Location: In the center of Wales' capital city Cardiff.
Funding: Public university.
Size: 16,307 undergraduate students.
Percent Women: 57%
Tuition (one year): £7,679
Entry requirements: 431 UCAS points
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Why Choose Cardiff?
‘It was important to me that it’s a Russell Group University and a well-respected institution.’
‘I loved the city and had heard good things from people I know that had been there too.’
'96% of students are employed or in further study six months after graduating'
'It is in the top 20 UK research universities and the city itself is compact, easy to get around and generally very safe, not to mention an incredibly vibrant place to live!'
'There is some stunning architechture, for example the main building, while newer ones like Psychology are innovative and attractive looking inside and out.'
'The Student Union is one of the best in the country; there's everything from a Santander Bank, to a pub, to student advice, to a nightclub.'
'Everyone’s voice is heard through the excellent Student Union elected officers.'
‘The maths building looks like a prison’
‘The music building with its 70s design looks pretty ugly from the outside, but inside the décor and facilities are far more modern'
'Cardiff can be a pretty wet place to live, so be prepared to walk around with an umbrella at the ready at all times in case of a surprise rain shower!'
New Collegiette on Campus
‘I remember feeling really, really welcome.’
'The Fresher’s Fayre was filled with maps, advice and loads of freebies.'
'Student volunteers are around to help carry your belongings into your new room when you move in and help you out with any questions you have.'
‘I felt that three subjects in first year was stressful and took away some of the fun of being a fresher.’
'There is plenty of advice to help you make your decisions from both course advisors and the Student Union.
All About Academics
'Contact hours (the hours you spend in Uni at lectures, seminars etc.) vary from course to course, I study music and only do 6 hours a week whereas one of my friends doing Dentistry is in uni 9am till 5pm every day.'
'Lecturers expect to be studying in the hours that you’re not in lectures.'
'The Julian Hodge library is particularly popular around exam/deadline time because it's open so late.'
Learn From the Best
'Lecturers are mostly interesting, helpful and make the course enjoyable.’
‘Some lecturers are brilliant, but in different ways. One of them gives a massive load of helpful feedback which must have taken a whole evening to write, whilst another one walks into the lecture theatre to the sound of pounding samba.’
‘Lessons took a back seat in my university life in first and second year because I don't have a particularly demanding course. The standard of the city planning course is really high though, up there with the best in the country.’
'The course is disappointing; changes keep getting implemented without consulting students and the content of the course/means of assessment/each years weighting has drastically changed compared to the format that was offered to us when applying.'
'Lecturers aren't particularly inspiring, but they are interesting and the course is challenging!'
Interests and Involvement
'I am a presenter on Xpress Radio, part of Cardiff Student Media. In the past I have also been in Live Music Society and Snooker Club.'
'I play for the Hockey club. I would say it has pretty much made my university experience, I met all of my best friends though hockey and the nights out are never anything short of outrageous - nothing suprises me anymore!'
'Joining Chemistry Rugby helped me get to know people on my course.'
' Joining cheerleading has made my life at uni. Going on tour, going to competitions, having socials with the American Footballers and other sports groups, going to The Lash (Wednesday nights at the SU) - best time ever.'
'Varsity is without doubt the best sporting event of the year.'
'Watching Cardiff Uni's rugby team beat Swansea at the Millenium Stadium has to be one of my highlights of first year.'
'Sport is a huge part of being at Cardiff, I'd recommend getting involved to anyone, even if you're a complete beginner.'
'The ratio of boys to girls is pretty equal and I have never experienced a problem with sexism.'
'It's the perfect place live: amazing shopping center, amazing uni and loads of female sports teams to join.'
'The marking by numbers scheme means assignments and exams aren't subjected to any gender related prejudice.'
Food and Drink
‘You’re sure to find me in the American-style diner Café 37 on Salisbury Road every Thursday/Sunday morning for the perfect hangover cure – breakfast and a milkshake.’
'CF10, a cafe in the students' union, does a "Hangover Sandwich"; It's full of delicious fried goodness, but not TOO much, and comes with free tea/coffee - brilliant.'
'I've never had a rubbish Magic Wrap.'
'Kama lounge on woodville road is cheap and cheerful but decent portions and good food.'
'I love going to the Student Union - cheap and cheerful. I also go to Glam, Soda or Tiger Tiger for a classier night.'
'Not the cheapest city in comparison to the likes of Newcastle for example, but still a great nightlife.'
'Glam usually a good night! SU on a Wednesday too is fantastic. Flux (Saturdays at the SU) is also great laugh.'
'Night life is good whether it's a night out clubbing on Greyfriars or just somewhere for cocktails on Mill Lane. Student Union is always a cracking night as well.'
'The best time to go out is during the Six Nations; such a great atmosphere.'
'Nice flat, nice people and generally safe, although some people I know had bad experiences.'
'University Halls is quite far out and was an expensive taxi ride but we did benefit from having a regular bus (no charge) from halls to the Student Union.'
'Mine were an absolute dive but I made some great friends and it was also a lot closer to town than other halls,which was ideal.'
'I felt velt very safe in Talybont Court and it was a good opportunity to get to know people. The location seemed good at the time, (compared to people who had to walk further to lectures than me) but after moving to Cathays it was quite far out.'
‘It’s pretty, got great parks in the summer and a fantastic atmosphere during the Six Nations, Varsity and Christmas time.’
'Good shopping, good size, good nightlife, lots to do.'
' I love The Millennium Stadium, especially the atmosphere in the city on game day. The Castle is also a great place to visit. Cardiff bay is good for dinner/drinks/entertainment at the millennium centre. The shopping centres and food quarters are fab - generally a great city to live in.'
'I love everything about Cardiff; the atmosphere, the passion, the scenery, the beer, the banter...'
HC's Complete College Guide: Cardiff University
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