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Hi, I have an offer to study dentistry at Cardiff university starting in 2020. Unfortunately, due to corona, the visit days are cancelled and I (and probably lots of other applicants) need more information before making my choices.
If there are any current/recent students at the university of Cardiff that could give information about the course, the uni itself, or the city, it would really be appreciated.

Answers to questions like:
What are good things about the course, what are some bad things?
What is the accommodation actually like?
What facilities are different areas of accommodation near?
What is the best thing about living in Cardiff?
What is the worst thing about living in Cardiff?
What is accommodation like after first year?
What is the Student Union like?
What is the sailing club like?
What are the drama societies like?
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Hi! I’m not a dentistry student but I can attempt to answer some of the questions for you!

Accommodation: I lived in Senghennydd Hall for my first year, I wouldn’t recommend it to you as it’s quite far from dentistry, however on the whole all of the rooms I’ve seen are very good, the maintenance however is not the best, I’ve had to wait around a lot for repairs and things in my room, plus a few times the maintenance staff have walked into my room while I was in there without knocking first which is a little awkward! In terms of choosing, I’d say the best thing to do would be to consider distance to your buildings first and foremost, because you will regret choosing a far away residence when you have to get up for 9am lectures!! It’s easy to find the postcodes of the residences on the Uni website and you can have a look what’s around on google maps, or see what the distance is from certain facilities.

Best/worst things about the city: The best thing is the size and convenience of the city! For a capital city it’s on the smaller side, and the city itself is very compact so it’s fairly easy to get from one place to another. For me, it’s not too big or crowded but it still has plenty of shops and things to do! The worst thing personally is definitely the distance from my family home, but might be different for you. I’d say in general maybe the lack of a big supermarket in the main area of the city as it can be hard to find certain groceries in the smaller shops.

Accommodation after first year: You’re pretty much on your own with this, there is a housing fair towards the end of first year so you can look at your options, but most people find a house with some friends. I believe you can stay in Uni dorms still but you get whatever’s left, you don’t really get to choose where you stay or you don’t get your first choice at least. Finding a house is pretty easy, there’s a housing place in the student union too if you don’t want to use external landlords or whatever.

Student union: The student union is pretty good, I’d imagine it’s quite standard for student unions across most UK unis, there’s student support and advice centres, I don’t think they’re the best things ever but they’re good if you want basic information about things. The club rooms in the student union are okay, they get ridiculously busy and crowded though especially on specific nights, so it depends what atmosphere you’re looking for. There’s a few shops, a co-op, a barbers, and a computer repair shop for example.
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Hi! I’m not a dentistry student but I can attempt to answer some of the questions for you!

Accommodation: I lived in Senghennydd Hall for my first year, I wouldn’t recommend it to you as it’s quite far from dentistry, however on the whole all of the rooms I’ve seen are very good, the maintenance however is not the best, I’ve had to wait around a lot for repairs and things in my room, plus a few times the maintenance staff have walked into my room while I was in there without knocking first which is a little awkward! In terms of choosing, I’d say the best thing to do would be to consider distance to your buildings first and foremost, because you will regret choosing a far away residence when you have to get up for 9am lectures!! It’s easy to find the postcodes of the residences on the Uni website and you can have a look what’s around on google maps, or see what the distance is from certain facilities.

Best/worst things about the city: The best thing is the size and convenience of the city! For a capital city it’s on the smaller side, and the city itself is very compact so it’s fairly easy to get from one place to another. For me, it’s not too big or crowded but it still has plenty of shops and things to do! The worst thing personally is definitely the distance from my family home, but might be different for you. I’d say in general maybe the lack of a big supermarket in the main area of the city as it can be hard to find certain groceries in the smaller shops.

Accommodation after first year: You’re pretty much on your own with this, there is a housing fair towards the end of first year so you can look at your options, but most people find a house with some friends. I believe you can stay in Uni dorms still but you get whatever’s left, you don’t really get to choose where you stay or you don’t get your first choice at least. Finding a house is pretty easy, there’s a housing place in the student union too if you don’t want to use external landlords or whatever.

Student union: The student union is pretty good, I’d imagine it’s quite standard for student unions across most UK unis, there’s student support and advice centres, I don’t think they’re the best things ever but they’re good if you want basic information about things. The club rooms in the student union are okay, they get ridiculously busy and crowded though especially on specific nights, so it depends what atmosphere you’re looking for. There’s a few shops, a co-op, a barbers, and a computer repair shop for example.
Thank you so much!! Interesting thing about the shops, hadn’t thought about that
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(Original post by scarletdental19)
Hi, I have an offer to study dentistry at Cardiff university starting in 2020. Unfortunately, due to corona, the visit days are cancelled and I (and probably lots of other applicants) need more information before making my choices.
If there are any current/recent students at the university of Cardiff that could give information about the course, the uni itself, or the city, it would really be appreciated.

Answers to questions like:
What are good things about the course, what are some bad things?
What is the accommodation actually like?
What facilities are different areas of accommodation near?
What is the best thing about living in Cardiff?
What is the worst thing about living in Cardiff?
What is accommodation like after first year?
What is the Student Union like?
What is the sailing club like?
What are the drama societies like?
Hi scarletdental19
You can talk to our current Dentistry student at https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/chat-to-our-students
Alternatively, we created special Facebook group for Offer Holders 2020 only that you can join to ask us any questions and meet fellow applicants: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CUOfferHolders2020/
All the best,
Gosia
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