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Cardiff is a thriving, beautiful city that’s widely recognised as an outstanding place in which to live and study.

It combines all the advantages of a compact, friendly and inexpensive location with the cultural and recreational facilities of a modern capital city.

All the information you need about student life at Cardiff University.

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The city centre boasts the 6th best shopping in the UK
Cardiff castle is right in the centre of the city
The waterfront in Cardiff Bay is a popular nightspot
Castell Coch is on the outskirts of the city
The Millennium Centre is an award-winning performing arts centre hosting West End musicals, opera, ballet & more
The Millennium Stadium is a host venue for the London 2012 Olympics
Bute Park is the largest of the city's 330 parks & gardens at 130 acres
The bustling Victorian and Edwardian arcades are beautifully preserved

About Cardiff

People in Cardiff city centre

A vibrant city

Whatever you do to relax, Cardiff has something to offer.

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Areas of Cardiff

Learn about the key areas of Cardiff for students.

Surprisingly affordable

Cardiff is one of the most affordable cities in the UK. Calculate your costs

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Where is Cardiff?

Cardiff is in south Wales, c.200 miles from London. Find out more

Capital city
of Wales

327k people

Home of the
Welsh Assembly



330 parks & gardens

Home of
Doctor Who

6th best UK shopping

What the guides say

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Cardiff is the epitome of cool, pulsing with a creative energy and relaxed atmosphere that complements its youthful heritage.

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Caerdydd yw un o’r lleoedd gorau i astudio ynddyn nhw ym Mhrydain. Dyna’r cyfan y gallai unrhyw lasfyfyriwr call ei ddymuno.

Canllaw Virgin i Brifysgolion Prydain 2012

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Mae gan Gaerdydd y cwbl, i bob golwg: pensaernïaeth ddinesig drawiadol a lleoliad braf ar lan y dŵr, barrau chwaethus dros ben a gwlad hyfryd o’i chwmpas

Guardian University Guide 2013

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