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17 Reasons to Study Your Postgrad at Cardiff University

Current Cardiff postgrad Jack Wetherill praises the Welsh capital…

Cardiff – capital city of Wales and all-round hotspot for students. Cardiff has long had a name for being a popular location with students, but why do so many people choose to study there?


1. The reputation

Cardiff students graduating
Graduate in Cardiff City centre, creative commons, Walt Jabsco

Not only is it a member of the Russell Group, but for areas like journalism Cardiff University is also considered one of the top institutions in the UK for postgraduate study.


2. The architecture

Cardiff castle
Cardiff Castle, creative commons, barnyz

Some of Cardiff University’s buildings – such as the Bute Building – are listed. The architecture, especially on a summer’s day, looks beautiful.


3. The greenery

Roath Park lake
Roath Park Lake, creative commons, Tom Harle

If pretty buildings aren’t your thing then there are plenty of pretty parks, too. Cathays Park near the city centre even has a giant fountain in the middle; if that isn’t relaxing then what is?


4. The nightlife

Live Lounge Cardiff
Live Lounge,

It shouldn’t be, but the nightlife is always a selling point of where you choose to go to university. There’s Greyfriars Road with Glam and Pryzm, Mill Lane with slightly more classy joints like Soda, Mocka Lounge and, er, Retro. There are plenty of different places to go on a night, and many won’t break the bank.


5. It’s gay friendly

Cardiff Pride Parade 2014
Cardiff Pride Parade 2014, creative commons, Adam Jones

Cardiff University is one of the top five gay friendly universities in the country. And if you want a gay night out then Churchill Way is the place to be, with The Kings, WOW Bar and Pulse.


6. The university location

Cardiff university main building
Main Building, Cardiff University, creative commons, Jeremy Segrott

Many university buildings in Cardiff are located fairly centrally, so you really get the experience of actually living in a city and the associated hustle and bustle.


7. Busy, but not too busy

Cardiff city centre
Cardiff City Centre, creative commons, Michel

That being said, it isn’t horrifically busy. Cardiff is no London, put it that way. There are times when the city centre should be a no go zone though, like match days.


8. Sports

Wales win the Grand Slam Cardiff
Wales win the Grand Slam, creative commons, Marc

What would Wales be without its rugby? Cardiff comes alive on match days. The Millennium Stadium is right next to Cardiff Central Station, too, so easily walkable from the city centre.


9. Close to the countryside

Brecons woods Cardiff
Brecons woods,

If you have a car and enjoy walking in nature then Cardiff is only an hour or so away from the Brecon Beacons and the stunning area around it. There are waterfalls, woodlands and quaint country pubs not far from the capital city.


10. Surrounding cities

Cardiff Central Station
Cardiff Central Station, creative commons, Alan Newman

Cardiff has great links to other cities, too, if you also need to think about work experience. Bristol is a short train journey away, but London and Manchester can also be reached by a direct train.


11. Dining

Food at Burger and Lobster Cardiff
Food at Burger & Lobster

There are so many cuisines available in Cardiff. Go to City Road if you want a takeaway, Cardiff Bay if you want to push the boat out or head to The Hayes for some inner-city fine dining. Burger & Lobster, which recently opened in Cardiff, only sells burgers and lobster but won’t cost the earth.


12. The Taf

The Taf Cardiff
Pint at The Taf,

Cardiff University’s student pub is the perfect place to go after a stressful day of lectures and seminars. A pint costs a couple of quid and the atmosphere is cosy. On a Friday they do Bar Exchange, so you can drink and learn about the stock market at the same time!


13. It’s a whole other country

Severn Bridge Wales
Severn Bridge, creative commons, Ashley Coates

No one says it but everyone thinks it, unless you’re Welsh. There’s something exciting about studying in what is technically a different country for the rest of us English folk.


14. Live music

Clwb Ifor Bach Attack and Defend
Attack and Defend at Clwb Ifor Bach, creative commons, Jonathan Fisher

Cardiff Union hosts loads of popular bands and The Motorpoint Arena holds massive groups, even hosting the S Club 7 reunion concerts! But there are also so many small venues for local talent, such as Club Ifor Bach.


15. Shopping

Queens Arcade Cardiff
Queens Arcade, creative commons, shining.darkness

Just about every shop imaginable is open in Cardiff. It has two shopping centres on the main street as well as a train station to get you home if you have too many bags.


16. Culture

New Theatre Cardiff
New Theatre, creative commons, Stephen Thomas

If drinking or sports or shopping aren’t your thing then Cardiff has some amazing spots for art and theatre. Chapter is a centre that hosts various types of art, including international and independent films, trad itional art, and performance art.


17. Cost of living

Cardiff Bay apartments
Apartments in Cardiff Bay, creative commons, SprinterJockey

It’s quite cheap to live in Cardiff, especially in comparison to other capital cities such as London. As little as £275 a month each could get you a spacious three-bedroom apartment close to the city centre.



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