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Student Accommodation in Cardiff

Finding student accommodation in Cardiff is made easy through Casita’s unique and completely free-of-charge services! You can take your pick from an array of room types that include everything from single rooms, double rooms, and en-suite rooms in shared apartments, to private self-contained studios, penthouses, and one-bedroom apartments. Casita’s student houses in Cardiff are all located within a short walking distance of the city’s top universities and institutions. 

Some of the amenities you can find at the various available student lettings in Cardiff include essentials like all-inclusive bills, on-site laundry facilities, Wi-Fi and internet access, bike storage, communal spaces like cinemas, gyms, lounges, and games areas, and even study spaces. Some of the Cardiff student housing options offered by Casita include Bridge Street Exchange, Cambrian Point, Howard Gardens, and Ty Pont Haearn

About Cardiff

Cardiff, the capital city of Wales and one of the smallest European capitals, is known for its history, culture, and entertainment. It overlooks the beautiful Cardiff Bay, allowing locals and visitors to enjoy boat tours, waterside activities, and attractions. The city of Cardiff celebrates history, culture, and architecture and boasts great attractions and landmarks, along with a number of world-renowned and top-ranked universities and higher education institutions that pride themselves on offering high-quality education to both local and international students.

The city is in the county of Glamorgan on the Bristol Channel and near the river Taff. The city has roots dating back to Roman times, with the construction of a Roman fort during the first century. During the 11th century, the Normans arrived in Cardiff and built a fort on what remained of the old Roman fort, which became known as the Cardiff Castle; this castle served as the governing seat to the Norman rulers and later the regents that reigned over this county. Cardiff's location enabled it to thrive through ports and trade and became a market town. The city boomed during the Industrial Revolution due to its coal mines and became the largest coal exporter. Today the city is an important industrial one and contains various sights to see.

Facts About Cardiff

Cardiff is a city with plenty to offer, it has everything from history and culture to modern art and entertainment. Some of the most interesting facts about the city of Cardiff include the city being home to most castles in Europe! Cardiff is also known as a sports centre, home to several stadiums and arenas, the city houses The Cardiff City Stadium, which is home to both Cardiff City Football Club and the Wales National Football Team. Cardiff also houses a number of museums and galleries that showcase the city’s history and culture. 

Best Places to Live in Cardiff

There are several areas and neighbourhoods in the city for students to call home during their study period there. Several student-friendly neighbourhoods are ideal for booking student houses in Cardiff close to your university of choice. The best places to live and book student accommodation in Cardiff include Penylan, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff City Centre, Penarth, and Pontcanna and Canton. 

Here are some of the best areas for student housing in Cardiff:

Penylan

Cardiff's Penylan neighbourhood is only six minutes from the city centre by car. The most notable features of this neighbourhood are its Edwardian architecture and the variety of parks, which include Roath Park Lake. The residents of this area of the city have a strong sense of community, which gives students comfort when choosing where to stay. This is one of the best places to book Cardiff student accommodation!

Cardiff Bay

This would be the area of choice for you if you enjoy living by the water. This Cardiff neighbourhood overlooks the beautiful Cardiff Bay and is great for those who enjoy taking in popular sights and fresh air, and if you also happen to be moving to Cardiff from a coastal city and would find solace in living by the water. Students enjoy booking their student let in Cardiff in this area and enjoy the waterside activities.

Cardiff City Centre

If you tend to enjoy a much busier and livelier atmosphere, Cardiff City Centre would be the perfect place for you to book your student accommodation. This is a great neighbourhood for social butterflies and those who like to live in the middle of the action. Cardiff City Centre also makes it easy to commute to university due to the abundance of nearby transport links. Students enrolled in any of Cardiff’s universities choose this area to book their private student accommodation in Cardiff. 

Penarth  

Penarth is a mere few minutes away from Cardiff City Centre, making it easy to commute and still be in touch with the city’s bustling lifestyle. During the Victorian era, it was a popular destination for summer holidays and was referred to as “The Garden by the Sea.” It has maintained its status as a summer destination, and its seafront and greenery make it desirable for students who want to live by nature. Booking your student house in Cardiff in this area is ideal!

Pontcanna and Canton  

In addition to having some peace and quiet, this neighbourhood is also conveniently located outside of the city centre. Due to the accessibility of easy transportation links, it is the appropriate location for students who are enrolled in a university in or near Cardiff city Centre but do not want to live there. Numerous independent stores, cafes, and well-known sights are also located there. Cardiff student houses in this neighbourhood are great!

Cardiff Student Accommodation

Casita has several options for student houses in Cardiff for students to choose from. These options are fully furnished and come with all the necessary amenities that help students have a better stay. The location of most of the following buildings is close to the city’s universities and institutions. Here are some of the top options for student lettings in Cardiff offered by Casita!

Adam Street Gardens

Adam Street Gardens is an ideal choice for those looking for luxurious, comfortable, and convenient student accommodation that boasts an array of services, facilities, and a location that is near multiple Cardiff institutions, including the University of South Wales. This Cardiff student accommodation offers students the option to live in studios or en-suite rooms. For residents’ safety, this student let in Cardiff is fitted with secure access, CCTV, 24/7 assistance, contents insurance, a fire system, and an on-site service team. All-inclusive bills, Wi-Fi, on-site laundry facilities, bike storage, and recycling services can also be found at this property. There is also a gym, a common area, an outdoor social space, and a quiet and peaceful communal study space.

Ty Pont Haearn

The Bakery

Collegiate The Neighbourhood Cardiff

Bridge Street Exchange

Cost of Living in Cardiff

According to a recent study, Cardiff is considered one of the most affordable cities for students in the UK. The city's cost of living is 26% lower than its neighbouring city of Bristol and 60% cheaper than London. You will need an average of about £728 to cover your basic living costs in the city, excluding the rent for your Cardiff student accommodation but including everything else from food and groceries to transportation and entertainment. Here is a more in-depth breakdown of the living costs in Cardiff!

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On-Campus Accommodation 

590

Off-Campus Accommodation

335

Utilities 

220

Transportation 

50

Groceries

70

Meals (Around 60)

350

Entertainment 

25

Clothes

40


Transportation in Cardiff

Cardiff is a very well-connected city with various bus stops, easy access to neighbouring towns through the railway, and various options, including taxis and bike-sharing services. Below is a breakdown of all the different modes of transport in Cardiff.

Bus: Cardiff's primary mode of public transportation is the Cardiff bus. The Cardiff bus is one of the city's most reliable modes of transport and has various bundles depending on your needs and age. It also offers multiple payment methods and products, such as the IFF card and mobile payment.

Bike: Nextbike is one of the largest bike-share providers in the UK and operates OVO bikes in Cardiff. This provider also offers a large variety of bundles to suit all of your needs.

Train: Cardiff has a railway system with 20 stops which connects it to neighbouring cities.

Taxi: The Cardiff taxi is another mode of transportation around Cardiff if you're in a hurry; it has three starting costs: £ 2.50  by day, £ 3.50  by night, and £ 3.50 all day on Sunday. The price per km ranges from £ 1.12 - 2.75  per km.

Private Car: Driving around Cardiff is easy, and parking gets easy with various park-and-ride services.

Rent a Car: Cardiff has more than six car rental providers, the most notable being Hertz, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, and Thrifty Car Rental. 

Walking: To save money and also be healthy and eco-friendly, walking is a great way to get from one place to another in Cardiff, especially if your student accommodation in Cardiff is close to campus.

International Students in Cardiff

Cardiff is a renowned student city whose average student population is a mixed bag of both local and international students. International students often choose Cardiff as their study destination, and rightfully so! This is mainly due to the high quality of education offered at Cardiff’s various institutions, the vibrant student life in the city, the affordable lifestyle, and the multiple options for student accommodation in Cardiff that students can take their pick from. Here is a quick rundown of local as well as international students in Cardiff and their home countries. 


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Number of International Students in 2019-2020

Number of International Students in 2020-2021

United Kingdom

33,790

35,350

China 

4,535

3,670

India

1,205

1,315

Saudi Arabia

545

400

Malaysia

370

330

Hong Kong

210

225

Greece

175

165

Oman

155

130

Nigeria

145

350

Pakistan

125

165

Those are the top ten countries whose students choose Cardiff as their study destination. Some international students from countries like France, the United States, Spain, Italy, Germany, and many more also consider Cardiff a worthy education destination. The quality of education in the city as well as its student life and the abundance of options for Cardiff student accommodation prompt more and more international students to study in the city.

Life in Cardiff

Cardiff is one of the top student destinations. It is a highly liveable city and an affordable city for students. Cardiff also has lots of history, beautiful greenery, lakes, and parks. The city is also full of many unique suburbs which, some of, still retain their traditional charm and old buildings. The city is also cultural, with various museums, theatres, galleries, and Opera buildings. The city is full of history with castles, shopping centres, and historical parks. Cardiff City also contains Victorian, Edwardian, Classical, and Neoclassical buildings. 

For sports, you can visit the Millennium Stadium, where various rugby matches occur; you can also watch football matches at the Cardiff City Stadium. The city is also a waterfront one with a beautiful marina, not to mention the beautiful river Taff that is decorated with various bridges. Cardiff is also well-connected, linked to nearby cities via train. Lastly, the city has some of the best universities in the country and worldwide.

Events in Cardiff

Several events and festivals take place in Cardiff throughout the year. These feature everything from history and culture to art and entertainment and everything in between. Here are some of the events in Cardiff that we think you should check out!

Six Nations Rugby - February - March

Every February and March, the top rugby nations of Europe take part in this sporting event. This is considered one of the top sporting experiences in the nation and is a highly anticipated annual event in Cardiff.

International Food and Drink Festival - July

Held every July since 1999, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Cardiff Bay to taste the different flavours of the world, with live music and workshops from different cultures to cement the experience.

Half Marathon - October

One of the largest road races in Europe, the Cardiff Haf Marathon is held every October and attracts local athletes as well as athletes from different cities nearby.

Tafwyl Fair - June

This annual festival takes place every June in Cardiff to celebrate the Welsh language and promote the use of the mother tongue in the capital city.

Attractions in Cardiff

Cardiff is a city with plenty to offer; it combines everything from history and culture to art and architecture in an effortless way that attracts visitors from all over. Of the city’s various landmarks and destinations, here are some of the must-visit attractions in Cardiff that make booking Cardiff student accommodation worth it and that we think you should check out!

The Cardiff Castle

This castle is one of the oldest in the county and was initially built on a Roman fort, making it over 2000 years old. The Normans later inhabited this castle, which was later passed on to this county's regents.

Llandaff Cathedral

This Cathedral is one of the oldest in all of Britain, dating back to 1107 after Bishop Urban commissioned its building under the Normans. Throughout the years, multiple sections of the Cathedral were added. To this day, the Cathedral still stands and is well-preserved.

The National Museum of Cardiff

This Edwardian-styled museum has various unique and historical collections from Wales and around the world and different art pieces.

The Pierhead

The Pierhead is one of Cardiff's landmarks and was initially the Cardiff railway company in 1897 and is known for its Gothic style, red bricks, and iconic watchtower dubbed the Big Ben of Wales. 

The Cosmeston Medieval Village

This village dates back to 1350 and was discovered in 1980. The Cosmeston medieval village still retains its medieval houses, making it worth visiting; it was later brought to life with a reenactment of daily medieval life in the village, which includes cattle care, baking, and villagers wearing the clothes of the time.

Other must-visit attractions include the St. Fagans National Museum of History, Dyffryn Gardens, and Bute Park.

Universities in Cardiff

As an ever-growing student city, Cardiff celebrates a number of top-ranked universities and world-renowned learning institutions whose high quality of education attracts both local and international students. Casita offers options for student halls near the city’s universities and institutions; check them out below and find your ideal Cardiff student housing!

Cardiff University

  • There are plenty of nearby Cardiff student houses close to this university.

  • Nearby bus stations: College Road RK and Cardiff Royal Welsh College of Music.

  • Nearby attractions: National Museum Cardiff

Cardiff Metropolitan University

  • Several options for student accommodation in Cardiff are located near this campus.

  • Nearby bus stations: Cardiff MET University and Western Avenue.

  • Nearby attractions: Cardiff Castle

University of Wales

  • You can find plenty of options for Cardiff accommodation close to this university.

  • Nearby bus stations: College Road RK and Law Courts.

  • Nearby attractions: Museum of Cardiff

Frequently Asked Questions

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When should I start to look for student accommodation in Cardiff?

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You should start looking for Cardiff student housing early, just to ensure a smooth booking process. The sooner, the better. Also, Casita is there to help you with most of the steps: the room type, the amenities provided, the location, and proximity to your university,

When to book my student housing in Cardiff for the September intake?

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Preferably around six months before your intake. If you are selected for the September intake, you may begin your search for Cardiff accommodation between January and March.

Are there short-term stays in Cardiff?

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Yes, some student housing providers offer short-term stays in Cardiff. However, it is recommended to check the availability of your Cardiff student accommodation of choice during your desired period. Also, you can refer to a Casita accommodation expert to help you find accommodation that accepts short-term stays.

How much would I pay on average for student accommodation in Cardiff?

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The average weekly cost for student accommodation in Cardiff is as low as £83. However, the rent varies from one student housing provider to the other.

How can I pay for my accommodation in Cardiff?

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You can pay via several transactional modes, including net banking or through your debit card. We also have our own payment portal at Casita, where we can assist you with the entire payment process.

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