15 Things That Make Cardiff The Best Place To Be a University Student
Whether you’re thinking of applying to study there or you’re reflecting on the past, here’s why Cardiff is the best place to be a student.
1. The parks.
There’s nothing better than sunny days spent in the park with a picnic and a nice book (or your revision). From Roath Park, to the Sophia Gardens, there’s no shortage of places to escape to.
2. And the Welsh language.
Whether Welsh is your mother tongue or you still get confused by the double ‘L’, Cardiff is home to Clwb Ifor Bach, Yr Hen Llyfrgell and many other Welsh businesses that promote the Welsh language. Even if you don’t find yourself a grade A Welsh speaker by the end of your degree, after studying at the Atrium you’ll most definitely know how to say ‘lift going down’ in good ole Cymraeg.
3. There are ‘Spoons everywhere.
8 of them, to be exact. Think cheap food, cocktail pitchers and Thursday night Curry Club. You really can’t go wrong.
4. It’s very possible to go into town and accidentally end up an extra in Casualty or Doctor Who.
The BBC Wales headquarters are currently located in the Llandaff area of the city, meaning that a number of our all time favourite shows are filmed in the city centre. They even sometimes film in the university buildings themselves!
5. Cardiff Bay.
It’s impossible not to fall in love with it. Even if civilised dining isn’t your thing, there’s always bowling, the cinema and the Doctor Who Experience. Also, if you’re feeling lazy, there’s a waterbus that takes you right into the city centre. What else would you want?
6. Students are always well catered for.
Cardiff is lucky enough to be home to not one, not even two, but three universities. Throughout the year there are battle of the unis nights where The University of South Wales, Cardiff University and Cardiff Met go against each other and party hard.
7. And the music scene is on point.
From the Millennium Stadium to Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff is a musical city. It’s also host to a number of small independent venues such as The Globe, Undertone, and The Moon Club. But if that’s not enough, Spillers Records is also there, AKA the UK’s oldest record store. 👌
8. The beach is only a stone’s throw away.
When you’ve got exams and assignments up to your eyeballs, it’s always good to know the beach isn’t a million miles away. There’s Penarth, Gower, and Barry Island, of course, where you can pretend you’re in Gavin & Stacey.
9. And there are plenty of shops to spend your student loan in.
Cardiff is home to all the high street and designer shops your heart desires. The St Davids Shopping Centre also means you can shop indoors when the Welsh weather is ruining your life.
10. There’s also a castle.
Whether you’re into history or you just fancy pretending to be royalty for the day, a visit to Cardiff Castle is a must. Plus, if you live or work in the city you can apply for a free entry pass that allows you to bask in the great stonewalls for a whole three years. Deal. 👍
11. No matter how much of a picky eater you are, you’ll find somewhere you want to eat.
From Chippy Lane, to 4am steaks in Charlston’s, Cardiff’s a foodie’s dream.
12. And you’ll never be short of places to go for coffee.
Something you’ll be very grateful for the day after another messy battle of the unis.
13. Or for a great night out.
Cardiff has a bit of everything when it comes to nightlife, but you’ve not been a student there unless you’ve spent your student loan in Live Lounge on jugs of wine, cheap tequila or pints of Carling.
14. There’s always something awesome going on.
Literally. If there’s one thing Cardiff knows, it’s how to throw a party.