6 unusual things to do near student housing in Cardiff

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Cardiff’s student areas are bursting with local quirks waiting to be explored. To give you a head start, we’ve compiled a handy list of the top things to do in Cardiff, perfect if you’re looking to break away from the typical student lifestyle and live like a local.

Dine in a prison

The Clink

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Yup, you heard us right. You 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 a classic British dish and Ffresh for traditional Welsh cuisine.

Get into the mindset of a medieval knight

Knight

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Cardiff is scattered with historic places of interest and understanding how it came about is a great way to find the soul of the city. Cardiff Castle is an obvious place to start, where you can learn about the traditions and heritage of Wales. Take in the history and views of the city from the top of the castle’s steep steps, and you’ll see how the city might have been viewed by medieval royalty. 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

Pipes

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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 – entry is under a fiver! Alternatively, for a quieter night head to Rules of Play for board games and giggles. 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 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, why not check out Jacobs Market - a sprawling warehouse full of antiques, art and eccentric 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 simply stroll around its many parks – you could even pack a picnic and download a self guided walking tour to your phone to direct you. 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)! Our eight residences in Cardiff are close to not only the more traditional city landmarks and student hangouts, they’re right by off-the-beaten-track attractions.