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      17.05.2012 10:45
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      Go somewhere else

      The uni is great but if you come, do not stay in tal-y-bont. It looks great when you first come but I can guarantee that within your first term you will get some sort of damp in your room or the hall way. After reporting it several times they say that there was no formal complaint and it remains untouched. Your room will get infested with lady birds as you're right next to a forest and we weren't supplied with heating until we asked about 3-4 times.
      The cleaners are also nightmares! They start off doing everything they are supposed to and then do one less thingevery week. By now they have pretty much completely stopped and they charge you stupid amounts for the pettiest things. £80 charges for leaving a fire door open, eventhough they do it week in week out. They will charge you for taking bags out, if you have not left the kitchen immaculate (eventhough that is their job) and when they do room checks they remove anything that is a, "fire risk" and refuse to give it back until the end of the year.

      If you're going to Cardiff, try University Halls or Senghenydd!

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      27.08.2010 19:27
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      A fantastic university in a lovely place

      Cardiff University is the biggest university in Wales with just under 31,000 students and employing over 5,000 members of staff.

      **Location**
      Cardiff University is a city based university located in the area of Cardiff known as Cathays Park. This is where the main campus is however a teaching/research also takes place in the Heath Park campus, still in Cardiff in the University of Wales hospital.
      There are a large number of university halls of residence loacated in the city the closest being a 5 minute walk from the main university buildings and the furthes being approx 30-35 minutes walking distance.
      **Subjects offered**
      Cardiff University offers an extremely wide variety of subjects within 27 different schools;

      Architecture
      Biosciences
      Business
      Chemistry
      City & Regional Planning
      Computer Science & Informatics
      Cymraeg
      Dentistry
      Earth and Ocean Sciences
      Engineering
      English, Communication and Philosophy
      European Studies
      Healthcare Studies
      History, Archaeology and Religion
      Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
      Law
      Lifelong Learning
      Mathematics
      Medicine
      Music
      Nursing and Midwifery Studies
      Optometry and Vision Sciences
      Pharmacy
      Physics and Astronomy
      Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education
      Psychology
      Social Sciences
      Each school offers a variety of courses. Entry requirements for the different courses varies widely but as an internationally acclaimed university (in the top 135 universities in the world) there is often high demand for places so many offers ask for BBB at A-Level or higher.


      **Being a student at Cardiff University**
      I have thouroughly enjoyed being a student here. I'm am enrolled in the Bioscience faculty so my experiences will be based on this.
      The lecturers are extremely helpful and very willing to answer any problems you have. Regular tutorials and one to one interaction with tutors has really helped me in my understanding and knowledge at university. Assignments are a variety of practical reports, essays and exams, so if you favour one you are sure to excel.
      All of the staff I have some acoss are extremely professional and helpful. There is a wide variety of students so I have found making friends easy.
      **Student's Union**
      Cardiff University has a fantastic students union. It has in the past won prizes for being one of the UK's best Union and it's not a wonder why with numerous bars, societies, games rooms, club nights, comedy nights, volunteering oportunities, sports clubs, gyms.......there really is something for everyone.

      **Cardiff as a city**
      Cardiff is a wonderful city to live in. I have loved every minute of living there. It has everything you would ever need in a city; loads of shops, pubs, clubs, live music venues, comedy clubs, bowling, ice rink, cinemas, parks, museums, castle, countryside, the sea, gyms and of course the fantastic Millenium Stadium which shows both concerts and of course Wales pride....RUGBY!
      All these things to do and everything is within walking distance. There are buses but there really isn't any need to use them a lot of the time, nce to know they are there for when you have too much shopping to carry though!
      I think it's lovely to be in a city that both feels like a city but also is a stones throw from some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK.
      This university is fantastic. I couldn't be happier with my choice to come here and hope that some of what I have said has helped you decide whether you want to come here too!! See you in the Union!

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        25.01.2009 14:12
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        A good choice of Uni in a great vibrant city

        Well, I went to Cardiff Uni between 1996 to 2000 where I studied Spanish & Italian. I read someones review that said the language dept was rubbish and although it is not the best in the country I am sure there is also a lot worse.
        The halls of residence are really great. I stayed in Talybont North where the rooms are older that Talybont south however my little room had an ensuite and although small had everything it needed. It was also right next to the bar which was also an advantage!
        The University buildings are gorgeous and on a summers day you cant beat sitting in the park doing your studying whilst being surrounded by beautiful historic buildings. The nightlife is really good too and there is always something to do or somewhere to go.
        If you need employment then its also easy as its such a big city so bar work is very easy to find. I would recommend Cardiff as its friendly, pretty and there is no chance to be bored or lonely!

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          16.10.2008 11:30
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          Lovely place to be, with so much support!

          Havn't written a review in a while - simply because I have just started university. I am currently going to Cardiff University and i'm studying Criminology and Sociology.
          First impressions... WOW. I chose this uni because of its 5 star rating in the School of Social Sciences Department - which is where I am now based. To get 5 stars is a pretty big achievement, aswell as being in the top 100 universities in the world.

          Tutors/Lecturers - excellent. They are very proffessional, yet as a student I did want someone who I could approach if I ever needed help. They are very approachable, and already I have found "ontogenetics" quite a difficult subject to grasp - so the tutor spent some time one to one with me. ONE-TO-ONE when there is like 200 students in that particular lecture is very good if you ask me. 10/10

          University buildings - facsinating. There are statues and so much history around the buildings that you are NEVER bored. They are so beautifully laid out. The lecture halls are huge, which is good as they accomodate my subject which is completely full with 400 students! Seats are relatively comfortable - but not comfortable enough to fall asleep in, which I think was done on purpose =). 8/10

          Halls - Small but sufficient. Bedrooms are quite small in Talybont (one of the main student halls). But the shared kitchen is plently big enough and is probably the most used room in the whole "flat". She pays about £800 a term for her accomodation. I personnally have my own flat rather than going into halls - but my cloest friends flat is "cosy" to say the least. 6/10

          Students - well. We are students. We party way too much and don't do enough work. But thats why you only need to get 40% in the first year right? We are MEANT to go out and not remember most of this year. Students from all around the world - its a real culture shock when you come from a small village in the corner of west wales. But the people are mostly lovely. 8/10

          Night-life - as in any city - IT ROCKS! Bars, clubs, pubs, gigs. Whatever your scene is - Cardiff has it to offer. Thursday nights are the nights most students go out - some amazing places include - Revolution, Oceana, Tiger Tiger, Walkabout. Also, the prices are pretty good. Students also seem to get hold of these Student Discount books - 2 for 1 on drinks in clubs/bars etc. It's A LOT of fun =). 10/10

          Ok The Course - I love it. Very interesting. Theres a lot of support around the university, so if you are finding uni life a bit too difficult and stressful then there is help on hand. I think with any university, if you really like a particular subject - you will love it when you get further and deeper into it at uni. 9/10

          Prices - It costs just over £3000 a year at any uni in the UK but... if you have lived in Wales for more than 5 years and you go to a Welsh University, you only pay roughly £1255 - which is amazing. I was really worried about the debt I would be accumulating at uni - but this has really put my mind at rest. 9/10


          Overall summary
          I love this uni. It has a really low crime rate - which is important as statistically students are more likely to become victims of crime than the elderly!!!! The nightlife is great, shops are brill - student discount everywhere! Plenty of places to go out and socialise... and eat! The university itself is beautiful and the people are great. I don't think i could be happier with the choice I have made!

          9/10

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            09.07.2008 00:13
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            a great uni to do your degree, then again work may be the last thing on your mind...

            i have just graduated from cardiff university and i miss it so much already! for anybody currently applying for unis then please consider cardiff uni! well actually, dont go there to do languages coz that dept is rubbish. however the uni is climbing the league tables every year - last year it was 11th i think. on a social side of things, the uni is amazing! 10mins walk in to town so you are spoilt for choice between the uni nightclub (tho it is being refurbished over the summer and being made smaller) and the many clubs in town that do all the student nites during the week.
            there are also loads of quirky pubs around cathays - the main student area when you rent houses - so you are spoilt for choice. there are so many different societie to get involved with and the proximity of everything makes it easy to meet new people and generally meet up with people! it really has a buzz being around uni and there is a good student community feel

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              15.02.2008 01:35
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              An ecclectic mix of culture, history, music and of course rugby awaits you in Cardiff.

              Now coming to the end of a fantastic three years at Cardiff University I will miss both the friendly and vibrant nature of the Welsh capital and the progressive and forward thinking attitude of the Uni. Now in its one hundred and twenty fifth year as a beacon of higher education in Wales, Cardiff University (a member of the Russel group) offers not only first class teaching and research but also a fantastic student experience.

              One of its main appeals is the feel of a campus uni but situted in the heart of the city. All of the university buildings and accomadation (with the exception of University Halls and Heath campus for the medics) are within a twenty minute walk of each other, with most of the academic schools being within a ten minute walk of the centre of Cardiff. The Student's union stands at the heart of the student experince and offers bucket loads in terms of actual facilities and student experince. The building (soon to be rebuilt, owing in part to its extreme ugliness) houses Solus, offering one of the best club nights available in Cardiff, the Taf bar, an array of shops and a whole host of student services ranging from SHAG (sexual health and guidance) to the SDU (Student development unit). Extending far beyond its walls however, are the multiplicity of socities and sports teams which give the University a strong sense of community and solidarity. The socities range widely from the dramatic Act One to the nieche Battle re-enactment. Most academic schools have a representing society, allowing you to socialise with course friends away from the library and lecture theatres. Cardiff is in the process of investing a lot more into its sports facilities and teams, which are already sucessful on a local and national level. There is an oppourtunity to become involved in sport whatever your level of profficiecny and the teams are welcoming and offer a great social network.

              Academically, Cardiff rates as on of the top institutions in the UK, recently entering the top 100 universities in the world. A huge array of subjects are offered, all to a high standard and arts and social studies students are offered the oppourtunity to study an additional two subjects in their first year to allow for a breadth and variety of modules unattainable elsewhere.

              The city itself is something of a student paradise. Big enough to have that city feel, whilst being compact enough to negotiate around as a nervous new student, Cardiff offers a unique oppourtunity to experince a European capital experience without the expense of London or Edinbrugh. Home to both the Millenium Stadium and the CIA, the city plays host to a wide variety of concerts and sports matches, whilst smaller venues such as Barfly and Buffalo cater for the indie and open-mic audiences. Shopping in the capital is varied and satisfying. All of your high street stores are present but the winding arcades of St Mary's Street (in the process of pedestrianisation) hide some beautiful Welsh boutiques and quirky off-beat clothing stores. The city is currently building the St David's 2 centre, a huge scale shopping development with big names such as John Lewis already signed up.

              For the culture demons, the Bay offers one of the most exciting and forward-thinking culture houses in the country. The relatively new Millenium centre in the Bay offers both stunning architecture and a wide range of plays, musicals and operas and is surrounded by a host of trendy bars, restaurants and hotels. Cardiff castle (a mixture of an old Norman fort and later additions) stands in the heart of Cardiff centre offering interesting and exciting days out and backing onto Cardiffs spacious and aesthetically pleasing Bute park. Similarly, the civic buildings of the city hall and national museum lay directly between the centre and the university offering a stunning backdrop and a wealth of Welsh history and art.

              Should Cardiff prove too small for some, the Brecon beacons and beauty of the Welsh coast are close, offering endless oppoutunity for trips with friends or adventures. Truly a unique and satisfying student experiecne is offered at Cardiff, only heightened by its strong connections to the surrounding diverse and interesting Welsh community. Cardiff was also recently revealed as one of the safest places for students to study with low rates of violent crimes and close connections with local police.

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                11.08.2006 23:57
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                Cardiff has all a city should, but it's small and easy to live with. http://www.cardifflife.net

                Cardiff University is a good place - the city itself makes it worthwhile on its own. The vast majority of people I know here are those who came to university and stayed on afterwards, no one really wants to leave and they don't - if they find a job. Although it's a city, it's small, you'll find everyone knows everyone else one way or another. There are loads of places to go, it's superb if you like alternative music as the gigs scene is alive. It also has the oldest record shop in the world - Spillers Records. Have a look at http://www.cardifflife.net for more information. Come to Cardiff!

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                  27.07.2006 12:52
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                  great walking distances, good university, lots of activites, horrible landlords

                  Living in Cardiff was great in the sense that one had walking distance between the university, the park, the city centre and the student living areas. Everything was really close! The night life was very active and the uni offered an own nightclub and a Pub, where one could feel safe. The weather was not the best with lots of rain, especially during the autumn and spring. The winters were quite cold and lasted usually until the end of march. The university is quite demanding, but you learn a lot. The only courses that I honestly do not recommend are Law and Psychology, as some of my friends had to literally go through hell!

                  The uni has got many social and sports clubs with lots of events, so there is really something for everybody!

                  Renting a flat in Cardiff is not cheap, one bedroom flats go for around 500 pounds a month, while living in a sharehouse will cost around 220-240 pounds a month plus bills.

                  Unfortunately my Cardiff experience was completely distroyed by landlords and letting agencies, who tried to make my life hell. I have had landlords entering my flat with there own keys unannnounced! I have had landlords who claimed that my contract was invalid or ending earlier than the final date of the contract, in the hope that I would move out!! Remember, always know your rights!!
                  The Uni has an advice centre, where people can help you with legal disputes and such.
                  My suggestion is to only rent through letting agencies which are in the ALMA letting agency association, such as "Mead", "Charltons" or "Barbara Reese".
                  Do not go to Keylet or Interlet! They are crooks who only want your money, do not fix broken things, do not respect your rights and make you spit blood in order to get your bond money back!
                  At Keylet I was renting through a landlord called Ogbonna, who was actually a University lecturer(!!) and I therefore expected him to be a decent human being, but as it turned out unfortunately when it comes to money one can not even trust university staff!

                  Overall I learned a lot from my time in Cardiff and I am, except for the acommodation, very satisfied with the place and I have had many nice experiences and made lots of friends.

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                    02.09.2005 12:17

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                    A visiter's perspective

                    *I don't actually go to this university, but i have been to visit. I thought i would write a review for people who are thinking of applying. It is just my experiences and what my first impressions are.*

                    I came from London so it wasn't to far. The journey there took as about 2 and a half hours from London Paddington. When i first arrived in Cardiff i wasn't that impressed, in my opinion it seemed like a bit of a dump, but then again every large city has its good and bad areas. It was just ashame that i saw that side first. As we walked into Cardiff i actually found myself quite liking what i saw, it seemed very vibrant and as we made our way through there were lots of shops, resturants and bars that all looked very nice. I was looking at in a very critical way, imaging that i was actually going to live there, so i had my eyes open and was almost analysing and comparing everything i saw. To me it just seemed like any other city centre, you have the things to boast about (e.g. cosmopoliton place, shops, bars etc)and the things you'd want to keep quiet about (e.g.chavs, homeless people, and people on drugs).

                    The univerity is about a fithteen minute walk into cardiff past the castle and through to the beautiful spread out gardens and architecture. There are pleantly of green spaces, big white stone buildings and water features, which i thought would be perfect on a lovely summer's day (it was a rainy summer's day when we went).

                    The universities main building is nicknamed by students as the 'wedding cake', as it is a massive white stone building with what looks like wedding cake ornamounts on the top. There is a lot of grass to the front where students were sat relaxing and towards the back is a rather large car park. As we walked into the building i was saurprised at how large and fancy it looked. It looked like the reception area of a large stately home rather than a university.

                    Once we were seperated into subject groups (i was in English) we were guided round the very spread out university by some really nice friendly students who were happy to answer any questions we had, however repetitive. The first stop was the student union which all us applicants were rather happy about. The parents seemed shocked at the amount of booze on offer! The student union itself is actually located on 3/4 floors (maybe more i can't quite remember). There was various bars and a nightclub but we didn't get to see that as the door was locked. There was lots of seating areas and we where told about the varied music nights and bands coming to play (there was a recent visit by keane). Upstairs there was another large bar/common room with pool tables and satelite TV. We also got taken to the media department where the universities newspaper and radio station is located. We were informed about how we can join and what kind of volunteering things we could do. Then there was the shopping floor which had an off-licence (more concerned parents!), a book shop which also sells used books, a clothes/grocery shop, insurance and travel shop, and finaly the universities job shop which helps get students employed. The facilities seemed really good and looked like it could house an awful lot of students.

                    A short walk away was the gym. It was rather small, but we were told that there was a bigger one in the halls of residences. In this location there were some university accommodation but we weren't allowed to look in. Apparently they were being cleaned for the next year.

                    The libray is locted in the same area as the humanties building and it is massive. We only went to the first floor but it was enormous. It seemed that there was a large amount of books available as well as tables to work from. The staff seemed really friendly and we were told about the other floors and what kind of books were there.

                    The main computer building was very modern in design and had a very large amount of modern and very nice looking computers. From the looks of it i would imagine that it is quite hard to get hold of one during busy periods. We were told that each department had their own set and that there were computer places in some halls of residence. Internet is also available in some halls of residences if you want it.

                    The lecture were modern and in that familiar stacked style. There were smaller rooms which consisted of a table and a few chairs for smaller discussion, but from what i saw i was very impresses. In most buildings they also have cafferteries serving hot and cold food, so whereever you are you can get something.

                    My overall impressions of the university is that they have really good facilities and the people are very friendly. The university is very spread out but i wouldn't say it is necessarily a bad thing. I would advise to get a bike or a bus pass because after a few hours walking around i was well and truly shattered. As i went in the summer holidays there weren't that many students about so it was hard to get a proper feel of the place, but from what i saw i could easily settle in there. The university is well respected and therefore very popular which means that the grades to get in are fairly high (ABB-AAA).

                    If you do decide to go to cardiff i would reccomend that everyone visits Cardiff bay. It is beautiful. On an early evening you can sit ina bar/coffee shop etc and watch the sun go down. It is very breezt but wonderful.

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                    17.12.2002 07:01
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                    • "loads of drinking to be done!"

                    When i went for my open day at Cardiff, i was doubtfull. I got lost and i didn't really see much of the Uni, and i wasn't impressed by some of the staff. I was adament i would go there though, and i did. Once i started there, it was a different story. You notice that the city and surrounding area is dominated by students. You imediatly feel part of a community. Foreign students tend to alienate themselves when it comes to social activities, but in lectures they mingle like everyone else. My advice is in a lecture just talk to the stranger next to you! The Uni itself is a mix of the old and the new. The newer buildings are clean and smart, and the older ones are either concrete blocks or feats of wonder-mainly the main building. It was a bit confusing finding your way around at first, but everything is centrally located and within walking distance of amenities and other buildings. You feel like you can talk to anyone there because they are all in the same boat. The staff are friendly and helpfull and you get the impression that they really enjoy their subject. Some subjects rely on you doing follow up work yourself, and others rely on you doing more homework. The halls of residence will strike you as being small, and it may upset you, but the size of the individual rooms is compensated by the social aspect of each flat. You soon get to know your flatmates and those surrounding yours. They are well maintained and access is good. The larger ones have their own bars e.t.c and it is here that great fun can be had. Apply soon though because priority is given to foreign students. The union is great, it has 2 bars, a night club, shops and a great hall which doubles as a theatre. There is always something happening here. I love Cardiff uni, there is something for everyone in the city, which is very pretty, and the uni is set against the welsh mountains. It is a very safe area especially for a girl at night because there ias always
                    a number of students about. I highly rcomend this uni and i hope i have asked some of the questions you may have. One word of warning though, if you do go to Cardiff, be prepared for a very hectic first week!!! If you have any other questions, e-mail me, DC

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                      20.03.2002 16:47
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                      Eight months after our Master's degree finished, my uni friends and I agree on one thing: we miss Cardiff! This compact capital has everything: a river, a gorgeous bay, a Castle, a wonderful stadium, a handsome civic centre, acres of parks and shopping arcades brimming with interesting shops and cafes with real character. The university is part of the grandiose Edwardian civic centre, laid out along formal lines beside Bute Park, a vast expanse of greenery that lines the River Taff from the Castle in the city centre all the way out to the northern suburbs. This campus university looks the part; its student union is vast (if ugly) and the computing facilities are excellent. In the summer, the civic centre's lawns are strewn with students relaxing and basically not doing any work. The course itself - City and Regional Planning - was disappointing. Supposed to be one of the best in the country, it had a cobbled-together, disjointed feel. Lecturers were frequently too busy doing their precious research to be accessible to students - a frequent problem at big-name good-looking universities. Cardiff University lacks one big library and instead has lots of small departmental libraries festooned arbitrarily around the campus. The theory behind this is fine - but it was frequently inconvenient. I often felt Cardiff University was quite a disorganised place - and was regularly annoyed by that. Nightlife was great. The Student Union pulls seriously big names in music, and in the city centre, 2001 was a year when anonymous chain pubs and bars were opening every week, each one the size of an airport terminal. Town-gown relations seemed fine. Some Welsh are not especially fond of "the English", alhtough having lived in Wales now I can see why they get annoyed with the constant stream of sheep-related jokes and so on that emanate from England - whereas I would've had little sympathy before moving to Cardiff; I always thou
                      ght it was just Welsh whinging - whereas some of their grievances are, sadly, quite legitimate. But on the whole, people are warm and friendly, lacking the legendary middle-class frostiness of southern England across the Severn Estuary. Two more things: Cardiff is a rugby-mad city. Rugby is at the heart and soul of Wales. And it really *did* rain a lot while I was there between '99 and '01. If you can handle that, then Cardiff is a truly great place to study and few who go there fail to look back upon there time there with great fondness and affection.

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                        I spent two semesters at Cardiff University studying English, Philosophy and Cultural Criticism. The glossy brochures make the city look lovely and on open days the whole place is spotless, but what is it really like to live and study in the capital of Wales? *Cardiff University* The university buildings are mainly spread out along one road (Park Place) which leads out of the city centre. This is good as the site is not all spread out and very close to the centre of Cardiff (5 minutes walk). The buildings vary in their attractiveness, the civic centre is gorgeous, but most of the faculty buildings are modern red brick. The students are about 1/4 Welsh to 3/4 English, with a fair amount of International Students as well. There are quite a lot of middle class "yah yah rugby" types, but just as many ordinary, down to earth people. There is a fair sprinkling of mature students, who I have found always sit at the front in lectures and ask lots of questions! Cardiff University is well regarded by employers and it is a quality institution. The entry requirements vary from course to course, for my course (English and Philosophy) the minimum is ABB, but other less popular courses have a lower minimum. *Student Services* Everything was well organised. Each student is assigned a personal tutor but it is up to you if you want to go and see them or not. There is a Student Advice Centre, I went there when I was thinking if getting a transfer. They were really helpful and gave me loads of good advice, and I think I'm going to stay now. There are five libraries, of which I only use one, the humanities library. It is open 7 days a week until 9pm on week days. It is well stocked, although with hundreds of first year English students there is always a race for the set texts! You can reserve and renew books online which is handy too. You can also save time by checking your own books
                        out using new equipment. My main gripe about the library is that there are always queues for the computers and there are very few power points to plug your own laptop into. The books all vary on the length of time you can take them out for, this can be anything from just 24 hours for popular texts, up to three weeks. This can be confusing. The fines are also a complete rip off, more than in a council run library which I think is sickening. One thing I found disappointing about the student services was freshers week. I was looking forward to organised events and parties and arrived to find there was nothing planned officially. I have heard that at other universities there are events designed to help you settle in and make friends and it is a shame that Cardiff do not feel the need to do this. *Students Union* The students union is excellent and is thought to be the biggest in the country. It's a huge building containing a nightclub (solus), a huge pub (the taf), a smaller cafe/bar (seren las), a shopping centre, games room and all the offices for the newspaper, student volunteering, student radio and many more. The outside of the building is not very attractive but inside it is modern. The Union offers loads of opportunities which I would advise anyone to make the most of. There is a sports club or society for everything you could think of( the lounge society and the extreme sports club being two of the more eccentric) which you can join for a small membership fee. The union provides great entertainment-they have bands such Shed 7, Embrace, Wheatus and So Solid Crew play there. They also have a comedy night and most importantly cheap drinks. On 80's night, which is alternate Thursdays, it's only 80p a pint! There is student volunteering, which I have become involved with and so far have found it very well organised. They provide all the training, you get a lot out of it and it is good work e
                        xperience! At the start of term there is a volunteers fair where you can find out about the schemes available. You can write articles for the paper(if you can drag yourself away from DooYoo!), Gair Rhyd(free word in Welsh). Don't forget the university is in Wales. Sounds stupid, but it is easy to forget, surrounded by English students (although there are a lot of Welsh students as well). The annoying things about being in Wales are-S4C-their version of Channel 4. Most of it is in Welsh, and if they do put films, comedies on in English, it's usually very late at night. Now, we all know that students are in bed at 10 so it's not very good, is it? The university also has a dual language policy, which means that all notices have to be in English and Welsh, and everyone can have free Welsh lessons if they want to (I didn't take up the offer...) The good thing about being in Wales is that you are close to some beautiful surroundings-the Gower peninsula and the Brecon Beacons to name a few. I actually went to Cardiff thinking I would be close to nice beaches and was a bit disappointed to find that in Cardiff the "beach" are the docks. The nearest decent beach is at Barry Island, but it is very commercial and on any hot day will be packed. *Accommodation* As with most universities, all first years who accept a place are guaranteed a place in university accomodation. There is a huge choice in the type of halls. From your traditional catered hall with its own bar at University Hall to self catered like my halls, Colum Rd, there is something for everyone. Around 50% of all the accomodation is en-suite so no sharing bathrooms unless you choose to. Mine has a bathroom between two, which is a lot cheaper than en-suite and works out fine if you get along with your bathroom mate. The costs range from £45 a week up to around £70, are it is paid each term. Most of the hall
                        s are within easy reach of the uni, and University Hall, which is 2 miles away, has a free bus service for students to the university. After the first year, most students live in the "student ghetto" of Cathays, a small area which is a mish mash of terraced houses, indian take aways and pubs. Perfect for students then. (I have written a full opinion on Halls of Residence at Cardiff University which has got a crown so if you want more information on accommodation, you know where to look!) *Negatives* On the whole I am positive about Cardiff University. There are some things that bother me though. As I am paying £1075 a year tuition fees I want to feel I am getting me moneys worth. The lectures are huge, with up to 500 people, and so once everyone has got into the lecture room that has knocked 5 minutes off the lecture. Also, sometimes they finish early. This is a small thing, but it irritates me. Most students are pleased that we have less time in lectures, but some of us are actually there to learn! Also, at times it can feel a bit impersonal. Maybe it is the same at all universities, and especially for me as I went to a college with class sizes of less than 10 so it's a big change. You have to make an effort to fit in and get involved otherwise you may get left behind! * * * My advice is, don't just look at the different universities on offer, look at your course and see which university has the best reputation for that particular course. For example, I know Cardiff may not be too near the top of the Times Good University Guide, but remember, that rates all subject areas. For my main subject, English, it recieved a rating of five in inspections, which only five universities in the country recieved. The city of Cardiff is a great place for students-loads of shops, bars and clubs(nearly all of which have student nights). I won't say too much about the city as I have done
                        another op on the city of Cardiff itself. The great thing about Cardiff is its location. It's only two hours from my home in Birmingham, plus there are lovely places such as the Gower and the Brecon Beacons which you can get in in about an hours drive. *Update* I have now left Cardiff University. I stayed for two terms and then left at Easter after much thought. A combination of things made me leave, the course just was not for me, I was not happy living there and I felt it was the best thing to do. I would still recommend Cardiff University to other people as it is a good university with plenty of opportunities.

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                          25.05.2001 06:08
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                          I am currently in second year at Cardiff University and i love it! I am studying Business. City >>> I applied to Cardiff becasue I have relatives in the area and have always liked the city. The fact that it is a capital city is also brillant as there is so much going on, it is a growing city with new things opening all the time. It has recetly hosted the FA cup final as im sure you all know and has a variety of events at teh stadium all the time. The city itself is brillant, it has recently been voted best nightlife in uk and i agree! It is a compact city so you can easily walk around from bar to bar, i think that the bars in cardiff are second to none. Forget the fact that this is in Wales (really it doesnt make any difference!) cos this is the best city in the UK! Uni >>>> The university is also brillant, the grades you need to get in are fairly low for a old uni and i had to egt BBC for my course although i think this has gone up now. The uni is based about a 5 minute walk from the city centre which makes a nice change from many unis and a lot of the subjects are based in the civic centre of the town (so lots of pretty buildings!). The uni has a very good reputation and therefore it is a very good place to go! The union is also wonderful, it has a cool club and a pub as well as shops and places to eat. It provides somewhere very cheap for everyone to meet up and have fun! Accomodation >>>> I spent my first year at Cardiff Univeristy staying in Talybont South, house five. I can honestly tell you all that that was a brillant start to my university life! I have a very nice, 'compact' little room, although very small the storage in it is very impressive. The room was also en-suite. I shared a kitchen with five other girls, we had lots of storage space in there as well and a comfy seating area. Next to my house there was a shop with all the basics and a landreete - very helpful for the occasiona
                          l time you feel you should be domestic! Also, not very far away there is the biggest tesco ever! As well as a Macdonalds, which is very helpful for those days you are too hungover too cook! The talybont social was also close by and very useful for nights when you just can't be bothered to go to far! I know it sounds like I am trying to sell Cardiff Uni to everyone but really it is an excellent place and I am having such a good time I just want everyone to know about it! So, if you dont know where to go yet, think about Cardif you wont regret it i promise!!!!!!!

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                            I came to Cardiff University one open day, from Oxford, and stayed for about 10 minutes before leaving, saying that I definitely didn't want to go to university there. I saw some other universities, such as Brunel, and Bath, and when I got an interview from Cardiff I thought I would give them another chance. I went there again, and was shown around properly, and loved it. The thought of an unconditional offer also helped a bit I think. Now I have been here for two years, and love every minute of it. Cardiff's Student union is the largest in the UK. With 5 floors, comprising of a shopping centre, Hall (used for general functions such as business displays), shop, restaurant, a pub, three clubs, a reception area, Student Services, lounge, Athletic Union, and general offices, it is the envy of many Universities. The University caters for a lot of degrees/degree schemes, including Engineering, English, Law, Pharmacy, Business studies, and many more. It is a terrific university, spread about just north of Cardiff city centre, so all shops are easily accessible. Accommodation in Cardiff is cheap in relation to a lot of other universities, especially ones in capitol cities. The Millennium Stadium is just down the road, so if you are a rugby fan, or a football fan (FA cup final was just there) there is a lot of scope for seeing matches. Cardiff is a great place, and I wouldn't change it for the world.

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                            So your thinking about going to Cardiff? After visiting the university I felt disappointed. Everyone rates it highly and it is known as one of the best places to go to. I disagree. Parts of the university I visited looked and felt old and not up-to-date like others I had visited. The mathematics dept looked especially weak due to the old "rustic" buildings. The area surrounding the uni can only be described as a dump and words cannot describe the smell in the halls of residence! The student union however was much nicer than any other i've seen and the club there looked amazing. The social side of the university seemed to be very vibrant and one of the best I have seen. However I doubt I will be accepting my BBC offer as first or second choice. Some people say Cardiff is a excellent place, but sorry, I couldn't see that myself.

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