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15 Reasons to Study Your Postgrad at Cardiff University

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, a hotspot for culture, sport and development that is cherished by university students. It’s long been a beloved city for both postgraduate and undergraduate students, with Cardiff University being a popular pick when it comes to course providers. There are plenty of reasons to choose to study in Cardiff over the other major cities across the UK, and former Cardiff University postgraduate student Jack Wetherill has broken down the top incentives to head west for your postgraduate degree. 

1. The atmosphere 

Despite being a major UK city, Cardiff isn’t horrifically busy, giving you some space and room to breathe. However, there are times when you might want to avoid the city centre if you’re not getting involved in the festivities, like on match days. 

2. The architecture 

Some of Cardiff University’s buildings, such as the Bute Building and Queen’s Building, are listed. Simply just walking around these spots to admire the architecture is a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon. 

3. The greenery 

If pretty buildings aren’t quite your thing, then there are plenty of fantastic parks in the city, too. Having a wander to Cathays Park to check out the green spaces and fountains is perfect for mulling over an interesting lecture. 

4. The nightlife 

The nightlife is always a selling point for where you choose to go to university, and Cardiff has a hearty selection of places to go and enjoy yourself. This includes the likes of Pryzm, Y Plas, Retro and more. 

5. The LGBTQ+ community 

Cardiff University has a reputation for being one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly universities in the UK, and the city itself is also incredibly welcoming for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Local bar Mary’s was even named top LGBTQ+ bar in the UK in 2022! 

6. The university location 

Many of Cardiff University’s buildings are located centrally, so you get the full experience of living and studying in the city with all the associated hustle and bustle. 

7. The reputation 

Not only is it a member of the prestigious Russell Group, but Cardiff University has ranked highly in the Complete University Guide’s league tables for various subjects, including music, nursing and architecture.

8. The sports 

If you are getting involved in the festivities, Cardiff truly comes alive on match days. Principality Stadium, home of the Welsh national rugby union team, is right next to Cardiff Central Station too, so it’s easily walkable from the city centre. 

9. The countryside 

Cardiff is only an hour or so away from the Brecon Beacons and the stunning area around it. Waterfalls, woodlands and quaint country pubs not far from the city – perfect for day trips when you need a break from studying. 

10. The transport links 

Cardiff has great links to other cities, which is handy for work experience opportunities. Bristol is a short journey away, but London and Manchester can also be reached by a direct train.

11. The food 

There are loads of fantastic cuisines from around the world to explore in Cardiff. Go to City Road if you want a top takeaway, Cardiff Bay if you want to push the boat out or head to The Hayes for some inner-city fine dining.  

12. The Taf 

Cardiff University’s very own student pub is the perfect place to go after a stressful day of lectures and seminars. Not only does it have affordable drinks, but you can also get some good food too! 

13. The music 

Cardiff is home to several excellent live music venues, including Club Ifor Bach, Tramshed, The Globe and more. The Cardiff University Student Union has also hosted its fair share of top acts.  

14. The shopping 

Cardiff has just about every shop you could want as a student. There are multiple shopping centres in the city, and lots of public transport to help you get home if you’ve got too many shopping bags. 

15. The art 

If art is your thing, then Cardiff has some amazing spots you’ll want to check out. Chapter is a contemporary arts centre that hosts various types of exhibits, including independent films, performance art and more. 

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