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Welcome to Cardiff University
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University has a long history of producing some impressive alumni. If you attend you’ll be walking the same halls as famous politicians, Nobel prize winners, award-winning journalists and prestigious sportsmen.
The impressive campus is really a tale of two universities: the main founding grounds are spread around Cathays Park in central Cardiff across a number of historic buildings, while more modern facilities for health sciences students are based just on the edge of Heath Park, about two miles north of the main campus.
One of the main attractions of Cardiff University is its extensive sports facilities. It’s pretty tough to avoid getting involved in some sort of physical activity here, with a Sports Training Village next door to the main halls of residence at Talybont, which boasts three floodlit sport pitches and indoor halls. There’s also a fitness centre based on the main campus and a 33 acre sports field situated just outside the city centre.
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Courses and fees
Hundreds of courses are on offer for undergraduate and postgraduate study. Cardiff University is renowned for its research facilities for postgraduate students and the university is divided into three colleges, which are then divided up into 26 schools. Bachelor and Masters degrees are on offer as well as Diplomas, Doctorates and PhDs.
The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences college offers up courses in business, history, journalism, law, music and languages. The school has produced such alumni as BAFTA award-winning journalist Huw Edwards.
The Biomedical and Life Sciences college is based at Heath Park and offers courses in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and optometry. Students will get the opportunity to work closely in the community on programmes such as the dental outreach clinic which provides services to around 10,000 people in Cardiff who don’t have a dentist.
The Physical Sciences college offers courses in architecture, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, among others. Extensive facilities mean you can discover everything from the outer limits of the cosmos, down to the inner-workings of the smallest computers all in one creative and educational place!
Cardiff ranked 35th overall in the Complete University Guide 2014, and 29th in the Guardian’s University League Table 2014. In 2013, the LGBT charity Stonewall voted Cardiff University as the top gay-friendly university in the UK.
For international students coming to study at Cardiff University there are a selection of courses to help you get started, including English language courses and the International Foundation Programme which caters for those who are entering a business, engineering or health and life science course. The university also supports the Erasmus scheme.
If you’re studying for an undergraduate degree you generally won’t have to pay for your fees up front, and most UK and EU students will be eligible for financial support to cover the cost of their tuition fees.
For UK and EU undergraduates starting their course in 2013 the fees were £9,000 per year.
International students paid, per year, £12,700 for arts programmes, £16,000 for science programmes and £29,000 for clinical programmes.
For those embarking on healthcare courses, the NHS pays your tuition fees.
Postgraduate course fees vary depending on the type of qualification you’re studying for. For more information, visit the fees page on Cardiff University’s website.
Don’t be fooled by Cardiff University’s venerable exterior - inside you'll find modern facilities and state-of-the-art technology. At the campus in Heath Park the £18m Cochrane building has a three-storey library, modern labs and a seminar space, while an entirely new campus, the Maindy Park Campus is being developed for postgraduate students on research degrees.
The university is dotted around most of Cardiff, so wherever you go you'll probably see fellow students! The main campus is situated in the Cathays area of town, which is a short walk to the city centre, where most of the entertainment in Wales’ capital can be found.
If you’re studying for a healthcare degree, you’ll spend most of your time at the Heath, which is noticeably more subdued than the city centre, but nevertheless still offers up the genuine student experience.
Library and study facilities
Book-lovers rejoice! You’ll never be short of somewhere to study, with 16 different libraries spread across both campuses. There’s about 1.3 million books to get stuck into and, if you really can’t tear yourself away from your dissertation, certain libraries are open 24 hours a day for when you have to pull an all-nighter.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the campus and there are networked computer stations within the libraries. There are 120 computers available to use 24/7 in the Julian Hodge Study Centre, plus printers and photocopying. Laptop rentals are available from as little as £3 per day, as well as computer repair and servicing from the IT Shop which is located in the Student Union.
Cardiff University has a focus on finding you employment during and after your study there. It was one of the first unis in the country to have its own student employment agency, the Jobshop which finds placements and part-time work for around 700 students a year. Looking forward, there’s a dedicated team of career consultants on site, available to speak to by appointment, plus a drop-in service for graduates who need help getting on the right career path.
There’s a whole variety of other amenities on-site, including a daycare centre for children of students and staff which was voted the Welsh Nursery of the Year 2010 by the National Day Nurseries Association. There’s also a graduate centre for those on a postgraduate course and a chaplaincy for religious students.
With around 30,000 students on-site it’s no wonder that Cardiff University’s Student Union is one of the most vibrant out there. There’s a 1,600 seat venue for concerts and film screenings, the Solus nightclub and the Taf bar, which will undoubtedly be your local pub while you study here. There are also more than 200 clubs and societies to sign up to in Freshers Week from the Harry Potter Society to the Real Ale Society and the Pole Dancing Society.
Cardiff University is probably one of the most active universities around, with 60 sports clubs and stacks of facilities on-site. There are three fitness centres, four cricket squares, 10 football pitches, six squash courts and three rugby pitches, plus a wellbeing clinic for those moments when you simply need to take some time out to relax.
Medical and welfare services
Should you ever need any advice or support, there’s a team devoted to student wellbeing on site. A drop-in health service, confidential counselling, disability advice and support for international students can all be found on campus, so you can easily drop by to get the support and help you may need through your studies.
The university’s Funding Calculator helps you work out how much money you can receive and how much you’ll need to pay if you decide to attend Cardiff University. In addition to this, a dedicated Financial Support department has been set up to lend a hand to those finding it hard to make ends meet. A Financial Contingency Fund is available as well as a Hardship Fund for EU and Overseas students.
As competition can be fierce for accommodation in Cardiff, not just for students, but for the city’s population as a whole, the university has 14 different student halls to choose from. Plus, if you’re an undergraduate or an overseas/EU postgraduate student, you’re guaranteed a place in your first year of study, so there’s no need to worry about where you’ll stay when you arrive.
Perfect for business students, this set of halls is located right next door to the main business school. They are divided into flats for three to six students, with kitchen and bathroom facilities shared. The 2013 price was £3,473.
Only ladies can stay at the historic Aberdale Hall - ideal if you want a female-friendly haven to stay in. Situated close to the Cathays Park campus it offers catered meals and shared facilities. For 2013, it was £3,207 for self-catered and £4,401 for catered facilities.
Located between the two campuses, these halls are a quiet and residential option. It’s divided into flats for six people, with shared facilities. Families and couples can be housed here too for one full year. Prices started from £3,207 for the 2013 year.
Opposite the Cardiff Business School, you’ll never be late again if you opt to stay here! With the added benefit of an en-suite bathroom, it cost £3,740 to stay here in the 2013 year.
Close to the Physical Sciences building, Gordon Hall is a part-catered residence, with evening meals provided Monday to Friday. Shared bathroom dorms cost £3,644 for the 2013 year, with en-suite rooms costing an extra £533.
Nestled on the doorstep of Heath Park, there are seven studio apartments here as well as 184 en-suite shared dorms. Rooms can be rented for a whole year if you’re a postgraduate. Prices started at £4,022.41 in the 2013 year.
Roy Jenkins Hall
This cosy hall of residence is in a good location for both campuses. You’ll be in a shared flat with four other students, with prices starting at £3,207 in 2013.
Situated close to the main campus and the Students’ Union, these huge halls offer the whole deal: self-catered or catered, and en-suite or shared bathrooms. Prices start at £3,207, with a supplement of £704 for the evening meal option.
The university owns student homes close to the Cathays Park campus, perfect if you don’t want the student halls vibe, but do want the price tag! Prices start at £3,010
The Talybont Complex comprises of Talybont Court, North and South. By far the largest of the university’s residences, this purpose-built accommodation is next door to the sports village. Prices start from £3,207.
A short distance from Heath Park, this modern hall is perfect if you don’t want to be in the hustle and bustle of the town centre. Shared facilities and en-suites are both available as well as car parking, with prices starting from £3,207.
This private hall is located close to Cathays Park. If you stay here, you’ll be sharing with people from other universities too, which will certainly expand your social network! Prices start from £4,158.
There are several open days throughout the year, usually in April and September, with individual colleges also offering their own open days. The university’s website has the most up-to-date information with the option to sign up for alerts to the next open day.
Cardiff University’s study year is divided up into two semesters, with breaks and examination periods in between. The semester dates for the 2014/2015 study period are as follows:
- Enrolment week: 22 - 26 September 2014
- Autumn semester: 29 September 2014 - 25 January 2015 (with a break from 13 December 2014 - 5 January 2015, and exams from 12 - 23 January 2015)
- Spring semester: 26 January - 12 June 2015 (with a break from 28 March - 19 April 2015 and exams from 11 May - 12 June 2015)
For future semester dates, all the way up to 2021, visit Cardiff University’s registry page on its website.
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