Anyone else making the trip to the Welsh capital on Weds for the Open Day ? Am taking DD1 and quite excited about our first open day (very sad I know -I don't get out much !!) and a night away with my big girl exploring a city we haven't been to before. Also terrified as I know this is the first steps towards flying the nest !
DD is there and also loves it. If part of your 'exploring' includes the shops then make sure that you include the Arcades. They are small retail units that don't suit the rigid demands of the Big Corporates so they are full of quirky, interesting Independents.
Is she interested in sport? - it is the Varsity next Wednesday.
Thanks everyone, we arrive 10.30 tues eve then have the whole day weds until 5.45 to do the open day and hit the shops - never been to Cardiff so really looking forward to it as everyone keeps telling me how nice it is !
I was at Cardiff ... great, cheap, interesting, safe. Don't discount the all girls Aberdare Hall which is so central and has lots of character. Some of the other halls are a bit further afield, ie bus ride. I'd stay central if I could. The civic centre, where the university is, is just beautiful and you can walk through the arcades from the main station or get a valleys train to Cathays for the uni. Good luck, am very envious.
Moominmammacat - would you know how long it would take to walk from the central station to the main university building ? We could catch the train but we thought that if the weather is ok that walking would give us chance to see something of the city
Any comments on what the accommodation is like both in halls and then living out in following years?
DD was in Halls in Talybont, made great mates there. It is in walking distance of the University and Tescos (the largest in Europe!). She then lived out in the Cathays area, like everyone else. It is studentville. Her (cheap) student houses have been grotty character-forming. DD is about Aberdare. Unless, of course, your DD fancies being a hermit/nun.
No, definitely the hermit/nun type! I lived in halls all three years at uni but my DP had an interesting student house . On visiting him he told me he would show me how to use the bathroom ???? Despite being affronted the problem soon became clear - there was a clear glass door on the bathroom !!!!!! So you had to open the airing cupboard door across it to cover the glass and retain some dignity !!!
Ah! Memories. We called it Frigidare Hall ( about that now!). I lived in Talybont N in the newer bit. They had just opened Talybont S at the time. We were the first wave of ensuite self catering. It was nice. I met DH in the bar about a month in......
Uni hall is good too. Much further away but they had a fab community.
The more central halls used to have less community as people would head to the union more.
Living out most people were in Cathays or Roath. Usual student housing really. Very concentrated though "normal" people stood out!
The SU is fab in Cardiff. A really good mix of social and support. Sports are good too.
I was at Cardiff and it was brilliant. Talybont is great and about a 15 minute walk into lectures. Amazing city, lovely people, great shopping and social life. Best decision I ever made was going there. Enjoy!!!
We had a great day thank you ! Loved the city , DD1 loved the Uni and liked the course so Cardiff definitely going on the UCAS form in the autumn! Halls seemed fine, Students Union massive !! And we loved Dylan the Welsh dragon mascot who seemed to follow us around !