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I'm hopefully going to start at Cardiff Uni soon and I am a rather introverted person and I was just wondering if anyone had anyone had any recommendations of quieter buildings or "party buildings" to avoid. Thanks in advance.
Reply 1
Avoid Talybont South, that’s a renowned party accom. I lived in Talybont North last year and had no issues with partying but it would be luck of the draw and dependent on who is in your flat/building/surrounding buildings

Unfortunately I don’t know much about other accommodations other than that senghennydd court is similar to Talybont north. Do not choose university hall if you don’t want to live really far away from everywhere (that’s where people who have Cardiff as their insurance choice tend to end up).

You can choose specific accommodations such as the alcohol free ones if that’s something you’d be worried about, but I’d assume that’s only for religious people/people who don’t drink at all and don’t want to be around drinking at all. So I’d advise really mulling that option over if it is something you think you’d like

I hope you manage to find what you’re looking for and that your building suits you :smile:
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Original post by LJ234
Avoid Talybont South, that’s a renowned party accom. I lived in Talybont North last year and had no issues with partying but it would be luck of the draw and dependent on who is in your flat/building/surrounding buildings
Unfortunately I don’t know much about other accommodations other than that senghennydd court is similar to Talybont north. Do not choose university hall if you don’t want to live really far away from everywhere (that’s where people who have Cardiff as their insurance choice tend to end up).
You can choose specific accommodations such as the alcohol free ones if that’s something you’d be worried about, but I’d assume that’s only for religious people/people who don’t drink at all and don’t want to be around drinking at all. So I’d advise really mulling that option over if it is something you think you’d like
I hope you manage to find what you’re looking for and that your building suits you :smile:

Hey could you possibly talk a bit more about the experience you had with talybont north? Im condisdering there but the rooms look kinda small.
Reply 3
Original post by jec04
Hey could you possibly talk a bit more about the experience you had with talybont north? Im condisdering there but the rooms look kinda small.

I had the biggest room and the size of it was fine (very overpriced though but I think all of the rooms were unfortunately :/). The smallest room was a literal box and everyone who I knew who had that one didn't really like it at all, so if you can't afford a bigger room in Taly I'd say leave it and try and find somewhere else, unless you know you could be okay living in such a confined space. Taly North was quite old and run down in my opinion, fine for student accommodation but it was a little bit depressing. From what I saw of senghennydd hall though, unfortunately that was pretty much the same.

The toilet was en suite and that was nice, however, I personally found it too small and a bit gross lol, the vibe was just kind of off. The water pressure/temperature of the shower was amazing though lmao and it was fine for just living there for first year. I didn't get to see any other toilets in other accommodations so I don't have anything to compare it to. Having a shared toilet makes the accom cheaper (I don't think you can get that at Taly but you can at Senghennydd Court) and from what I saw it wasn't too gross. Anecdotes from friends recommend wearing flip flops/sliders in a shared shower though haha. Senghennydd Court also offers part-catering where'd you'd be served dinner on weekdays as far as I'm aware.

The kitchens at Taly N were fine, although there wasn't a sofa or anything so if you wanted to hang out in the kitchen you'd have to sit at the table. They weren't massive kitchens but the average amount of flatmates is 6 so it's not too much of an issue. My flat never had any pest issues, but people who had messier/grosser flats sometimes got mice/rats but you'd get that anywhere. Basically, just keep your flat cleanish and you'll be fine lol. Cathays rats are a different breed lol

The position of my room meant I didn't get much natural light so that made it feel a bit dingy. But the year goes by so fast that it didn't matter t o o much. You'd be right next to Bute Park which is a lovely place to go for walks and get some fresh air (basically got me through lol). There's loads of desk space and shelving.

If you're sporty then Taly North is the place to be since it has the rugby/hockey ground, football pitch, netball pitches and other sports equipment which will be a hub for all the sports societies.

You have to bear in mind that most student accommodation is basically expected to be a little bit gross. Some people will strike lucky but unless you want to go for private accom, you won't find something that isn't 20+ years old lol. Don't want to put you off, just want to give you a realistic idea about what student accom is generally like. Just don't be expecting 5 star hotel haha

The best part about Taly North for me was the proximity of friends. I was a few buildings away from my best friend, who had a friend in the building next door to her and we'd regularly get together and it was so easy to do so because we were all in the same place. If you're having a bit of a down day you can just ask someone to hop across and visit. Taly North and South are the biggest student accommodations for Cardiff so you will know plenty of people on your course there. That made the 20 minute walk to Main Building bearable because I was never on my own lol. I'd look into where your lectures would be because that can influence your decision in accommodation.

Talybont was about a 40 minute walk from town, but if you're not into clubbing and such that's not really an issue. We still went out and walked every time and sometimes the walk back was the best part haha

There's a shopping complex right on Taly's doorstep which is extremely useful. It has a MASSIVE Tesco, Aldi, McDonald's, KFC, B&M, Greggs (so many of those in Cardiff lol), a gym etc etc. You don't really need to go to town for most things as you can usually find what you need in one of those.

There's a community hub for studying/meeting friends/sometimes they'd put on craft activities and such for socialising. Benches throughout the grounds are nice for the summer if you want a change of scenery. The washing building is central so if you have a building on the outskirts it feels like a trek to get your clothes there and back but you get used to it after a while. The Cardiff app allows you to see whether there's an available machine or not if you set your accommodation to wherever you live so you don't have to hang around.

A lot of the buildings in Cardiff accommodations don't have lifts which is really annoying, so if you have any mobility issues then definitely look into the accessibility. I was on the ground floor so I was fine but if you're not then you have to lug all your belongings up potentially 3/4 levels so that might also be something to consider. If that is something that would affect you then I'm sure you could contact the offices and arrange to be put on ground floor etc.

Sorry for the rant but I wanted to give a comprehensive idea of my experience. I didn't regret living there, and have fond memories of the place despite some of its misgivings haha
Reply 4
Original post by LJ234
I had the biggest room and the size of it was fine (very overpriced though but I think all of the rooms were unfortunately :/). The smallest room was a literal box and everyone who I knew who had that one didn't really like it at all, so if you can't afford a bigger room in Taly I'd say leave it and try and find somewhere else, unless you know you could be okay living in such a confined space. Taly North was quite old and run down in my opinion, fine for student accommodation but it was a little bit depressing. From what I saw of senghennydd hall though, unfortunately that was pretty much the same.
The toilet was en suite and that was nice, however, I personally found it too small and a bit gross lol, the vibe was just kind of off. The water pressure/temperature of the shower was amazing though lmao and it was fine for just living there for first year. I didn't get to see any other toilets in other accommodations so I don't have anything to compare it to. Having a shared toilet makes the accom cheaper (I don't think you can get that at Taly but you can at Senghennydd Court) and from what I saw it wasn't too gross. Anecdotes from friends recommend wearing flip flops/sliders in a shared shower though haha. Senghennydd Court also offers part-catering where'd you'd be served dinner on weekdays as far as I'm aware.
The kitchens at Taly N were fine, although there wasn't a sofa or anything so if you wanted to hang out in the kitchen you'd have to sit at the table. They weren't massive kitchens but the average amount of flatmates is 6 so it's not too much of an issue. My flat never had any pest issues, but people who had messier/grosser flats sometimes got mice/rats but you'd get that anywhere. Basically, just keep your flat cleanish and you'll be fine lol. Cathays rats are a different breed lol
The position of my room meant I didn't get much natural light so that made it feel a bit dingy. But the year goes by so fast that it didn't matter t o o much. You'd be right next to Bute Park which is a lovely place to go for walks and get some fresh air (basically got me through lol). There's loads of desk space and shelving.
If you're sporty then Taly North is the place to be since it has the rugby/hockey ground, football pitch, netball pitches and other sports equipment which will be a hub for all the sports societies.
You have to bear in mind that most student accommodation is basically expected to be a little bit gross. Some people will strike lucky but unless you want to go for private accom, you won't find something that isn't 20+ years old lol. Don't want to put you off, just want to give you a realistic idea about what student accom is generally like. Just don't be expecting 5 star hotel haha
The best part about Taly North for me was the proximity of friends. I was a few buildings away from my best friend, who had a friend in the building next door to her and we'd regularly get together and it was so easy to do so because we were all in the same place. If you're having a bit of a down day you can just ask someone to hop across and visit. Taly North and South are the biggest student accommodations for Cardiff so you will know plenty of people on your course there. That made the 20 minute walk to Main Building bearable because I was never on my own lol. I'd look into where your lectures would be because that can influence your decision in accommodation.
Talybont was about a 40 minute walk from town, but if you're not into clubbing and such that's not really an issue. We still went out and walked every time and sometimes the walk back was the best part haha
There's a shopping complex right on Taly's doorstep which is extremely useful. It has a MASSIVE Tesco, Aldi, McDonald's, KFC, B&M, Greggs (so many of those in Cardiff lol), a gym etc etc. You don't really need to go to town for most things as you can usually find what you need in one of those.
There's a community hub for studying/meeting friends/sometimes they'd put on craft activities and such for socialising. Benches throughout the grounds are nice for the summer if you want a change of scenery. The washing building is central so if you have a building on the outskirts it feels like a trek to get your clothes there and back but you get used to it after a while. The Cardiff app allows you to see whether there's an available machine or not if you set your accommodation to wherever you live so you don't have to hang around.
A lot of the buildings in Cardiff accommodations don't have lifts which is really annoying, so if you have any mobility issues then definitely look into the accessibility. I was on the ground floor so I was fine but if you're not then you have to lug all your belongings up potentially 3/4 levels so that might also be something to consider. If that is something that would affect you then I'm sure you could contact the offices and arrange to be put on ground floor etc.
Sorry for the rant but I wanted to give a comprehensive idea of my experience. I didn't regret living there, and have fond memories of the place despite some of its misgivings haha

Thank youu so so much for this!
Original post by Anonymous
I'm hopefully going to start at Cardiff Uni soon and I am a rather introverted person and I was just wondering if anyone had anyone had any recommendations of quieter buildings or "party buildings" to avoid. Thanks in advance.

Hi! Congrats on your offer :smile:

I would say that there's the option to choose quiet living on your application, but only a few accomodations offer this. I've put in the filter for you here, it might be worth having a look :smile:

I lived in Cartwright Court and its a much quieter building I would say, just because its situated near residential homes. I really enjoyed it, it had a nice peaceful vibe :smile: It was close to the shops as well which was convenient, and a 15 minute walk to the centre of campus. In Houses A and B you only share a bathroom with one other person, but I was lucky enough that there was no one else in the bedroom next to me.

~ Fatiha, Cardiff University Student Rep

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