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City of Cardiff

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Cardiff is often described as "the perfect student city" because it is an exciting capital city but also safe and affordable.

Cardiff is a small city located in South Wales, with a population of about 350,000 people. Approximately 20% of the population are students, which makes it safe, friendly and affordable.

Cardiff however is also a capital city with all the culture, sports, shopping, entertainment and atmosphere you would expect of a modern European metropolis. It is also the home of Doctor Who.

This means you get a small cheap city you can easily walk around, but also an exciting city where there is always something to do.

10 facts about Cardiff

  1. 145 miles west of London, Cardiff is a compact city where most amenities are within a 3/4 mile radius (including Cardiff University). Learn more about location, neighbourhoods and transport.
  2. Cardiff has a 75,000 seated stadium (located in the city centre), and an international sports village. It was European City of Sport in 2009. Learn more about sport in Cardiff.
  3. Cardiff is home to the Wales Millennium Centre performance venue and opera house, and has its very own Cardiff Castle. Learn more about cultural attractions in Cardiff.
  4. Cardiff has a network of independent shops located in Victorian arcades and a £675 million shopping mall. Learn more about shopping in Cardiff.
  5. Cardiff has more than 150 pubs and 70+ restaurants and cafes through the city. Learn more about entertainment in Cardiff.
  6. Cardiff is home to famous TV shows Doctor Who and Torchwood. Learn more about TV and film in Cardiff.
  7. Cardiff makes a great base to explore the rest of Europe and the UK with daily budget flights from Cardiff and Bristol airports. Learn more about transport to/from of Cardiff.
  8. Cardiff has more than 330 parks and gardens. Bute Park and Pontcanna Fields are next to the University and features waterways, ornamental gardens, sports fields and an arboretum. Learn more about cultural attractions in Cardiff.
  9. The £1.8 billion Cardiff Bay project is Europe's largest waterfront development, with many attractions including the Wales Millennium Centre, the National Assembly for Wales, a science museum, boat tours, restaurants, pubs and cafes. Learn more about entertainment in Cardiff.
  10. The weather in Cardiff is like much of the rest of the UK: changeable! The average temperature in winter is 7°C, and in summer temperatures can reach up to 30°C.

On the way to lectures I still get excited when I walk by Cardiff Castle and realise there's a castle in the place I live!

Justine Andrade, Study Abroad student

Study Abroad (JYA)