Student accommodation guide: University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC)

Student accommodation guide: University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC)

University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC)

Best Locations for Student Accommodation:

  • Cathays
  • Roath
  • City Centre
  • Adamsdown
  • Splott
  • Heath 
  • Whitchurch
  • Miskin Street

Average Rent:

Rents in the area are around £60-£75 a week per room, but this will obviously fluctuate depending on condition of the property and its location.

Parking and Permit Information:

There are a number of areas to park around Cardiff without permits, however car permits are needed  for properties located in the city centre.

To obtain a permit you can contact the council either via their website or by telephone:


  • First Permit: £5.00
  • Second Permit: £30.00
  • Third Permit: £45.00
  • Four or More: £60.00 each

Parking in university residences is generally limited but can sometimes be arranged by contacting the relevant office. 

Living In Cardiff:

Cardiff is a rapidly expanding and exciting city to live in offering all you would expect from a capital but with the comfort of being in a friendly and compact area while remaining inexpensive. It has the added advantage of having easy access to the nearby countryside and coast which includes the recently redeveloped bay.

Talybont and University halls are the two main student villages with many other smaller halls of residences dotted throughout the city. Many of the sporting facilities are located in Talybont which includes the sports training village and 3 artificial floodlit pitches. Tennis courts are available at university halls while a second fitness centre can be found near the city centre opposite the main university building. The university does not having a swimming pool although council run Maindy swimming pool is located opposite Talybont. Cardiff is also home to the famous Millennium Stadium which often hosts major sporting events which can promote an incredible atmosphere within the city, particular during rugby fixtures. 

Queens Street and St. Mary’s Street are the two main high streets within the city centre which provide a wide range of shops and restaurants. With the addition of Capital Centre, Queen’s Arcade, St. Davids 1 and the recently opened St Davids 2 there is no shortage of places to shop. More quirky shops and cafes can be found in many of the cities older arcades. There is a good quantity of restaurants and places to eat scattered across the City with a mixture of upmarket and casual places; some recommended areas include Cardiff Bay, Cafe Quarter, Whitchurch Road and Crwys Road.  

Cardiff has a vibrant and varied nightlife from small bars to large nightclubs. Gassyjacks, The Vulcan and The Woodville are just some of the popular bars and pubs within the Cathays area which provide a good student local or as a pitstop on the way into town. The student union provides one of the largest clubs in the city found on Park Place. Once into the City Centre many of the main bars and clubs are located down Greyfriars Road and St. Mary’s Street. This includes Oceana, Tiger-Tiger, Varsity, Wetherspoons, Walkabout and more. Between these streets opposite Cardiff Castle, Vodka Revolutions can be found. 

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