Student accommodation in Cardiff
International Foundation Year students can apply to live in Cardiff University accommodation. Most options are a short walk from the University and the city centre. There is a range of shared flats in different areas of the city. 70% of bedrooms have their own en-suite facilities.
Pre-Master's students are welcome to apply for accommodation, but due to the start dates of the programme, it will be subject to availability at that time.
1/3 You will have your own room, with everything you need to make yourself feel at home.
2/3 Shared spaces allow you to work with friends or hang out together after classes.
3/3 All of Cardiff's accommodation options are within walking distance of the University.
Your new home
All rooms in University residences have a bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, and wifi. Some also have meal plans. You will share a kitchen/dining area, and can apply for an ensuite bathroom if you wish. View more information on University residences.
If you are starting in September, there is currently plenty of availability. If you are required to quarantine (as per UK government guidelines), your accommodation will be available for you to do so. We will support you so that you have everything you need to settle in to your new home, including bedding packs, shopping deliveries and take-away services.
How to apply for accommodation
Once it is confirmed that you can return to on-campus learning, and if you have requested accommodation, the Central Student Support team will contact you with the latest information on available options and fees.
Arranging your own accommodation privately
If you are booking your own accommodation privately it is important that you let us know where you are staying.
Look out for fraud
Scammers may specifically target international students so it is important to be able to recognise common signs of fraudulent activity and know what to do if you come across it. Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns about fraudulent activity when dealing with a private accommodation provider so that we can help to protect you and other international students in case they are targeted in the same way.
Part-catered (shared bathroom):
£5,168.80 - £5,919.20
£5,916.40 - £6,266.40
Self-catered (shared bathroom):
£4,177.60 - £4,925.20
£4,552.80 - £6,398.00
Please note: these are the accommodation costs for the 2021/22 academic year.
Find out more about the International Study Centre
Our International Foundation Year and Accelerated International Foundation Year programmes are a route to an undergraduate degree at Cardiff University. Choose from a number of subject routes while practising your English, and prepare to make a confident start to your degree.