There are more than 21,500 students in higher education at Swansea University & Swansea Metropolitan University, and a further 2,200 students studying at University of Wales: Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen.
With so much to do, see and enjoy while here students are spoilt for choice! To get an idea of what’s on offer check out the pages in our ‘Living In’ section.
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Swansea University alone has over 15,000 students and offers more than 500 undergraduate and 130 postgraduate courses in a wide range of subject areas, from American Studies to Zoology.
More than 6,500 students had enrolled to study at Swansea Metropolitan University, which has four faculties: Faculty of Applied Design & Engineering, Faculty of Art & Design, Faculty of Business and Management and Faculty of Humanities.
Trinity’s students come from all over the UK, plus there is a growing community of international students studying at the campus. In September 2012 Trinity St David merged with Swansea Metropolitan University, the new Institution, called University of Wales: Trinity Saint David.
All three universities have students from overseas, representing more than 30 countries world-wide, ranging from Scandinavia, Europe, India, China, USA, Canada, South America and many others too numerous to name. In today’s global market place, knowledge and ability to work effectively with others is vital and having overseas students is important to university life, not just from an educational perspective but also culturally, raising social awareness and understanding.
Cardiff is a thriving knowledge economy: boasting above average employment in knowledge intensive sectors, a growing R&D base, and a burgeoning innovation culture. It is home to four outstanding institutions:
Cardiff’s Universities have nine ‘Centres of Excellence’ recognised for technology and industrial collaboration and are also stimulating a thriving local enterprise culture particularly in knowledge intensive sectors such as ICT, Creative Industries and Life Sciences. The Universities support a spin-out culture, and Cardiff University has its own fund run by Fusion IP to finance new ventures.
Together the universities boast 65,000 undergraduate students and over 12,000 post-graduate students, as a result of this together with the high standard of local institutions, Cardiff’s labour pool is highly skilled delivering a stream of talent for the city’s employers.
Cardiff’s strategic location offers easy access to a further five universities including Bristol, Bath, University of the West of England, Swansea and Newport – providing access to an additional 50,000 students and a range of world-class research and teaching expertise in under an hour.
Cardiff has everything you would expect from a capital at a fraction of the cost of cities such as London. The cost of labour is significantly lower without any compromise on quality. Cardiff has the lowest average gross salary compared to all the English Core Cities and the average salary in London is almost 40% higher than the average for Cardiff.
When you compare the top rental value for grade An office space it makes excellent business sense – Cardiff’s office market is in a prime position to attract global occupiers according to a report by international property adviser DTZ.
In the firm’s latest research on office occupancy costs across the world, Cardiff is ranked the lowest in Western Europe (the research’s occupancy costs take account of rent, running costs, property taxes, fit-out costs and leasing incentives).
An analysis of the cost savings companies can achieve by relocating from London to regional UK cities concluded that Cardiff provides the best value, with cost savings in excess of 40% over 10 years.
Cardiff is also known as an affordable capital city for students who can benefit from some of the lowest rents in the UK. In a survey conducted by the Virgin Alternative Guide to Universities, Cardiff was ranked as being the most affordable of the old University cities. Recent research by the Royal Bank of Scotland also identified Cardiff as one of the most cost-effective place in the UK to go to university. According to the annual survey of more than 2,500 students in 26 university towns across the UK, the city combines low living costs with high weekly earnings from part-time work.
Housing prices, in general, are competitive and the average house price for Cardiff is below that of London, Reading and Bristol.