Cardiff University was established in 1883 as one of the founding colleges of the University of Wales. It is known for its world-leading research, student experience and fantastic location.
A proud Russell Group university
Cardiff University is a founding member of the Russell Group, a set of leading UK universities dedicated to excellence. Here, you will have amazing experiences both in and outside of the classroom. The University's research-based teaching is delivered by experts and its Students' Union is multi award-winning. Cardiff's students love their university, and this is reflected in its 84% student satisfaction score (National Student Survey, 2019).
An exciting home city
The University is based in the beautiful civic centre, in the heart of Cardiff. Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom. One of Europe’s youngest capital cities, it was crowned the capital of Wales in 1955, partly due to the excellent reputation of its university.
Cardiff is a vibrant modern city with a multicultural history. It is a small city and almost everywhere can be reached on foot from the University. It is safe and friendly, with students making up 20% of the population. Cardiff is also affordable; it has the second lowest cost of rented accommodation in the UK according to the NatWest Student Living Index 2020.
A warm Welsh welcome
Cardiff is a city known for its diversity, inclusivity, and sense of fun. These values are also reflected in the University’s motto, “Truth, Unity and Concord”. It is a place where difference is celebrated and those from other countries and cultures are welcomed with open arms.
Explore Wales and beyond
The University is in the perfect location for you to be able to explore all that Wales has to offer. Wales has miles of stunning coastline, as well as three national parks. At the weekends, you can explore one of many historic castles in the local area, visit the stunning Brecon Beacons or relax on the sandy beaches of The Gower.
If you want to go further, Cardiff has excellent transport links with the rest of the UK. It is only two hours from London by train, and has its own international airport, so Europe is just a short flight away.
I think the one word I would use to describe Cardiff is ‘special’. The first thing is Welsh people are absolutely friendly. They are very warm. You never feel different to anyone, even though there are of course things that make us different to other people.
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