The university itself is amazing and the Cathays campus is right next to the city centre. I stayed in halls for my first and second...
OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING07 Feb 16
The university itself is amazing and the Cathays campus is right next to the city centre. I stayed in halls for my first and second year and am going abroad on my third year. The city itself will surprise you as you don't realise how small it actually is until you explore it! The course has a reputation for being extremely difficult with a drop out rate which seems to grow every year, but this does not stop everyone from commenting on what an interesting course it is.
Cardiff University is renowned in certain sectors and is one of the best universities in Wales. Job prospects are good, especially if you choose to stay in Wales. The main problem is the prerequisite in some sectors to speak Welsh. In other words Welsh graduates probably have more prospects here than English/international graduates. If you choose to move, job prospects are still very good! I believe the best sectors are engineering, journalism and architecture.
Course and Lecturers
I would rate this section higher if it weren't for the fact that the course is called French and Japanese. The very fact that French is first gives the impression that this is the main part of the course; this is not the case, although sometimes I wish that it were! The course is extremely Japanese-centric: this doesn't pose a problem for most people, but for those wanting to do Japanese on a smaller, more part-time scale, I would advise you to stay away.
Personally, I do not spend a lot of time at my union. I would say that there is not enough diversity with the nightlife, despite the fact that it has both a club and a pub which are rather big and could hold a lot of different events. If you like rock music, I'd advise you to just hit the town. Despite this, I have heard that improvements are under way and we could be seing a lot of different things in the future. The staff seem very friendly at the Box Office. I also love the poster sales which used to happen every Monday.
This is one of my gripes after the balance of the degree. I belong to two libraries and don't feel like I belong in either. The Humanities library is large but does not have very good computer facilities and caters as much to me, studying French (which should be well covered by the said library!), as it would to a science student. There just aren't enough books for the modules to go around. The Aberconway library caters to my Japanese needs, but seeing as this course is still quite small compared to others in the same building, the books do not have their own section. This isn't a problem as such because of the codes, but it's annoying when you have to walk to the other side of the library to get a similar book out!
The Cathays campus is the main campus and holds everything: the Students' Union, the Health Centre, a fair amount of libraries and the buildings for architecture, science, business, humanities... the list goes on! The area surrounding Cathays is also a student area and boasts many student houses, some of which are shabby but some of which are quite nice. Cardiff is known for being a generally safe city and I can only think of two "dodgy" areas. In both cases, they are not so much dodgy as intimidating!
Clubs and Societies
I was a member of a few in my first year and reapplied out of nostalgia for my second. Yes, I would say there are definitely enough clubs to cater to anyone's needs. I must also point out the amount of diversity within the societies: we have Russian, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Muslim, Christian and even Pagan societies! We also boast one of the best anime societies in the UK, but I'd advise Japanese students to steer well clear and just join the Japanese society instead. For those doing science subjects, I believe you are also well treated.
Having said what you have said would you recommend your uni?
I enjoyed the night life a lot in the first year but then there was a lot of work to do but cardiff uni is a great place for both...
OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING07 Feb 16
I enjoyed the night life a lot in the first year but then there was a lot of work to do but cardiff uni is a great place for both of those things. The lectures I enjoy and also there is a great night life here!