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Basically, Cardiff is my insurance choice uni and I really loved it when I went to the Applicant Day back in February. Just interested to hear people's opinions of the city/university/courses/nightlife/accommodation etc.
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Hi - sorry you haven't had a response to this yet. I'm just going to bump the thread in the hope that someone sees this and can help
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(Original post by EllieCeeJay)
Basically, Cardiff is my insurance choice uni and I really loved it when I went to the Applicant Day back in February. Just interested to hear people's opinions of the city/university/courses/nightlife/accommodation etc.
Hey, (im in year 12) im not a uni student so i cant comment on the courses etc, but ive lived in and near cardiff for 10+ years so i feel like im qualified to tell you about the city at least.

Nightlife is great, in terms of the city, everything is really easily accessible as youll be living very close to the city centre i assume. There's tons of restaurants, shops, central library etc. I also feel like cardiff is a lot safer than some other big cities.

Ive heard that accomodation is pretty basic though (def not the best out there) , compared to most other unis, nothing really special about it.

Im considering applying to cardiff next year for dentistry (or biomedical science if i dont get into dentistry) so let me know how it goes for you!

Just wondering, where are you from and what course have you applied for? what other unis have you appied for?
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I'm at Cardiff for a postgrad course, having a pretty miserable time and really wouldn't recommend it, I look forward to finishing. My previous Uni was better in every way. The city is okay, quite rough in parts though. I agree with the above in that accommodation is basic, with not much communal space in some halls.
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I just finished 1st year and I really enjoyed it. If you are a spoiled brat and are gonna ***** about accommodation, that's your problem, the rooms are okay and if you decorate them, its gonna be the same as in every other uni, but you'll be paying 4-5k a year instead of 6 or 7k for the same thing. Nightlife is great, the city has everything to offer and the uni itself is pretty decent. Everything is way cheaper than in other cities, especially in England.
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I have just finished my 1st year and I'm going into my second year now. I got Dwyfor in Uni Halls so my accommodation was pretty good honestly with the only bad part being that it was so far away from the university itself. But overall, I've had a great experience in terms of getting to try out a lot of new stuff (like being part of the Psychology committee as a fresher's rep and joining pole society) and because I've wanted to I've been able to become a part of the committee for both societies! I found the social side a bit eh because I'm not too big a fan of nights out but other people seemed to really enjoy it all and I know that there are a lot of options for people who also aren't too big a fan of drinking! Everything here is cheaper and everything is really close to the university, even though uni halls was far away it was never longer than a 40min walk or a 15min cycle.
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(Original post by everythingice)
I have just finished my 1st year and I'm going into my second year now. I got Dwyfor in Uni Halls so my accommodation was pretty good honestly with the only bad part being that it was so far away from the university itself. But overall, I've had a great experience in terms of getting to try out a lot of new stuff (like being part of the Psychology committee as a fresher's rep and joining pole society) and because I've wanted to I've been able to become a part of the committee for both societies! I found the social side a bit eh because I'm not too big a fan of nights out but other people seemed to really enjoy it all and I know that there are a lot of options for people who also aren't too big a fan of drinking! Everything here is cheaper and everything is really close to the university, even though uni halls was far away it was never longer than a 40min walk or a 15min cycle.
Hi, I've been allocated Dwyfor (starting first year this September) and was wondering what was it like for socialising? I've looked for Facebook groups for this years intake and haven't had any luck. Just wanted to know whether it was a busy block? I'm on the ground floor, do you have any views on that? Really looking forward to it, but I just can't seem to find much out about Dwyfor. Thanks
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(Original post by Jenst13)
Hi, I've been allocated Dwyfor (starting first year this September) and was wondering what was it like for socialising? I've looked for Facebook groups for this years intake and haven't had any luck. Just wanted to know whether it was a busy block? I'm on the ground floor, do you have any views on that? Really looking forward to it, but I just can't seem to find much out about Dwyfor. Thanks
Hey, I'm Dwyfor ground floor too!
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I don't know if my comment would be relevant given the date on the post, but on the off chance it might, I'll comment. Just started first year, and so far I'm liking Cardiff. In terms of the city, It's basic things like a good measure of shops being really close and a short walk or bike ride, not all too expensive to live in, friendly people, good cinemas among other things. In terms of accommodation, I don't know all too much about Uni halls, but Cardiff has more than enough residences that are private and uni owned that suit nearly all preferences, respectively. I personally don't like the uni halls out of personal preference and opinion and opted for private accommodation. I don't know all too much about Liberty Living, The CRM owned residences, The Neighbourhood among a few others, but the one I'm staying at is targeted at the Asian student population more than anything, which can be concerning in terms of making friends cause it does seem that they're In their own bubble at times compared to all the other tenants, but that could be more of a personal thing on my part and you could easily make relationships through clubs and societies. It's not a bad thing, I quite like it here, everyones friendly and welcoming, but probably do some background research or contact these places if it's a point of concern for you.

I'm not one for going out, but I hear the Nightlife isn't all that bad, if at all. I heard Jason Derulo was playing a few weeks ago in Cardiff and on top of that most people from the Uni really like to hang out at Live Lounge and other clubs nearly everyday of the week, or at least once. I hear that the Talybont halls are the most social dorms.
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I've just started first year and it seems like a wonderful place, couldn't recommend it more! Accomodation varies, but mine is lovely, and even those in the cheaper, not-so-nice ones, make the most of it. Way more importantly, the university has really great equipment and resources, the professors all seem really kind, friendly and welcoming, and the city is amazing! Everything is so close, there's always stuff going on, and there's so many shops, whilst also being lots of green spaces.

Plus, the Student Union seems really good - really supportive and active.
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Which private accommodation do you live at which you feel what targeted at the Asian community?
(Original post by Penguin Spaceman)
I don't know if my comment would be relevant given the date on the post, but on the off chance it might, I'll comment. Just started first year, and so far I'm liking Cardiff. In terms of the city, It's basic things like a good measure of shops being really close and a short walk or bike ride, not all too expensive to live in, friendly people, good cinemas among other things. In terms of accommodation, I don't know all too much about Uni halls, but Cardiff has more than enough residences that are private and uni owned that suit nearly all preferences, respectively. I personally don't like the uni halls out of personal preference and opinion and opted for private accommodation. I don't know all too much about Liberty Living, The CRM owned residences, The Neighbourhood among a few others, but the one I'm staying at is targeted at the Asian student population more than anything, which can be concerning in terms of making friends cause it does seem that they're In their own bubble at times compared to all the other tenants, but that could be more of a personal thing on my part and you could easily make relationships through clubs and societies. It's not a bad thing, I quite like it here, everyones friendly and welcoming, but probably do some background research or contact these places if it's a point of concern for you.

I'm not one for going out, but I hear the Nightlife isn't all that bad, if at all. I heard Jason Derulo was playing a few weeks ago in Cardiff and on top of that most people from the Uni really like to hang out at Live Lounge and other clubs nearly everyday of the week, or at least once. I hear that the Talybont halls are the most social dorms.
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