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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.)

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The maze-like area of Cathay is one of the most popular destinations for students looking for off campus accommodation in Cardiff.

Full of Victorian houses and backing onto Roath park, there's a huge student population here. That means the area caters well for most student needs.

It's a short walk over the train bridge to the University of Cardiff Student Union.

The area itself is stuffed with tiny and picturesque shops and places to eat. That includes the iconic Cafe 37 - every Cardiff student's main cure for a hangover.

Crucially, the area is the closest you can get to campus if you're planning any from-bed-to-lectures-in-five-minutes dashes.

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LIDL on a Monday. It's a new level of busy.

Cathays properties

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While it's a little bit further to walk to campus from Roath than Cathays, this is still a very popular student area. After all, Cardiff University campus is on 20 minutes away.
There's more of a mix of residential and rental properties, so it can be quiet. This makes it a favourite for postgraduates or third years, who have put their wild years behind them.

Quiet doesn't mean dull though. There's still lots going on for when you've had enough of burying your head in the books. That means great places to eat and drink. Lots of the pubs are student-friendly, but it's The Albany that is everyone's favourite.

There's also the splendid Roath Park - one of Cardiff's most popular parks.

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This is quite a varied area, with streets full of big family houses to some parts are, erm, a little bit worse for wear.

Depending on your mood, being 20 minutes from campus can seem a long time to be walking.

Roath properties

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Right in the heart of this fun city, you'll be spoilt for choice for things to do.

Well known for it's hospitality, Cardiff has a cornucopia of bars, clubs and restaurants. All within easy reach. Plus, your favourite high street shops are within strolling distance.

Public transport links are all easy to get to, opening up the rest of the city to you. Not that Cardiff is difficult to navigate. The university is a short walk away and and even shorted bus ride.

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With so much to do, you'll need to watch your budget!

95-97 St Mary Street properties

The Cardiff Purple Frog team

Patrick Garratt
Co-Founder and Managing Director

Patrick is one of the founders of purple frog, he graduated in 2007 alongside Greg with a 2:1 in Business from the University of Birmingham. As part of his degree he was required to write and submit a business plan and decided he may as well see it through! Patrick spends time in each of our 4 offices and is often accompanied by his black lab Hugo.

07817 793 828
Office Dog

He's a good boy, yes he is. Yes he is. Yes. He. Is. Suchagoodboy. Except when he's stealing your sandwiches.

Sabrina Courts
Head of Operations

Looking after clients with large portfolios means that Sabrina's extensive expertise in the student accommodation market is always put to good use. She also heads up the Ops team. Sabrina is a proud Birmingham City Football Club supporter and hasn't missed a home or away match in over 5 years!

0121 227 4188
Aaron Kurtis
Head of Lettings & Property Management

Aaron has more than 10 years' valuable experience working in student accommodation. He looks after clients who have large portfolios. He also makes sure that each branch is keeping their tenants happy. But more importantly, he's met Duncan from Blue!

0753 509 1905
Sharon Frost
Head of Finance

Sharon looks after all the finances at Purple Frog, including making sure tenants pay their rent and landlords get paid on time. She's lovely, happy and caring, at the same time no one here dares submit our expense forms late.

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Stephen Haigh
Head of Property Sales

Stephen has a wealth of experience selling investment property. His breadth of knowledge will help everyone from first timers to seasoned portfolio investors achieve their goals. In his youth, Stephen was a rock star in the 'West Coast psychedelic' band Soup which regularly gigged at the University of Birmingham Guild of Students bar.

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James Mason
Head of Marketing

James has a wealth of marketing experience, which he uses to ensure the properties we advertise are seen by as many people as possible. James' proudest moment is when he won £1,000 in a radio competition in which he had to perform comedy stand-up routines on live radio!

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Ben Holdnall
Senior Property Manager

Ben is the longest serving member of the purple frog team and has been running our property management team for most of that time. Before joining purple frog Ben used to work as a contractor in student properties so he's got hands on knowledge too and has experience of most maintenance issues we may come across. Outside of work Ben enjoys expanding his horizons and travelling the world, he's recently been to Russia and is also a keen linguist... ask him to show off some of his Mandarin!

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Claire Pace
Compliance Support Administrator

Claire makes sure that the private hall we manage are running smoothly, in line with best practice. She works part time Monday-Friday 9:30-2.30. Although weighing no more than the idea of a feather herself, she has expanded the collective Purple Frog waistline with her exceedingly good cakes.

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Bilal Khan
Ledger Clerk/Credit Control

Bilal is a wiz with numbers. He has been with the company since May 2015. He started as an accounts apprentice - completing his accounting qualifications at the same time as working at Purple Frog. He now ensures that the accounts are in tip top order.

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Abbie Costa
Accounts Adminstrator

Abbie helps tenants with questions about their rent, making sure they can stay on top of payments and don't slip into arrears. She lived in sunny Torquay for 19 years, before deciding to tear herself away from all the amazing beaches to move to the equally lovely Midlands.

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Robina Burke
Business Development Coordinator

Robina helps the company reach new landlords and property investors, where her bubbly personality and bright smile makes her a perfect first contact for new clients. Her claim to fame is that she was a backing singer at a concert for South African jazz legend, Hugh Masekela. Correction: apparently there was a whole choir, not just her.

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Beckie Roe
Tenancy Administrator

Beckie is here to make sure that signing your contract is simple. She's part time, between 9.30 and 2.30, Monday to Friday. If she could eat only one food for the rest of her life, it would be pasta. With all the different shapes, it's pretty much a different meal each time.

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Charlotte Booth
Student Blogger

Charlotte is 21 and is in her 3rd year, studying Drama and English at University of Birmingham. As an actor she’s performed some really weird roles in her time, including male characters and an old woman who sang the Cell Block Tango.

Stephen Price
Tenancy Administrator

Four words to describe what Stephen does: Your tenancy questions answered. Outside of Purple Frog, Stephen says he can play any instrument you hand him: kazoo - easy; bagpipes - no problems...hurdy gurdy...We're pretty sure he's just making that one up, but he says he can pay it.

0121 513 0905
Vicky Holland
Operations Administrator

Here to help make sure Ops runs smoothly, Vicky looks after rent arrears, tenancies and deposits. In her spare time, Vicky is a wedding singer, but she's also touched the glittering realm of fame, as she's sung on a number one record. To further sprinkle her with stardust, she's met Ross Kemp.

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