Established in 1883, Cardiff University enjoys an international reputation for academic excellence and is Wales’ only Russell Group university. It was ranked top 5 UK University for research quality and impact in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
Cardiff is a thriving, city that is widely recognised as an outstanding place in which to live and study. In fact, Times Higher Education recently ranked the university as one of the top 10 most beautiful universities in the UK.
Faculties / Departments
The University is comprised of 25 Academic Schools which sit within our three Colleges.
- College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
- College of Biomedical and Life Sciences
- College of Physical Sciences and Engineering
Cardiff University is a global University, with over 7,500 international students from more than 140 countries, so prospective international students will be joining a diverse and inspiring academic community.
We welcome applications from international students, and offer specialist facilities and dedicated support to help you with your studies.
We welcome applications from students who wish to study with us at Cardiff University, offering a wide range of qualifications, including GCE A levels, IB, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma and Cabridge Pre-U Diploma. Visit our website to find out more about applying with us and the specific entry requirements for each course.
Tuition fees are payable to Cardiff University for each year of your course (including repeat years).
The annual fee covers all tuition fees, essential course costs, registration and examinations other than the re-taking of examinations by applicants not currently registered. Charges for accommodation in University residences are additional.
The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in the second and subsequent years of a course as permitted by law or Welsh Government policy.
Where applicable we will notify you of any change in tuition fee by the end of June in the academic year before the one in which the fee will increase.
Our Students’ Union is one of the biggest, best and most active in Britain (The Complete University Guide 2017). Run by students for students, it offers an exciting programme of entertainment, diverse clubs and societies and a comprehensive range of welfare and information services.
Ranked top 4 Students’ Union in the UK (Which? University Student Survey 2017), Y Plas our multi-purpose venue, The Great Hall and the Taf are among the Union’s many attractions.
With more than 200 cultural, political, religious, social and sporting societies to cater for all types of interests, you can be sure of a lively social experience at Cardiff University.
With 16 different residences, providing more than 5,500 study bedrooms, you can apply for a room that best suits your preferences, interests and budgets. 70% of rooms have their own en-suite facilities and all accommodation has Wi-Fi access.
Most of our accommodation is within easy walking distance of lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, the Students’ Union and the city centre.
We continually invest in our accommodation and carry out annual maintenance programmes to ensure your experience is the best possible.
If you accept your offer of a place at Cardiff on a firm basis, you are guaranteed a single occupancy place in University accommodation during your first year, living with other first-year undergraduate students.
The residential dates for your particular accommodation will be confirmed in your Offer of Residence.
While staying in Cardiff University student accommodation, you will have access to the Residence Life Team .
Working in partnership with Student Support and Wellbeing, the Residences Office and the Students’ Union, Residence Life will welcome you to Cardiff and help you to make a smooth transition into University, enhancing your student experience.
They also help foster a strong sense of community through social events and cultural activities, as well as practical support too.
Cardiff came second in the 2018 NatWest Student Living Index, which ranked the most cost-effective University cities in the UK. The Index was based on student income, monthly expenditure and life balance.
Use our living costs calculator on our website for an outline of what your living costs will look like at Cardiff University.
Our Open Days are a great way to experience what it’s like to study and live in one of the most beautiful university cities in the UK. Details of our next Open Day can be found at: www.cardiff.ac.uk/openday
Why come to an Open Day?
Our Undergraduate Open Days gives prospective students a chance to get a real first-hand experience of the University and the city.
The day is tailored for those considering applying to study an Undergraduate course with us and gives you a chance to get to know what it would be like to be a student with us.
The day will give you the chance to:
- tour the campus
- see the Students’ Union
- visit a range of student residences
- visit Academic School buildings and speak to admissions tutors
- attend subject specific talks to explore your subject in more detail
- drop-in to our advice shops
- visit our sports facilities
- watch our student-led films
- tour the city
If you’re not able to make it to our Open Days, why not discover more about the University and the city of Cardiff through our interactive online tour.
Upcoming Open Days
Undergraduate Open Day
- Friday 5th July, 2019
Undergraduate Open Day
- Saturday 14th September, 2019
Undergraduate Open Day
- Saturday 26th October, 2019
How to get to Cardiff University
View the travel information section of our website to find out how to get to the Cardiff University campus.
Postgraduate Open Days
An ideal opportunity to find out more about postgraduate study at Cardiff University and experience the friendly atmosphere and lively culture of the city.
Join us at our Postgraduate Open Day to find out more about postgraduate study at Cardiff University. At the Open Day you’ll have the opportunity to explore our wide range of master’s programmes. You can browse the stands in the main exhibition and meet staff and current students from our Academic Schools who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
You’ll also be able to find out more about funding, applying, careers and student support.