Guest post by Megan Desmond
Cardiff is one city not short of resources and places to go for students. The city centre provides a large range of shops, bars and places to eat. It is easy to see why Cardiff is a popular place in Wales with students.
For those moving into the area for study, it can seem overwhelming at first. As a student myself, I felt slightly overwhelmed on my first trip down here. The city is large, unfamiliar, and the streets seem endless.
Cardiff is home to many places of study such as Cardiff University, University of South Wales, Cardiff and Vale College and Cardiff Met University. These range of educational spaces makes the city a lively place to go. The advantage of the city is that when the going gets tough, there are plenty of places students can escape the stress of studying.
Places to relax
In times of stress, there is a need for relaxation. How can this be done in a large and noisy city though?
There are surprisingly quite a few places you can escape to and unwind:
Cardiff Library if you want to study away from campus, Bute Park, Roath park or even Cardiff Castle to get some fresh air. The parks and castle grounds are the perfect places to enjoy the colours of autumn take over the trees and for the fresh air to wash away the stresses of your course.
If you don’t fancy the cold autumn winds there is the option of stepping back in time at the National Museum Cardiff. Fortunately for those at Cardiff University, this is right next to the main buildings.
Another great place for getting away from the stress with some adventure is the Millennium Centre, next to the Bay. The large centre is full of different ranges of shows, music orchestras’ and comedies. The centre has a range of entertainment for all.
Upcoming this year the centre will play host to TV star and comedian Rob Brydon, Music group Only Men Aloud and West ends’ Wicked. If you’re not a fan of live theatre or music though, you can always escape over to the Vue Cinema or mini golf in St David’s.
Food and Drink
On nearly every street in the city centre, there is a place to eat or a coffee shop. The city centre is full of places for that much-needed caffeine fix, or those bar celebrations after exams.
For food, there are plenty of cuisines for your taste pallete to feast on. A personal favourite of mine is Ed’s Diner in St David’s Shopping centre. This small American diner serves up good portion size food for a decent price, it’s the place I like to escape to.
Students have the choice of many cafes, restaurants or the well-known ‘Chippy lane’. The small lane is full of various takeaways and is home to Five Guys. It’s a favourite go-to place for the rugby fans too. One go-to place for many students in the area is Wetherspoons – food, a bar and decent prices, what more could you ask for? It is also right around the corner from Cardiff Central Station.
For a drink, the choices of pubs and coffee shops are endless. The more well-known Starbucks and Costa have a few locations around the city centre, a few more local trades such as BB’s is my favourite place to stop for a caffeine fix. Students also can enjoy Fairtrade coffee at Insomnia in St David’s shopping centre.
If on the other hand, you fancy a drink to kick back and relax after a long day then students are in luck, as the centre is home to plenty of bars. On my walk to my campus, I must have spotted at least 10 different bars in the space of one street, including Coyote Ugly, Wetherspoons, Kaou bar, Dirty Martini and many more.
For a time out from study, the vibrant Cardiff city has plenty to offer any student looking for a break.
Take some time out to relax and enjoy the attractions that the city has to offer.