Cardiff student accommodation at a glance
If you’re looking for student flats in Cardiff that are in the heart of the city, check out Zenith. This modern apartment complex has private rooms with an en-suite, study area, double bed, and a smart TV, and has amazing on-site facilities such as a sports centre, lounge, karaoke and cinema rooms, a private dining area, piano room, wellness room, and an amazing rooftop terrace. Location wise, it’s less than a 15-minute walk to Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff University, and University of South Wales campuses, and is a 25-minute walk to the University of Wales.
If you’re after large, modern student rooms in Cardiff, then City Heights should be top of your list. With both large studio and one-bedroom options on offer, this stylish accommodation has great communal areas including a rooftop terrace, as well as an on-site gym. It’s conveniently located only a 15-minute walk to Cardiff Metropolitan University, a 17-minute walk to Cardiff University, and a 23-minute walk to the University of South Wales. And remember, even if the decor isn’t exactly to your liking, there are plenty of ways to make the space your own.
For student accommodation in Cardiff with a great sense of community, check out The Neighbourhood. This contemporary accommodation offers both a variety of shared and private rooms, as well as amazing on-site facilities such as a gym, a cinema room, dining room, karaoke room, and gaming areas. They’re big on creating a cohesive, engaged community and have a great social calendar that includes free grab-and-go breakfasts and pizza nights, as well as lots of other social activities. It’s located in the city centre and is only a six-minute walk to Cardiff Metropolitan University, and less than a 20-minute walk to the University of South Wales and Cardiff University, so you’re never far from your student flats in Cardiff.
For beautifully-designed student properties in Cardiff with lots going on, look to Eclipse. Offering both single-occupancy and shared accommodation options, this thoughtfully-designed complex has lots to offer students, including an on-site gym, lots of comfortable study and hangout spaces, as well as a modern private dining room. One of the best things about this accommodation is its location, being only a 16-minute walk to Cardiff University and an 18-minute walk to the University of Wales.
Living in Cardiff as a student
- Cardiff is home to higher educational establishments such as Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, the University of Wales, and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
- With over 40,000 students from around the world making Cardiff their home during term time, and of course it being the capital of Wales, the city has a real multicultural atmosphere, so there’s loads of new things to try on your doorstep, from cuisines to university societies.
- Wander around the impressive Cardiff Castle, a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion built in the late 11th century by Norman invaders.
- Take a break from your student accommodation in Cardiff and walk along the River Taff through Bute Park. This park just north of the city centre is a great way to get amongst nature without straying too far from home.
- Grab some groceries or a bite to eat at the Cardiff Central Market. This Victorian-era shopping centre is a great place to kill time or grab a cheap, delicious breakfast. Or, if you’re more of a night owl, just down the road is the notorious favourite Dorothy’s Fish Bar, a drunk food favourite of students.
- Head on over to Principality Stadium for one of their many exciting events. Not just a rugby stadium, the Principality Stadium also hosts boxing, motorsport, concerts, and conventions.
- Looking for a thrill away from your student rooms in Cardiff? Head on down to Cardiff Bay and try your hand at an exciting water sport with Cardiff International White Water. Here you can try whitewater rafting, canoeing, and kayaking, as well as stand-up paddleboarding.
- Music fans can visit Spillers Records, which claims to be the oldest record store in the world.
- Check out our Ultimate Fresher’s Bucket List for the ultimate student activity inspiration.
Getting around Cardiff
There are lots of great transport options to take you from your student flats in Cardiff to other parts of the city or further afield. Whether it’s by bus, train, bike, or even boat, students find it easy to make their way around this interesting city. For all ticket information and schedules, visit the Traveline Cymru website.
The operator Cardiff Bus runs the buses in and around the city. They take both cash and card but make sure you’ve got the right money as they don’t give change. For anything outside of the city, StageCoach is your best bet, with services running to places such as Caerphilly, Tongwynlais, and the Valleys.
There are 20 train stations in the city, which makes it easy to get from your student halls in Cardiff to just about anywhere. The main stations are Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Central, with regular services running around and outside of the city.
Cardiff is predominantly a flat city which makes it great for cycling around. There are plenty of cycling paths around the city such as the Taff Trail, an 8-mile stretch of well-maintained cycle path that runs from Cardiff to Tongwynlais. For those who don’t have their own bike, the city has nextbike UK, a bike-sharing system that allows you to rent a bike for short periods.
Boats are a fun and unique way to see Cardiff from the water. You can get the waterbus to Bute Park and close to Westgate to do some shopping.
Featured neighbourhoods in Cardiff
Home to about a third of the student population in the area, it’s no wonder Cathays has a seriously large selection of student flats in Cardiff. No doubt popular due to its central location and easy transport links, Cathays also boasts a lively and exciting nightlife, with Salisbury Road aka ‘The Strip’ being known for hosting most of the action. Students are often seen grabbing a pint at The Woodville or indulging in one of Cardiff’s most popular curry houses, Mowgli’s Indian Restaurant.
Just north of Cathays is Roath, another area with a great selection of accommodation for students in Cardiff. Known for its laidback lifestyle, Roath is known for the infamous music venue The Globe. Once an old cinema, this iconic venue hosts an amazing line-up of UK and international DJs popular amongst the students. You’ve also got some amazing restaurants, traditional pubs, and cool cafes on Albany Road, Wellfield Street, and City Road. Don’t worry if nightlife isn’t your thing, Roath has great green spaces like Roath Pleasure Gardens and Roath Park.
Heath is a popular option for students studying at Cardiff University’s Heath campus as it’s only a short walk away. Not only that, but the houses in the area tend to be bigger than other student hubs, so if a big bedroom is on your must-have list, Heath is for you. There is also a great selection of budget-friendly restaurants and cafes, as well as Heath Park, a 37-hectare park featuring a model railway, a pitch and putt course, tennis courts and a playground.
Cardiff student accommodation FAQs
Is Cardiff cheap for students?
Even though Cardiff is a big city, it’s considered one of the most affordable student cities to live in. Student accommodation in Cardiff is cheaper than the UK average and ranges from around £120 per week to £175 per week.
Is Cardiff good for international students?
Cardiff is a great city for international students having a large student population and is known for being friendly, open and inclusive. The city has lots of history and culture, as well as parks and green space to enjoy.
What do students do in Cardiff?
Head to the Wales Millennium Centre and catch a show, wander around Cardiff Castle, or take a day trip to Barry Island. There’s loads to do for when you need to step away from your student rooms in Cardiff.
What are the different types of student accommodation in Cardiff?
You can find everything from single rooms in shared flats to ensuites, studios, apartments or even a penthouse student flat in Cardiff! It all depends on your budget and individual preferences. Check out our guide to different types of accommodation to find out more.
Can I view Cardiff student accommodation before applying?
Many of our listings are available to view online. If you prefer to visit in person, you can either contact the provider with our contact form or arrange a walkthrough during an open day at your university.
How long will my tenancy agreement last?
Most student tenancy agreements last between 42 and 51 weeks to cover the full academic year, but if you need a longer or shorter tenancy agreement, some providers will offer flexible options – the best way to find out if this is possible is just to ask!
Will I have to pay a deposit for Cardiff student accommodation?
Some student accommodations will request a deposit, booking fee, guarantor or another similar fee prior to your tenancy beginning, while others don’t. Check with your provider and don’t forget to read our guide to getting your student deposit back before you move in.