Going to university and moving away from home for the first time can be a daunting experience. At Cardiff Met, our accommodation team are on hand to help make you feel at home - from the moment you apply, to the day you move in.
Watch our video above video to see the range of safe and secure accommodation options available at Cardiff Met. Hear from current students about their time in halls and find out more about the range of help the accommodation team can offer - whether you're looking for a place in on campus halls, or need help to find private rented accommodation.
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Cardiff Met gave Alex tools to communicate his creativity
Completing his BA in Graphic Communication at Cardiff Metropolitan helped Alex Johnson channel his natural creative flair into an exciting design career.
When Alex left his hometown of Huddersfield to join Cardiff Met in 2009, a significant draw was the Cardiff School of Art & Design’s links with creative agencies in London.
Alex said: “I was particularly interested in the school’s partnerships with high-profile agencies such as the Brand Union, where I later secured a paid work placement.
“Of all my university interviews, Cardiff Met was the only one where I felt nervous, which showed me how much I cared about getting a place!”
With a Foundation Diploma from Leeds College of Art & Design and an established talent for life drawing and screen printing, Alex came to Cardiff Met looking to pursue a more structural, graphic approach to art.
Alex commented: “During my degree, I realised that the secret to creating something that can quickly and easily capture the minds of your audience is to actually make it. I’ve since found this to be a really beneficial mantra in my professional life too.”
With the guidance of School of Art & Design staff such as Graphic Communication subject leader Olwen Moseley, Alex channelled his raw artistic ability into crafting unique, tangible artworks from materials like wood and glass.
Over three years, Alex built up a diverse portfolio of design work and took part in several award briefs for prestigious creative bodies such as You Can Now (YCN) and Design & Art Direction (D&AD).
Speaking about his time at Cardiff Met, Alex said: “My favourite thing was the sense of community, support and collaboration. Right from the lecturers to the students, there was a real family atmosphere every year.
“Cardiff is a fantastic place to be at university – it’s a city, but it feels like one massive park to relax in!”
After graduating in 2012 with first-class honours, Alex moved to Bristol and began work as a Junior Designer at design consultancy Matthew Fairweather, creating corporate illustration for big brands like John Lewis, Orange and Marks & Spencer.
Alex is one of three Cardiff School of Art & Design alumni to join the Matthew Fairweather team, and has remained a proactive member of the Cardiff Met student community.
He said: “I targeted Matthew Fairweather as somewhere I’d like to work whilst still a student; Cardiff Met places a real focus on employability and encouraged me to develop career plans quite early on.
“I love working here – being part of a team of just five, you feel as though you really add something to the company dynamic, which is really rewarding. Having a studio train built into the floor also helps the days go by!”
Alex is also heavily involved with the wider creative community in Bristol and across the United Kingdom, regularly attending design conferences and getting involved in festivals such as Typo and Four Designers.
He commented: “I still come back to Wales for Olwen’s Cardiff Design Festival, which always has something interesting to dive into.
“I recently became a member of the West of England Design Forum, which works to communicate with and contribute to the local creative community.”
Under the spotlight:
2006 Studied A-levels in Art, English Literature and Business at Greenhead College
2008 Foundation Diploma at Leeds College of Art & Design
2009 Started BA Graphic Communication at Cardiff Met
2012 Graduated from Cardiff Met and started work at Matthew Fairweather
2013 Member of West of England Design Forum
Cardiff is an exciting, modern European capital city, which punches well above its weight for its size. The city was recently described as the ‘epitome of cool’ in the renowned Lonely Planet travel guide and as a top travel destination by National Geographic Magazine.
As one of Europe’s youngest capitals, it packs all the benefits of a major cosmopolitan destination into a friendly, affordable and easy to navigate space and is a great place to live as a student.
An impressive civic centre with wonderful buildings, including the National Museum of Wales is surrounded by acres of parkland, a thriving city centre, a brand new shopping and entertainment centre and Victorian boutique shopping arcades, world-class sporting stadiums, and a lively Cafe Quarter which stretches down to a stunning waterfront area with bars and restaurants at Cardiff Bay.
As the Welsh capital, Cardiff boasts an excellent, year-round calendar of events and culture; from theatre, comedy and concerts to music and food festivals and major sporting events.
Its big city attitude combined with a small city’s benefits makes Cardiff the ideal place to spend your university years.
The Students’ Union plays an important part in all aspects of student life at the university. The SU provides a voice for all students at course level, school level and at key university committees, so your voice is always heard.
The SU provides a range of social, sporting and cultural opportunities for its members, whether through its commercial operations on each campus or through the societies and activities that are financed by the Union, or through the Clubs and the Athletic Union.
The Athletic Union administers all the sports clubs at the university. Students from every school are entitled to compete and play for the university. Whether in a team or as an individual the support is available for all students to compete on behalf of the university. Many of our high profile teams play in both the British Universities and National League competitions.
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Employability and Graduate Opportunities
Making the decision to attend university is a big life investment, not only from a financial point of view, but the course you choose will pave the way for a rewarding career in your chosen field.
All of our courses are designed with your career in mind. Professional accreditations, work placements, sandwich years, visiting lecturers from business and industry, and opportunities to study aboard are all aimed at developing your professional and personal skills to ensure your career prospects are maximized upon graduation.
This focus on employability and graduate opportunities has ensured that over 94% of our graduates enter employment or further study within six months of graduation.
*Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2013
Fees and Funding
Fees & Funding
For up-to-date information regarding tuition fees please visit our website.
We also offers a Scholarship Scheme to further help students with financing their studies. For further information on these schemes please visit our scholarship pages.
Cardiff Metropolitan University offers the opportunity to study in one of Europe's most dynamic and cosmopolitan capital city locations, without the high cost of living of most cities - plus Wales' beautiful coast and mountains are on the doorstep. The city is young, prosperous and vibrant, full of character and atmosphere with a range of first class facilities for sport, nightlife, shopping and sightseeing.
The university is made up of five academic schools, which specialise in courses that are career orientated and which have been designed in conjunction with business and industry. Many of the courses are professionally accredited and offer work placements ensuring excellent career prospects upon graduation. This focus on employability has seen 94% of our graduates enter employment or further study within 6 months of graduation*.
Courses are available in the areas of:
Accounting, Economics & Finance
Art & Design
Business, Management & Marketing
Computing & Information Systems
Educational Studies & Teacher Training
English, Creativity & Contemporary Media
Environmental Health & Trading Standards
Food, Nutrition & Dietetics
Health Care & Complementary Therapies
Tourism, Hospitality & Events
*Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2013