Study Abroad in Cardiff

Study Abroad in Cardiff

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales. A welcoming, vibrant cosmopolitan city, with a mix of traditional, historical, and modern architecture. It has attractions and activities to keep even the most demanding of visitors happy.

Set in south Wales, Cardiff has a strong and proud history and standing in the world. It’s a thriving cultural city too, the arts being a very important feature of the city and the country; as is sport, with iconic facilities for both and events catering to a wide range of tastes.

Cardiff city centre boasts a real, beautiful castle, along with traditional shopping arcades and a modern shopping area. A short walkable distance away, or by overland train or bus, is the city’s waterfront, Cardiff Bay – the seat of government and location of the flourishing Wales Millennium Centre.

Cardiff is home to the national arts companies of Wales and to the BBC’s largest drama production centre outside London. With the creative industry booming in Wales, there are exciting opportunities for our students to engage with and participate in this sector.

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama plays a significant role within this wider cultural infrastructure. It is one of the city’s favourite venues, presenting over 500 public performances each year, offering plentiful, diverse performance opportunities, from Shakespeare to new writing, opera to jazz, and just about everything in between.



Once offered a place on the Study Abroad programme, you will receive information about how to apply for the College’s student housing, known as the halls of residence. The cost is £132 per week (2021/2022) including all bills.

If the halls of residence are not available, the College will support you in finding alternative housing for the duration of your study.


Living Costs

According to UK Visas and Immigration, students studying in the UK but outside London will need an average of £1015 per month for living costs.

In 2019, Cardiff was ranked the most affordable UK student city in the NatWest Student Living Index. This annual survey, run by NatWest bank, asked 3,500 students from 35 UK cities to record how much they spend on essentials, their budgeting methods and how they manage their time between socialising and studying.



You should expect to spend £30-£40 each week on food, with an additional £5-£10 on toiletries and laundry.



You will never be short on social activities in Cardiff, with museums, parks and a huge choice of bars and restaurants. Around £30 a week will be enough, but this can vary depending on what you choose to do.

Cardiff also provides a wealth of fitness options. The halls of residence are only a short walk to the nearest leisure centre, which houses a swimming pool, gym, and cycle track.


Getting Around

Travel costs are low as most parts of the city are easily accessible on foot. The halls of residence, most residential areas and the city centre are a 10-15-minute walk from the College.

To get further afield bike rentals are dotted around the city with 50 stations and 500 bikes to hire at any time.

There are dedicated cycle routes from the halls of residence to College and routes to Cardiff Bay and beyond.

Some drama teaching will take place at our Llanishen Studios, and occasionally students will need to attend rehearsals/performances in locations across the city. Our Llanishen Studios are just a short bus ride from College, but you can also cycle there (around a 30-minute ride).