Student accommodation in Cardiff
With about 30 different types of student houses listed, Student.com is the best place to find your student accommodation in Cardiff.
Whether you’re looking to share a student flat with friends or live in your own studio apartment in this exciting and modern city, you can find it here. Give us a call or drop us a message in the live chat if you have any questions.
Get to know Cardiff
Located on the coast of South Wales, Cardiff was proclaimed the capital city of Wales in 1955. A big city attitude mixed with the benefits of a small city makes the capital of Wales one of the best places for students to spend their university years.
Wales’ largest city has garnered a reputation for being friendly. It’s the second friendliest city in the UK according to giffgaff and one of the top 5 most welcoming according to Unbroken Britain.
Apparently, visitors are ‘feeling the love’ as over 18 million tourists make their way to Cardiff every year making it the 10th most visited city by international tourists in the UK. Also, in 2011, National Geographic ranked it the 6th best alternative tourist destination in the world. Your Magazine also voted the ‘City of Arcades’ one of the top places to visit because of its attractions and their proximity.
A thriving city centre with wonderful attractions such as the National Museum of Wales surrounded by acres of parkland; the biggest concentration of Victorian, Edwardian and modern-day indoor shopping arcades in Britain; world-class sporting stadiums; and a lively Cafe Quarter which stretches down to a stunning waterfront area with bars and restaurants at Cardiff Bay, are just some of the reasons why Cardiff is so attractive to visitors.
Location and transport
Benefiting from excellent road, rail and air communications, Cardiff also topped the list of the UK’s most transport-friendly cities. If you want to explore further, London is a mere two hours away with the high-speed train service.
Student life in Cardiff
Several reasons make students fall in love with Cardiff. It packs all the benefits of a major cosmopolitan destination into a friendly, affordable and easy to navigate city making it a great place to live as a student.
Cardiff is considered one of the most affordable cities in the UK. It was ranked as the most cost-effective university city in the UK by the 2019 Natwest Student Living Index.
Its affordability makes it a lot easier for students to enjoy leisure activities such as eating out, social events and exploring attractions. A limited budget won’t necessarily limit your fun as there are many free attractions you can visit and enjoy in Cardiff, ranging from museums and galleries to fantastic architecture to historical monuments, parks, and walking trails.
Cardiff boasts a great year-round calendar of events from theatre, comedy, and concerts to music, food festivals and major sporting events.
The city proudly holds Purple Flag status, meaning its pubs, clubs, bars, and music venues are diverse, safe and welcoming for all.
Whether you want to dance the night away to the latest pop hits, catch an unsigned band at an intimate gig, enjoy cocktails in a trendy cafe with live music, or just watch sports on a big screen with a cheap meal and a drink, this is a city that caters to many tastes.
Roath and Cathays are traditional student areas that host a long list of pubs, cafes, bars and shops, some of which host weekly student nights and drinks offers. The ‘Cafe Quarter’ on Mill Lane is popular for its stylish late-night bar and restaurant scene.
Cardiff has a thriving music scene. The award-winning multi-venue music festival Swn Festival takes place every October while The Motorpoint Arena and Millennium Stadium host several big-name tours.
For a more intimate music experience, music lovers can check out smaller independent venues like Clwb Ifor Bach and the Cardiff University Students’ Union bars.
With over 330 parks and gardens, Cardiff is said to have more green space per person than any other UK core city. This makes it ripe for fun outdoor activities.
The Brecon Beacons are stunning areas for mountain biking, hiking or horse riding and is in close proximity to the city. Indoor climbing centres, white water rafting, and ice skating are also all possible in the city.
If you’re a beach bum you can enjoy surfing, sailing or sunbathing at world-class beaches on Wales’ coastline, which is within an hour’s drive from the city. It was named as ‘the greatest region on earth to visit in 2012’ by travellers’ bible Lonely Planet.
Where can you study in Cardiff?
Cardiff is home to three major universities.
Cardiff University, a member of the Russell Group, is ranked as the world’s 159th best university by the QS World University Rankings for 2021. Its one of Britain's top 24 leading research universities ranking 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact.
Its outstanding research community features 2 Nobel Prize winners, 13 Fellows of the Royal Society, 11 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, 7 Fellows of the British Academy, and 21 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Formerly known as the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff Metropolitan University is a global university with a population comprising of students from over 140 countries worldwide. It’s ranked among the world’s 1,000 best universities by the Times Higher Education rankings in 2020.
The University of South Wales has campuses in Wales (Cardiff, Newport, and Pontypridd) and Dubai. The public university was formed in 2013 from the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport. Its Cardiff Campus hosts the faculties of Creative Industries and Business and Society.
Frequently asked questions about student housing in Cardiff
How do I apply for a student flat in Cardiff?
Booking a student residence in Cardiff is easy with Student.com!
Step 1: Select the dates for the length of your student accommodation in Cardiff.
Step 2: Use our search filters to compare your options and the map function to locate properties.
Step 3: After you’ve selected your preferred student housing, go to the property page and click ‘Enquire’ or ‘Book Now.’ One of our booking consultants will then give you a call to inform you of the next steps.
Step 4: Sign the contract that we will send you.
What are the different room types you offer?
There are three different types of student flats to choose from.
1. Shared Rooms are for those who don't mind sharing a living space with others. Two or more people can sleep in separate beds in the same room. Additional living spaces such as living room, kitchen, and bathroom are all shared with other tenants from other rooms.
2. Private Rooms are great for when you want some privacy. You’ll get a private bedroom, and sometimes a private bathroom as well, depending on the property. You’ll share other living facilities, like a kitchen.
3. The Entire Place is perfect if you’re seeking a fully self-contained property where you won’t have to share anything with anyone. They include your own bedroom, bathroom and cooking facilities.
Is it safe to rent private student accommodation?
We only list properties from trusted student accommodation providers, so you can be sure that any property you see on Student.com offers high-quality accommodation.
How do I pay my rent?
The rent is paid directly to the landlord. You don’t have to pay anything to Student.com.
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Yes, you’ll need to pay a deposit to secure your booking. Our booking consultants can give you more information on this.