Just remember that any university you go to, you would be expected to learn and think independently - no more note taking from the...
OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING29 Mar 15
Just remember that any university you go to, you would be expected to learn and think independently - no more note taking from the person next to you (unless you can get away with it!). Apart from that, Cardiff University is really good not just in the region but also the whole country. It is an ambitious university that wants to remain among the top research led universities. You can tell that it is high on research and this is seen through the teaching standard.
I'm thinking of doing an MA but not certain. It depends if a legal job that I want crops up. The careers centre itself is very well funded and hardly any students make good use of it. When I went in, the staff there were shocked to see a firt year student - i'm glad i went, i got career books worth £14.99 for free. It's all funded by the university and your paying your tuition fees, so get your money's worth!
Course and Lecturers
Law and Politics is really good. It's demanding but you would expect that with Law. I currently do 4 modules for Law and 2 Modules for Politics - the pressure is given more on the legal side. I do generally find the law department slightly better organised (and stricter!) than the politics department when it comes to essays and seminars. Nevertheless, i do find the politics seminars more interesting (naturally :). The Law lecturers obviously know what they are talking about and for the essential modules there is a very low turnover rate which would mean your lecturer knows the system well (one of my lecturers has been teaching at Cardiff for 20+ years). Likewise the politics lecturers are very good and you end up reading the lecturers books for your course. The politics department does have one weakness however - it only concentrates on european politics. If this is an area you would be interested in, then this is the course for you.
Rated as among the best, the SU is very active in all kinds of student life. At the end of the day, it is up to the students to make the best of the SU and if you are ambitious enough, you can run your election campaign and try and get elected. It runs an excellent newspaper too, the university's equivalent of the Metro - always enjoyable to read.
I live in Colum Hall and for the price you (£2400 pa) you get a good sized room with ensuite. I've got friends in Talybont North and they are slightly smaller with a small bathroom with no doors on the shower which looks as though it can get annoying. Can't complain with my accommodation really. It's not too small and not too big to socialise with nearby flats either.
Just opposite my halls is the business school and with it is a refectory and a computer suite which is HUGE. There are around 200+ computers and half the time they are not being used so you can be rest assured that if you can't concentrate in your room, there should usually be a computer available. Likewise, the law library and the social studies library is good, with some essential books not being allowed to be taken out which is good if you have a last minute assignment and need that particular book! Typical non-high demand books however can be loaned for upto 2 weeks (some are 1 week loans depending on the supply). The computer facilities in the libraries are also good. The SU also has the nice Taff bar which is a good social area to catch up with friends and a small lunch if your running late for a lecture.
Cardiff if very good on the club scene and some would argue the best. I come from Leeds and Cardiff is very comparable - plenty of clubs and pubs in supply and the pub at the end of the road is typical.
Clubs and Societies
The university has a good range of sporting clubs and societies as you would expect from any large university. The other universities in the Wales don't come close to the wide range of sporting acitivites that include rowing, kayaking, hiking as well as the more conventional sports such as rugby and football. I personally have joined fencing and badminton and as well as playing the sport, the social scene is very active after games.
Having said what you have said would you recommend your uni?