Founded in 1883, Cardiff University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. Cardiff University is a member of the elite Russell Group of Britain's top 24 leading research universities. It is ranked 5th in the UK for research quality (Research Excellence Framework, 2014) and is ranked in the top 125 Universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2015/2016).
The University's breadth of expertise in research-led teaching encompasses the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; and a commitment to lifelong learning. According to the latest QS World University Rankings by subject 2015, Cardiff University is amongst the world’s elite institutions in 25 of 33 subjects.
Cardiff University is a global community. International students comprise 13 per cent of the total student population. Government performance indicators show that Cardiff University’s students are more likely to succeed in their studies, with first-year completion rates considerably higher than averages in the UK. Sunday Times Good University Guide 2013 praised Cardiff University as “one of the best institutions in Britain.”
Cardiff University is one of the top research-led teaching institutions in the UK where world-class academic staff ensure that students are exposed to a stimulating learning environment and the very latest thinking in their disciplines. Attracted by an international reputation, more than 3,000 of a total 28,000 students are from outside the EU. The University is situated along the tree-lined avenues of Cardiff’s elegant civic quarter and the city centre is just a short walk away.
Cardiff University prides itself on providing a challenging academic environment that is supported by exceptional resources. Cardiff University has 18 libraries, 28 IT suites, a Wi-Fi enabled campus and more than 1.5 million books. The University’s estate continues to grow with the building of a new campus next to the current Cathays Park campus to provide more facilities for research and public outreach.
It has over 5,300 modern, attractive and affordable accommodation places, ranging from traditional catered halls to shared self-catering flats. All University accommodation is within walking distance to the University buildings and was voted in the top 5 of UK university accommodation in a recent survey. All single international students entering through the normal admissions cycle are guaranteed a place in University accommodation throughout the duration of their degree.
Outside the classroom, Cardiff University has a comprehensive range of support and welfare services, and excellent social and sporting facilities contribute to a strong sense of community which is characteristic of the University. The University’s Graduate College provides a programme of development for postgraduate students and the Graduate Centre is a dedicated work and social space for graduate studies.
Life in Cardiff
Cardiff is vibrant and diverse, and an excellent city in which to live and study. From the excitement of a night out in the city centre, to the tranquility of the surrounding countryside and the beauty of its beaches and coastal parks, its cosmopolitan nature provides something for everyone.
The capital city of Wales, Cardiff:
• is one of Europe’s youngest capital cities
• has a history that stretches back 2000 years
• has more than 330 parks, gardens and peaceful spots for you to relax
• has excellent transport links to the rest of Europe and is only two hours from London by train
• is one of the most affordable of the old University cities and significantly less expensive than London
• is home to Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sherlock!
Compact and friendly, Cardiff University has a down-to-earth atmosphere that makes your experience here memorable. Excellently located in the city centre itself, University accommodation, libraries, shops, bars and cafes are all a short walk away from each other.