University Guide

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University, known in Welsh as Prifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd, was known until 2011 was the University of Wales Institute Cardiff. It is now an independent body from the University of Wales, although it still has close connections. The university has 5 academic schools and the school of art and design dates back to 1865. It’s four campuses are close to central Cardiff and the university has over 11,000 students.

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Cardiff Metropolitan University

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the Cardiff Metropolitan University.

  • Rankings

    Cardiff Metropolitan University is ranked 100th out of 122 universities in the UK by the Guardian 2024 League tables.

  • Employability

    94.6% of graduates from Cardiff Metropolitan University are in employment or further study 6 months after graduating.

  • Fees

    The fees for UK students for 2020 entry will be £9,000. For international students, the fees will range from £9,250 to £15,000 depending on the courses that individual’s study.

  • Bursaries

    View the full range of scholarships and bursaries here


Students who are studying at Cardiff Metropolitan University for the first time, who are full-time prospective students, who have firmly accepted their offer and applied for accommodation before 31st May, will be guaranteed accommodation at Cardiff Metropolitan University. There is a variety of accommodation available at Cardiff Metropolitan University, and prices will range in accordance with the accommodation package that students opt for. Prices vary from £140 per week to £234 per week. The university has accommodation available at its Cyceoed Campus and its Plas Gwyn Campus, as well as private accommodation options. Find out more information here

Students' Union

Cardiff Metropolitan Students’ Union represents all students at the University, and is run by part-time reps, student officers and sabbatical officers in order to ensure that every student at the university has a voice. There’s an array of societies and events hosted by the Students’ Union in order to bring the student community together. The Students’ Union building is located on the Cyceoed campus.

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Cardiff Metropolitan University Students' Union
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Famous for

Cardiff Metropolitan University has multiple research and enterprise centres, including the Welsh Centre for Tourism, the National Centre for Product Design and Development Research and the Food Industry Centre.


Cardiff Metropolitan University as been named by the Sunday Times Good University Guide and the Times University Guide as the Welsh University of the year for 2021. The university also moved 33 places up the league tables, marking the highest recorded yearly increase from a single university in the guide’s history.

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"Cardiff is the perfect student city, with cheap prices to match. Everything you could ever need it within walking distance, but you still feel like you’ll never have time to see it all"

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