Student Life in Cardiff

Experience the capital of Wales

Being a student is so much more than study; it’s a lifestyle; an experience which will stay with you for the rest of your life, so the environment plays a huge part in how successful, happy, fulfilled and enlightening those student years are.

It’s a voyage of discovery, so should be rich in opportunity as well as stimulating, challenging and fun! Your student days will prompt many dinner table conversations in years to come, so they need to be memorable; exactly where the memories are made therefore becomes vital.

As the capital city of Wales, Cardiff offers everything and more that you would expect from a city with it’s important status! Cardiff has a startling range of attractions, top class entertainment and quality shopping – all within walking distance. Innovative architecture sits alongside historic buildings, and the beautiful destination of Cardiff Bay offers entertainment for everyone.

Rich in ancient history, sporting excitement, romance, eclectic culture and ‘out of this world’ activities, Cardiff is a thriving city. Fiercely proud of its history, culture and language, Welsh is, in many areas of Wales still the first spoken language and embedded in modern culture with street signs and public notices all being in Welsh language first, and then English.

Old meets new in Cardiff. There aren’t many cities where you can experience such breath taking architecture within close proximity. Go on a waterside tour of Cardiff Bay and be treated to the glorious spectre of Y Senedd, the Pierhead Building and the Wales Millenium Centre – each within touching distance of the other with Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle right in the centre.

Students have loads to do in Cardiff; from food and drink festivals in Cardiff Bay, to the Doctor Who experience and Spillers – the world’s oldest shop! Trendy watering holes, impressive eateries, international art exhibitions and a renowned music scene are ripe for exploring. Cardiff has fast become a city for ‘cool’, attracting movers and shakers from the creative industries to showcase themselves on Welsh soil.

If music and the arts is your passion, Cardiff has some of the most beautiful venues that host world class theatre, opera and live music events all year round.

Wales Millenium Centre opened in 2004, and has already established it’s reputation as one of the world’s iconic arts and cultural destinations. The vision of the centre is an internationally recognised cultural landmark and centre for the performing arts. The Sherman theatre is a special place where theatre is made, and where children, artists and writers, indeed anyone, has the opportunity to do creative things! New theatre, built in 1906 is irnonically Cardiff’s oldest surviving theatre; this beautifully restored Edwardian building offers a perfect theatre experience.

The city centre’s neighbouring districts of Cathays, Roath and Canton each boast creative arts centres which are intrinsic to the local community. The Sherman Cymru specialises in performing arts, The Gate Arts centre combines theatre with exhibition space, whilst Chapter Arts is renowned for its offbeat film screenings and vibrant café bar. Cardiff’s first pub theatre seats 44 in an intimate venue, and presents new work and great modern plays from 1950’s onwards, making brave, bold theatre.

Jacobs Market Rooftop Cinema in summer months plays host to movies and cult films, where a summer evening can be spent on the roof, with a great atmosphere, garden bar and pop up restaurant.

If you believe in something classic and romantic, elegant and sophisticated, Cardiff has it in abundance. But if you fancy somewhere off the beaten track, there are award winning restaurants serving modern cuisine, middle eastern, carribbean, Korean fine dining or budget friendly, Cardiff has it in abundance.

Whether it’s Jazz, Pop, Folk, Punk, Rock, there are plenty of bars and live music venues in Cardiff to get your groove on. It may be listening to a live band or solo artist, or a hint of background jazz music whilst you sip a cocktail and chat with your friends – Cardiff offers everything! From the award winning Buffalo bar open to the early hours seven days a week, to Porters which features weekly live music comedy and theatre performances to Café Jazz, Cardiff’s leading Jazz blues and food venue, Cardiff music scene is vast, varied and never stops! The Globe, originally a fully operational cinema is a much loved hub of live music and a firm favourite on the UK Touring circuit.

Club Ifor Bach is a major player on the club front and a true variety haven as three separate floors allows for all kinds of music to unfold, Indie, electro, drum n bass, funk, soul is performed by a wealth of brilliant live acts on their stage.

Cardiff houses large venues that have played host to many a superstar over the Years, from Stereophonics to One Direction and Beyonce to Madonna. Whether it’s big names or up and coming artists, St David’s Hall hosts an intimate capacity whilst the Principality Stadium holds up to 74,000 fans! St David’s Hall is Wale’s largest performing arts venue. Home to the annual Welsh Proms Cardiff, a world class Orchestral Concert Series and the biannual BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, St David’s Hall plays host to jazz, soul, pop, rock, dance, children’s theatre, ballet , musicals and stand-up comedy.

Motorpoint arena has been hosting stellar performances from the likes of Sir Tom Jones, Sir Elton John, Iron Maiden, The Killers, Westlife, oasis, Kings of Leon, and Lady Gaga to name a few.

Did you know that as well as Doctor Who, Sherlock Season 4 will be filmed in Cardiff’s Pinewood studios – the largest UK media centre outside London? It’s home to three major TV studios: ITV Wales, S4C, BBC and many other independent production companies. The BBC Cymru Wales drama studios in Roath Lock, is a creative hub where flagship BBC dramas like Casualty and Doctor Who are produced.

Cardiff has an amazing street style and fashion subculture. You’ll be able to participate in a little people watching on the popular St Mary’s Street and Queen Street, and shop in the city’s many vintage and second hand boutiques: take a stroll through the Morgan quarter which combines The Morgan Arcade and The Royal Arcade; rummage around Cardiff Fashion Quarter where you can pick from a selection of vintage shops all under one roof.