Cardiff University was established in 1883 as one of the founding colleges of the University of Wales. It is known for its world-leading research, student experience and fantastic location.
An exciting home city
The University is based in the beautiful civic centre, in the heart of Cardiff. Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom. One of Europe’s youngest capital cities, it was crowned the capital of Wales in 1955, partly due to the excellent reputation of its university.
Cardiff is a vibrant, affordable modern city with a multicultural history. It is a small city and almost everywhere can be reached on foot from the University. It is safe and friendly, with students making up 20% of the population. Cardiff is also affordable; the 2019 NatWest Student Living Index ranked it as the most affordable university city in the UK.
A warm Welsh welcome
Cardiff is a city known for its tolerance, diversity, inclusivity, and sense of fun. These values are also reflected in the University’s motto, “Truth, Unity and Concord”. It is a place where difference is celebrated and those from other countries are welcomed with open arms.
Explore Wales and beyond
The University is in the perfect location for you to be able to explore all that Wales has to offer. Wales has miles of stunning coastline, as well as three national parks. At the weekends, you can explore one of many historic castles in the local area, visit the stunning Brecon Beacons or relax on the sandy beaches of The Gower.
If you want to go further, Cardiff has excellent transport links with the rest of the UK. It is only two hours from London by train, and has its own international airport, so Europe is just a short journey away.
I think the one word I would use to describe Cardiff is ‘special’. The first thing is Welsh people are absolutely friendly. They are very warm. You never feel different to anyone, even though there are of course things that make us different to other people.
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