 and Be at One and popular student club nights at Pryzm, Revolution and Soda Bar. If partying until 2am isn't really your thing, then the Glee Club in Cardiff Bay is great for comedy fans, whilst the Lostlands Rooftop cinema which opens every summer in the city centre is definitely worth a visit. When is comes to nightlife, Cardiff is one of the best cities in the UK.
Adventures - In the city and beyond
For those seeking adventure within the city, options include indoor climbing, white-water rafting, ice-skating or swimming in a state of the art, Olympic sized pool. However, Cardiff has got to be one of the UK’s best-placed cities for easy access to great outdoors.
You can enjoy surfing, coasteering or simply sunbathing at world-class beaches, or head to the mountains of the Brecon Beacons for biking, hiking or horse riding - both are within an hour’s drive from the city centre.
Sport, music and more at
our national stadium
Cardiff is a city of Victorian and Edwardian arcades
Eat, drink and socialise with friends by the water
Arts, culture and history