Wales’ capital city is a fun, vibrant place to study. It’s small enough to get around easily but still have lots to do.
It is home to Cardiff University, which boasts a Student Union that was voted as being in the top four, in the whole of the UK. You might recognise parts of the campus from TV and film, as many of the buildings have turned up in BBC hits Sherlock and Dr Who. (Not surprising, as the BBC has a drama unit in the city. You can even also grab your sonic screwdriver and live out your secret Dr Who fantasies).
With a history dating back to 1865, Cardiff Metropolitan University caters for 12,000 students. Formerly known as University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, it’s ranked as one of the best ‘new’ universities in Wales. Alumni include rugby legend Sir Gareth Edwards – the greatest player to ever don a Welsh jersey, according to the BBC.
The city manages to pack lots into a small space. Cardiff is home to Wales’ Millennium Centre. This impressive piece of architecture is home to world class performing arts, from pop concerts to plays and opera.
The National Museum houses a collection of art and natural history exhibits, including paintings and sculptures from around the world, plus welsh dinosaurs!
You can also explore the history of the city by visiting Cardiff Castle.
This student-friendly city is full of wonderful places to eat and drink. In fact the city is famed for its night life. There’s a great mix of high street pubs and restaurants, as well as a good mix of independents.
The same is true for shopping. There’s a huge John Lewis in the town centre, but an equally good mix of smaller, independent shops and boutiques.
Of course, there’s the legendary Cardiff bay area. Known as ‘Tiger Bay’ by the locals, this was once an industrial landscape. Now the area is rejuvenated, with lots to see and do.
Wales is also famed for its breath-taking natural beauty. Even as a student, it’s easy to escape the hustle of Cardiff city and explore the coast and countryside close by.
Oh, how could we not mention rugby? Cardiff is of course home to the Principality stadium (also known as The Millennium Stadium.)