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Cardiff Guide For Students

Cardiff is a dynamic location with a solid heritage, making the capital city of Wales one of the number one choices with both tourists looking for a stimulating weekend and students on the hunt for the ideal university city. There’s more to Cardiff than meets the eye and you can be assured that you’ll be met with a succession of surprises, if you’re up for searching them out that is. Here’s a short guide to get you rolling on your journey, best brush up on your Welsh though!

Welsh pride reigns supreme in Cardiff, and spills out onto the playing fields of all kinds of sport, from rugby to ice hockey and football! Sport fanatics will enjoy cheering on the successful Welsh teams and getting caught up in the lively atmosphere. Besides great spectator sports Cardiff offers varied options in adrenaline pumping adventure activities especially designed to push your limits. If you feel brave enough why not take a day trip to Margam County Park and conquer the exhilarating Go Ape obstacle course, where zip wires will have you flying above the treetops! Or, if being up in the air makes you feel queasy then choose to stay on solid ground and have a go at paintballing, quad biking or go-karting! Cardiff also has lots of leisure centres and gyms available for you to keep fit at, as well as plenty of beautiful countryside to go cycling or walking around.

The perfect chill-out zone, Cardiff Bay offers a modern waterfront entertainment metropolis. In its heart you’ll find Mermaid Quay, which serves up a delicious blend of funky bars and chic restaurants for you to hang out at whilst enjoying the captivating scenery across the water. You’ll come across original boutiques selling unusual items that’ll jazz up your wardrobe, shiny gifts for those hard-to-please friends, plus a dazzling health & beauty spot to polish off your look before those big nights out, meaning that Mermaid Quay is a primary dwelling for the best in quality leisure time.

Shopping in Cardiff’s city centre, you’ll come across all the regular high street stores on Queen Street and at the Capitol Shopping Centre as well as one-of-a-kind boutiques and independent stores aplenty at beautifully designed arcades to be found around the centre. Total shopping bliss!

Indulging in a little bit of Welsh culture is simply done in Cardiff. Take time out to visit St. Fagans History Museum - a magnificent open air attraction where you can literally walk through time and experience how life was in past centuries! What’s more, you’ll be able to enjoy traditional shows and festivals throughout the year and live it like you were really there. Oh, and it’s totally free! Art fans will love Cardiff with the vast selection of galleries and studios boasting masses of historical, contemporary and cultural works; check out the modern Martin Tinney Gallery for a look into Welsh art.

Music lovers will feel right at home in Cardiff, as the city is well known for its high quality entertainment factor. The Millennium Centre puts on a variety of cool shows, from West End plays to Hip Hop gigs, so there’s truly something for everyone. As well as this epic venue, you’ll discover that Cardiff has a wealth of intimate locations for smaller gigs and concerts, such as The Globe which stages loads of independent acts through the year.

Cardiff’s nightlife is nothing short of legendary, and students are spoilt for choice, with oodles of great pubs and bars to chill at as well as awesome clubs for major nights out. Glam is a stylish and futuristic venue, spread out over two levels with comfortable lounge areas, cool bars and discount drinks. One of the trendiest clubs in Cardiff, it hosts big nights, celebrity DJs and huge live acts on a regular basis. Tiger Tiger is of course known across the UK for its revolutionary student parties, quirky themes and down-to-earth crowd. They offer exclusive VIP packages for those special occasions, plus seriously cheap beverages and an awesome soundtrack each and every night! Big raves are to be found at Liquid on various nights of the week, blasting all the latest tunes plus NUS discount and drinks offers galore!

As a student, half the fun is in exploring your new city and discovering for yourself the places that’ll be foundation to your university memories. Cardiff just so happens to be the ultimate city for that experience!

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