University Guide

University of South Wales

The University of South Wales has three campus locations in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd. It was formed in April 2013 when the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport merged together.

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University of South Wales

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of South Wales.

  • Rankings

    The University of South Wales ranks 92nd among the universities in the UK and in the top 1500 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2024.

  • Employability

    95% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. Many courses also have official accreditations from bodies such as the ACCA, BCS, CIPS, BPS,CIPS ad BPS.

  • Fees

    Fees vary by course but are around £9000 for UK and EU students and £_14950_ for international students. A course list can be found here. (TBC)

  • Bursaries

    Nine bursaries are on offer for the year 2024/25 which are the USW Progression Bursary, the USW Gwent Scholarship, the USW Birmingham Metropolitan College Bursary, the Diagnostic Assessment Bursary and the Refugee Sanctuary Scheme and more. Details can be found here.


Accommodation options vary from location. At Pontypridd the options are self contained studio flat, standard, premium, attic and basement. For Cardiff options are premium, deluxe, premium studio and deluxe en suite. For Newport there are pre approved private options such as the Newport Student Village. Full details are here.

Students' Union

The Students’ Union is split over three sites, to service each campus. It offers 64 societies and offers 9 sports clubs as well as providing high quality advice, representation and support. USW also boasts a thriving sporting community with over 60 teams playing in the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) leagues.

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University of South Wales Students' Union

Famous for

Alumni include Tine Wittler, Justin Kerrigan, and Sue Bale.


As part of the University Springboard Programme, The University of South Wales announced it was starting a Springboard Startup Fund in October 2020 that will award a maximum of £4000 to graduate students with viable new business ideas.

AFS says

“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. With a mix of big clubs and independent ones, nights out are always unique with a wide range of events being hosted every night of the week. However, there are many experiences you can have whilst sober! The city holds many cultural gems, whether it be museums, the castle or the individual shops in the Victorian arcades, there is something for everyone".

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