Section A: The Application Process for Medicine at Cardiff University
1. What qualities in a student does Cardiff university look for?
Cardiff University looks for the following qualities in your personal statement, academic referee's statement and at interview:
Being able to think on your feet.
Insight into the life of a doctor and a career in medicine.
Insight into the Welsh NHS.
Insight into some of the issues that are important to the profession.
Knowledge of medical ethics (e.g. 4 Pillars of Medical Ethics, Consent).
Understanding of the course structure and unique aspects of teaching at Cardiff University (e.g. full body dissection, CBL, early patient contact, spiral curriculum, placements across Wales).
Able to critically appraise information.
Communicating ideas effectively.
Experience and reflection in a caring environment.
Taking personal responsibility/leadership and reflecting on this.
A balanced approach to life.
Driven and able to undertake self-directed learning.
The qualities of being a good doctor (based up on the GMC Good Medical Practice guidance): caring for patients as your first concern, taking prompt action if patient safety is compromised, honesty, empathy, acting with integrity, time-management, problem-solving, leadership, trust and maintaining good team working skills with colleagues and other healthcare professionals (think of occasions where you have demonstrated each of these qualities).
This information can be found at the following links:
2.What elements of your application does Cardiff university value most?
GCSE grades and the interview are the main elements used to rank applications at Cardiff University. Saying this, your personal statement is read by the application team, to look for the appropriate qualities mentioned above. However, this is not factored into the formal processes of ranking applicants for interview places.
Cardiff receives ~3000 applications per year, interviewing ~1200 applicants for ~300 places on the course. This means that ranking highly from your GCSE results is crucial for obtaining an interview. Once the interview stage is in progress, offers are made exclusively based on your performance in the interview.
Admissions test results are less important. UCAT is the entrance exam that applicants are required to sit to apply to Cardiff University School of Medicine. UCAT is only used to discriminate between 2 equal candidates at the time of giving out offers when all other attributes between them are equal. Otherwise, it is not used! Therefore, Cardiff accepts people with a range of UCAT scores.
3. How important is the UCAT score at Cardiff?
UCAT is the entrance exam that applicants are required to sit to apply to Cardiff University School of Medicine. The BMAT exam is not required in your application.
As mentioned above, very little importance is placed on your UCAT at Cardiff University School of Medicine. There is no minimum UCAT score that must be achieved: in both the main sections and the SJT.
The average score of a successful applicant in 2020 was 2589. The average score of interviewed applicants was 2620. But, as mentioned previously, the UCAT will be used to discriminate between 2 equal candidates at the time of giving out offers, when all other attributes between them are equal.
4. How important are the grades you ultimately achieve for Medicine at Cardiff University?
Your predicted grades for your courses are not included in the ranking process for an interview, as only qualifications already achieved (e.g. GCSE, completed A levels, etc.) are included.
For admission onto the course, the following grades must be achieved:
A Levels: AAA
Must include Biology and Chemistry
Does NOT include Further Mathematics / Critical Thinking / General studies
Must pass the practical component of these courses
Resits of these qualifications are NOT accepted
GCSEs: 8 GCSEs at grade B/6 including Maths, English Language, Biology, Chemistry, and Maths
66 (BB) in Double Science or 66 (BB) in Biology and Chemistry
Welsh Baccalaureate: Welsh Baccalaureate accepted in place of 3rd A Level
International Baccalaureate: 36 points
7, 6, 6 required at Higher level
Must include grade 6 in HL Biology or Chemistry AND grade 6 in one other HL science from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics.
Must also include grade 7 in SL Biology or Chemistry if not taken at HL
Resists of these qualifications are NOT accepted.
Advanced Highers: AA (must include Chemistry and Biology)
Scottish Highers: AAAAA (must include Chemistry and Biology)
BTEC: Distinction overall and distinction in all modules in the Higher National Diploma
For graduate applicants, you must have achieved BBB/ABC at A-level, 32 points overall in the IB or other equivalent scores and be working towards a 2:1 in your degree.
Cardiff University School of Medicine does not admit students who have not achieved the conditions of their offer (e.g. AAA at A level) and does not accept qualifications that were resat. There are some alternative courses alongside the A100 5-year course:
A104 (6-year course with a preliminary year) - for applicants with high academic performance but who have not taken science-related subjects at A-level (or equivalent qualifications) or who only took 1 of either Biology or Chemistry. A104 is not intended for applicants who have taken science subjects at A level (or equivalent) but failed to achieve the grade requirements of their offer. After 1 year of science teaching, these students enter Year 1 of the A100 (traditional) medicine course.
A101/A102 (Graduate-entry 4 year course) - the graduate-entry medical course at Cardiff University School of Medicine is only available to applicants enrolled on 1 of the 4 'feeder stream' courses. Other graduates can apply to the A100 5-year course or A104 6-year course. The 4 'Feeder' courses are:
BSc (Hons) Medical Pharmacology Degree, School of Medicine, Cardiff University (B210)
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences Degree, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University (BC97)
BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences Degree, University of South Wales (B901)
BMedSci (Hons) Medical Sciences Degree, University of Bangor (B100)
5. What other requirements does Cardiff have for Medicine?
The Cardiff University School of Medicine application process relies heavily on your GCSE grades when ranking applicants for the interview! You will be given points for your achieved qualifications. Points are awarded for your 9 highest graded GCSE subjects. Biology, Chemistry, English Language, and Maths are 4 GCSEs that will always be included in this total. Achieved A-level grades and honours degrees can give you additional points.
9, 8, A* = 3 points
7, A = 2 points
6, B = 1 point
A* = 3 points
A = 2 points
The maximum number of points you can achieve is 27, and the cut off for an interview varies each year.
You must also have 8 GCSEs at grade B/6 or above including Maths, English Language, Biology, Chemistry, and Maths (or 66 (BB) in Double Science or 66 (BB) in Biology and Chemistry)
Cardiff University School of Medicine does not use UCAS points to rank applicants for an interview unless it includes achieved qualifications. Predicted grades do not factor into the application, as long as you are expected to meet the minimum requirements of the course (e.g. AAA at A level, including Biology and Chemistry).
6. What should I put in my personal statement for Medicine at Cardiff University?
Qualities to demonstrate in your personal statement:
Insight into the work of a doctor (what do you understand as the role of a doctor?).
Time-management, problem-solving & empathy (explain a situation where empathy has been valuable to an encounter from work experience, volunteering or extra-curricular activities).
Driven and able to undertake self-directed learning (any extra reading or courses you have undertaken outside of your main studies?).
A balanced approach to life (hobbies/activities undertaken outside of your studies and the benefits this brings you).
Applicants need to demonstrate 'experience and reflection in a clinical environment'. Cardiff University School of Medicine recognises that opportunities for certain types of work experience (e.g. in a hospital or GP practice) vary between individuals' social circumstances. No specified amount of work experience hours must be completed. Use all experiences in clinical environments to reflect upon in your personal statement and at the interview (e.g. care homes, residential homes, volunteering groups, etc.).
It is important to include extra-curricular activities in your personal statement and have some examples for theinterview as Cardiff University School of Medicine likes to see that their applicants have a 'balanced approach to life' and have interests other than Medicine! These do not need to be competitive sports or national achievements (although do mention these if they apply to you!), you can mention anything you enjoy outside of your studies that helps you to relax and take time away from your studies!
7. What is the structure of the Medicine interview at Cardiff university?
The interview invitations are sent in November of the application cycle. Interviews take place between December-February of the application cycle. The interview is MMI-style, consisting of 9 stations, each lasting 6 minutes with 2 minute reading time between. There is 1 interviewer at each station - this could be anyone from a student, lecturer, tutor, etc.
Here is an overview of what to expect on interview day:
Dress Code: Suits / Smart Clothes
Time: after signing in, you will have a clinical skills introduction (a small talk from one of the clinical leads at the medical school about the skills you will learn in your 1st year at medical school, very helpful for calming nerves!!). Following this, the MMI interview takes place. This lasts ~2 hours.
Room: 1 large room, with 2 circuits in the room, separated by a wall. A bell rings when you start the station, halfway through, when there is 1 minute left and at the end of a station.
Format: outside of each station is a board with the 2 questions you will be asked at that station written on it. There are 2 minutes reading time before each station, except the maths station where you can start instantly. The questions are also written on a sheet of paper placed on the table. There are 2 questions at each station; you should aim to spend about 2.5-3 minutes answering each. At 3 minutes (halfway) through the station, they will round up your point and move you onto the 2nd question. Often examiners will ask you at the end of speaking "is there anything else you would like to add?" - do not get thrown off by this, they will ask this whether you give a good, full answer or not! They just want to tease as many thoughts/ideas out of you as possible!
What should you bring: you do not need to bring anything with you however you are allowed to bring a bottle of water should you wish to do so.
8. What does Cardiff University look for in a Medicine interview?
Qualities to demonstrate at the interview:
Insight into the Welsh NHS (knowledge of its structure and issues)
Insight into the work as a doctor (what do you understand as the role of a doctor?)
Time-management, problem-solving & empathy (explain a situation where empathy has been valuable to an encounter from work experience, volunteering or extra-curricular activities)
Understanding of the course structure and unique aspects of teaching at Cardiff University, e.g. full body dissection, case-based learning (CBL), early patient contact, spiral curriculum, placements across Wales. Explain how these benefit your style of learning and why they will make you a better future doctor.
Driven & able to undertake self-directed learning (any extra reading or courses you have undertaken outside of your main studies?).
A balanced approach to life (hobbies/activities undertaken outside of your studies and the benefits this brings you). Both academic and non-academic extra-curricular interests should be mentioned.
Common Question Topics at Interview:
Insight into Cardiff University and the course structure
Insight into a career in medicine (the good and the bad!)
Management of stress (i.e. extra-curricular activities, balanced approach to life)
Demonstration of the qualities of a doctor - empathy, teamwork, following your instinct, prioritisation, etc.
1 maths station - dosage calculations, moles calculations etc.
9. What are my chances of getting into Cardiff medical school?
Cardiff receives ~3000 applications per year, with 1200 applicants interviewed (40%) for ~300 places on the course. About 500-700 offers are made.
Overall offer rate of applicants: 1 in 4 / 1 in 6.
Overall success rate: 1 in 10 / 1 in 11.
10. What are the entry requirements for Cardiff medical school?
A104 (6-year course with preliminary year) - for applicants with high academic performance but who have not taken science-related subject at A-level (or equivalent qualifications) or who only took 1 of either Biology or Chemistry. A104 is not intended for applicants who have taken science subjects at A level (or equivalent) but failed to achieve the grade requirements of their offer. After 1 year of science teaching, these student enter Year 1 of the A100 (traditional) medicine course and follow the same structure.
A101/A102 (Graduate-entry 4 year course) - the graduate-entry medical course at Cardiff University School of Medicine is only available to applicants enrolled on 1 of the 4 'feeder stream' courses. Other graduates can apply to the A100 5-year course or A104 6-year course. These students enter the Year 2 cohort of the Undergraduate 5 year course, and remain with this year group for the rest of their studies. These students complete a 'summer school' the August before beginning this course, and then follow an identical course structure to the Undergraduate 5 year degree. The 4 'feeder' courses are:
BSc (Hons) Medical Pharmacology Degree, School of Medicine, Cardiff University (B210)
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences Degree, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University (BC97)
BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences Degree, University of South Wales (B901)
BMedSci (Hons) Medical Scheinces Degree, University of Bangor (B100)
For more information check out the following links:
An extra (optional) intercalated BSc can be undertaken between the following years of each of the above courses, and adds 1 year to the course length:
Between Years 3 & 4 or Year 4 & 5 of the Undergraduate 5 year course.
Between Years 4 & 5 or Year 5 & 6 of the 6-year course with preliminary year.
2.What is the course structure for the 5 year medicine course?
The course structure is integrated.
Years 1 and 2 are the pre-clinical years. Patient Contact begins in Phase 1b (January of Year 1), with placement 1 day/week. In years 3 and 4 you progress to the clinical years. Year 5 is the harmonisation year. This is a year spent consolidating knowledge and skills to prepare you for work as a doctor in the NHS, ensuring your smooth transition from student to Foundation Doctor.
3. What is the teaching style?
The teaching style is case-based learning (CBL).
Phase 1 (Years 1 and 2) Teaching:
Lectures - 50 minutes x 5-7/week (not compulsory attendance, but recommended). Recordings can be viewed online after the lecture has been delivered in person. However, these are not usually available to watch for a few days/a week after the in-person lecture, so it is easy to become behind on your lectures using this method.
Clinical skills - 3 hours x 1/week (compulsory attendance).
Case-based learning session (Phase 1b) - 3 hours on Monday week 1 of the case, 3 hours on Monday week 2 of the case, 2 hours on Friday week 2 of the case. Therefore, the total time spent on each case is 8hrs over a 2 week period (compulsory attendance).
Full-body dissection Anatomy Sessions (mainly in Phase 1a) - 3 hours x 2/week. We do some prosections at the end of Phase 1a instead of full-body dissection, but this is more uncommon (compulsory attendance).
Tutorials (mainly in Phase 1a) - 2-3 hours x 1-2/week (compulsory attendance).
Practicals (mainly in Phase 1a) - 2-3 hours x 1/week (compulsory attendance).
Cardiff University School of Medicine has a spiral curriculum, so almost everything you learn about in Year 1, will continue to be visited multiple of times during the degree. Platform for Clinical Sciences (Phase 1a, aka PCS) can be very content-heavy and busy with teaching sessions, but you will be taught most of it again during Phase 1b of the course to consolidate this knowledge, and you will apply the information clinically in Phase 2 of the course.
4. What does an average day as a first year medical student at Cardiff university look like?
A typical Phase 1a (Year 1) timetable can be found below. The key is as follows:
Black = Lecture
Blue = Tutorial
Red = Dissection / Practical
Green = Clinical Skills
In Phase 1b (Year 1/2), you have a 2 week case based upon a system / presentation. This is a typical fortnight of CBL sessions:
A typical Phase 2 (Years 3/4) timetable can be found below:
During Phase 2 you undertake 4 x 8 week placement blocks. In Year 3 the placements are as follows: Hospital Front Door, Chronic Disease 1, Oncology/Surgery and a Student Selected Component (SSC, a self-directed project). You will also cover Applied Clinical Sciences this year. This consists of 6 weeks throughout the calendar, between the placement blocks, covering basic clinical knowledge, e.g. Evidence-Based Medicine, Blood bottles, etc. In Year 4 the placements are as follows: Chronic Disease 2, Women Child and Family, Psychological Medicine/Clinical Neurology/Ophthalmology and a Student Selected Component (SSC, a self-directed project). The placements in your designated ward/hospital take place Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm (but this can change based upon your speciality rotation and how 'busy' the area is with pathologies you need to see).
5. How does the structure of your day-to-day life change as you progress through the different years of the course?
Phase 1a (PCS) is very busy, with 9am-5pm schedules on most days. This can be very tiring, and has less time allocated for self-study.
Phase 1b (CBL) has fewer timetabled sessions than PCS but requires more self-study between CBL sessions on a Monday and 2nd Friday.
Phase 2 is mainly filled by your placement blocks, which can be very tiring, and leave the evenings only for self-study. However, the timetable is more flexible in Phase 2, with it being your responsibility to attend placement and know when in the day there are no more patients for you to see, and self-study at home would be more useful for you.
6. Is an iBSc offered at this university?
Intercalated BScs (iBSc) are offered to students between Years 3 and 4 or Years 4 and 5 of the 5-year undergraduate course (years 4 and 5 or years 5 and 6 of the 6-year course with preliminary year). At Cardiff University they are an optional part of the medicine courses; you can choose to do it at Cardiff University or at another university.
The iBSc courses available at Cardiff University School of Medicine / School of Biosciences are as follows:
Applied and Experimental Clinical Immunology (MSc)
7. What is the typical cohort size and does this change as you progress through the course?
The average year group cohort size is ~300. Numbers do not change substantially as you progress through the course (as students who fail to progress the year and students who enter your year due to intercalation in the previous year often balance out).
8. Which hospitals are linked to Cardiff university?
In Phase 1b, placements take place at 1 of 5 locations in South Wales:
University Hospital of Wales - found at Heath Park campus.
University Hospital Llandough - 25 minute car/bus journey from Heath Park campus.
Abergavenny - Nevill Hall Hospital (45 mins drive from Cathays campus)
Bridgend - Princess of Wales Hospital (35 mins drive from Cathays campus)
Merthyr Tydfil - Prince Charles Hospital (40 mins drive from Cathays campus)
Newport - Royal Gwent Hospital (20 mins drive from Cathays campus)
Transport to Abergavenny, Brigend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport placements in Phase 1 are organised by the medical school (a bus takes you to and from placement each week).
Transport to the 2 hospitals linked to placements in Cardiff must be organised by the student (UHW is walkable as it is on Heath Park campus and UHL is easily accessible on bus routes).
As a student at Cardiff University School of Medicine, our placements in Phase 2 are across Wales (ranging from 0 to 5 hours away from the Cardiff campus), and for each placement block, you will be placed in a different hospital / GP practice. This is amazing as it allows you to see a diverse variety of medical practice (rural vs urban, older vs younger populations, etc.).
In placement blocks outside of South Wales, students will live away from Cardiff in accommodation provided by the medical school (free). This is usually for 1-2 placement blocks per year. You can request to not have placement blocks outside of South Wales, and the best effort will be made to honour this.
Section C: University & Medical School Life
1. Where is the university located?
Cardiff University School of Medicine is located in the heart of the capital city of Wales, Cardiff - a quieter and friendlier capital city! Cardiff is a beautiful, vibrant city, with a wide range of activities on offer within the city or close by. These range from hiking trails in the Brecon Beacons just north of Cardiff to pretty coastlines and beaches on the south of the city. The city itself contains everything you could ever need, with thousands of shops, numerous parks and open spaces, sports stadiums, museums, restaurants, coffee shops and other things to see and do! Cardiff also has great transport connections to other parts of the UK via buses, trains and planes. This is a "city-based" university, meaning there is no central campus that contains every university building, and the university buildings are located across the city.
There are 2 main collections of university buildings in 2 different areas of the city.
Cathays campus - the main university area of the city. It contains the Student's union building & Centre for Student Life (contains study spaces, the Taf pub, restaurants, society rooms, gym, 10+ shops and a club for nights out). This area also contains the main libraries of the university (e.g. Science Library, Arts & Social Sciences Library, etc.) and the majority of teaching buildings for every subject at the university outside of the School of Medicine.
Heath Park Campus (~20-25 mins walk north of Cathays campus) - this is the main School of Medicine campus for medical students, physiotherapy students, student nurses, midwifery students, occupational therapist students, etc. It is based around the University Hospital of Wales (UHW). This campus contains the majority of School of Medicine buildings (e.g. Cochrane building) for lectures, tutorials and clinical skills teaching in the specialised clinical skills centre. There is also a 24 hour library and a cafe.
Medical students in Phase 1 will spend the majority of their time on the Heath Park campus, with some teaching sessions taking place in the School of Biosciences buildings in the centre of the Cathays campus.
2. Are students encouraged to take part in societies?
Cardiff Students' Union (the #3 Student's Union in the UK!!) has over 200+ societies for students to join and over 65 sports clubs. With so much variety, there is something for everyone, and students are encouraged to take part in the societies throughout their time at medical school!
Across the Students Union, the societies are mainly based around activities, appreciation groups, culture, discussion/campaigning/awareness, political/ideological and performance groups. There are some societies that are course-based (usually at least 1 society for each course at the university), but these do not make up the majority of the societies on offer. Students have a wide range of societies to explore and join which are unrelated to their studies!
Currently, there are 44 societies specifically for School of Medicine students surrounding different specialities in medicine, wellbeing and revision teaching!
Benefits of separate societies for medical students:
Medical students in the later years of the course can support and pass on their knowledge to the younger years through society events.
Societies for each specialty in medicine allows medical students to begin exploring what areas of medicine interest them and get involved in opportunities surrounding this speciality (e.g. research, organising conferences, free access to events, teaching, etc.).
Leadership opportunities for medical students passionate about a certain specialty or medical education.
Creates a wonderful community of medical students studying in Cardiff.
Drawbacks of separate societies for medical students:
Other students outside of the School of Medicine do not join these societies, which can increase the 'medic bubble' you may find yourself in if you do not join societies unrelated to medicine.
It is easy for medical students to integrate with non-medical students through societies, sports clubs and volunteering. Most societies are open to all students across the university, and these provide a great opportunity to meet a wide variety of students, who have similar interests to you! Also, the accommodation in 1st year is not split between medics and non-medical students, which allows you to meet with students outside of your course.
Examples of general societies at Cardiff Students' Union:
A Cappella Society (Singing & Performance Group)
Cardiff LINKS (St John Ambulance)
Free running Society
Sky diving Society
Wet Dippers Wild Swimming Society
Vegan & Veggie Society
Examplesof medical societies at Cardiff Students' Union:
MedSoc (Cardiff Medical Society)
Cardiff Healthcare International Perspectives (CHIPS)
Cardiff Medics First Responders
Cardiff Pre-hospital and Emergency Medicine Society
Clinical Neuroscience Society
Cardiff University Medical Imaging Society (CUMIS)
WeHeal (Wellbeing in Healthcare) Society
Wilderness and Expedition Medicine Society
Women's Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society
5. What bursaries are available at Cardiff University for medical students?
There are several bursaries available from Cardiff University:
Cardiff University Bursary - eligible to full-time undergraduate students from lower income households who qualify for UK funding for living costs (£1,000 for first-year students, £500 in subsequent years).
Cardiff University’s Financial Assistance Programme Award (FAPA) - eligible to students who are not able to cover living essentials as financial hardship support.
Next Step Bursary - eligible to students who have participated in the University’s Widening Participation Scheme, and whose household income is below £35,000 (either a £1,000 Cardiff University residency fee discount or a £500 travel bursary in your first year).
Young Adult Carers Bursary - eligible to student young-adult carers who are more likely to incur extra financial costs and greater challenges due to managing a caring role alongside their studies (£3,000 over the duration of your course).
Other bursaries exclusively available to medical students, but not exclusive to Cardiff University, include the NHS Bursary Scheme. From Year 5 of the course onwards, the NHS will take over as the main funding provider for your course (funding any preliminary year, intercalated years and Year 5). It does not need to be repaid and there is no contract with the NHS after you finish your course. A means-tested NHS bursary is available to help with living costs. This is assessed against household income and ranges from £0-£2,643.
The Bursaries, Scholarships and Money Team at Cardiff University offers free, impartial, confidential and practical advice on funding.
More information on funding and bursaries at Cardiff University can be found at these links:
6. Are student support services readily available and easy to access?
'MyMedic' is a support service for all medical students at Cardiff University. This service accepts self-referrals and referrals from staff members in the School of Medicine. They support students with a wide range of queries including:
Low mood or self-confidence.
Lack of motivation.
Language or communication issues.
Situations that affect the enjoyment of student life or studies, such as family dynamics or relationships.
Other university support services include:
Personal Tutors (every student receives a contact within their subject school, who they can contact at any time about any queries they have at university).
Urgent/out of hours contact for support.
Wellbeing Champions (students who have received health and wellbeing training so that they can provide peer support to fellow students).
Counselling (drop-In and by appointment).
Talk Campus (an app where you can talk anonymously about your worries and how you are really feeling any time of the day or night with students from all over the world).
Chaplaincy team & quiet rooms (find a quiet room for contemplation, meditation and personal prayer).
Attendance of all students is monitored for progression through the course. However, if you need to take time off for health or personal reasons, this is accommodated for if you speak to your Head of Year or Personal Tutor.
The university is very supportive of students who require mitigating services for exams and helps students ensure any necessary adjustments are applied.
7. What are the best food spots around this university?
Amazing Restaurants in Cardiff are easy to find, here are a few of my favourites:
The Alchemist Restaurant/Bar.
The Botanist Restaurant.
The Ivy Restaurant.
Let Them See Cake Cafe.
Brunch at the Early Bird, Woodville Road.
8. Is student accommodation available at Cardiff University?
Cardiff University has 17 sites for student accommodation linked to the university dotted around the city.
Talybont (Gate, North, South and Court) is the largest and main site for accommodation, where the majority of students stay in their 1st year. This is ~25 mins walk to the Heath Park Campus, ~25 mins to Cathays Campus / Students Union and ~35 mins walk to Cardiff City Centre.
Social/study space in the centre of the village.
Large supermarkets (Tesco and Aldi) and fast food chains (KFC and McDonald's) can be found next to Talybont Gate/Talybont North (~2-3 mins away!).
Cardiff University sports training village is in the centre of the village and has a fitness suite, sports halls which host the majority of indoor sports clubs at the university and a range of floodlit outdoor sports facilities (tennis courts, basketball courts and football pitches).
Laundry sites throughout the village.
Amazon lockers for deliveries.
Bike sheds available.
Equidistant between the 2 campuses
Far away from the city centre (especially on rainy days!).
Talybont North and South could be modernised.
Senghennydd Hall and Senghennydd Court is another major accommodation site in the South of Cardiff.
Closer to the Student's Union and Cardiff City Centre (closer to the remaining student population and the city).
Further away from the Heath Park Campus than other accommodation (~40 mins walk).
The accommodation fees are as follows:
More information about the 17 accommodation sites can be found at these links:
Other accommodation is available across Cardiff that is not linked to the university. These are available for 1st year students and beyond. A popular location for medical students is a private accommodation block called 'Unite Students - Clodien House' as it is only 5 mins walk from the Heath Park Campus!
In later years of the course, many medical students live in private rented accommodation in Heath, Maindy or around Cathays Terrace as these locations are about ~15-20 mins from Heath Park Campus and the Students Union/City Centre.