Cardiff University Students’ Union is part of the National Union of Students (NUS).
The official website is cardiffstudents.com.
The executive committee is elected each year to run the Cardiff University Students’ Union. Some positions are full-time sabbatical roles, taken by recent graduates or students taking a break from their studies. Other positions, such as Quench editor are non-sabbatical positions and duties are undertaken alongside the student’s studies. In the 2007 AGM, it was voted that non-sabbatical officers would be paid.
The student media at Cardiff University is nationally acclaimed, having won many awards. The running of the student media is overseen by the gair rhydd editor.
Translated into English ‘gair rhydd’ means Free Word. The gair rhydd is the newspaper and is printed weekly during term time. The paper has won many awards and covers everything from issues affecting students to jobs, science, a mock agony aunt page and a Welsh-language section, Taf-Od.
Quench is gair rhydd’s fortnightly magazine. Quench covers everything from films and books to debates and fashion. The editor is a non-sabbatical officer.
Run as a professional radio station, Xpress broadcasts 24 hours a day online. The stations also broadcasts on FM for 4 weeks every year during Spring and Autumn semesters.The manager is a non-sabbatical officer.
CUTV, an internet-based television channel should launch in September 2007.
Societies and Athletic Union
Societies are overseen by the Societies, Post-Graduates and Internationals Officer; the AU is run by the AU President. Both positions are full-time sabbatical roles.
The SPI Officer runs the societies council, deals with budgets and any other problems that might arise. They are also responsible for organising the Freshers’ Fayre, which takes place in September during Freshers’ Week.
Societies cover almost every hobby or interest that you can think of it. If someone hasn’t already thought of it, you can always create your own society! Many departments from the university have their own societies, such as Law, the Business and Medicine. There are also religious and international groups such as the Christian Union and Islamic Society. You can also find more unusual societies, such as the Castle Garrison, the Real Ale & Cider Society and Funky Arse Disco Dancing.
For more information see: Societies
Student Volunteering Cardiff (SVC)
SVC is one of the largest student-led volunteering organisations in the UK. With over 40 different projects, SVC makes a major contribution to the community in Cardiff. Projects include one-on-one befriending schemes with disabled young people and the elderly, educational tutoring projects, working in homeless shelters, taking young carers on day trips, environmental work on community farms, hospice care, mental health, children's recreational youth clubs etc. etc. and with projects requiring as little as a couple of hours a week on various days there really is something for all tastes and time constraints. Getting involved with SVC is a great way to meet new people, offers plenty of opportunities for leadership (chances to co-ordinate a project or even join the student exec committee) and looks great on your CV!!! Go to  for more information.
The AU is the home of competitive and participation sport at Cardiff University Students' Union. The AU is run by the AU President who is responsible for the budgeting and welfare of AU clubs as well as all AU events, such as campaigns, the AU Awards Ball and the annual Varsity competition against Swansea University.
There are a wide range of sports clubs, many of which participate in the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA), with teams travelling all over the country.
A little closer to home, the AU also runs a competitive Intra Mural Games (IMG) programme, which runs every Wednesday. Teams compete in football, rugby and netball. When it comes to signing up for teams, queuing starts early!
For more information see: Athletic Union
Bars & Entertainments
Cardiff University Students’ Union provides a variety of services, everything from a bar (The Taf) and regular nights at the nightclub, Solus, to internationally famous performers in the Great Hall. Cardiff has a strong student nightlife and is home to many bars, pubs and clubs. An extensive venue and events list can be found at What's on in Cardiff events guide. Most clubs and bars are situated in the city centre, especially St. Mary's Street.
The Taf is the SU’s very own 'local', catering exclusively for students and guests. Cheap drinks, sofas, regular quiz night.
The Solus is the SU's nightclub, which was recently refurbished to include a lounge bar known as The Kitchen.
A variety of nights are held throughout the week.
- Monday: Fun Factory. Alternative. Three rooms of music. Free entry.
- Wednesday: Sin Bin.
- Friday: Lush. Mostly RnB and Chart music.
- Saturday: Come Play.
A café bar. One place to get your lunch or an all-day breakfast. At night, it can also be a club and hosts a variety of regular nights, society events and also private bookings.
The Great Hall
Versatile venue. A standing capacity of 1500; a seated capacity of 700. Has hosted acts such as the Kaiser Chiefs, Amy Winehouse and the NME Tour.
Sometimes, you might even have an exam there, too!
In the union, you can sign up for the Job Shop. After you’ve signed up, you’ll receive emails advertising various jobs. Some will be around the university, doing things like photocopying, working in the Union or helping out on open days. There are also jobs from outside employers, some temporary or one-offs whereas others are on-going.