Advice for living in Cardiff and the UK

Student housing advice; changes in circumstances; adjusting to life in Cardiff; visa and immigration advice.

Is your January rent sorted?

Posted on 11 December 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

If you are funded through Student Finance Wales or Student Finance England, you will not receive your second student loan payment until Monday 8 January. Rachel, our student intern, talks about what to do if you’re not already prepared… With Christmas around the corner and New Year’s celebrations just after, we know that this might be
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Get career ready this winter

Posted on 8 December 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Our student intern, Rachel, talks about how you can have a great Christmas holiday and also get career ready… Christmas time is the best time to relax, catch up with family and friends and get ready for the next year ahead of us. But remember, we are only half way through the academic year and
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The Exam Diet: Your guide to budget-friendly brain food

Posted on 1 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

 Victoria, our Student Intern, shares her tips for eating well on a budget during exams… Endless tesco meal deals, the occasional wi-wo, various chocolatey snacks and an array of beverages from hoffi coffi’s selection may seem like the ideal exam diet, but it’s neither brain food nor budget-friendly. I know the struggles of exam time.
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Try a different language this Global Week

Posted on 23 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Bonjour, Gutentag, Ciao, Hello and Helo! George, Journalism Student and Marketing Intern, talks about the opportunities to learn a language during your time at Cardiff Uni…   How many times have you said that you want to learn a language? How many times have you been envious of the foreign tongue of your chosen destination,
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Where will you GO?

Posted on 22 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

George, International Journalism student and Marketing Intern tells us more about Global Opportunities… Have you ever considered studying in China or Canada, volunteering at a French festival, a year abroad in Belgium or Hong Kong? There is a world of opportunity out there and it’s no secret that the university’s Global Opportunities team can talk you through
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Adjusting to life in the UK and culture shock

Posted on 21 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

George, Student Intern shares his insights into culture shock and tips from our International Student Support advisers… Having lived in either England or Wales for the entirety of my life, I’ve never really experienced ‘culture shock.’ Sure, I’ve been abroad and experienced different cultures and ways of life, but I have never lived in a
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Transgender Awareness Week

Posted on 16 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, from the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team, talks about Transgender Awareness Week, 13 – 17 November, and Transgender Day of Remembrance, on 20 November… Transgender Awareness Week is an annual event which aims to raise the  awareness of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address some of the issues the trans community faces. Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) takes place just after Transgender Awareness Week, and is
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Don’t sign for a house too soon!

Posted on 15 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Siobhan from the Advice and Money Team, explains why you shouldn’t sign for a house too early. Every year for as long as I can remember (and I’ve been here a while), the festive season is always accompanied by an unwarranted panic to sign for future accommodation. There seems to be this idea that you
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University not going so well?

Posted on 8 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Advice and Money Team give you some tips on what to do if you are struggling with university and considering withdrawing… Starting university is exciting but it also comes with some anxiety. It’s quite common to feel overwhelmed in the first few weeks and wonder if you are in the right place, or if
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Estranged? No contact with your family? Disowned? We are here to support you at Uni

Posted on 9 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Paula Barker from our Advice and Money Team explains what it means to be estranged and the support available to students… Most Universities in the UK recognise that students who have been through the care system face barriers in access to higher education and have developed a support package to try to address this issue. But
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Meet Paula, the key contact for care leavers and estranged students

Posted on 4 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Paula, our dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students, gives a warm welcome to new and returning students and explains the support available… My name is Paula Barker and I’m the dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students at Cardiff University. I’m based in the Advice and Money Team within the Graduate Centre (3rd floor)
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Visa options for international students who would like to stay in the UK

Posted on 27 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

International Student Adviser, Abbie, shares some information for international students who want to stay in the UK after graduation. Wondering what the future holds after graduation? Well, there are a number of opportunities out there for international students to stay in the UK and work. International Student Support (ISS) is here to help with your
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Guidance for students who have failed their exams

Posted on 22 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir from the Advice and Money Team shares 5 steps for students who have failed their exams. The exam board has met and you will have received an email to say your results are available to be viewed on SIMS.  When you viewed yours did you find a dreaded F, or a lower classification or pass
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Supporting you this summer

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student intern, Victoria, shares information about the support available to students during the summer. Assessments and exams are finally over! Sighs of relief swept Cathays on the 9th June, alongside torrents of rain and the chaos of General Election results. Now, undergraduate students across campus are getting ready to pack up their things and head
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Ready, steady, get set for the Cardiff University Student Fun Run 2017!

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

After hundreds of students took part in our Student Life Fun Run last year, it’s back again this year with new t-shirts, new participants and new prizes! Student intern, Sophie, tells us more… Cardiff University students, staff and alumni are invited to walk, jog, skip or run around the 2.4 km route through Cardiff’s Civic
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Visas for graduation

Posted on 9 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kristina, from our International Student Support Team shares some important visa information for international students who will be attending graduation and inviting family. So you’re on your way to successfully completing your course and earning your qualification. First of all – Congratulations! It has taken a lot of hard work to get to this point.
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Four ways to get your bond back

Posted on 30 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our student intern, Victoria, gives advice on how you can avoid a disastrous departure from your student digs… So it’s nearly the end of the year and the cherry blossom trees of the Main Building and the Woodville are blowing the hints of oncoming summer into many an unsuspecting face. It’s been so long since
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Exams and your tier 4 visa

Posted on 19 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kristina Bowers, International Student Advisor, tells us more about Exams and Your Tier 4 Visa… Exam season is almost upon us and I’m sure that all our students have been hard at work! With good preparation and sound study, hopefully everyone will get the results that they are hoping for. However, things don’t always go quite to
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The 4 week housing countdown

Posted on 19 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Siobhan from the Advice and Money Team lets students know everything they need to do before moving out, in the 4-week, ship-out, bond-back countdown! Wow, where has the time gone? I bet it feels like you only moved in a few weeks ago, but another academic year has flown by and already it’s nearly time
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9 Things to do this Easter

Posted on 11 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Victoria, student intern, shares 9 things to do this Easter, to help you to keep busy, recover after a stressful term and prepare for another. It’s Easter at last! Another term has whizzed by, the deadlines are done, the Welsh weather has suddenly transformed and Varsity has left everyone with that victory glow. Now a
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Life as an International student – a personal insight

Posted on 28 March 2017 by Your student life, Supported

International student, Lorria, tells us about her experiences at University… An anxiously received acceptance letter, several bittersweet celebrations, a 12 hour flight and 6 overweight suitcases later, I found my exhausted self still travelling and onboard a 3-hour coach headed to my new home away from home. As a fellow international student at Cardiff Univeristy
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Celebrate Global Week with us

Posted on 13 March 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sophie, our Student Intern, tells us more about Global Week and the events you can join in to celebrate Cardiff University’s diverse community… This March the University is celebrating the unique cultures and shared experiences of students and staff at Cardiff University through a series of globally themed events. The events, arranged jointly between Cardiff University and
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DESire for the UK! What is the Doctorate Extension Scheme and could it be an option for you?

Posted on 15 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kristina Bowers, International Student Advisor, tells us more about the Doctorate Extension Scheme… Have you fallen in love with Cardiff? Has the UK won your heart? If you’re thinking of staying on after your studies, then the Doctorate Extension Scheme, or DES, could be the immigration route for you.
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Love is in the air – tips and advice you’ll love

Posted on 13 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day this week we will be sharing ‘tokens’ of love with all students. As noted below each of our ‘tokens’ will link to blog posts, videos or intranet content all written to help support you throughout your student life. Follow us on facebook and twitter to see daily information and advice
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Here for you throughout your student life! Find out how Student Support can help you

Posted on 6 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

This week we are showcasing our Student Support Centres and the teams who work within them, to highlight the services and support available to students… We understand that student life brings with it all sorts of new experiences and challenges for students. At Student Support we have a great range of services and support to help meet student needs, as detailed
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Come in! Student Support at Cardigan House

Posted on 6 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Student Intern, Kate, tells us more about the Student Support Centre at Cardigan House… The Student Support and Wellbeing team at Cardigan house offer confidential advice and support on a range of topics including: advice for your student life, student occupational health, finances, housing, health and wellbeing, disability and dyslexia and careers and employability.
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How the International Student Support team can help you

Posted on 6 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kristina Bowers, International Student Advisor, tells us more about the International Student Support team and how they can help you… International Student Support is dedicated to the welfare and needs of our International Students. We are happy to be the first port of call and welcome all queries and questions from Cardiff University’s International cohort!
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Exams and your tier 4 visa: When things don’t go to plan

Posted on 13 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kristina Bowers, International Student Advisor, tells us more about Exams and Your Tier 4 Visa… Exam season is almost over and I’m sure that all our students have been hard at work! With good preparation and sound study, hopefully everyone will get the results that they are hoping for. However, things don’t always go quite to
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Top 10 things to do in Cardiff over Christmas

Posted on 10 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kate, Student Intern, shares her top ten things to go in Cardiff over Christmas… In Cardiff over Christmas and stuck for things to do? Look no further! This blog is your essential student guide for all the things to do in Cardiff over the Christmas break.  
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Festive drinking: Don’t get too jolly

Posted on 8 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Victoria, Student Intern, discusses festive drinking and warns not to get too jolly… For some, ‘tis the season for festive drinks. However, don’t feel like you need to chug mulled wine just to get in the festive spirit. Alcohol can affect your university experience and your mental and physical health. The festive season often comes
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Staying safe this Christmas

Posted on 7 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sophie, Student Intern, discusses how you and your friends can stay safe this Christmas… With tinsel, gifts, Christmas lights and snow loads of university work, it might be easy to put personal safety on the back burner. However, whether you’re heading home or staying in Cardiff over the holidays, it’s still important to take precautions to ensure your own and
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Ho-Ho Homes… Tips for keeping your student house safe this Christmas

Posted on 5 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Victoria, Student Intern, shares some top tips on keeping your home as jolly as you over the holidays… Whether you’ve decked out your student digs in the finest tinsel poundland can offer or it’s still sporting cobwebs from Halloween, keep your home jolly by making sure it’s safe and secure. Student homes can be targeted during the festive period, so make sure
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Give back this Christmas and feel good

Posted on 2 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sophie, Wellbeing Champion, discusses how you can give back this Christmas… Christmas for most of us, is one of the happiest times of the year. Presents wrapped in green, gold and red wrapping paper, mulled wine on the stove and the Polar Express on replay – what could be better? For some – a toothbrush,
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The 12 blogs of Christmas… Information, Advice and Important Contacts for Cardiff Uni Students

Posted on 1 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

As the festive season fast approaches we bring you ‘The 12 blogs of Christmas’… Whatever your plans over the University’s Christmas Recess we have created a series of blogs to help give you some fun ideas on what to do and offer practical advice on your wellbeing during the holidays.
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Culture Shocked!

Posted on 25 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kristina Bowers, International Student Advisor, explains culture shock and how you can overcome it. As the nights get longer and the days become grey and damp, you may find yourself wishing for the warm sun and familiar faces, missing the comforts of home a little more than you expected… It’s likely that it’s not just
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Housing: Don’t sign too soon!

Posted on 1 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Siobhan from the Advice and Money Team, explains why you shouldn’t sign for a house too early. Every year for as long as I can remember (and I’ve been here a while), the festive season is always accompanied by an unwarranted panic to sign for future accommodation. There seems to be this idea that you
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⌗itooamcardiff gives BME students a voice

Posted on 17 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

We are pleased to launch our new, I, Too, Am Cardiff, Harvard-inspired campaign… Tuesday 18th October will see the launch of our new student-led campaign, which gives BME students a voice.  The campaign will be rolled out across the University for all to see. Here’s more about what we have planned and how you can get involved.
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Discover Cardiff and beyond on a budget

Posted on 7 September 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Victoria, our Advice & Money Student Intern, shares her pick of Cardiff’s best budget-friendly locations… New to Cardiff? Or a golden oldie in your third year? If you’re a new student, exploring your new home can help you feel more settled – and no matter how long you’ve been here, can you really say that you’ve seen all
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Support for Cardiff Uni students whatever the weather

Posted on 3 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Will, our Student Intern, tells us more about the University’s student support teams and how to get your hands on one of our new umbrellas …   No matter how long you have lived in Cardiff, it is easy to see that it rains quite frequently! I am one of many students who have experienced walking to
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Struggling to study at home? University library opening times and info

Posted on 8 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

It’s that time of year again where most students are revising for exams, here Annie our Student Intern, shares useful information about university library opening times and locations … During the exam period it can become a constant frustration for students to revise at home for a number of reasons … it might be because you
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Great customer service for Cardiff Students

Posted on 27 October 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Division has been awarded the Customer Service Excellence ® standard, here we tell you more about what this means for students … We are putting students at the heart of everything we do and are really pleased to have received the Award and acknowledgement of the work we do to ensure students receive great service
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Opening a Bank Account in the UK

Posted on 18 September 2015 by Virginia Bonet Morell

If you are an International or EU student here are some tips from our Student Intern Virginia to help you with opening a bank account in the UK … As an EU student, I remember coming to Cardiff by myself and with loads of cash on me because I did not have a UK-based bank account yet and needed
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Latest News and Events from @studentlifeCU

Posted on 24 May 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Here’s the latest updates from our teams – what they’d like you to be aware of and get involved in  … Whatever it is, if you need support come and see us! We work with hundreds of students weekly, so please drop in and see us.
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Answers to the questions final year students are asking us

Posted on 24 May 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Here are some great tips from staff across Student Support & Wellbeing who answer the questions final year students are asking us … These are just some of the ways we can help you now and after graduation, drop in and see us in person or online for even more services and events. 
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Student support events & updates 28 April – 9 May

Posted on 28 April 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Here’s a brief note of what our teams are up to and the activity they’d like you to be aware of and get involved in over the next two weeks … Whether its exam stress, money worries, interview nerves, feeling low, job hunting, housing advice, trouble sleeping … anything … if you need support come and see us! We work with
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