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What is the social life like for my son or daughter in Cardiff?

Banner image of students in nightclub.

The Students’ Union is central to life as a student in any university. Cardiff University’s Union is located on the Cathays Park campus. It caters for all areas of student life, from handling issues in its fully staffed Student Advice Centre, to offering thousands of employment, professional development and work experience opportunities.

The Students Union is a purpose-built centre of activity for Cardiff students and its facilities include food outlets, shops, bookshop, games room, banking and insurance services, letting agency, nightclub, bar and great hall.

Cardiff University’s Students’ Union offers an extensive range of sporting opportunities for everyone. There are numerous sports clubs ranging from badminton to hockey, hang gliding to rowing and karate to windsurfing. There are also clubs which students can join which are cultural, political, religious or social.

The Students’ Union runs a student employment service called UNISTAFF Jobshop which provides casual work opportunities within the University itself, allowing students to undertake paid work for up to 15 hours a week.

Photo of the main pedestrian shopping street in Cardiff outside the Capitol shopping centre.

Cardiff, the city

Cardiff city centre offers excellent social opportunities for students. It is a first-rate city in which to live and study. Cardiff has numerous shopping centres and arcades, theatres, cinemas, places to eat and drink, concert halls, nightclubs, parks and gardens, sports stadiums and much more. Further information about the city of Cardiff and the Bay can be found at the following websites:


Useful fact

A sample of employers who have visited Cardiff University include: Office for National Statistics, Atkins, The Welsh Assembly Government, GlaxoSmithKline, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, BAE Systems, Fujitsu, Network Rail, John Lewis, Rolls Royce.