5 things you NEED to do near Cardiff's student areas


Cardiff’s student areas are bursting with local quirks waiting to be explored.

And to give you a head start, we’ve compiled a handy list of the top things to do in Cardiff - perfect if you’re new to the city (or about to be) and looking for inspiration. 

Dine in a prison

The Clink

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Yep. You really can eat a meal at prison restaurant, The Clink.

The rehabilitation project aims to give practical skills to prisoners, and is just a six-minute walk from student residence Liberty Gardens.

Not up your culinary street? Here are the top 10 restaurants to look out for in Cardiff, including Watermelon tea rooms for an exotic experience, The Potted Pig for classic British dishes, and Ffresh for traditional Welsh fare.


Travel back to medieval Wales


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Cardiff is packed with historical places of interest, and understanding its rich past is a great way to find the soul of the city.

Cardiff Castle is an obvious place to start where you can learn about its 2,000 year history.

From the top of the castle’s steep steps, you can look out at the view in the same spot that medieval royalty once stood to do the same. If you’re lucky, you might just catch a jousting re-enactment, too.

The castle is a 15-minute walk from Liberty Bridge.


Head Riverside for hair of the dog


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Whether you’re after a hot coffee in the morning, or a cold beer in the evening, Cardiff has many local favourites.

If you’re after a night out, hit the local club, Clwb Ifor Bach where entry is under a fiver.

For a quieter night of gaming, head to Rules of Play. With computer, cards and board games, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

If you’re feeling peaky the morning after, you’ll find the perfect cuppa at the Little Man Coffee Company.

Or, if you fancy something stronger, venture over to artisan brewery Pipes in Riverside for a local pint. It might not be quite so close student areas, but the craft beers there are worth the walk.


Explore independent markets

Riverside Market

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To fully immerse yourself in local life, check out Jacobs Market - a sprawling warehouse full of antiques, art and unusual bits-and-bobs that are fascinating to peruse, even if you don’t buy anything.

The market is right by Cardiff Central, a mere 11-minute walk from Liberty Park.

If you’re feeling peckish after all that shopping, the stalls at nearby Riverside Market are full of locally sourced street food, straight from the farm.


Do a park crawl

Bute Park

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You’ll have plenty of chances for pub crawls during your time in Cardiff, but a fun (and somewhat healthier) way to explore the city, is to stroll around its many parks.

As a newcomer to the city, download a self guided walking tour to help you navigate. 

From Bute Park, head north and you’ll stumble upon many of Cardiff’s gardens and fields, with stunning scenery.

Cardiff Metropolitan University is situated within a few minutes’ walk from Bute Park, as are many Liberty Living residences, including Liberty Bridge, Liberty Gardens and Liberty Fields.


Cardiff is a dynamic city where you’re never short of things to do, so try something new while you’re there - and have fun (or Cael hwyl as the locals say)!

If you're on the lookout for student accommodation in Cardiff, learn more about Liberty Living's 8 residences in the city here