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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Accomodation as a Student in Cardiff: Tips and Considerations

20 June 2024
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Photo by Callum Blacoe on Unsplash

If you are coming to Cardiff University soon, or if you are looking to move after summer, today’s blog post is for you! Where you live as a student is a huge part of your university experience. For extroverts, living with friends and having a party every other night sounds great, but the same is a nightmare for ambiverts and introverts. Where do you go, what do you choose? How do you choose? What are your options? How do you book? So many questions! Relax, let’s talk through your options.

University Halls

Accommodations for international postgraduates arriving in September and full academic session undergraduates with a firm offer are guaranteed by Cardiff University, subject to specific deadlines being fulfilled. Starting university can be tough but rewarding. It can also be lonely if you don’t make friends. But life in Cardiff University accommodation is memorable and happening, thanks to our amazing Residence Team. They provide a fun and friendly community for you to settle in comfortably. Check out this detailed post by my fellow blogger, where he has shared details about the variety of accommodation options offered by Cardiff University. Information on application for University Accommodation is available here.

Private Accommodation Options

You could choose private accommodation! Here, you have two main options:

Private Halls of Residence
Also known as Purpose Built Student Accommodations (PBSA) or Privately Managed Halls, these options are gaining popularity quite quickly. With a lot of new developments in Cardiff, PBSA in Cardiff caters specifically to the needs of the city’s growing student population, offering modern and convenient living spaces close to the various university buildings and city center. These accommodations typically feature a range of amenities, including high-speed internet, study areas, gyms, and communal social spaces, designed to enhance the student living experience. Some places also offer a cinema room, party room, and karaoke room. PBSA options in Cardiff vary from en-suite rooms to studio apartments, providing flexibility and catering to different budget ranges, making it an attractive choice for students seeking a blend of comfort, convenience, and community.

Private Accommodation
Private accommodation for students offers an alternative to university-managed housing, providing greater independence and often more varied living environments. This type of accommodation ranges from single rooms in shared houses or apartments to entire rental properties, giving students the flexibility to choose according to their preferences and budgets. Private rentals can often be found in diverse neighborhoods, allowing students to integrate more fully into the local community. While this option may require handling utilities, rent payments, and maintenance independently, it often results in a more personalized living experience. Additionally, private accommodation can sometimes offer more space and privacy compared to traditional student housing options.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Accommodation

Choosing the right accommodation involves considering several key factors to ensure it meets your needs and preferences:

1. Budget: Determine how much you can afford to spend on rent and additional costs such as utilities, internet, and transportation.
2. Location: Consider the proximity to campus, grocery stores, public transport, and other essential services.
3. Amenities: Think about what facilities are important to you, such as high-speed internet, laundry services, study areas, and social spaces.
4. Safety: Research the safety of the neighborhood and the security measures in place at the accommodation.
5. Type of Accommodation: Decide whether you prefer university halls, private halls, or private rentals based on your lifestyle and social preferences.
6. Contract Terms: Review the lease length, terms of payment, and policies regarding cancellations and deposits.

Tips to Recognize a Scam

Unfortunately, the rental market can sometimes attract scammers. Here are some tips to help you avoid falling victim to a scam:

1. Too Good to Be True: If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Be wary of unusually low prices.
2. Verify Listings: Use reputable websites and verify the listing through multiple sources if possible.
3. Avoid Upfront Payments: Never send money or provide personal information before seeing the property and meeting the landlord or agent in person.
4. Check Documentation: Request proper documentation, such as tenancy agreements, proof of ownership, and the landlord’s identification.
5. Visit the Property: Always visit the property before signing any agreements. If you’re unable to visit, ask a trusted friend to do so on your behalf.
6. Use University Resources: Utilize the university’s accommodation office or trusted student accommodation services to find legitimate housing options.

Choosing the right accommodation can greatly enhance your university experience. By considering your needs and being vigilant against scams, you can find a safe and comfortable place to call home during your studies at Cardiff University. Find more information in the Cardiff Student’s Union’s comprehensive online housing guide and if you want to talk to a current student about their experiences with accomodation, reach out to any digital student blogger.