Cardiff is the proud Welsh capital and home to over 30,000 students. It’s famously one of the most cost-effective cities for students, but not at the expense of a packed social and cultural calendar. You can enjoy a huge range of shops, cafes and bars as well as museums, galleries and green spaces.

If you’re thinking about studying in Cardiff, one of the best ways to get to know the city and the universities is by going to open days. It’s a prime opportunity to see student life first-hand with the help of current students and staff. You can take in tours of the university campuses and facilities to find out if it’s a good fit for you even before you apply.

With restrictions varying in Wales, you’ll find a lot of the open day content has been made available online. However, there are still opportunities to explore the universities in person. Even if you’re sticking to the virtual open days, it can still feel like a lot to navigate so we’ve gathered up all the information we could to help you plan your time. Whether you’re considering University of Cardiff, Cardiff Met University or University of South Wales, we’ve got the details for you to hit the ground running with open days in Cardiff.

One of the most important parts of the university experience will be your student accommodation in Cardiff. Universities will offer tours of their own accommodation but be sure to check out The Neighbourhood or Eclipse from Collegiate; feel free to pop in and speak to our friendly team or take a virtual tour online. Discover an incredible range of en-suite bedrooms and private studios to help you settle into student life with ease.

University of Cardiff Open Days

Cardiff Uni’s virtual open day involves a host of live webinars and subject presentations, and live chats with current students and staff including the residence, admissions and student support teams. If you’re nearby the city, you’re welcome to take a self-guided tour of the campus – book your place today – or take a look at their virtual campus tour.

Cardiff Met University Open Days

Cardiff Metropolitan University has yet to confirm their 2021 open day dates, however, it hosts virtual open day content throughout the year. Right now you can enjoy a host of guided video tours of the campus, halls and sports facilities, as well as live chats with their student ambassadors. Register for updates and you’ll be one of the first to know when dates are confirmed.

University of South Wales Open Days

The next campus open days at Uni of South Wales are on Saturday 16th October and Saturday 13th November 2021. It’s your opportunity to see course presentations, speak with staff and current students, as well as find out about accommodation, student support, finance and careers. Book your place now and while you’re doing your research, check out our Cardiff Met University accommodation for a truly exceptional student living experience.


Do I need to have a place at a university in Cardiff to attend an open day?

Not at all, universities are open to applicants but also to anyone who’s considering studying in Cardiff.

Do I need to book to attend an open day in Cardiff? 

Yes, booking helps the universities manage numbers on the day and makes sure everyone is safe. Booking is also essential for virtual open days so you can ensure you’re emailed the correct links and information.

Book for Cardiff Uni here.

Book for Cardiff Met here.

Book for Uni of South Wales here.

How do I get to the University of Cardiff?

To get to the Uni of Cardiff use postcode CF10 3AT, there is limited on-site parking and street parking, or you can use Cardiff City’s park and ride service. It’s approximately a 25 minute walk from Cardiff Central station or 2 minute walk from Cathays station. You can find more information here.

How do I get to Cardiff Met University?

To get to Cardiff Met Llandaff campus use postcode CF5 2YB, there is parking available on-site. You’ll need to get a taxi or bus from Cardiff Central station, both of which can be found outside the station. You can find more information here.

How do I get to the University of South Wales?

To get to Uni of South Wales, use postcode CF24 2FN, there is a large car park opposite the ATRiuM building on Adam Street or on Knox Road. The ATRiuM is a 10-minute walk from Cardiff Central train station and a 5-minute walk from Cardiff Queen Street train station. You can find more information here.

Are the universities all the same in Cardiff?

No, the three universities are all located in Cardiff but operate entirely separately so you’ll have to book for each open day individually.

When the open day is finished, is there much to do in Cardiff?

As the capital of Wales, Cardiff is a thriving city with plenty of things to see and do. From shops and cafes to museums and galleries, there’s plenty of things to do as a student in Cardiff.

Student accommodation in Cardiff

While you’re exploring virtual open days in Cardiff universities, why not take a look at Collegiate’s student accommodation in Cardiff too? You can take a virtual tour of Collegiate Eclipse or The Neighbourhood, both in great locations for Cardiff’s universities and the lush city.

With a range of room and studio types, as well as shared apartments, you’ll always benefit from en-suite facilities, a private study space and a kitchen area. And, all bills and Wi-Fi are included in your rent, so with fewer extra costs you can focus on enjoying your time in Cardiff.