Skip to content
Skip to navigation menu


Cardiff & Wales

Adamsdown and Splott

Adamsdown and Splott are adjacent areas located to the south east of the city centre.


Both areas are close to the city centre and university and offer a range of accommodation from shared houses to flats with plenty of local shops.  Both are within walking distance of the university campus.

Key features

  • Cheaper accommodation available
  • Less ‘studenty’
  • Adamsdown is close to the Trevithick building, which houses the Schools of Engineering, Physics & Astronomy, and Computer Science
  • Both areas offer a range of accomodation options in a residential setting
  • Close proximity to the city centre

Atmosphere and amenities

These two areas are more residential than the student area of Cathays and offer houses which are generally tightly-knit terraces with 3 or 4 rooms in each, although there are also some flats available.

Splott is particularly well-known for its Sunday market which offers a host of products including fresh produce as well a variety of clothing, sports goods and household goods.  For those inclined towards a more wholesome lifestyle this area offers many options including  Clifton Street Canteen (a vegetarian haven) and Hungry Planet wholefood shop.  The STAR centre is a focal point for the community offering leisure facilities as well as hosting a range of classes and events throughout the year. 

Notable streets

  • Clifton street, which is home to a range of charity and food shops - including a wholefood store and cafe.


There are a few pubs dotted around both Splott and Adamsdown for you to choose from.  The close proximity to the city centre,  Roath and  the Bay  also opens up many options to residents of these areas.   

The majority of restaurants are clustered around Clifton Street and Broadway and offer a great variety of cuisines from Portuguese to Persian, vegan to Andalusian.  The variety is vast and the close proximity to surrounding areas and the city centre ensures all palates are catered for.  

Walking times

City Centre: 20 mins

Campus life

Did you know?

Cardiff is one of the most affordable cities in the UK. See how far your money goes by using our simple living costs calculator.

Calculate living costs