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Student Housing Guide: Cardiff 2022
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Student Housing Guide: Cardiff 2022

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Jun 4, 2021
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Cardiff was widely known as an industrial city until recent times. It is now gaining popularity as a modern city in the United kingdom. With a shoreline on the Bristol channel, Cardiff is a leading port and also the capital city of Wales. With the decline of coal, the activities in docks decreased, and the city experienced a paradigm shift to becoming the centre of leisure and culture. The rise in population in Cardiff can also be attributed to its transformation into a sporting centre and Welsh cultural hub. The city is increasingly becoming a popular destination for international students as well since the city has various prominent educational institutes like the Cardiff University, Cardiff and Vale College, to name a few. All the areas are well connected by the Cardiff Bus service. Other transport options like Trawscymru and Stagecoach provide access to different areas in the city. Also, other modes of travel like rail, air and waterways are easily available too. There are various accommodation options in Cardiff close to the university and colleges. The rent here is very reasonable as compared to other cities in UK.

Popular Locations for Accommodation:-

  • Cyncoed
  • Lisvane
  • Thornhill
  • Penylan
  • Pontcanna
  • Canton
  • Victoria Park

Housing Options

There are various choices to consider for student accommodation (both on-campus and off-campus). Following are some of the most prevalent options that are available to students looking for housing:

Halls of Residence:

Universities generally have hostels or dormitories for living on campus. They come with amenities provided by the management such as cafes, WiFi, Laundry, etc. Of course, students have to pay rent for living in these halls, but it varies as per the types of residences.

Private Student Housing:

This is off-campus accommodation which is generally close to the university. The students prefer booking rooms on a shared basis, which narrows down the cost. Usually, the rent includes bills such as gas, water and electricity. The cost structure varies as per the housing and location. You can get either a single room, en suite or studio apartment as per your preference. The rent starts from £500 onwards per month.

Before Moving In

Commuting - Ensure that there is a Bus Stop as one of the transport services in the city to make commuting hassle free.

Safety - Nowadays, most of the housing areas have additional security. Gated communities do not allow entry to outsiders.

Cultural barriers - Culture cafes are springing rapidly in the city to allow mingling of people from different backgrounds. Also, sports is another unifying factor.

Leasing Terms

Deposit: It is a security fee that is paid to the landlord in terms of a fixed amount of money. Deposit is refundable at the end of your stay tenure subject to the contract terms. Average amount of deposit is about £50 to £250.

Admin Fee: Selective apartment owners levy this charge on the renters. It is a non-refundable amount of about £50.

Lease Duration: Generally a 1-year lease is given preference by the property managers. Even a 6-month lease may be considered by landlords. The option of a short-term lease of 3 months is also available with some property managers.Usually a longer leasing period will significantly reduce your monthly rent amount. Abandoning a lease can mean serious financial and legal consequences.

Guarantor: You can avail the option of paying in installments only if you have a guarantor. A lease guarantor acts as a third party to help provide security in terms of the rental. If you pay the rent in full at the beginning of the tenancy, you will not be required to provide a guarantor.

Cancellation Policy: Most of the property owners allow you to cancel the booking within 3-14 days of the date of booking. If you cancel your booking after those 3-14 days, you may have to pay weekly rent (for each and every week or part week) until the room can be re-let.In case the property management and the student is unable to find a replacement, then eventually the student will have to pay the whole amount of rent as per the contract signed by them.

Pet Charges: Generally pets are not allowed, unless they are registered assistance dogs.

Booking Charges: This is usually the deposit amount that the landlord is charging. The total cost that you may end up paying at the time of booking (if admin fee is charged) is as follows: Deposit + Admin Fee. In certain cases, the apartment may also ask for the first month's rent.

Number of Tenants: The max number of people who can stay in an apartment is mostly mentioned in the apartment guidelines. Generally, one student stays in a single room. In some cases, studio apartments allow couples to share a room, provided they’re both students.

Document Requirements: Generally, you may be asked to produce a copy of your University Admit Card. Other than that, no document is required.

Popular Apartments:

Bridge Street Exchange  = 1 Bed  (£123 - £200/week)

Zenith, Cardiff  = 1-5 Bed (£130 - £291/week)

Lumis Student Living = 1- 7 Bed (£114 - £155/week)

Livin =  Multiple (£135 - £189/week)

You can browse more accommodations in Cardiff right now.