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Cathays Train Station


Cardiff Students’ Union


The Great Hall


Cardiff University




Cathays Train Station


Cardiff Students’ Union


The Great Hall


Cardiff University


About student living in Cathays


Student houses in Cathays are extremely conveniently located, just a fifteen-minute walk away from Cardiff University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Cathays train station is close by and many bus routes also run through the area, making it easy to get around the wider city.


There are lots of pleasant green spaces close to Cardiff student accommodation in Cathays. You can head to Gelligaer Street Park to hang out with friends. Blackweir Fields is also nearby and offers the perfect spot to play some sport or take a relaxing walk.

Food and Drink

Student housing in Cardiff’s Cathays is surrounded by exciting places to eat and drink. Enjoy some delicious Thai dishes at Tuk Tuk or tuck into some flavourful Indian street food at Mowgli’s. You can even finish with some dessert at Coco Gelato. For a drink with friends, head over to The Flora, The Woodville, or Gassy’s. When you live in Cathays student accommodation, you’ll never be short of options.


There’s lots to do close to student accommodation in Cathays, Cardiff. Check out the many events at the Cardiff Students’ Union or watch some live music at The Great Hall. You can also use the gym facilities at the Maindy Centre.


With a Lidl and a Tesco Express nearby, you won’t have to go too far from your Cathays student accommodation to pick up all the essentials you need every week. You can also go to the Cardiff Korean and Japanese supermarket to grab any other bits you might need.

Student Housing

The wide range of student accommodation Cathays has to offer means there is something for everyone. There are student lets in Cathays to suit every taste and budget, from shared houses to purpose-built apartments. Have a browse of our student housing in Cardiff’s Cathays and find your next home, today.

FAQs about student accommodation in Cathays

Is Cathays a student area?

As student accommodation in Cathays, Cardiff, is so close to the University of Cardiff and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the area is very popular with students.

Where is Cathays in Cardiff?

Cathays is an area in the centre of Cardiff, to the north of the city centre.

Is Cathays, Cardiff, safe?

Cathays does have a higher crime rate than some other areas in Cardiff. However, as long as you take sensible precautions like walking with friends at night and securing your property when you leave, you should feel safe living in student houses in Cathays.

Is Cathays a nice place to live?

Cathays is a great place to live, with a convenient location, efficient transport links, and lots of bars, restaurants, and pubs to enjoy. As a result, student accommodation in Cathays is in high demand every year.

Does Cardiff University provide accommodation?

Cardiff University has lots of different halls of residence. Typically, students will live in these halls in their first year before moving into private student accommodation in Cathays and the surrounding areas for the rest of their time at university.

Where do students live in Cardiff?

Students don’t just live in one area in Cardiff, as there are four universities in the city. They tend to live in student houses in Cathays, Heath, Roath, and the city centre.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in Cathays are now advertised with bills included in the price. Where this is the case, your rental price could include electricity, gas, internet, TV licence and water bills and this is clearly stated on the listing. Properties without bills included are also available, giving you the flexibility to choose your own energy and water suppliers and internet service provider.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

It is normal for property managers to require you to pay a security deposit at the time of booking or before you move in. Where a deposit is required and you are signing a tenancy agreement, your property manager must protect your deposit in a legally recognised tenancy deposit scheme. As long as you look after the property and have no deductions for damage or unpaid rent, your deposit will be returned to you after your tenancy agreement ends. Whilst tenancy deposits are legally capped at five weeks' rent per person, it is more common for student deposits to be in the lower £100-250 range.

How long does a tenancy agreement last for?

The majority of student accommodation in Cathays can be rented for fixed contract lengths. For purpose built student accommodation, 43 and 51-week fixed-term contracts are the most common. For shared houses, 52-week contracts are the most common and generally start in July to September.

Do you offer student accommodation for short-term stays?

Short-term student rentals in Cathays are becoming more popular every year. As a result, property managers are increasingly offering shorter tenancy lengths, whether for the summer period or for individual semesters and terms. This is more common in the purpose-built student accommodation sector than in shared student rental houses across Cardiff.

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