The University of South Wales is home to many green open spaces, a community atmosphere, as well as the convenience of living and studying in the same place, all just minutes away from the Welsh capital Cardiff.

Studying at USW means you are part of a campus community across Greater Cardiff, with campuses located in Pontypridd, Cardiff, and Newport.

All our campuses are easily reached by road, rail, and air, with an international airport in Cardiff, so wherever you come from, you’re never far from home.

Cardiff is a beautiful city, perfect for students looking to have a balance between culture, scenery, and a welcoming place to study.

Studying at USW means you’ll be in reach of the beautiful city of Cardiff, which is a modern capital city that will surprise you.

  • It’s the UK’s fastest-growing major city
  • Cardiff has more green space per person than any UK city
  • Cardiff is one of the most affordable cities in the UK
  • Cardiff is a major centre for TV and media production in the UK. With major production studios and the BBC on the doorstep
  • Cardiff was announced as the UK’s first-ever music city with a thriving music scene
Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle

Attractions in Cardiff

  • A great student community and social scene
  • Plenty of green open spaces and fresh air
  • Cities, mountains and beaches all in easy reach

Want to explore more?

City Hall Cardiff

City Hall Cardiff

In Greater Cardiff, you’re never far from local restaurants specialising in the best culinary tastes, music scenes that make you nod your head, and cool spots to have a drink with friends.

  • Principality Stadium – where the 2017 UEFA Champions League final was hosted
  • Newport market, a traditional indoor market that was built in 1854
  • Lily’s Cheesecakes – desserts that look too good to eat
  • Le Pub – an entertaining mixture of food, drink, film and music
  • Pho Café – tasty Vietnamese street food
  • Everyman Theatre Cardiff – Cardiff’s liveliest and most adventurous theatre company
  • Carinis fish and chips – the best of British cuisine, fresh, traditional and tasty

Sites to see

  • Cardiff Bay
  • Wales Millennium Centre
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Principality Stadium, Cardiff
  • Castle Coch
Wales Millennium Centre

Wales Millennium Centre

South Wales is definitely somewhere you can make a home away from home. Cardiff is only a 20-minute train journey away from the Pontypridd Campus, therefore city life is close enough. My overall experience here has been amazing.

Oscar Ferreira do Carmo

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