The University opened its doors on 24 October 1883 and was formally established by Royal Charter in 1884.
We were named the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire and were tiny in comparison to our current size.
In 1893 we became one of the founding institutions of the University of Wales and began awarding their degrees. By 1972 we had taken the name University College, Cardiff.
Learning in a research-led environment means students interact with researchers working at the frontiers of knowledge in their disciplines. Our research is vigorous and pioneering - this creates a stimulating environment for study.
Our research earns grants and investments totalling tens of millions of pounds and attracts top researchers from around the world.
The quality and impact of Cardiff's research has led to a meteoric rise in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), pushing it into the UK's top 5 universities. We were also ranked as the 2nd university nationally based on the impact of our research which tackles major challenges facing society, the economy and the environment.
We're part of the Russell Group of 24 leading research intensive UK universities. Our research staff are world-class and include Nobel Laureates, Fellows of the Royal Societyand members of other prestigious institutions.
A Cardiff University degree carries great weight in the jobs market as employers value the University's graduates for their academic ability, motivation and resourcefulness.
We have a range of services dedicated to helping you make the most of student life.
We have a range of residences to suit individual preferences and budgets.And what’s more, undergraduates and overseas/EU postgraduates (arriving in September) are guaranteed a place for their first year.
With more than 3,000 study spaces in conveniently placed libraries and IT rooms, plus widespread Wi-Fi access, you're never far from somewhere comfortable to get your work done.
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Cardiff University is made up of two large, well-located campuses.
The Cathays Park campus is where most of our Academic Schools are based. With wide tree-lined avenues and elegant Portland stone buildings, it's an inspiring place to study.Healthcare-related courses (excluding Pharmacy and Optometry) are based at Heath Park. It's just a mile from the city centre and next to 100 acres of parkland and playing fields.
Our sports facilities are located on four sites across both campuses providing you with access to both formal and informal activities.Sites
Our Students’ Union is rated 5th in the UK, according to the National Student Survey 2015.Run by students for students, it offers an exciting programme of entertainment, diverse clubs and societies and a comprehensive range of welfare, advice and information services – all aspects of student life within a purpose-built complex.