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Settling in and making new friends are important first steps in your new life at Cardiff University and living in University residences provides you with an ideal opportunity to meet people from different countries studying a wide range of subjects.
You are guaranteed a single occupancy place in University residences for the full duration of your studies. This is providing you apply through the normal admission and allocation process and re-apply for residences each year through the overseas returners process.
About 70% of our individual study/bedrooms have private bathrooms (called en-suite) and students generally share kitchens. All University residences have access to 24-hour security and are within easy travelling distance of Cathays campus. We recommend that all first year students – especially those new to Cardiff and the UK – take advantage of the benefits of living in a University residence.
As a foundation student you will automatically get a choice of three halls of residence and as you progress onto your undergraduate course you can choose from any of our 14 halls of residence/student houses. Whether residences are catered or self catered, mixed or female only, the Residences Office has the widest possible range and seeks to meet your preferences as far as is possible.
Full details of all University residences and how to apply online are contained in the information we send you once you have been made an offer to study on the foundation course.
In addition to allocating University residences, the Residences Office also offers help to students seeking privately-owned accommodation and maintains a regularly updated list of flats and shared houses which are available to rent. Advice on tenancy agreements and other aspects of living in private sector accommodation is available via the University Student Advisory Service and from the Housing Advice and Representation (ARV) Centre in the University Students’ Union. If you are looking for private accommodation you are strongly advised to visit Cardiff before the start of session.
You can find further information about residences in Cardiff, both University and private at: www.cardiff.ac.uk/resid
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