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Apply for University residences
(if you are eligible) ........................ 13
Book transport to Cardiff .............. 21
Book airport pick-up service ......... 22
(in September)
Sign your residences contract
(if you are eligible)......................... 15
Enrol online ................................. 34
Plan your budget ......................... 29
Pack your suitcase and
hand luggage ............................... 19
Prepare for your studies .............. 35


We are delighted that you have decided to study at
Cardiff University and look forward to you joining
us soon.
We know that you will have many things to arrange before
you come to Cardiff and it is sometimes difficult to know
where to start. We hope that this Guide will help you in
your preparations and give you an idea of what to expect
when you arrive.
This Guide also contains contact details of many people
who will be able to offer you help and support throughout
your studies. Please feel free to contact any of them now
or drop in and see them once you are in Cardiff - they are
there to help you.
We look forward to meeting you!

Tell your family you have arrived .. 32
Complete enrolment .................... 34
Get your student ID card ............. 34
Register with the police ............... 11
(if applicable)


If you are uncertain about what to do, have any worries
in the first few weeks of term or want advice before you
come to Cardiff, we will be very happy to help you.

Open your bank account .............. 30
Register with a doctor ................. 47
Access the internet ...................... 31
Attend international
induction events .......................... 25
Attend any induction events
in your academic school ............... 26
Complete residences ................... 14
Induction tasks ........................... 26
Part-session Erasmus+ students
to obtain Council Tax Letter
from home University .................. 18

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+44 (0) 2920 68 8530
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Visas & immigration




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Travelling to Cardiff


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Studying at Cardiff University


Help and advice


Living in Cardiff


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Useful contacts




Even if your existing visa does allow you to enter the UK to continue your studies. see: https:// BEFORE YOU APPLY FOR YOUR VISA We strongly recommend that you read UKCISA web pages on 'Applying for Tier 4 (General) visa' - You should also check the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI ) website: WHO SHOULD APPLY FOR A SHORT TERM STUDY VISA? _1 Please note that there may be a charge for this service.cardiff. it is often more straightforward to apply for a new Tier 4 (General) Student visa for your new course before you travel to the UK. See 03 WHICH VISA SHOULD I APPLY FOR? MOST INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS NEED TO APPLY FOR A TIER 4 (GENERAL) STUDENT VISA Even if you are 16 or 17 years old you must apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa and not a Tier 4 (Child) student DO I REALLY NEED TO I AM CURRENTLY IN THE _3 Students studying on the English for University Study Programme at Cardiff University who do not want to work in the UK. You will only be able to sta rt stu at Cardiff Un iversity if you dying can prove that yo u hold or hav e applied for a valid visa tha t entitles you to study here. Please no Biometric Re te that your sidence will be check Permit (BRP) enrol at the U ed when you niversity your student and collect ID card. yes. so you must start the process If you are coming to study an English language course that is a maximum of 11 months. For information on visa processing times see: WHEN CAN I APPLY FOR MY TIER 4 (GENERAL) STUDENT VISA? You can apply for your Tier 4 (General) Student visa up to three months before the start date of your course. before you book any non-refundable travel tickets. nd doc information a ke longer than It can often ta ink you th Student Advisor to discuss your visa application. www. or a degree course for a maximum of six months.cardiff. and you will not need to make a visa extension application to start your course once you are back in the UK. you may hear that you can come to the UK on a “Short Term Study visa ” instead of a Tier 4 (General) student I AM CURRENTLY IN MY HOME COUNTRY. KEEP UP TO DATE WITH CHANGES TO THE IMMIGRATION RULES All the advice in this guide was correct when it was published it in May 2015. APPLY AGAIN? WHO CAN HELP ME APPLY In most cases. if you were previously studying at another UK FOR MY CARDIFF University or College. WHO CAN HELP ME APPLY FOR MY CARDIFF UNIVERSITY TIER 4 (GENERAL) STUDENT VISA Find out if there is an Educational Advisor or Agent in your country who will be able to help you apply for your student visa. Please make sure that you have the most up-to-date information by checking the following website https://www. If you want to find out about coming to the UK on a Short Term Study visa. Tel: 029 2087 4844 Email: iss@cardiff. you will need to apply for a new Tier 4 (General) Student UNIVERSITY TIER 4 STUDENT visa for your new course at Cardiff before VISA? you enrol at Cardiff University. For these reasons. UK immigration law changes regularly. If you choose to come as a “short term student”. so make sure you contact the International Student Support Team at Cardiff University for advice and help on your student visa extension. .uk VALID. this section does NOT apply to you.VISAS & IMMIGRATION // FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (NON EU) ONLY www. For Please note that students who are studying on a Short Term Study visa are unable to bring VISAS & IMMIGRATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY If you are a national of a European Union Member State. Your situation and intentions will be clearer to UK Immigration officials at the airport. We recommend that you apply for a Tier 4 (General)Student visa. you will be much more restricted than if you apply for a Tier 4 (General) student Students studying on distance learning courses who need to come to Cardiff University for an examination or to attend a short course of less than six months and do not want to work in the UK _2 Study Abroad/International Exchange Students enrolled on a degree course in their own home country coming to the Cardiff University for 6 months to do research. ◗ If you are currently in your home country you must make an application for “entry clearance” or for a Tier 4 (General) student visa at the British Embassy You should wait until you have obtained your successful visa decision letter from the UKVI and vignette in your passport. ◗ If you are currently in the UK on a Tier 4 (General) Student visa for another University or College then you must make an application for a new Tier 4 visa before you enrol at Cardiff University. For more information see: We strongly recommend that you get help from the International Student Support team and that you book an appointment to see an International If you are in the UK. the immigration advice in this guide is not relevant for You will not be allowed to do any paid or voluntary work (even if it is part of a course) and you cannot extend your stay in the UK or bring your family with you. The International Student Support Team at Cardiff University can help you through the visa extension process. TO STUDY AT CARDIFF UNIVERSITY YOU MUST HOLD A VALID VISA WHICH ENTITLES YOU TO STUDY AT THIS UNIVERSITY. due to the terms of this visa. it is not usually appropriate to come to the UK on a “ Short Term Study 02 VISAS & IMMIGRATION // FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (NON EU) ONLY pply for You should a as you soon your visa as equired have all the r umentation. please IMMIGRATION PERMISSION need contact us for immigration advice at: FOR THE UK THAT IS STILL international@cardiff. If you have an existing visa for the UK I ALREADY HAVE STUDENT and are not sure about whether you to apply for a new visa. which can be expensive and timeconsuming. However. or study on a degree course HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE? Applying for your visa is likely to take around 2 months.

If you use it after this date. ◗ the full name and original signature of the translator or of an authorised official of the translation company.VISAS & IMMIGRATION // FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (NON EU) ONLY www. It can take two months to get this. _5 Your CAS number This is your unique reference number emailed to you by Cardiff University which you need to include on your Tier 4 (General) Student visa application form. the original documents must be accompanied by a full translation that can be independently verified by the Immigration Officer. so you must apply early. please contact the CAS team via email at cas@cardiff. ◗ the date of the translation. Details of your qualifications/transcripts that Cardiff University used to assess your suitability for entry onto your course at the University will be listed in your CAS the date and title of the award and the awarding institution. For each qualification listed you must provide the original certificate showing: your VISAS & IMMIGRATION // FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (NON EU) ONLY www. course title and confirmation of the award. IMPOR It takes the U TANT time to chang niversity a long e th and email it to e CAS information recommend th you again. the course details that you are going to study are correct (including course duration) and any payments that you have made to the University are recorded in the CAS correctly. for 04 05 WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR MY TIER 4 (GENERAL) STUDENT VISA? Make s TO APPLY FOR A TIER 4 (GENERAL) STUDENT VISA YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING: _1 u you read UKV re I's supporting do "Guide to or via ASK Cardiff at _6 The transcripts/exam certificates listed in the CAS email YYou need to submit your original transcripts/qualifications to UKVI with your Tier 4 (General) Student visa application showing that you have satisfied the entry requirements for your course at Cardiff University. Make sure that you check this carefully. CHECK YOUR CAS EMAIL! You will receive an email from Cardiff University asking you to log in to your SIMS online record and check that all the information in the CAS email is correct. For more information see: : You must obtain an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance All documents that you are submitting with your visa application must be original. You must have your ATAS clearance certificate before you apply for your Tier 4 (General) Student visa. _2 Passport Photograph Two passport-sized colour photographs. your qualifications that you have shown Cardiff University to gain entry onto your course and details of your Check that it is not about to expire! You must have at least 6 months left on your passport.britishcouncil. Providing a validConfirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number will provide you with 30 points. _4 To find out more details about the TB test see: Tuberculosis Testing and certificate required (if applicable) If you live in one of the countries detailed below. Cardiff University licence number: NB0C74WCX and address. Also check that all your qualifications and passport number are correct. before applying for your visa. For more details see the Financial Maintenance Requirements information on page 09. Your CAS must not be more than six months old when you apply for your student visa. The test includes having a chest Xray at an accredited clinic or hospital run by the International Organisation for Migration Afghanistan Algeria Angola Armenia Azerbaijan Bangladesh Belarus Benin Bolivia Botswana Brunei Burma Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cape Verde Central African Republic Chad Cameroon China Congo Côte d’Ivoire Democratic Republic of Congo Djibouti Dominican Republic East Timor Ecuador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Georgia Ghana Guatemala Guinea Guinea Bissau Guyana Haiti Hong Kong India Indonesia Iraq Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Kyrgyzstan Laos Lesotho Liberia Macau Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Mali Marshall Islands Mauritania Micronesia Moldova Mongolia Morocco Mozambique Namibia Nepal Niger Nigeria North Korea Pakistan Palau Papua New Guinea Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Russia Rwanda São Tomé Senegal Sierra Leone Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Korea South Sudan Sri Lanka Sudan Swaziland Tajikistan Tanzania Togo Thailand Turkmenistan Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine Uzbekistan Vanuatu Vietnam Zambia Zimbabwe If your country is not listed above but you are from the Indian Subcontinent. it will state this in your offer letter/email that you receive from Cardiff University.cardiff. For each transcript listed you must provide the original transcript showing. The original translation must contain: ◗ confirmation from the translator or translation company that it is an accurate translation of the original document. For more information see: _3 ATAS Certificate (if applicable) certificate if you are coming to Cardiff for a postgraduate research or taught postgraduate course in certain science. you will need to be tested for tuberculosis (TB) and obtain a certificate that states you are free from infectious tuberculosis. The photographs you provide with your application must be in a specific format. To get your CAS email from Cardiff University you must have: ◗ passed all your exams and sent the University copies of your qualifications or transcripts (see below) ◗ firmly accepted an unconditional offer for a course at Cardiff University ◗ checked that all the information on your CAS email is correct (see below). Provisional certificates.u /publications k/government /g application-fo uidance-onr-uk-visa-as tier-4-studen t Valid Passport You will need to submit your passport with your student visa application. we recommend that you have an up-to-date chest X-ray certificate and medical report that is less than three months old. If they aren’t . You will need to show that you have achieved a total of 40 points as part of your visa application. uk or if there is a local education advisor in your country. _7 Finances – evidence that you have enough money to meet the UKVI maintenance requirements You need to prove that you have enough money to cover course fees and monthly living costs. your visa application will be refused. h your . your name must be exactly the same as it appears on your passport. To find a professional translator who is able to provide official certified translations contact the British Council in your country: www. and ◗ the translator or translation company's contact details and the company's credentials. faxes or emails are not acceptable.g cuments" ov. they will be able to direct you to a professional translator. your name. scanned copies. (Total points required = 40). If any of your original documents are not in English. While the remaining 10 points can be shown by satisfying the financial requirements. engineering or technology subjects in the areas listed by the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS). If you require an ATAS certificate. So we at your CAS ver you take time to check y care University wit fully and email the h before you are any corrections issued wit CAS number. as explained below. If you still have a conditional offer to study at Cardiff University and need help or advice on up-loading and sending your qualifications to the University please contact the International Office at the following email address: Your CAS email will include your personal details. not more than one month old. or have any questions at this stage.cardiff. If you do not have this information you may have to have a chest X-ray and medical examination before you are allowed to pass through immigration at a UK airport. If you require any You can also check the following website The ATAS certificate is issued by the UK Government and gives security clearance to study certain subjects where the knowledge gained may be used in the development or delivery of weapons of mass destruction. You will score 10 points in your tier 4 student visa application if you have sufficient name of the academic institution. Africa or countries that have TB. your visa application will be rejected by the immigration officials.

uk/erasmus 06 07 ➔ Book your appointment at Visa Application Centre (if appointment is required) ➔ Attend Visa Application Centre and pay application fee (if not already paid) Provide biometric information .cardiff. ➔ ➔ Submit your signed application at the Visa Application Centre or British Embassy/High Commission/Consulate ➔ Obtain the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) email with your unique CAS number assigned by UKVI.cardiff. send copies of your qualifications or transcripts to Cardiff University and receive an unconditional offer ONLINE APPLICATIONS ➔ HOW DO I APPLY FOR MY TIER 4 (GENERAL) STUDENT VISA FROM MY HOME COUNTRY? Check that you have enough money to meet the UKVI maintenance and tuition fee requirements for Tier 4 visa (see p9 for financial requirements) Buy your plane tickets to the UK to arrive in mid September (make use of Cardiff University’s free airport pick up service from Heathrow/Cardiff airports) Check the visa process in your country of residence and the visa processing times Take the TB test and obtain TB certificate (if applicable) Check that all the details on your visa decision letter and vignette are correct – check that the study information and personal details are correct ➔ ➔ ➔ Find out if you are required to apply online or use paper VAF9 application form UKVI /Immigration Officials return documents and passport to you by post or you collect them ➔ ➔ Check that you have all your ORIGINAL transcrips/exam certificates listed in the CAS email (see p4 – “what documents do I need for my tier 4 student visa”) ➔ ➔ ➔ ➔ ➔ Entry clearance for initial 30 days is granted/refused by UK Border Agency (UKVI ) – Please contact International Office as soon as possible if refused at: application fee and NHS surcharge fee ➔ ➔ ➔ ➔ Accept your unconditional offer to study at Cardiff University PAPER APPLICATIONS ➔ Apply for a place at Cardiff University. from Cardiff University Print and complete VAF9 Appendix 8 Tier 4 (General) Student form ➔ Check that all the information on your CAS email is correct via your SIMS online or via ASK Cardiff at: https:// VISAS & IMMIGRATION // FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (NON EU) ONLY www.html ) . Pay application fee and NHS surcharge fee ➔ Apply for your ATAS clearance certificate (if applicable) Complete application forms Print and complete application forms VAF9 and VAF9 Appendix within the following pages: http://www.cardiff.have your finger prints and photograph taken and attend a credibility interview if you have been asked to do whichever is stated on your decision letter from the UKVI. Further details about this procedure and how it will affect your enrolment process will appear on our website as soon as Travel to the UK within the time that has been allocated within your 30 day visa Collect your BRP card within 10 days of arriving in the UK at a local Post Office or at Cardiff University. please contact the CAS team via email at: cas@cardiff. If you require any amendments or have any questions at this all supporting documents and passport. Tier 4 (General) Student & IMMIGRATION // FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (NON EU) ONLY www.

Therefore you must be prepared to submit them to UKVI with your visa application just in case. credit cards and pension funds are not acceptable.cardiff. These include: _1 Bank statements or letter from the bank showing you have cash in a personal bank account in your name.cardiff. overdrafts. Bank statement from your personal or your parents’ bank account The money that you use must be of cash funds in a current or a savings bank account and available to you. This visa will be in the form of an acceptance letter and a vignette in your passport. or be a national of one of the following countries: Argentina Australia Barbados Botswana Brunei Canada Chile Japan Malaysia New Zealand Oman Qatar Singapore South Korea Trinidad and Tobago United States of America WHAT ARE THE VISA RULES AND RESPONSIBILITIES? It is important that you understand your responsibilities as an international student and comply with the immigration regulations during your stay in the UK in order to protect your immigration Your course start date is shown on your CAS email CAN MY FAMILY COME TO THE UK TO HELP ME DURING MY FIRST FEW DAYS IN CARDIFF? If your parents. bonds. You can find out more about the visa rules and responsibilities on the following website: www.380. Iran. FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS THAT THE UKVI DO NOT DEEM AS SATISFACTORY Your visa application will not be successful if your money is held in a financial institution which UKVI view as rulesandresponsibilities/rulesandresponsibilities. You will be required to state your intended travel date within your visa application and will then receive a letter and vignette which will usually allow you to travel to the UK 30 days from this date onwards. Philippines. You will then be required to collect your BRP card within 10 days of arriving in the UK. or any other family member will be accompanying you to Cardiff for a few days to help you settle into your new life.html HOW LONG CAN I COME TO THE UK FOR? Should your visa application be successful. the Immigration Officials/UKVI can request all your exam certificates/ transcripts and financial evidence at any time and the UKVI will refuse your visa application unless you submit all your documents by the date requested. UKVI often change this list. You will score 10 points if you provide evidence that you have enough money to pay your course fees and living costs. Other accounts such as VISAS & IMMIGRATION // FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (NON EU) ONLY www. that you meet the maintenance requirements. Sri Lanka and Cameroon that do not satisfactorily verify financial statements. You will only be _2 Living expenses. Hong Kong or Taiwan. For more information on applying for a visitor visa see: FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR VISA HOW MUCH MONEY DO I WHAT DOCUMENTS SHOULD I NEED TO SHOW FOR MY TIER PROVIDE AS PROOF THAT I 4 (GENERAL) STUDENT VISA? MEET THE FINANCIAL (MAINTENANCE) You need enough money to cover your : REQUIREMENTS? UKVI are very specific about the _1 financial documents they accept as proof Tuition fees for your first period of study/academic year WHEN CAN I COME TO THE UK? You will be able to come to the UK up to one month before your course start date if you are coming to study a course that is six months or more (undergraduate or postgraduate) or for a pre-sessional English language course of less than six months. you will initially receive a visa for a 30 day period. so please check to see if your country is still on the list able to come to the UK up to seven days before the course start date if you are coming for a course that is less than six months and is not a pre-sessional English Language course. Information about the correct period of leave to remain that you should receive for the different programmes at Cardiff University can be found at the following website: UKVI change the list of low risk nationals annually.VISAS & IMMIGRATION // FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (NON EU) ONLY www. (Total points required = 40). to allow you to travel to the UK. To be considered a low risk national. Pakistan. If the length of your course is 9 months or more (all undergraduate and postgraduate courses) you will need to show £7. they will need to obtain a visitor 08 09 AM I A LOW RISK NATIONAL AND IF SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? If you are considered to be a low risk national by UK immigration officials (UKVI ) you will not normally need to provide all the supporting documents used to obtain your CAS and evidence of money to cover your course fees and living costs. You will then need to collect your BRP card within 10 days of arriving in the UK. so please check to see if your bank is viewed is an unsatisfactory financial institution . which will cover the travel period that you have included in your you must be applying from your country of nationality and hold a passport for British National (Overseas). If the length of the course is less than nine months you will need to show £820 for each month of the course. However. 1. or in the name of your parent(s) or legal guardian _2 Bank statements or letter from the bank from a joint account with a friend or relative _3 A government or educational loan in your name _4 Official financial or government sponsorship. Ghana. UKVI have identified a list of financial institutions in India. The University also has responsibilities as a licensed this will then act as your visa to cover the period of study for the duration of your course. Bangladesh.

you will need to submit a “Notification of Student Loan” letter with your visa application. then the amount you have paid for your tuition fees will be notified directly to the UKVI and recorded in this CAS email. DEDUCTIONS TO FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS ◗ Your country’s government or the UK government ◗ British Council ◗ Any international organisation ◗ Any international company ◗ Any University If your “official financial sponsor” is paying all your tuition fees and living expenses. You cannot deduct anything for accommodation fees if you have arranged the accommodation yourself (in other words.g.e. a government sponsored student loan company or is part of an academic or educational loans scheme. If you pay all or some of your tuition fees to Cardiff University Finance Office before you receive your CAS email. If any money you have paid for tuition fees or University residences fees is not shown on the CAS email. you must provide a letter confirming that your sponsor will pay all your tuition fees and living expenses. confirming the authenticity of the statements provided. but only in very limited circumstances.cardiff. Yes. living costs for two months) if DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO SHOW YOU HAVE ALREADY PAID MONEY TO CARDIFF UNIVERSITY ◗ You have a current Tier 4 student visa that has not yet expired. If the details of your official financial sponsor are included on your CAS you do not need to provide any other documentation. What evidence do I need from my Official Financial or Government Sponsor? BANK ACCOUNT DOCUMENTS REQUIRED UKVI define an official sponsor as: You must provide one of the following documents: Your original personal bank statement or your parent(s) original bank statements must show that the sufficient funds have been held for at least a consecutive 28 day period and that period ends with the closing balance shown on the statement The date of the closing balance on your bank statement must be no more than 31 days before the date you submit your visa application. ◗ the date of the letter ◗ the financial institutions name and logo ◗ the money in your account and is provided by your government. or letter from a regulated financial institution to show you have money available for your visa application. you will need a letter from them (as above) and proof that you have enough money yourself to meet the rest of the maintenance requirement (e. You only have to prove you have one year’s tuition fees and £1. If I am using a bank loan to finance my education. ◗ the financial institution’s name and logo. OR FEES FOR UNIVERSITY WHERE DO I OBTAIN A ACCOMMODATION? RECEIPT AFTER I HAVE PAID Yes. Bank statements from a joint bank account are acceptable as long as you are named as one of the account holders. . To obtain your tuition fees receipt contact the Finance Office Email: course fees and ◗ Up to a maximum of £1020 paid towards your future Cardiff University residences fees Please note. The loan must be in your name. that it is not necessary to pay any residences fees (except for the £200 postgraduate deposit) until you arrive in Cardiff. what evidence do I need to provide? The loan letter from a regulated financial institution must be dated no more than 6 months before the date of your visa application. other than your Tier 4 application being successful. 3. It must contain the following: ◗ your name or your parents/legal guardian's name ◗ the account number Alternatively an electronic bank statement is acceptable as proof of money held in your account. Otherwise. UKVI will use the official exchange rate on the OANDA website: UKVI will base the exchange rate for your country's currency on the date of your visa application. so will not be able to be confirmed within the CAS statement immediately. The bank statement must show: ◗ Original signed and dated letter from your parent(s) or legal guardian which confirms your relationship and that they have given their consent to the money being available to you to study in the UK.VISAS & IMMIGRATION // FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (NON EU) ONLY www.640 (i. The letter must be on official letter-headed paper and must not be more than six months old The letter must show: ◗ Your name ◗ The date ◗ Name and contact details of your official financial sponsor ◗ Length of your sponsorship (start and end date) ◗ The amount of money they will give you or a statement confirming that they will cover all your tuition fees and living expenses ◗ The official stamp of the organisation CAN I SHOW A REDUCED AMOUNT OF MONEY IF I WAS STUDYING RECENTLY IN THE UK? However. Please see the following weblink for further information about these requirements: If you are relying on money held by your parents or legal Tel: +44 (0) 29 2087 4339 or +44 (0) 29 2087 4167 To obtain a receipt for University residences fees contact the Residences Finance Office Email: Tel: +44 (0) 29 2087 5239 or 4662 Fax: +44 (0) 29 2087 4661. you cannot use loans held in the name of your parent and there must be no conditions placed on the release of the loan funds to you. For more details on how to apply for your Federal Aid Loan see ◗ that there is enough money in the account (to cover your course fees and living costs). you do not have to provide separate evidence of your savings. The letter must be the original and show: ◗ your name. UKVI will not accept bank statements which show the balance in the account on a particular day because these documents do not show that you had held enough funds for the full 28 day period needed. If you are an American student who is applying for a US Federal loan. Online receipts are NOT acceptable and will be ignored by the Immigration This would be either your birth certificate or certificate of adoption or court document stating the name of your legal guardian. This letter must show that you have held the money for a consecutive 28 day period ending no more than 31 days before the date you submit your student visa VISAS & IMMIGRATION // FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (NON EU) ONLY www. We do not recommend that you pay any fees between receiving your CAS email and applying for your 10 11 4. you can deduct the following from TUITION/ RESIDENCES FEES? the total amount of money you need: ◗ The amount you have paid towards If your sponsor only pays some of your costs. You must provide joint account bank statements or a bank letter which includes all the same information as in your personal bank statement or your parent(s) bank statements. If you wish to do so however you can request that your CAS statement is updated. and ◗ Your new course at Cardiff University starts within 28 days of the expiry date of your current visa and ◗ The course you have just finished was 6 months or longer Please note that if your visa has expired on the date of your new visa application you will not benefit from this reduction. private accommodation that is not part of Cardiff University). The financial institution must be regulated by the official regulatory body for the country the financial institution is in. If you are using overseas bank account. ◗ the date of the letter. you must also provide the following: ◗ Original legal document (or a notarised copy) stating your relationship to them. personal bank statements). please note that any payments made by bank transfer can take around 10 working days to appear in the Cardiff University account. ◗ that the money is available as a loan ◗ your name or your parent(s) or legal guardian ◗ the account number ◗ date of statement ◗ the name and logo of the bank ◗ amount of money available You can use electronic bank statements if they contain all of the details listed above and you also provide a supporting letter from your bank on company headed paper. then you must provide original paper receipts from the University when you submit your student visa application. 2. CAN I MAKE A DEDUCTION IF I HAVE PAID SOME OF MY COURSE FEES. A bank letter account You can also use a bank letter. you must write the closing balance in UK pounds sterling on your application form. if each and every page of the electronic statement has your bank's official stamp. Please note that this could result in a delay of two weeks or more.cardiff.

we strongly advise that you book temporary accommodation in a hostel or hotel before you arrive in Cardiff as searching for private accommodation can take some time. or accommodation contract. STUDENTS ARRIVING IN SEPTEMBER It is highly unlikely that the Residences Office will be able to offer part-session Erasmus+ students a place in University residences if they arrive in Print out of CAS email from Cardiff University. However. the Residences Office cannot guarantee part-session Erasmus+ students a place in University residences.E Ukraine Uzbekistan Yemen If you need to register with the police it will state this on your Tier 4 student visa. or Divorce certificate Extension to visa granted by UKVI Biometric card and Passport Change of passport New passport ACCOMMODATION FULL SESSION STUDENTS PART SESSION STUDENTS (September – June) (Less than 9 months) The Residences Office only guarantees an offer of a single occupancy place in University residences to those visiting Erasmus+ students who are studying at Cardiff University for the full academic I need to renew my certificate? Yes. once full year students have been allocated a room there may be a limited number of places available in University residences. We have invited the Support Services of the University to this event who will be available to answer any questions you may have. plus one of the following documents Change of address University Accommodation = Residence card only Private Accommodation = tenancy agreement. You should check your visa carefully. you must make an appointment with the police to renew your certificate. If you do not apply for University residences for the first week of your arrival. costs.VISAS & IMMIGRATION // FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (NON EU) ONLY www. Any family/dependants travelling with you will also need to register with the police. Some residences have shared bathroom facilities. then you must also complete the police registration questionnaire and take it to your appointment. This is due to the high number of students arriving in Cardiff at this time. while you look for permanent. There are a number of Halls of Residence and Student Houses to choose from. We therefore recommend that you consider looking for private which means that each study bedroom has its own bathroom. we have arranged for partsession Erasmus+ students arriving in September to be able to stay in a University Residence for one week at the beginning of September. CHECKQUICK E OUT THK LIST ON CHEC INSIDE THE VER CO HOW DO I REGISTER WITH THE POLICE? Police officers will be at the University in the International Office week commencing Monday 22 September.) and the Housing Advice and Welcome Talk will be sent to you via email in due course. we have also arranged a Housing Advice and Welcome Talk where we will provide information about searching for private accommodation. Further details about applying for one week’s accommodation in University Residences (application form. private accommodation. You must take the following with you to your appointment: ◗ Your passport ◗ Two passport-sized photographs ◗ Your Cardiff University student ID card ◗ Registration fee of £34 in cash (if you What documents do I need to prepare for my police registration appointment? If this is the first time you will be registering with the police in UK. dates etc. What’s changed What documents/evidence required: Passport and Police Registration Certificate. Please book temporary accommodation before you arrive in . If you ha ntact the received information please co ssible: Erasmus+ Office as soon as po Telephone +44 (0) 29 2087 0432 or email erasmus@cardiff. which are shared between 4 and 8 people. If you do not find private accommodation within this week. so you can make an appointment to register with them when you arrive in Cardiff. or gas/electric/water bill that shows your new address Change of University Change of marital status ail You should have received an em for telling you how to apply online ve not yet University Residences. The Residences Guide will give you full details of the different types of residence available to students at Cardiff University. or your Cardiff University student ID card Marriage certificate. During this week. make sure you download the questionnaire see: are a student sponsored by the British Council you will have this fee refunded) ◗ A completed police registration questionnaire I have previously studied in the UK and already have a Police Registration Certificate . Around 70% of residences are ensuite. Unfortunately. partcatered and self catered residences. If you have never registered with the police in Cardiff before. we will provide you with lists of hotels and hostels via email where you can stay until you find suitable accommodation. offering 12 13 REGISTERING WITH THE POLICE HOW DO I APPLY FOR UNIVERSITY RESIDENCES? DO I NEED TO REGISTER WITH THE POLICE? If you are from one of the following countries and are issued with a visa for longer than six months you will need to register with the police within seven days of your arrival in the UK: Afghanistan Algeria Argentina Armenia Azerbaijan Bahrain Belarus Bolivia Brazil China Columbia Cuba Egypt Georgia Iran Iraq Israel Jordan Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Kuwait Lebanon Libya Moldova Morocco North Korea Oman Palestine Peru Qatar Russia Saudi Arabia Sudan Syria Tajikistan Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan U. All residences have communal kitchen areas in which to prepare food. The Residences Office will only be able to let you know if you have been allocated university residences in late September.A. In order to assist you with and if you have this requirement then you should normally register with the police within seven days of your arrival in the ACCOMMODATION // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www.

Sunday 20 September 2015 For more information see: HOW MUCH WILL UNIVERSITY RESIDENCES COST? Your residences fees will vary depending on the type of accommodation and facilities you choose. a dustpan and brush. See page 32 for more information on buying a mobile phone and staying in touch. If you have any special accommodation 15 14 WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY FOR MY UNIVERSITY RESIDENCES? Cardiff for at least the first few days of your stay. It is important to pay your residences fees on time. Your allocation will be sent by email. For details of the cost of University residences see the Summary of Fees at and select “Paying” at the bottom of the screen. For more information about opening a UK bank account see page 30.cardiff. For details on the payment dates for residences fees by direct debit for 2015/2016 please see click on “Undergraduate” or “Postgraduate” and select “Paying” at the bottom of the screen. will be taken into account by the Residences Office in the allocation process. you will incur a further 5% charge on the balance outstanding. ◗ Postgraduates: You must have paid your £200 prepayment to the Residences Office by 28 August 2015. No. All residences have: an ironing board and iron. your SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS? offer to study needs to be unconditional and you must have firmly accepted it. Around 70% of University study bedrooms have a private bathroom (called ensuite). The cost of all this is included in your residences fees. and a fully-catered option at the female-only residence Aberdare Hall. All rooms have: a bed with mattress. WHEN WILL I BE ALLOCATED HOW DO I INFORM UNIVERSITY RESIDENCES? RESIDENCES OF ANY Before accommodation is allocated. Only information provided at the time of the application. WILL I HAVE MY OWN ROOM? WILL I HAVE A TELEPHONE IN MY ROOM? Yes. a wardrobe and a waste paper bin. If the payment remains outstanding after 15 days. IS UNIVERSITY ACCOMMODATION GUARANTEED? ACCOMMODATION // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. a notice-board and blinds/curtains. The first is the date the Residences Office receives confirmation of your unconditional offer to study. a desk and chair. or of which your Residences Manager should be made aware. a mop and bucket a microwave. STUDENTS ARRIVING IN JANUARY All fees for residences. I AM A FULL YEAR ERASMUS+ STUDENT. most students have mobile phones or use Skype. Lists of possible hostels and hotels will be provided via email. a kettle. a toaster. as well as most of the associated charges such as the Parking Permit. such as a disability or medical condition which you would like taken into account in the allocation of your accommodation. There is a part-catered option at some residences. You should tell them about your special requirements even if they would not apply if you were allocated a room in the accommodation you have chosen.ACCOMMODATION // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. More information on bringing your computer and connecting to the network is available on page 31. ◗ All students: University accommodation will be allocated from July through to September. WHAT TYPE OF UNIVERSITY ACCOMMODATION IS AVAILABLE? WILL I HAVE MY OWN BATHROOM? The Residences website contains full details of the accommodation available Most of the options are self-catered (i. ARE THERE MALE-ONLY OR FEMALE-ONLY HALLS OF RESIDENCES? WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO HIGH-SPEED INTERNET IN MY ROOM? All of our residences. Other rooms have shared toilets and washing facilities (usually shared between four to eight people). a bookshelf. like most other UK universities. are mixed. within seven days of your room being allocated ◗ Arrive and collect your room key between Wednesday 16 . You can however express a preference for a male or female-only flat if you wish. you will have your own study bedroom – Cardiff University does not have shared rooms or dormitories. along with written confirmation from a Your residences application is then processed in date order according to two dates. however you must: ◗ Submit your online application by Friday 7 August 2015 (Firm applicants) ◗ Accept an unconditional offer to study by Friday 28 August 2015 ◗ Accept your online offer of residences.e.: cook your own meals) where you share kitchen space with your flatmates. The only exception to this is Aberdare Hall. Further details of local banks will be included in your arrival pack and on the website. The cost of your accommodation will be included in your offer of residence. Your allocation notification will be sent by email. Late payment will mean that you will incur an initial 5% charge. Cardiff University does have a very limited supply of residences suitable for couples and families. so it is important you have access to your emails in the summer. the second is the date the Residences Office receives your online residences application. please note this on your online application.cardiff tion . If a private bathroom is important to you. The Residences Office will try to meet your needs when allocating your accommodation. a kitchen bin. so it is important you have access to your emails in the summer. you should prioritise en-suite accommodation in your Residences where the entire hall of residence is for female students only. Yes. are payable by either: If you have applied on-line you will be contacted in December with further information regarding the availability of University residences. You will have to share a kitchen/living space with the other people in your flat or house. WHAT IS PROVIDED IN UNIVERSITY RESIDENCES? The Residenc website conta es details of Un ins full iv accommoda ersity www. all study bedrooms are equipped with network connection points and wireless access. All disability/medical information provided will be treated confidentially and only used in allocating you accommodation. ◗ Credit/debit card in full in advance or on arrival ◗ Direct debit from a UK bank account (payable in three instalments after you arrive).u residences k/ .

the size and quality of the flat or house and whether or not bills are included in the cost of rent. These are likely to include: ◗ a refundable security deposit which will be returned to you after you leave the property providing that no damage has been done ◗ Water. WHERE CAN I FIND PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION IN CARDIFF? The Residences Office has up-to-date lists of self-catering this information will be in your Residences Agreement. electricity and insurance. This letting agency is keen to keep the cost to students at a minimum and does not charge an agency personal crockery. Some of the postgraduate residences also allow students to stay during the summer vacation period. flats and houses for rent. towels. you need to contact the Residences Office: telephone +44 (0) 29 2087 4849 or email residences@cardiff. and not participating in January induction. telephone and internet bills ◗ Insurance ◗ Half-rent during vacations ◗ You may have to pay the total yearly cost of your rent in advance if you do not have a relative or friend living in the UK who can act as a guarantor and who will agree to pay your rent if you have money problems and can't pay it. It is very difficult to find a room/house if you are not in gas. where most bills are included. Details of our office opening hours can be found in your Arrival Information at If you are not starting your course in September. excluding your bills for water. LOOKING FOR PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION FROM YOUR HOME COUNTRY We would not advise arranging long-term rented accommodation from overseas. contact the Erasmus+ office erasmus@cardiff. gas. you will find that when you rent private accommodation you may have to pay for additional things. More information about arriving at your accommodation is on page You will be given temporary hotel accommodation (during a limited period in September/October) for which a nominal fee will be charged (currently £15 a night). Such accommodation consists of shared houses and flats. HOW LONG CAN I STAY IN UNIVERSITY RESIDENCES? All Cardiff University residences allow you to stay during term time and the Christmas and Easter web You could also consider booking the temporary accommodation at the University for one week at the beginning of September. FINDING TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION BEFORE YOUR COURSE STARTS If you are planning to spend some time in Cardiff before the start of your course then you could look for hostel. See You can only access the list once you’ve enrolled because you will need your Cardiff University username and password. bedding.cardiff. See your Residences Manager before your current Residences Agreement expires. You should think carefully about deciding whether to apply for a full-year residence as it does commit you to staying there for the whole year. However. so do not bring this with you because your suitcase will be too heavy to carry! See page 19 for what to bring with ACCOMMODATION // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS 16 17 WHICH HALLS OF RESIDENCE IS NEAREST MY SCHOOL? Use the map in the back of this brochure to work out how close your accommodation will be to your School. WHERE CAN I FIND TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION IN CARDIFF? If you have applied for University residences. Telephone with your credit card details +44 (029 2087 3573 or email visitor@cardiff. HOW MUCH DOES PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION COST IN CARDIFF? The cost of private accommodation will vary depending on the location. This accommodation is often rented on a weekly basis. guest house or hotel accommodation. If you can’t use the free airport pick-up service (page 22). usually including breakfast and sometimes evening meals on request.Sunday 20 September 2015 then you need to time your arrival so that the Residences Office is open to collect your keys. All types of accommodation can be found near the Cathays campus and city centre. Occasionally you may find a room in a house that you would share with the landlord/lady.ACCOMMODATION // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. and arrive between Friday 18 September . Unlike University residences. For further information about the services provided by the Cardiff Student Letting Agency see HOST FAMILY ORGANISATIONS If you choose a host family. saucepans and other cooking The nearest residences is not necessarily the best and you should think about the environment you want to live in (for example Talybont has a sports centre on site and is very close to a big supermarket). More information will be sent to you in due course. CARDIFF STUDENT LETTING AGENCY This is the best place to start looking for private THINGS YOU’LL NEED IN YOUR UNIVERSITY RESIDENCE You will need to provide your own pillow. Alternatively self-catered accommodation is available at the University between 17 June and 9 September 2015. Cardiff Student Letting Agency is owned and run by Cardiff University Students’ Union. bedsits. For more information and costs see PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION IN CARDIFF There is plenty of accommodation in Cardiff that is let out by private landlords to On average the cost of renting a room in a house you share with others will cost around £300 a month. . electricity. if you do need to stay in Cardiff for a short period during the summer vacation. You can find further information on accommodation in Cardiff from the Cardiff Visitor Centre which provides an accommodation booking service. bathroom and kitchen. temporary accommodation is usually available in one of our halls of residence and can be booked in advance. You can buy all of this cheaply in Cardiff. Your host would provide a family environment and an opportunity for you to learn the language and experience a different culture. WHEN CAN I MOVE INTO MY UNIVERSITY ACCOMMODATION? September starters: you can move into your room anytime from Wednesday 16 September until Sunday 20 September 2015.cardiff. If you’re not sure what building you will be studying in. It is best come to Cardiff before the start of your course and either use the temporary accommodation for Erasmus+ students (page 13) or reserve a room in a hostel or local guest house while you look for suitable private accommodation. you should collect your key on the first day of your residential period. but have not been made an offer of residence before you arrive in Cardiff. you will live with a couple or a family sharing facilities such as a living room. Residences Office staff will be available at the hotel each morning to advise you about the vacancies that are available within University residences. cutlery.

uk/erasmus WHAT TO BRING // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. so waterproof clothing and shoes are essential. Do not bring large amounts of cash. jacket and waterproof coat with you for the winter and wet weather. HOW DO I BECOME EXEMPT FROM PAYING COUNCIL TAX? If your Erasmus+ placement is less than 24 weeks you will need to provide the Council in Cardiff with a letter from your home University. They are happy to explain and check your tenancy agreement before you sign a contract or pay any monies to your landlord. PLEASE TRY NOT TO BRING MORE THAN TWO SUITCASES AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN LIFT AND CARRY THESE nces WHAT TO BRING This section will give you an idea HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD of what to pack when coming to I BRING? study in the UK and the items you Bring enough money to cover your costs for the first two weeks as you would if should leave you are automatically given £5000 worth of personal possessions insurance cover from Endsleigh Insurance. t-shirts and jumpers. . we strongly encourage students to insure personal possessions against damage. you will need to update your student record accordingly . Details of what is covered by insurance can be found at COUNCIL TAX Council Tax is a British property tax that is paid to the local council for local servicing including rubbish collection. It is also important to make sure that your laptop is insured for travel and your stay in Cardiff. you do not have to fill in any forms for this cover . See page 38 for contact details.cardiff. you can obtain information on the typical costs of renting in Cardiff and gain useful tips on what to look out for when looking for private accommodation from the Student Support Centre You may be able in University to stay residences w summer for private ac hile you search Student Sum commodation see www. If you are coming to Cardiff for the full academic you will be able to request a Council Tax Exemption Certificate via your student record.cardiff. clothes and some basic essentials at the beginning of your stay. Rain showers are to be expected any time of the year. Further information on all Endsleigh insurance products can be found on their website at For information on other insurance companies see For City and County Treasurer Cardiff County Council Council Tax Office PO Box 9000 Cardiff CF10 3WD HELP AND HOUSING ADVICE If you are thinking of renting private sector accommodation. you can bring your laptop with you to Cardiff University but you should check it can work with UK sockets (see below). This will be posted to you at your address in Cardiff. You will WHAT TYPE OF CLOTHES SHOULD I BRING? Students dress very informally in the UK in jeans. Once you have a permanent address in Cardiff. you were going on holiday. mer Residences: ac. OVER-PACKI . If you live in Cardiff University residences. the police and fire service. DO I NEED INSURANCE FOR MY PERSONAL POSSESSIONS? Yes. The Council will not need these letters until you have found your accommodation in Cardiff. We recommend you bring travellers’ cheques as they are insured against loss and theft. AT SOME POINT YOU WILL HAVE TO CARRY YOUR LUGGAGE WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN THE UK. as cash can easily be lost and the University cannot guard it for you. You will also want to bring a warm jumper. refund of tuition fees in the event of illness or an accident and damage to your possessions when travelling to and from your home country to Cardiff. so we recommend you bring about £400. Any bank or post office will cash travellers’ cheques. I AM STAYING IN CARDIFF FOR LESS THAN 24 WEEKS.cardiff. The letter from your home University must include the following: ◗ your Cardiff address ◗ the start date and end date of your degree programme ◗ the start date and end date of your Erasmus placement ◗ confirmation that you will remain a full time student at your home University while studying at Cardiff and that you will remain a full time student when you return after your Erasmus placement Please note that you will not be able to obtain these letters until you have a permanent address in is automatic. along with a Council Tax Exemption Certificate from Cardiff University in order to become exempt from paying the tax. Do not worry about this. you will automatically be exempt from this 18 19 The Advice and Representation Centre staff in the Students’ Union can also help. They also have information to help you find accommodation. probably have to buy bedding.ACCOMMODATION // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. You can check that your computer meets the security requirements for the University’s network by following these instructions: If you prefer you can buy (or rent) a computer at University rates when you arrive (see page 31). An insurance policy designed for international students by Endsleigh and UKCISA will cover medical expenses. You will then need to post both letters to the Council at the following address: click on “Endsleigh insurance” on the left hand side of the web page.DO NOT BR NG ING TOO MUCH! CAN I BRING MY COMPUTER TO CARDIFF? Yes. Once you have completed this process. If you are going to be living in private accommodation you should take out an insurance policy to cover at least all your personal belongings in your room. loss or theft.

You can also arrive at Cardiff Airport if you fly with KLM airlines via Amsterdam Schipol Airport. meat and potatoes. Please see page 15 for information about what is provided in your residences and private accommodation. For more information regarding the bedding pack see The Erasmus+ Office has set up a Facebook page where all all Erasmus+ students coming to study at Cardiff University can make 20 21 CAN I BRING ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS TO THE UK? Please only bring small items such as hairdryers. which is around 18miles/29 km southwest of London. You will also probably need a plug adapter that is British Standard compliant (BS1363). CAN I BRING FOOD FROM HOME? Do not bring any food into the UK. but if you are arriving outside of the airport pick-up service time it is easy to get to Cardiff on your own. Look for the red Cardiff University T-Shirts and the red and white Cardiff University logo. If you are staying in University accommodation. When you arrive in Cardiff the first thing you should do is go straight to your accommodation. If you are travelling to another airport in the UK. We will take you to the Arrivals Reception at Cardiff University and then on to your accommodation free of charge. when it can be delivered to you. The airport is around 4 hours travel time from Cardiff.WHAT TO BRING // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. They can arrange for your luggage to be put into storage until you arrive.cardiff. go to the Airport Information Desk and ask someone at the desk to direct you to a member of Cardiff University staff. We do not advise you to bring bedding with you. You will find that Cardiff has many international food stores. pillow. there are several companies that offer services to students who wish to transport excess luggage. If you don’t receive a welcome pack on arrival. plates and other cooking utensils very cheaply from supermarkets close to University residences. hand and bath towel. If you miss the airport pick-up service you will need to make your own way to Cardiff. shavers and laptops. Cardiff University staff will be at Heathrow and Cardiff Airport on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 September 2015 to provide a free airport pick-up service to TRAVELLING TO CARDIFF // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. you should make sure that it is safe to use and compatible with the UK voltage system: 220V. To make your journey to Cardiff easier we provide a free airport pick-up service in September. Your case will be too heavy for you to carry! You can buy saucepans. Cardiff Airport is only 30 minutes travel time from the University. and large supermarkets where you will be able to find many ingredients available in your home country. You might need an international voltage converter. electronic stores. There are many food items which are illegal to bring into the UK including all dairy. For further details see CAN I BRING MY MOBILE PHONE? More information about mobile phones is available on page32. please come to the Global Opportunity Centre. Belfast Birmingham London CARDIFF Bristol Cardiff to London 145 miles/232km . these converters and adapters are available in travel and luggage shops. This contains the following: duvet and duvet Tesco Supermarket or Shaws the Drapers when you arrive. If you can’t find them. For more information on banned foods see the website SENDING AND STORING YOUR LUGGAGE Unfortunately Cardiff University is unable to receive any of your luggage before your arrival in Cardiff. and airports. which is easily accessible from London airports. a small amount of loose change. See page 22 for more information. you can can order a bedding pack from the Residences Office before you arrive. Before you bring an electrical item. if possible. single sheet. discuss travel plans and talk about Cardiff: Alternatively you can buy bedding cheaply from Cardiff Market. the following link may help: Edinburgh WHICH AIRPORT SHOULD I ARRIVE AT IN THE UK? Most of Cardiff’s incomingl students arrive at Heathrow Airport. If you’re not bringing a mobile phone you may find it useful to have a credit card or. When you arrive the Global Opportunity Centre will give you a welcome pack containing a free mobile SIM card which has a small amount of credit. so you can call home when you first arrive. pillow case. However. do not bring cooking utensils with you.cardiff. SHOULD I BRING MY OWN COOKING UTENSILS? SHOULD I BRING MY OWN BEDDING? HOW CAN I CONTACT OTHER STUDENTS BEFORE I ARRIVE? No. WILL THERE BE ANYONE TO MEET ME WHEN I ARRIVE? TRAVELLING TO CARDIFF Cardiff University is located in the centre of Cardiff.

the cheapest way to travel to Cardiff is by National Express Coach. BY TRAIN Train travel is more expensive than travelling by coach and you will have to change Once at Paddington you take the train to Cardiff. please let us know your arrival date. A taxi to Cardiff from Heathrow would cost around £200. There will be taxis waiting at a taxi rank outside Cardiff Central railway station and taxi fares to University residences cost between £8 £12 depending on where your accommodation is and how much luggage you are carrying.cardiff.cardiff. train or bus you will arrive at the central bus and railway station in the centre of Cardiff. This could be an option if there were a few of you travelling to split the cost but you will not be able to have much luggage.00 .Saturday. If you do not arrive through the airport pick-up service service.17. telephone +44 (0)1446 711747 or email cardiff@checkercars. We recommend that you then take a taxi to your accommodation.TRAVELLING TO CARDIFF // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. If you are arriving into terminal 5 check at the information The T9 bus service runs from Cardiff Airport every 20 minutes during the day Monday . More information about taxis is on page TRAVELLING TO CARDIFF // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www.00 on Heathrow Airport on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 September 2015. but make your way independently to Cardiff you should check how to collect your keys for your University Residence at: .00 . AIRPORT PICK-UP SERVICE PICK-UP FROM HEATHROW AIRPORT PICK-UP FROM CARDIFF AIRPORT CAN I BRING MY FAMILY ON AIRPORT PICK-UP SERVICE? Cardiff University staff will be at the Arrivals Lounge of terminals 3. For more information about travelling independently to Cardiff University. please see the link below: ARRIVING AT CARDIFF CENTRAL BUS OR RAILWAY STATION If you are arriving by coach. after a short wait at the Arrivals Reception at the University you will be taken by minibus to your accommodation. Coaches will arrive at Heathrow at regular intervals between 08. A single ticket costs £5 and the journey takes 45 minutes. You should also be aware that they will not be able to stay in your University residences with you and should book a hotel (see page 16). Tickets can be bought online at (it’s usually cheaper in advance) or at the ticket office at the railway station in the airport. Take the Heathrow Express train from Heathrow Airport into Paddington Station in London. TRAVELLING INDEPENDENTLY FROM CARDIFF AIRPORT A taxi from Cardiff Airport will cost around £33 and can be hired from the Checker Cars taxi office immediately outside the Arrivals Building or booked in advance. Parents and other family members can only be accommodated if there is room on the coaches on the day. Trains leave every 15 minutes from all terminals at Heathrow to and 4. So we can plan for your arrival. To book a place on the Cardiff airport pick up service please see You can bring your spouse and children on the airport pick-up service for free.£200 and the journey time is 3 hours. Follow signs for the Central Bus Station from the arrivals into terminals 1. You may have to wait at the airport before we have picked up everyone arriving on their flights. You can buy your ticket online at or at the National Express Booking Office in Heathrow airport. with fewer coaches leaving during the night. A single journey from Heathrow to Cardiff is approximately £50 and takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes. Coaches leave approximately every hour. BY TAXI Travelling by taxi is a very expensive option and not advisable. time and flight number by completing the online airport pick-up service form available from Cardiff University also provides a free mini-bus and taxi service for incoming students from Cardiff Airport to the University on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 September 2015 from 09. WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I ARRIVE AT THE UNIVERSITY? If you arrive on the free airport pick-up service (see page 22).00 . but please contact us to book their places. 2 . A single journey from Heathrow to Cardiff will be around £63 .uk/erasmus 22 23 TRAVELLING INDEPENDENTLY TO CARDIFF UNIVERSITY FROM HEATHROW BY COACH If you are not using the Cardiff University airport pick-up service service. 4 and 5 of Heathrow Airport from 08. Therefore it is advisable that these family members plan to make their own way independently to Cardiff (see page 23).00.15. On weekdays the train to Cardiff from Paddington leaves every 30 minutes.

fun and friends you need to make your transition to UK life as carefree as possible. you should collect your keys on the first day that your residences contract starts. so if you intend to arrive in Cardiff before this date you will need to make your own arrangements for temporary accommodation until the start of the residential period (see page 16). If you are a part session Erasmus+ student. please ensure you have somewhere to stay for at least the first night of your arrival. Please be aware that if you arrive on a Saturday or Sunday the Erasmus+ Office will not be open. Email residences@cardiff. More information is on page 34. we take great care to ensure your smooth arrival and help you to settle into your new way of life in the University and local community.Sunday 27 September.Friday 11 September.cardiff. your allocated room will not be available before Wednesday 16 September. For more details about the dates and times of these 24 UNEXPECTED LATE ARRIVALS If you arrive unexpectedly late in the evening or early in the morning and you have not been able to inform the Residences Office of your late arrival. BEFORE WEDNESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER? WHAT IF I ARRIVE THE INDUCTION PROGRAMME // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. they will also be some events for you from Monday 7 . For details on key collection see 25 WHAT IF I ARRIVE EARLY. . If you do not yet have accommodation.TRAVELLING TO CARDIFF // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. please see Enrolment and student ID card You must complete your enrolment and collect your student ID card. Please see the check list on the inside front cover and make sure you complete everything. you should go directly to the Security Office next to the Psychology Tower otherwise your allocated room will be given to someone else. MORE DETAIL S ARE ON PAGE 30. IMPORTANT TASKS We understand that arriving in a new place is a challenging and exciting experience for you. and not participating in January induction. Bank letter service Bank letters and proof of enrolment letters can be obtained from the Students’ Union. WHERE DO I PICK UP THE KEYS TO MY UNIVERSITY ACCOMMODATION? If you use the airport pick-up service service on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 September 2015. All keys for University residences must be collected by Sunday 20 September. (see your residences contract or agreement). At these events you should find all the information. Staff will also be on hand to provide you with information on how to open your bank account for 2 weeks from Monday 14 September. THE INDUCTION PROGRAMME When you first arrive there will be lots of things you need to do including enrolling and collecting your student ID card. you will be taken to your University Residence and a member of staff will be on-hand to give you your YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BUY A DISCO UNT CARD FOR COACH AND/OR RAIL TRAVEL WHE N YOU ARRIV E. Please contact the Residences Office if you think you are going to be arriving after Sunday 20 September. Make your stay at Cardiff rewarding and enjoyable: come to all the induction events arranged for when you first arrive in Cardiff from Friday 18 . KEY COLLECTION FOR NONSEPTEMBER STARTERS If you are not starting your course in September. opposite 51 Park Place (map reference 35). AFTER SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER? If you are staying in University See page 30 for more information. At Cardiff. The Security Office will contact the Student Warden in your University Residence and arrange for you to have access to your

House Advice and Welcome Talks Come and listen to useful talks about what you can expect now you’ve arrived in Cardiff. Discover Cardiff Explore the City of Cardiff with your fellow student tour guides.cardiff. The fair takes place in the Great Hall on Friday 18 September. Look at the types of societies you could get involved in at Sports fair Meet some of the sports clubs and join any that interest you in the Great 26 27 THE INDUCTION PROGRAMME Part-session Erasmus+ students only Housing Help and Advice Student ID Card Collection and Bank Letter Service (text in red) To arrange private accommodation you’ll need to enrol. Need private accommodation? Having problems finding somewhere to stay in Cardiff? Get some advice from Staff. The party will take place in the Great Tuesday 8 September 2015. Societies fair Come and meet people from all the societies (including international societies) and join any that interest you in the Great Hall. Open air double-decker bus tour of the City of Cardiff Enjoy a guided double-decker bus tour of the beautiful city Further information about the programme of events will be added to the Graduate Centre website during the summer FAIRS AND EVENTS You will be able to get further advice and information about the University and the city of Cardiff at the Fair. Second and third year students will be your tour guides and will give you inside information about studying at Cardiff on Monday 21 September 2015. You’ll also get information on how to get online and obtain help with your computer. National companies fair Your chance to get your hands on some free items and discount vouchers.cardiff. Wednesday 9 . Talks are taking place in the Great Hall in the Students’ Union. Tuesday 8 September 2015. The talks will include advice on what you need to do in your first few days. Students’ Union on Friday 18 September. Discover Cardiff The Graduate Centre organises additional social events specifically for new and current postgraduates at Cardiff during week commencing Monday 21 September. where to get help and advice and how to combine part-time work with your studies. Find all the best places to shop or for a night out in Cardiff on this fact-finding walking tour. where to get help in finding private accommodation. It takes place in the Great Hall. You can also email erasmus@cardiff. if you need it. Free tea. You may also be given information about how to enrol for modules or subjects in your first term. Students’ so come back to the University to see all your photos and enjoy some free tea/coffee and cake! Thursday 10 September 2015. You will meet your lecturers and other staff who work in your subject area. Perhaps meet your new house mate?! Tuesday 8 September 2015. FUN AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES "International students' welcome party throughout the day on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September. They also give you the opportunity to meet new friends and settle in before the busy first week of term. For more information about sports clubs see Are there any events taking place in my academic school? Yes. Find out what to expect now you’ve arrived in Cardiff: how to use the University computing system. how to make the most of the Students’ Union and the events organised by the Erasmus Society just for you. what services are available in the library. OTHER ACTIVITIES Welcome talks In the third and fourth week of September there are lots of activities taking place in the Students’ Union for all new students. you may be required to attend an induction meeting held in your School you will be sent more information by your School.UK/ INTERNATION AL/ARRIVE . coffee and cake included! Erasmus Welcome Evening Have a drink and a chat with your fellow students and students from the Erasmus Society. Students’ Union.Friday 11 September 2015. Walking campus tours Find out where things are in the University and parts of the or visit FOR MORE IN FORMATION ABOUT ALL T HE INDUCTIO N EVENTS SEE WWW.AC. These activities are organised just for you and are intended to give you an idea of what life at Cardiff is like. we have a welcome talk to answer any questions they may have on Friday 18 September 2015. You’ll work up an appetite after a 2-hour walk round the city. Postgraduate Welcome Events Come and experience a traditional Welsh folk dancing evening ‘Twmpath!’ in a friendly atmosphere. Students’ Union. INFORMATION SESSIONS Parents' welcome talk If your parents are travelling with you. For more information see January starters If you’re starting in January you will be sent information about January induction.CARDIF F. have a student ID card and bank account. Explore and find useful places in Cardiff with student tour guides on Friday 19 September. Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 THE INDUCTION PROGRAMME // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. So bring your EU ID card or passport (essential) to complete enrolment and collect your student ID card and bank letters on Monday 7 September 2015.THE INDUCTION PROGRAMME // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS

09 Cola (own-brand 2 litre) 0.50 1.September 2015 is £9.49 Beef Stewing Steak (1 kg) 5.59 Bananas (1kg) 0.645 £9.29 0.59 Oranges (4 pack) 0.88 0.49 Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Tesco Lidl Potatoes (2.89 Mobile £192 £237 Baked Beans (420g) 0.70 Tomatoes (400g) Clothes* Books* Total £328 £320 £7. More information on part-time work is on page 45.31 £328 Disposable Razors (Pack of 10 & 12) 0.202 £1.573 *start-up costs only Please note that these figures represent the average cost of living in Cardiff.48 1.25 3.645.238 £1.60 0.80 0.79 Ground coffee (227g) 1. thick-sliced loaf 0.48 1.00 Leg of Lamb (1kg) 10.38 1.95 1.80 1.99 Instant coffee (Nescafé 200g) 4.28 Mineral Water (2 litre) 0.59 0.cardiff.29 Noodles (300g) 1.45 1.49 0.cardiff.24 (2kg) (1kg) Laundry & toiletries £285 £312 Canned or Frozen Vegetables and Fruits Travel £271 £485 Peas (1kg frozen) 1.74 1.79 0. For more information on living expenses see: .00 1.09 1. For more details about the dates and times of these events.39 1.49 Minced Beef (1kg) 3. there are additional costs such as fun and friends you need to make your transition to UK life as carefree as possible.78 Frozen Chicken (1kg) 6.69 1.99 Fresh Chicken (1kg) 2. The estimated average expenditure for a postgraduate student living in shared private accommodation from September 2014 .62 Cordial (1 litre) Standard Items Tesco Lidl Bread.136 litres) 0.084 £1.95 1.79 4.68 1. It is essential that you have enough money for the duration of your course. The competitiveness of finding a job and the generally low rate of pay for this work will be insufficient to maintain an adequate standard of EXPENSES // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. For more information on how to plan and manage your money see www.00 6.89 Washing Powder 4. If you decide to live in one of the large private halls of residences such as Liberty Living.95 2. please see www. it is more expensive to live in private accommodation. insurance bills and you may have to pay the entire yearly cost of your accommodation up front.98 1. For more information see: The estimated average expenditure for an undergraduate student living in shared private accommodation from September 2014 . The minimum cost of living as recommended by UKBA for studying outside London is £820 per month 0.573 LIVING EXPENSES ESTIMATED AVERAGE LIVING EXPENSES FOR A SINGLE PERSON LIVING IN UNIVERSITY RESIDENCES At these events you should find all the information.36 Frozen Fish Fingers (10 & 15) 0.48 2.31 Meat Tesco Lidl Beef Rump Steak (1 kg) 10.160 YOUR BUDGET Be realistic about budgeting for your time at University.65 Apples (1kg) 1.49 Frozen Prawns (250g) 3.97 Tissues 0.57 0.50 0.75 0.99 Toilet Rolls (own-brand 9 rolls) 3. lighting.79 £320 Toothpaste (100ml) 0.72 Toiletries Tesco Lidl All-purpose cleaner (own-brand 1 litre) 29 WHAT IS THE COST OF LIVING IN PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION IN CARDIFF? In comparison to the many additional services you receive in University Residences.59 0.79 0.69 Shampoo (own-brand 750ml) 0.45 0.38 LIVING EXPENSES // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www.45 Onions (2kg) 1.70 0.99 11.09 0.47 Margarine (1kg) Coca-Cola (2 litre) 1.June 2015 is £7. Students who are on a budget can live on less if they wish to do so.65 1.00 9.62 Washing-up liquid (500ml) 0.33 0.cardiff.927 £5.studentcalculator.39 0.79 Eggs (6 pack) 1.99 Vegetable Oil (1 litre) 1.38 Tomatoes (1kg) 1.69 Basmati rice (500g) Rent inc bills Food Social/leisure Undergraduate 9 months Postgraduate 12 months £3.99 Soap (4 x 125g bars) 1.68 Tesco Lidl £1.529 Soft Drinks Tesco Lidl Instant coffee (own-brand 200g) 2.58 Spaghetti (500g) 0. You will not be able to rely on the money from parttime earnings to support you.5kg) 1.35 1.49 Cornflakes own-brand 500g) 1.61 5.39 Cocoa (own-brand 400g) 0.75 2.99 Costs are approximate and based on supermarkets close to the campus.69 Tea bags (own-brand 80 bags) 1.19 0.86 Milk (2 pints/1.45 Orange Juice (1 litre) 1.97 Hand Lotion (75ml & 125ml) 1.

uk/erasmus 30 STUDENT DISCOUNT CARDS You will find that a lot of things. find a free PC. To use the card you will need a PIN number from the bank. All banks provide the following services: COMMUNICATIONS Debit card Most banks issue a single card that is a combined cash card allowing you to withdraw money from cash machines/ ATMs and debit card that allows you to pay for things in shops and over the internet. This is a document drawn up by the bank in your home country and sent to you by post. 7 days a week such as the Julian Hodge Study Centre and the Health Library in the Cochrane Building. HOW DO I OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT? To open a Santander. 08. it is likely to be one of the first things that you do because this is the safest way to keep your money.00 – 17.g. If you need to use special programs (for example. To do this the bank in your home country will need: ◗ Your UK bank’s name and full address ◗ Your name as given on your UK bank A Young Person's Railcard costs around £30 for one year or around £70 for three years.cardiff. For example you are likely to pay for your University residence fee by direct debit (see page 15). including some which are open 24-hours a day. HSBC. It is run by Information Services staff and provides free and friendly help and advice on a arnge of IT issues. your passport and a passport-size photo. Bank statements This is a record of all activity in your bank account over time. IT software and internet products. Cardiff University student ID card Your student ID card. view maps of the University campuses and read the online Handbook using the Cardiff University Mobile App at HELP AND SUPPORT For support with using University computers: Contact the Information Services IT Service Desk Monday – Friday. If you already have an internet email address (e. at anytime and from anywhere Computer rooms are conveniently located across the University’s campuses. Staff will be on hand to give you more information on how to open a bank account and you will find more information about this in your arrival pack that you will receive when you arrive at the University. or Barclays account you must take your passport and documentation to prove that you are enrolled on a course at Cardiff University to the bank in Cardiff. the card also proves that you are a member of the NUS (National Union of Students) and often entitles you to discounts in shops. covering the University buildings and residences. Do not let anyone else see this For more information go to CAN I GET INTERNET ACCESS IN MY ROOM? If you are staying in University residences (but not student houses). International Students’ Identity Card (ISIC) This card enables you to obtain discounts on flights. from cinema tickets to clothing. To get one you simply need proof that you are a student. The Young Persons' Coach Card can be bought at National Express coach offices or COMMUNICATIONS // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. You present the banker’s draft to your bank in the UK. Your username and password allow you to access Cardiff Portal. but also provide financial incentives for opening an account with them. Yahoo. It is important to keep these statements because you will need them if you need to extend your student visa. Ask if they offer a “student discount”. accommodation. Hotmail) you will also be able to use this. This card costs around £10 for one year or around £25 for three years and gives you 30% off all coach travel in the UK. the secure gateway to your web-based University services.LIVING EXPENSES // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. food and drink. you will be able to connect your computer to ResLAN (the Residences’ Local Area Network) to access the online resources you need for your A University-wide wireless network. can be bought at discounted cost if you are a student and have one of the following Ask members of staff in the library Visit the IT The card can be purchased online or at any train station ticket office. Make sure that you keep copies of the relevant documents in case there is a dispute with the bank in the future. Direct debits and standing orders These allow you to pay for goods and services by regular payments (often monthly) through your bank account. but you are expected to access your Cardiff University email account regularly to ensure you keep up-to-date with important University communications. which will be issued to you at enrolment is very useful! In addition to giving you access to University buildings. This will take you at least a week so you must make sure you have enough money for your first few weeks in Cardiff. Chinese characters). Before you transfer money ask what charges will be made by the bank and how long it will take. which is located on the first floor of the Students’ Union. WHAT WILL THE BANK OFFER ME? Every bank has different offers for students. For further information see: 31 OPENING A BANK ACCOUNT It is not possible to open a UK bank account until you arrive in Cardiff. LloydsTSB. DVDs to travel. and gives you a third off your rail travel in the UK.00 Tel: 029 2087 4487 Email insrvConnect@cardiff. then you may have to use your own computer with software that makes this possible. You will be able to pick up your bank letter from the Students’ Union in the third and fourth weeks of September (or earlier if you are a part-session Erasmus student). Statements will be posted and you can also see them online. INTERNET AND EMAIL HOW CAN I GET ACCESS TO THE INTERNET WHEN I FIRST ARRIVE? If you have enrolled online before you arrive in Cardiff. Find out more about connecting to the network at EMAIL You will be given a Cardiff University email address when you enrol and University staff will use email as the main way of communicating with you. Some banks charge a monthly For further information see: account ◗ Your UK bank account number ◗ Your UK bank sort code Money can also be transferred using a banker’s draft. You can apply online for this card. offers you flexible access to online resources free of charge. you will be able to use your Cardiff University username. make sure you memorise it and then destroy the number. The banks require an introductory bank letter from the University detailing your personal details and course of study. cinemas and restaurants.cardiff. HOW DO I TRANSFER MONEY TO THE UK? The easiest way to send money from your home country into a UK bank account is by electronic transfer. . To get this you will need proof you are a student. For more information and details of the documents you need to obtain this card see: Student Travel Reduction Cards If you are exploring the UK while you’re here you will make considerable savings on travel by purchasing a Young Persons' Railcard and/ or a Coach Card. However. password and email account on any networked computer in the University. You can use your smartphone or other mobile device to access your email.

There is often a compulsory monthly charge. If you are sending a parcel overseas you will need to complete a customs form. You can buy this type of mobile phone from a lot of shops without needing a “proof of enrolment letter” from the University.COMMUNICATIONS // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. All equipment sold is ready to use on campus and is supported by the University’s Information Services. You can then use a pay-asyou-go system to pay for the calls you make. However. nomonthly bills way of getting a mobile phone. You can also chat online with a member of library staff through the ‘Ask a Librarian Live’ instant messaging service at or keep up to date by following them on Twitter @cardiffunilib. You can obtain this “proof of enrolment” letter at the bank letter venue in the Students’ Union during the third and fourth weeks in September. residences staff are unable to sign for and accept parcels and deliveries on your behalf from private delivery COMMUNICATIONS // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. especially if you are calling another country. If you are unsure of how much the postage should be then take your letter to a Post Office for them to weigh it and advise how much it will cost to send.cardiff. See page 30. available in the Post Office. If you use the University's free airport pick-up service. These include international calling cards. The biggest advantage of this is that it is impossible to run up a huge phone bill as you can only make calls once you have already paid for them. For more information on al these cheap methods see: If you need to send a lightweight letter within the UK then you can simply affix a postage stamp and put it in any post box. To compare the costs of different UK mobile phones and network companies see: Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u are the largest independent stores selling mobile phones. you will need to find affordable broadband access along with TV and phone services. if you make prior arrangements with your Residences CAN I USE MY MOBILE PHONE IN THE UK? You will need to ensure your mobile phone is GSM compatible to roam in the UK and you will find using a UK SIM card to be much cheaper. If you decide to live in private accommodation or University-owned student house. For information about the cost of UK mobile phones and network companies see: www. SETTING UP AN INTERNET CONNECTION IN PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION For assistance with using the libraries. you will receive a free mobile SIM card with a small amount of credit so you can phone home if you bring your own mobile phone with you to the UK. Most contracts commit you to a 24 month contract. WHERE CAN I BUY OR RENT A COMPUTER? The IT shop is based in the Students’ Union and provides IT equipment with a range of payment options and student discounts. Parcels should always be taken to a Post Office for weighing and dispatching. accessing "Simply Dial" site and a voice over internet protocol. To use a UK SIM card you will probably need to ‘unlock’ your phone. no-commitment. However. It is a good idea to shop around. no creditcheck. but expensive to use. For more details see: . To buy a contract mobile phone you will need a “proof of enrolment” letter stating that you are a Cardiff University student and giving your term-time address. such as Skype. In special 32 33 WHERE CAN I BUY A MOBILE PHONE? Often mobiles phones are cheap to buy. but if you are willing to pay more you may be able to get a 12 or 18 month contract. you always pay a lot more to buy the initial phone and calls are generally more expensive than on contract mobile phones. Residences staff will accept a parcel from a private delivery company on your behalf. CONTRACTS FOR MOBILES If you choose a contract the phone will be cheaper or free but make sure you check the monthly payment and call charges before signing. For more information on how to set up these services see: RECEIVING AND SENDING POST HOME CHEAP WAYS FOR KEEPING IN TOUCH SENDING LETTERS AND PARCELS There are several cheap ways for contacting your family PAY-AS-YOU-GO MOBILES Pay-as-you-go is the no-contract. For further information about using Skype at Cardiff University see and DELIVERY OF PARCELS TO YOUR UNIVERSITY ACCOMMODATION You can collect letters and parcels from Royal Mail from the reception at your University residence. For more information see REMEMBER TO FRIENDS AN LET D FAM KNOW YOU H ILY AV ARRIVED SA E FELY MOBILE PHONES All students use mobile phones for staying in touch with family and friends. but you can also buy a phone from supermarkets or mobile phone shops. please contact a member of staff in the library.

They may also refer you to one of the other University advice staff if they feel you would benefit from speaking to a specialist. visa and any visa documentation with you when you pick up your student ID card. They may have a sheet of paper outside their office where you can sign up for an appointment. After online enrolment. from note taking to essay writing. homesickness to money worries. so you are successful in both your degree and also in future employment. All students are required to carry their student ID card on campus and your identity card will also allow you to use the Students’ Union. We recommend you enrol online before arriving in Cardiff to avoid: ◗ delays in your student ID card being issued ◗ delays in being able to access University computing facilities ◗ delays at School enrolment ◗ delays in obtaining your bank letter WHEN CAN I ENROL? You will be sent an email from Cardiff University telling you when and how to enrol online approximately three weeks before the start of your living in halls. please contact the enrolment team by email enrolment@cardiff. you are likely to be reported to UKBA as failing to arrive and attend classes at the University. often working in pairs or small groups on a range of topics. and update information where required. You will need to collect your student ID card from the Students' Union or from the Heath Park site depending on which campus you are based. You can contact them at the end of classes or by email to arrange a time to STUDYING AT CARDIFF UNIVERSITY // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS 34 www.STUDYING AT CARDIFF UNIVERSITY // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS To become a student of Cardiff University and gain access to the library and computing facilities. University staff will make a copy of these documents. your year and course CARDIFF UNIVERSITY STUDENT ID CARD You must obtain your student ID card after you have enrolled. You will use your username and password which you should have received already and be asked your student number and your date of birth. You may wish to print this out for your records and to show that you have completed online enrolment (a copy will be emailed to your Cardiff University email address). For more information see: Postgraduate students can gain more support and advice by contacting their Course Director or Personal ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS The Mentor Scheme aims to assist first year Undergraduate students make the transition to university life by matching new students with current undergraduate students from within their school Mentees are encouraged to discuss anything that is causing them any problem. you need to complete your School enrolment and attend School induction activities when you arrive in Cardiff. If you fail to collect your student card within 3 weeks of the start of your course. The classes are multi-disciplinary allowing students to share good practice. HOW CAN I ARRANGE TO SEE MY LECTURERS? Your tutor or course lecturers will usually have office hours when they are available to see students. you will need to enrol online. For more information see: HELP ON IMPROVING YOUR MATHEMATICAL SKILLS AT CARDIFF UNIVERSITY The Maths Support Service provides additional classes and drop-in sessions for all students. WHERE CAN I GO FOR HELP IF I’M WORRIED ABOUT MY ACADEMIC STUDIES? Your course director or personal tutor should be your first point of HOW DO I ENROL ONLINE? To complete online enrolment go to You will be guided through a series of web pages which will enable you to check information held by the University about which you will need to open a UK bank account Once you have completed online enrolment you will be shown details of your course and the core modules which form part of the course that you are registered for on the “Confirmation of Student Enrolment” screen. libraries and IT rooms. but you can also arrange a meeting with them. you. For more information see: FOR INTERNATIONAL (NON EU) STUDENTS ONLY In order to comply with the UK Government's immigration rules. sports facilities.prep areforsuccity personal or health concerns that are affecting your studies. To find out where and when these are. see the School Enrolment Information web page for your School. For more information see: . This may range from how to use the library. To enrol online you will need to confirm some personal details and confirm your course details. Your personal tutor should arrange to see you at least three times each 35 WHAT DO TO PRE CAN I STUDYING PARE FOR IN CARDIF F? Ther STUDYING AT CARDIFF UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC SUPPORT ENROLMENT You may find the pace and level of academic work different to what you have been used to than you have been used to when you start your course. HELP ON IMPROVING YOUR STUDY SKILLS AT CARDIFF UNIVERSITY The Academic and Skills Development Centre runs free classes for undergraduate students who wish to improve their study skills and the grades they achieve. but support is available within the University to help you improve your study skills. If you have any problems with online you must bring your passport. e is interactive a free pre-arrival students th website for incomin a of what it ist provides example g s like to UK univers study at a www. This is likely to result in you being excluded from Cardiff University. referencing.cardiff. Your personal tutor will be a member of teaching staff within your School who will be able to help you if you have any academic. The aim is to help you enhance your mathematical skills. preferably before you arrive in Cardiff.

so you can borrow books from any of Cardiff University’s libraries as soon as you have obtained your student ID card.g. e. If English is not your first seminars. 37 support which are specifically developed to meet the needs of a particular course or subject area. Practical work On many courses you will have practical workshops. intended to give you practical application of the theories studied. 36 SEMESTER DATES 2015 2016 FOR UNDERGRADUATE COURSES* Induction Programme and enrolment Wednesday 16 September . For more information email: cardiff@blackwells. This means that you will be given guidance and help. or someone in your web: It is often a good idea to wait until you are in Cardiff before buying course books. BUT THEY INCLUDE: ◗ written examination. and you won’t have to carry them from overseas. by lectures. A 2:1 is considered a good grade and a 1st is usually very difficult to obtain. that lasts for one hour. Early in your course. and you can also attend workshops and seminars to help you to make effective use of resources and facilities. Your student ID card is also your library card. normally essays rather than multiple choice questions ◗ course work including written essays. Friendly staff will be available to give help and advice. please ask your home University and discuss with your academic school in Cardiff. Undergraduate and taught postgraduate students are given a School Course Handbook which will outline what is expected of you. and to tell the tutor about any problems you are having with a topic or with study methods.cardiff. WHAT DO THE GRADES 1ST. Some Schools have their own programmes of language and study skills This is a small class of around 15 students or fewer and typically involves a lot of student interaction.g. You may also be required to sit exams in January and May/June. Simply take the books you would like to borrow to one of the staffed service desks or self-issue points in the library. but students are normally required to carry out a large research project in the summer.STUDYING AT CARDIFF UNIVERSITY // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. Undergraduate students can have 12 items on loan from University libraries at one time. WHAT DIFFERENT TYPES OF CLASSES WILL I BE EXPECTED TO ATTEND? Lecture This is a large class (sometimes over 100 students). Most libraries have group study and quiet rooms. To get the greatest benefit from your course you need to organise your time carefully. If you are unsure about whether you are required to complete all the assessment set by Cardiff University. This is followed by 2:1 (B or ranging between 60% and 69%). in laboratories. you may find you need extra support understanding For more details of the books. Essential course books are likely to be available in Blackwells bookshop located in Cardiff University Students’ Union. The highest grade is a 1st which is roughly equivalent to an ‘A’ grade or over 70%. and offer a wide range of information resources in print and online.cardiff. it will be an opportunity for you to discuss the progress of your work. Further details on the web WILL ACADEMIC STUDY AT CARDIFF UNIVERSITY BE SIMILAR TO HOW IT IS IN MY COUNTRY? You are likely to find that there are some things that are similar but many things are going to be different. It can include discussions and student presentations related to a particular topic if it is a small class. Your School will send you the academic year dates. as simply attending lectures will not be enough for you to gain a good The lecturer will give a general overview of a topic and you will need to take notes.g. the library catalogue is available online: http://library. studying on their own for long periods of time. journals and electronic resources available see BUYING COURSE BOOKS If your course books are in high demand you may find that you have to wait to use them and you may only be able to borrow them for a short time. It will give information on: ◗ group work projects ◗ presentation to a seminar ◗ How the course is going to be taught. You will be expected to learn key skills such as critical analysis and problem-solving and develop your own ideas. Independent study University study in the UK is aimed at encouraging a high level of independence and self-directed study. Seminar WHERE CAN I ACCESS ENGLISH LANGUAGE SUPPORT? The University offers a variety of Insessional English language and study skills courses specially designed to help students succeed. There is usually little opportunity to ask questions during lectures. Undergraduate courses generally include a mix of essays. ◗ How you will be assessed. don’t be afraid to speak (including the lecturer) and contribute your ideas. you will be given an introduction to library and IT facilities. to challenge others. THE GRADUATE CENTRE Cardiff University has dedicated facilities for postgraduate taught and research students on both Cathays and Heath campuses. You will therefore probably need to buy important course books and you should budget for this. The lecturer may notify you of a topic for discussion in advance and sometimes a group of students will prepare a short presentation. They stock multiple copies of recommended text books and have long opening hours. This requires lots of STUDYING AT CARDIFF UNIVERSITY // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. You may also be able to buy the books on your reading list before you arrive in Cardiff. check your library borrowing. group work etc. As with all aspects of life in a new country and culture it is important to keep an open mind and be flexible. Erasmus+ students will be able to apply. . A guide to using Voyager. You may be able to share books with friends. e. Examinations are normally held in January and May/June. You can easily locate resources for your assignments. by examination and/or written work and what proportion of your overall mark a piece of work or examination represents ◗ When the assessments will take place and what marks you need to obtain to pass the course WHERE CAN I GET A READING LIST BEFORE I START MY COURSE? You should contact your School to obtain any available reading lists prior to arriving at Cardiff. renew loan periods and reserve items using the online library catalogue (and mobile app). providing study and social facilities. In the UK students often work independently. if there are spaces available. Tutorial This is a meeting between a tutor and an individual student or small group of students. For further information on the events planned and facilities available to postgraduate students see the Graduate Centre website COURSE BOOKS ORGANISING YOUR STUDIES ◗ The course content ◗ practical assessments ADDITIONAL FACILITIES FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS e. At the start of your course you should know how much work you are expected to do and the important dates for completing it. HOW WILL I GET MY COURSE BOOKS? The libraries are conveniently located close to the academic schools.Sunday 28 September 2015 Semester 1 (Autumn Term) Monday 28 September Friday 22 January Christmas Holidays Monday 14 December Sunday 3 January Exam period in semester 1 Monday 11 January Friday 22 January Semester 2 (Spring Term) Monday 25 January Friday 10 June 2015 Easter Holidays Monday 21 March Sunday 10 April Exam period in semester 2 Monday 9 May Friday 10 June *The academic year dates for postgraduate students and anyone studying a health-related subject can vary according to the course you are studying but often follow a similar pattern. and they need to find different ways of working and studying effectively. but you will be expected to do a great amount of work on your own. Reasoned argument is encouraged. If you are unsure about anything. printed and web-based guides are available on a range of topics. These classes fill up very quickly and priority is generally given to international students studying their full degree programme with us. together with your student ID card. If it is a one to one meeting between you and your tutor. 2:2 AND 3RD MEAN FOR ASSIGNMENTS? These are classes of degree. Taught postgraduate courses also include a mix of assessments. ask your personal tutor. including evening and weekends. trips and events. projects. However. reports and dissertations The amount of assessment you are required to do may vary depending on what your home University need. seminars and completing assignments. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? ASSESSMENT METHODS VARY FROM ONE SCHOOL TO ANOTHER. as well as social and individual Many people find that studying at university is a new challenge. The aim is for the students to analyse the topic through discussion and learn from other students. 2:2 (C or between 50% and 59%) and 3rd (Pass or under 49%). presentations and practical assessments.

mental health difficulties and specific learning difficulties.HELP AND ADVICE // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www.cardiff. They can help you with academic. HELP AND ADVICE DISABILITY AND DYSLEXIA SERVICE Sometimes people run into difficulties and need a little extra support. which includes students with medical conditions. ◗ Screening and assessment for dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties ◗ Study skills tuition ◗ Access to support workers ◗ Access to and training on assistive technology To contact the Disability and Dyslexia Service email disability@cardiff. dates and to book a place see: The Disability and Dyslexia Service provides ◗ Daily life in the UK To contact International Student Support email Telephone +44 (0) 29 2087 0555 ADVICE AND REPRESENTATION CENTRE (ARC) IN THE STUDENTS’ UNION The Centre provides information.cardiff. They work closely with staff in the ARC and the Vice President Societies and Campaigns Officer to make you feel welcome.00 and 08. safe and happy during your time in Cardiff University. physical and sensory COUNSELLING SERVICE The Counselling Service provides help with more personal problems that may arise while you are a student at Cardiff. The service also has a well-developed email counselling service and a range of online self help tools. financial and housing issues as well as general advice about student They help campaign on behalf of students from outside the UK on issues such as equality and employment rights. For further email:erasmus@cardiff. The Disability and Dyslexia team can assist disabled students. Counsellors are very used to dealing with a wide range of personal and emotional difficulties.00 7 days a week during term the Erasmus+ Office can provide assistance and answer any questions. independent advice and representation for all Cardiff University HELP AND ADVICE // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. including: ◗ Immigration advice and assistance with visa extensions ◗ Employment regulations ◗ Financial advice HELP BEFORE YOU ARRIVE If you need help before you arrive. This service provides a confidential safe space where counsellors will work with you to help you to explore your situation or difficulty in private without judging you. Counsellors also provide several free workshops. guidance and a range of services to support disabled students. THE STUDENT SUPPORT CENTRE The Student Support Centre is a dedicated facility on campus to help students with any problems or questions. To contact ARC email THE INTERNATIONAL OFFICER IN THE STUDENTS’ UNION The International Officer is an officer elected by and for the students at Cardiff University. Browse through their website to see the many aspects of being an international student in the UK that they can help Email: . This service is run entirely by trained student volunteers. on matters relating to: ◗ Accommodation ◗ Applications for disability funding EXTRA SUPPORT FOR YOU WHERE CAN I GO IF I JUST WANT TO CHAT? If you ever feel alone and would like to speak to someone or would simply like information on anything from cinema times to exam dates you can ring Nightline between advice. consumer. including the ‘Cultural Connections’ workshop which helps students adjust to living in the UK and building friendships. physical and mobility 38 39 FOR EVERY KIN D OF PROBLEM THE RE ARE TRAINED PEOP LE AT HAND TO OFFER HEL P. Their website is Within the Student Support Centre you will find the following services: INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT International Student Support is dedicated to the welfare of international students. For every kind of problem there are trained people at hand to offer help. Every student at Cardiff University is also allocated a personal tutor to help you with any academic problems you may have (for information about academic support see page 35).

if you do feel that you are unable to insured and MOT’d. As the capital of Wales. You must have insurance and tax on the vehicle. It is developing constantly and the number of facilities and amenities increases all the time.cardiff.17.22. You can buy almost anything in the LIVING IN CARDIFF // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. Most supermarkets are open also on Sundays from 10. confusing. _3 HOW WILL I FEEL WHEN I FIRST ARRIVE? When moving to a new city it can be difficult to adjust to the new way of life and adapt to a new culture. ask for help from the Counselling Service and Student Union’s Advice and Representation Centre (see page 38). you can work out how best to respond to the difference and so reduce your anxiety.cardiff. The city centre offers a huge variety of shopping with a range of indoor. behaviour and language can all contribute to feelings of loneliness. Before you drive in the UK the car or motorbike must be registered.029 20 777 777 ◗ Dragon Taxis . Taxi companies in Cardiff include: ◗ Capital Taxis . taxed.00 . They are quite expensive but less if you share a taxi with your friends and split the cost. The best way to deal with culture shock is to try and understand the different situation you are in and how it makes you feel. frustrating and can make you feel anxious. It is renowned for being vibrant and friendly and easy to get around. irritability. You are likely to experience a whole range of emotions.T. _2 Always find out the price of the journey before you get in the taxi. they test that your car is safe to drive. never at the start of the journey. Details of timetables and fares can be obtained from the Cardiff Bus website TO FIND OUT MORE ABOU T THE CITY A ND INFORMATIO N ABOUT FESTIVALS A ND EVENTS O N IN CARDIFF. These feelings will pass and you will settle into student life. gardens and peaceful spots. disorientation. For more information about Schengen visas see: SHOPPING Cardiff has one of the best UK shopping experiences outside of London. as the application process can take a long time. London is only two hours away by train. it has a large choice of social and leisure activities available and caters for all tastes. as driving in the UK without these is illegal.30 Monday to Saturday. Culture shock can affect anyone and is a very normal reaction for incoming students as they adjust to a new environment.00 . You can also buy cheap crockery and cooking utensils there. food. Their licence is yellow and should be displayed at the back of the taxi. _3 Always sit in the back of the taxi behind the driver. This is known as “culture shock” and almost everyone who studies. student residences and city centre are within a short walk of one another.029 20 555 555 ADVICE ABOUT TAXIS _1 Always take a taxi that is registered with Cardiff City Council. the city has more than 330 parks. although many supermarkets are open from 08. Shops are usually open FOOD SHOPPING Cardiff has a large covered market in the central shopping area. Please make sure that you start planning for this visa at least two months before your holidays. From Cardiff it is easy to explore the beautiful countryside of South Wales and Southern 40 41 HOW DO I GET AROUND CARDIFF? Cardiff is a small city so you will find that you will be able to walk or cycle to most places. Differences in climate. The taxi driver should also have their licence with their photograph displayed in the taxi.029 20 333 333 ◗ Premier Taxis . modern. dress.VISITC ARDIFF. WILL I BE ABLE TO DRIVE IN THE UK? If you hold a valid driving licence or international driving permit from your home country you can drive a car for up to 12 months in the UK. outdoor. In this way.00 16. VIS IT THE TOUR IST INFORMATIO N WEBSITE WWW.00.00 and larger supermarkets may be open 24 hours. An ‘M. For more detailed information about driving in the UK see Always pay for the journey when you have reached your destination. increased vulnerability and reduced confidence.O. Focusing on things you like in the new culture rather than the things you do not like will help keep your spirits high and enable you to be more tolerant of your environment. These visas are valid for three months and the International Student Support Team can help you apply (see page 38). meat. Taxis can be a good way to get around if you have lots to carry. fruit and vegetables. old. The Students’ Union. It is an excellent source of cheap fish. However.COM LIVING IN CARDIFF Cardiff is an excellent city in which to live and study. Known as one of the greenest cities in the UK. They will understand the problems you may be having and will listen sympathetically. lives and works abroad will experience this to some degree.’ is a test which must be carried out by a certified garage. After 12 months you must obtain a UK driving licence and pass a driving test to be able to continue to drive legally. Some of these feelings will be surprising. If your car fails its MOT test then you need to pay for work to be done on your car so that it will pass the test. Many large stores as well as small newsagents and grocery shops are also open for a shorter time on Sundays. . FOR INTERNATIONAL (NON EU) STUDENTS ONLY PLANNING TO TRAVEL TO EUROPE DURING THE UNIVERSITY VACATIONS? If you want to travel to certain countries in the European Economic Area you may need to apply for a Schengen visa.LIVING IN CARDIFF // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. high street and designer shopping. There is also a regular bus service around the city.

cardiff. Peters (Catholic) Cathays Methodist Church www. Chinese. including Tesco. These range from cultural and international groups to political. with low prices and its own night-club. support. Jewish and Christian societies. Joining a course society gives you the opportunity to make new friends who are interested in the same area of study as you. Whatever course you study. They offer a huge range of activities. Xpress radio. prayer and support. Whether you study Business or Medicine. The Athletic Union is one of the biggest in the UK. There are also a number of quiet rooms for prayer and contemplation across the Cathays and Heath campus. The largest faith community is Christian and there are good relationships between the major religions. which is next to the Talybont Residence. The Chaplaincy is based in Cathays campus and is home to Anglican. from going on trips and holidays. which is an ideal opportunity to find out more about the societies and join those which interest you are sure to find other students who share a common bond. entertainment. These societies are ideal for combatting culture shock. including the Islamic. making music. THE STUDENTS’ UNION STUDENT SOCIETIES INTERNATIONAL SOCIETIES When you enrol at Cardiff University you also become a member of Cardiff Students’ Union. If there is a particular culture or country you feel should be represented. but the largest supermarkets are located some distance from the city centre. Methodist. There are many International Societies which reflect the multicultural environment of Cardiff University such as the International Students' Association. reflection. Details of these can be found at University Chaplaincy The Chaplaincy is a place of friendship. food. . They provide the opportunity to try something new. discover new interests and add to your CV. Andrew & St. Engineering or Law. It is an ultra-modern space with meeting rooms. For further information about the Chaplaincy and all faiths including details of places of worship near the University see: RELIGIOUS FACILITIES OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY Buddhism The Cardiff Buddhist Centre Aro Ling Cardiff . hospitality. to celebrating a national day or religious event and gair rhydd (meaning "free word" in Welsh).Buddhist Christianity St. and there are a huge number of sports clubs to get involved in. The Muslim Chaplains are based at Darulisra Muslim Education and Welfare Centre very close to the University. you can join any course society. for students and is dedicated to the social and welfare needs of all students on campus. The vibrant international community at the University offers great opportunities for meeting people of your own and other religions. For more information see: Within the Union. Similarly. Catholic and Eastern Catholic chaplains. RELIGION AND FAITH In the UK there is freedom to follow any religion and any faith. and also the opportunity to share ideas and provide helpful advice. support for all students from all faiths or non. services and activities. there are lots of religious societies that provide new students with the chance to worship and express their religious beliefs. For more information see: Darul Isra (Muslim Community Centre) Judaism You will find that there is a wide range of religious organisations and places of worship in and around Cardiff. The Chaplaincy welcomes individuals from all parts of the world regardless of their nationality or religion and is committed to encouraging discussion between students of different faiths and backgrounds. Becoming involved in a society is an excellent way to make friends. a large TV screen and booths with Skype Hinduism Shree Kutchi Leva Patel Samaj Swaminarayan Temple Prayer rooms Islam The Anglican and Catholic chaplaincies have public chapels where daily worship is held and individuals may go for prayer or reflection. All Chaplains understand and are committed to providing a place of friendship. Quench magazine and Cardiff Union TV. Being a member means that you are entitled to a wealth of 42 SUPERMARKETS You will find that supermarkets are some of the best places to stock up on provisions. The Union also has a range of cafés where you can have a good meal. joining one can allow you to explore new subjects. hospitality. there are over 170 student-led societies. You must be at home when your groceries are delivered because you need to sign for the delivery. It is a great place for entertainment in the evening. as there is likely to be one near where you are staying. Teilo Cathays (Anglican) Woodville Baptist Church St.cathaysmethodist. almost every week. During the first week of term there will be a Societies Fair in the Students’ Union.LIVING IN CARDIFF // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. 43 WHERE CAN I FIND OTHERS WHO SHARE MY RELIGION? There are various religious societies within the Students’ Union representing different faiths which you can think about joining. you can always start one yourself by getting in touch with the Vice President for Societies & Campaigns at VPSocieties@Cardiff. you will find a society in which you can meet fellow course-mates. It offers opportunities for students to relax and to explore faith and spirituality. Indian and African foods and many other food products from around the world. INTERNATIONAL FOOD STORES There is a wide range of specialist international food stores in the city where you will be able to find most of the foods you are used to eating at home. you can join a society at any time throughout the year online DEPARTMENTAL SOCIETIES Most courses at University have a corresponding society. so that they can ring you when they arrive at your residence reception. as wherever in the world you have travelled from.cardiff. Lidl supermarket is located near the University on Maindy Road. so if you have an interest outside your Cardiff Reform Synagogue Cardiff United Synagogue WHERE CAN I FIND PLACES OF WORSHIP IN CARDIFF? SOCIAL LIFE Sikhism Sri Dasmais Singh Sabha Gurdwara Bhatra Sikh Centre The Lounge in the Students’ Union is a fantastic place to meet friends and relax and is very popular with incoming Students. But if you miss this don’t worry. volunteering your time and energy for a worthy charity. ideological and performance LIVING IN CARDIFF // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS These include shops that sell Halal. You can also get involved in Cardiff's four award-winning student media platforms: the student newspaper. It is also a good idea to join an international society and learn where other students shop. There is also a range of shops selling everything from computers to course books. Many students order their groceries online and have them delivered to their University residence. You will need to give the supermarket company your mobile telephone number. The Union is run by students. houses and essay printing. making it a popular choice for many students. More information about the different international food stores will be available in your welcome packs when you arrive in Cardiff.

University and outside companies as well as providing an introductory service to local employers. teamwork. For more information see: . For further information and to apply online for these courses see STUDENT ENTERPRISE Cardiff University also offers Student Enterprise. There are 2 gyms on the Cathays campus. especially when working with 44 45 WORKING IN THE UK SPORTS AND SPORTS CLUBS Getting involved with a sports club is a great way to make friends while at University. These short courses include making presentations. indoor cricket wickets.85 if you work within the University) regardless of age. Away from the city centre the University also has a 33 acre site of high quality football. For more information on the programme or the MCC Universities Cricket Programme contact the Performance Sport Officer – Paul Jones: jonespd4@cardiff. Here you can also take part in different fitness classes. To be eligible you must have at least represented your country at junior or senior standard or be recognised by your governing body as having outstanding potential. lacrosse.cardiff. you can register by calling into the Jobshop in the Students’ Union building with your student ID card and passport. don’t worry . These playing fields were used as one of the official football training venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games. as a campus tour guide. the Strength and Conditioning Centre and the Fitness and Squash Centre both have outstanding gym facilities. a gym and 2 large sports halls for any team sport. in a restaurant or bar or as a cleaner. It gives students a great opportunity to develop new skills. For more information on all the sports facilities see: HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORT PROGRAMME The Cardiff University Sport High Performance Support Programme is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students at Cardiff University. levels of pay vary for different types of WORKING IN THE UK // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. It is a free service for all Cardiff University students and is a good starting point for your search for casual or see the DEVELOPING THE RIGHT SKILL TO GET A GOOD JOB The Skills Development Service provides a range of courses aimed at building your confidence and increasing your personal effectiveness and job The IMG gives you the chance to play sports on a more informal basis with groups of friends or other students from your School. rugby. All vacancies that are advertised by the Jobshop pay at least at the adult National Minimum Wage (currently £6.some placements don’t require one. For more information. The Jobshop operates as a temporary student employment agency providing part-time jobs with the Students’ Union. For more information contact the Student Volunteering Cardiff Office by email svc@cardiff. talented sportsmen and women through their time in Higher Education at Cardiff University. problem-solving and time management. tennis courts. Student Volunteering Cardiff offers a variety of voluntary work placements which will develop communication and team skills. Membership fees range from £5 to £ American football and cricket pitches. At Talybont Residences site there are a wide range of facilities including.50 per hour or the national living wage of £7. The main aim of the programme is to support young. designed to provide developmental training and competitions if you are interested in becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own business. Generally students obtain parttime casual work paid at the minimum wage. depending on your age. meet members of those clubs and join any clubs you would like to become involved with. If you are considering volunteering it is advisable to bring with you a Certificate of Good Conduct from your country as there are some regulations for volunteers working in the UK. see WHAT TYPES OF WORK WILL I BE ABLE TO GET AND HOW MUCH DO THEY PAY? In the UK. For further information on each of the clubs or details on how to get involved see SPORTS FACILITIES The University has a range of gyms. or enjoy beauty treatments. increase work experience (and improve CVs) and help you experience different aspects of British culture. meet new people and be involved in something worthwhile. It will also help you to improve your English.cardiff. If you do not have one. There are three levels of minimum wage. Typically this includes working in a shop. Once you arrive in Cardiff. For more details go to: VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY WORK Voluntary work is unpaid work for charities and in the local community. fitness classes and sports facilities if you are looking to keep fit and healthy or play casually with friends without joining a sports club. have sports massage or physiotherapy in the wellbeing clinic. If you love playing sport but don’t have time to commit to busy training schedules or just want to keep active with a weekly kick around then the IMG is for you. All levels of sport are catered for and you will be made to feel welcome at any of the sports WHERE CAN I FIND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES? Unistaff Jobshop is the on-campus student employment service.LIVING IN CARDIFF // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. All sports teams are run by students for whatever your standard. artificial pitches. and details of all sports clubs and how to join can be found online signup The Intra Mural Games (IMG) is the name of the University’s recreational sports league. During your first week at Cardiff you can visit the Sports Clubs Freshers’ Fair where you can find out what clubs exist. The Athletic Union currently supports around 60 sports clubs ranging from recreational to competitive sports and competes against other British Universities in BUCS (British Universities and College Sport) competitions.

Names and addresses of doctors can be obtained from emergency and non-emergency treatment) You are likely to pay for: ◗ Some GP services (e. Or you can find out more about registering with a GP by visiting the Health Centre (47 Park Place) or by going to the Doctor's surgery. Endsleigh Insurance provide student insurance product. SECURITY ON CAMPUS The University Security Centre provides 24-hour security cover for the University campus and halls of residence. returning a body home for burial Even if you are entitled to free NHS treatment while in the UK. NHS Direct can be a helpful source of advice and information. Even if you are covered by the NHS for medical treatment. You must also register with a doctor (see above).ac.. You should make sure you have adequate medical insurance to cover medical costs if you fall ill and also to cover additional possible costs resulting from illness.cardiff. visiting a doctors’ surgery/clinic) ◗ Treatment in a hospital (both General Practitioner (GP). The NHS Direct website and telephone service can provide information about the provision of local services. Ask the residence manager for you need extra or special treatment. You may receive a dental health check-up without being charged but additional dental treatment will be payable depending on individual circumstances. like an operation. You will have to pay for any hospital visits. So you must take out health care insurance for your time in the UK.g. Women can see a female doctor. please bring a doctor’s report with you in English. NHS Direct also provides a confidential health care advice and information service 24 hours a day. You can choose which NHS dentist you want to be registered with (it does not need to be the dental practice closest to your residence). HOW DO I REGISTER WITH A AM I ENTITLED TO FREE DOCTOR? MEDICAL TREATMENT IN THE In the UK. STAYING SAFE AND HEALTHY BEFORE YOU COME TO THE UK DO I NEED A DOCTORS REPORT? If you are having any medical treatment or you have had any serious illness in the past. as well as looking at options available from UK insurers. telephone the Security Control Centre: Tel: 029 2087 4444 Email: securityservices@cardiff. fire.g. For more information on medical insurance see page STAYING SAFE AND HEALTHY // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS For more insurance information see page 18 of this guide or: I’M COMING TO CARDIFF FOR LESS THAN 6 MONTHS. different climate and the emotional strains of being away from home. The report should give details of the illness. it is not always UK Emergency telephone number (police. vaccinations for travel and getting a sickness certificate) ◗ Dental treatment ◗ Optical treatment (you can get free and reduced-price optician services through the University’s School of Optometry) ◗ Any illness or conditions which existed before you arrived in the UK WHERE CAN I FIND A DENTIST? Although dental treatment is available on the NHS. These can be substantial and include: ◗ The cost of returning home if a relative is ill ◗ Cost of a relative visiting you in the UK if you fall ill ◗ Cost of returning to your home country for treatment ◗ Or in the worst possible situation. A comprehensive CCTV camera system operates throughout the University campus. non-emergencies are dealt with UK? in a surgery by a doctor known as a If your course is 6 months’ duration or more you will qualify for National Health Service (NHS) treatment. require some security advice. If you have any personal security concerns. You need to register with a doctor before you are treated.cardiff. The cameras are used to direct security staff to incidents. and the Centre works in close liaison with the police. when you arrive in Cardiff. You do not pay to register with or to consult with a doctor. such as doctors’ surgeries.STAYING SAFE AND HEALTHY // ERASMUS+ STUDENTS www. opticians and pharmacies. registration with a doctor can be arranged through your hall of residence. To find a list of NHS registered dentists (these are considerably cheaper than private dentists) see WHERE CAN I GET FURTHER HEALTH ADVICE? If you or your family are feeling ill. but your GP will refer you to a consultant .g. but you need to be registered with a dentist before you receive treatment from them. So here is some useful advice on how to find medical treatment in the UK and information on what health care is free. This is the UK’s state health service which provides treatment on a wide range of health care services. e. so you must do this within the first week of your arrival in the UK. Tel: 0845 46 47 YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY Cardiff is a safe city. dentists. any medicines you are still taking and any future treatment needed. If you already have medical insurance in your home country. The vast majority of incoming students enjoy a positive and rewarding experience during their stay in Cardiff. If you are coming for less than 6 months you are not entitled to free NHS treatment. you should consider taking out insurance which covers the above additional costs because you are not entitled to free health care for illnesses that existed before you arrived in the UK or anything that happened on the way to the UK. or wish to report a crime. GP appointments are short .an expert . If you are entitled to NHS treatment the following services will be free of charge: ◗ Medicine you require on prescription - this is free in Wales (but not throughout the UK) ◗ Consulting a doctor/General Practitioner (GP) and most other GP services (e. ambulance): 999 Police non-emergency number: 101 .only five minutes or ten minutes. DO I NEED MEDICAL INSURANCE? If you are coming to the UK for more than 6 months then you are entitled to free health care in the UK. You should give this report to your new doctor that you will be registering 46 47 HEALTH CARE IN THE UK When you arrive in Cardiff there will be lots of changes to cope with including adjusting to the unfamiliar UK food. CAN I HAVE FREE MEDICAL TREATMENT IN THE UK? If you are studying for less than 6 months you are only entitled to free nonemergency health care at the GP surgery. including some of the large residential sites. you may find that there are long waiting times of several months for services. but like all cities you have to be sensible. An insurance policy which gives you access to private medical care could give you much quicker access to the treatment you need. If you are living in University accommodation. check whether you can extend it to cover your stay in the UK. if you need care for a broken bone or you fall seriously ill with a bad infection or disease. You may find that you pay less attention than usual to your health.

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D3* .Finding Places of worship Map 4 University and City Centre Business School Support .Costs 12 Post CURRYS Money Mobile phones Police registration College Road Colum Drive Colum Road Colum Place Corbett Road Cottrell Road Cowbridge Road East Crown Way Crwys Road Custom House Street Dalcross Street Dalton Street Daviot Street Despenser Street Duke Street Dumfries Place East Grove Excelsior Way Fairoak Road Fanny Street Fitzalan Place Fitzhamon Emb Fitzroy Street Flora Street Gordon Road Glossop Road Glynrhondda Street D3 D4 C4 C5 D4 F5 A2 C6 D5 E1 E5 D5 E5 C2 D2 E3 F3 A6 D6 D5 F2 C2 E4 D5 E3 F3 E4 Greyfriars Road Harriet Street Hayes Bridge Road Herbert Street High Street Hill’s Street King Edward VII Ave Kingsway Lake Road East Lake Road West Leckwith Road Llanbleddian Gardens Llandaff Road Llandough Street Llantwit Street Lower Cathedral Road Lowther Road Mackintosh Place Maindy Road Mary Ann Street May Street Mill Lane Minny Street Miskin Street Moira Place Monthermer Road Moy Road D2 E4 E1 E1 D2 E2 D3 D2 E7 E7 A1 E4 A3 D4 E3 C2 E4 E6 D4 E2 D5 E1 D5 E4 F2 E6 E5 Mundy Place Museum Avenue Museum Place Neville Street New Zealand Road Newfoundland Road Newport Road Ninian Road Ninian Park Road North Road Park Place Penarth Road Penylan Road Plasnewydd Road Queen Street Rhymney Street Rhymney Terrace Richards Street Richmond Road Ruthin Gardens Salisbury Road Schooner Way Senghennydd Road Severn Grove Severn Road St Andrew’s Place St John Street D4 D3 E3 C2 C6 B6 F3 E6 B1 C5 D4 D1 F6 F4 E2 E4 E5 E5 E4 D4 E4 F1 D4 A3 A2 E3 D2 St Mary Street St Peter’s Street Station Terrace Strathnairn Street Stuttgart Strasse The Friary The Hayes The Parade The Walk Thesiger Street Tudor Street Ty Draw Road Ty Gwyn Road Tyndall Street Wellfield Road Wellington Street West Grove Westgate Street Whitchurch Road Windsor Place Windsor Road Wood Street Woodville Road Working Street Wyverne Road D1 F3 E2 F5 E3 D2 E2 F3 F3 E4 C1 F6 F7 F1 F5 B2 E3 D2 D6 E3 F2 D1 D5 D2 E4 Aberconway Hall C4 12 Aberdare Hall and Meeting Rooms C4 22 Cartwright Court E6 65 Colum Hall C4 13 Gordon Hall E3 43 Hodge Hall D4 17 Liberty House D7 98 Roy Jenkins Hall D5 8 Senghennydd Court E3 47 Senghennydd Hall E3 46 Talybont Court B5 7 Talybont Gate A6 21 Talybont North B6 4 Talybont South B6 5 University Hall and Conference Centre F7 2 . C4* Julian Hodge Building 8 Halls of Residence 22 Visa 138 7 University Buildings 23 Travelling from airports 65 5 04 Trains ( for Visa 09 .ac.cardiff.Accommodation 15 Luggage Finances Medical treatment .uk Telephone +44 (0) 29 2087 4844 Email studentsupportcentre@cardiff.Food costs .Bringing your computer 19 Electrical sockets 20 Enrolment 34 . Innovation and Enterprises Services University Graduate College D4 10 121 ENROLMENT TEAM F3 and Conditioning Centre Sports Training Village 141 SECURITY CENTRE 33 Registry • Talybont 68 123 65 130 58 C3 • Strength 126 P Telephone +44 (0) 29 2087 4487 Email insrvConnect@cardiff.Advice 39 .Social 21 124 4 TESCO 43 .ac. BRISTOL AND LONDON ACCESS ROUTE TO TALYBONT Students’ Union 35 39 Careers & Employability Service Chemistry 89 Student ID card 32 FINANCE OFFICE Telephone +44 (0) 29 2087 6587 Fax +44 (0) 29 2087 6141 Email elt@cardiff.cardiff. 30 Bedding Books 20 37 Budgeting 29 Buses 41 CAS number Cellphones Classes Clothes Coaches Computers 05 32 36 19 23 31 Contacting other students Cooking . BRIDGEND AND SWANSEA 11 C3 33 Architecture D3 45 34 Student Societies Student Support Centre 2 43 98 ACCESS ROUTE TO CATHAYS PARK CAMPUS 38 52 51 54 P Telephone +44 (0) 29 2087 4844 Email iss@cardiff.TB testing for visa 04 Immigration 38 .Possessions Assessments 36 ATAS certificate 04 Banking 10.Registration Internet 31 in the UK Driving in the UK 47 IT 41 . Communication and Philosophy D4 16 Estates F3 66 Eye Clinic D4 15 Finance F3 66 Glamorgan Building D3 49 Global Opportunity Centre D3 41 Graduate Centre D3 38 Hadyn Ellis Building D4 10 Health Centre D4 37 Healthcare Sciences F3 59 History.12 C4.When you’re in the UK 34 29 Food shopping 41 37 Health advice 47 . E3 121 E3 58 CUBRIC D4 30 Day Care Services D3 41 Deri House E3 60 Development and Alumni Relations E3 60 Earth and Ocean Sciences D3 39 Eastgate House F3 59 Engineering E3 58 Telephone: +44 (0) 29 2087 4444 Email securityservices@cardiff.International Student 38 .uk P P 140 135 72 76 75 P 99 82 P P 80 P P Maindy Stadium/ Hospital Concert Halls St David’s Hall D2 76 Swimming Pool 53 University Hospital Accident C7 1 University Concert Hall C4 19 Millennium Stadium 80 and Emergency Unit Welsh Institute of Sport Wales Millennium D3 54 Attractions Centre Map 2 D2 96 D3 55 Cardiff Bay Shopping Visitor Centre Map 2 D2 96 Capitol Centre D1 86 Cinemas Cardiff Castle D2 64 Cineworld E2 83 Castle Arcade D3 56 Dr Who Experience Map 2 D2 95 Odeon Map 2 D2 92 Central Market E1 84 D3 C5 6 E1 D1 81 C3 44 Central Police Station City Hall Coach Station Law Courts Motorpoint Arena Post Office: Queens Arcade Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama 89 Llandaff Cathedral Map 2 B4 90 Vue D1 99 Queen’s Arcade D3 52 D2 71 National Museum Queen’s West Sport Techniquest Map 2 C2 94 Athletic Stadium Map 2 B3 88 Royal Arcade C3 48 Theatres Cardiff Blues RFC D2 78 St David’s Centre D3 36 New Theatre E3 61 Cardiff City FC A1 87 Temple of Peace University of Sherman Theatre Wales Registry D3 51 Chapter Arts Centre Welsh Government Offices D4 29 Welsh Assembly Map 2 D2 97 E3 A2 40 Cardiff RFC 62 Cardiff Tennis Club Glamorgan County Cricket Club D2 78 D3 57 B3 32 E2 68 D2 72 D2 75 D2 71 D2 65 D1 82 E2 73 35 Sir Martin Evans Building D4 35 D4.5 miles) TO M4 East J29 D4* Lifelong Learning E3 42 Main Building D3 39 Mathematics E3 42 Pedestrianised Shopping Area McKenzie House F3 66 Modern Languages & Translation D4 24 P 122 P Public Car Parks 139 124 Cardiff West Park and Ride Bus Stop 12 Cardiff East Park and Ride Bus Stop 13 125 P 17 132 P P 48 INDEX 49 Academic support 35 Dentist Accommodation 13 Disability and Induction programme 47 Airport pick up 22 Dyslexia Service 39 Insurance Arriving in the UK 23 Discount cards 30 .uk 71 Telephone +44 (0) 29 2087 6211 Email enrolment@cardiff.Sport 43 Taxis 41 Tuberculosis (TB) 6 121 Payphones 32 Voluntary work 45 What to bring 19 127 9 11* Bute Building D3 45 D4 31 Centre for Professional Legal Studies D4 28 D4 26 D3*.ac.Food shopping .uk 66 Redwood Building Sports • Fitness and Squash Centre D4 63 • Llanrumney Sports Fields P P 61 64 P 60 F3 E3 Map 2.INDEX // USEFUL CONTACTS www. D4 24* 28 D4. MERTHYR TYDFIL. D4* Music D4 15 Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences C3 33 Physics and Astronomy E3 58 Planning Division F3 66 Planning and Geography D3 49 Psychology D4*.Buying a computer 32 31 .uk P 36 44 40 P P P 43 P 46 47 129 48 Telephone +44 (0) 29 2087 9262 / 6918 / 4962 Email E5 53 62 78 E3 Queen’s Buildings 31 42 49* 50 P 57 INFORMATION SERVICES (IT) 25 27* Purchasing Social Sciences 55 56 P INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT P 133 P 134 ENGLISH LANGUAGE SUPPORT P P 137 20 23* Optometry and Vision Sciences Politics 22 SUPPORT CENTRE 24 28* Shopping Area 19 THE GLOBAL OPPORTUNITY CENTRE 39* 25 Computer Science & Informatics Law 131 P University Car Parks 02 . D3 Chaplaincy 1 44 17 42 C4 ARCCA Biosciences 41 .Utensils Counselling Service 41 20 . E3.When you arrive In the UK Culture Shock/ homesickness Doctor 46 Graduate Centre 29 18 . 27 02 .Transferring 30 32 Packing 19 Personal tutor 35 Private accommodation Cathays Park Campus (Map 4) Tel: 029 2087 4000 Aberconway Building MAP 5 47 Security 47 Semester dates 36 Shopping 17 Sport ACCESS ROUTE TO HEATH PARK CAMPUS (2.5 miles) TO M4 West J32 PONTYPRIDD. Media and Cultural Studies D3 45 C4 14 D4.11 in the UK . E3 D4 34 B6 3 Student Recruitment E3 60 Student Support Centre D4 31 Students’ Union D3 38 Tower Building D4 27 Trevithick Building E3 58 Adam Street Albany Road Allensbank Road Australia Road Basil Place Birchwood Lane Birchwood Road Boulevard de Nantes Braeval Street Brandreth Road Bridge Street Brydges Place Bute Street Bute Terrace Canada Road Castle Street Cathays Terrace Cathedral Road Catherine Street Central Link Charles Street Churchill Way City Road Clare Street Claude Road Coburn Street Cogan Terrace 16 Aberconway C4 11 Arts & Social Studies D4 18 Health Library F2 F5 D7 B6 E4 F7 F7 D3 E5 E7 E2 D4 E1 E1 C6 D2 D5 B3 D4 F1 E2 E2 E4 C1 F5 E4 D4 D4 Bute & Architecture P 86 D3 45 Map 5 C8 115 Julian Hodge Study CentreC4 14 Law D4 18 Music D4 22 Biomedical Sciences D4 35 Science D3 39 Senghennydd E3 42 Trevithick E3 58 Residences Street Index B7 3 D4 Brian Cooke Dental Library Map 5 C8 106 128 Central Library B6 Security Centre Libraries 84 87 British Council 66 Southgate House * Indicates main site 73 81 All Nations Centre F3 Welsh 83 Additional Information 66 Research.12 34 29 19 33 Religion and faith 42 Residences 13 Safety on campus 47 19 Food costs 20 25.Student visa 40 . D4* Public Relations P 29 USEFUL CONTACTS The Erasmus+ Office Telephone +44 (0) 2920 87 0432 +44 (0) 2920 68 8530 Fax +44 (0) 2920 87 9695 RESIDENCES OFFICE Telephone +44 (0) 29 2087 4849 Email residences@cardiff. Archaeology and Religion D4 16 Human Resources F3 66 IT Services D3 41 International Office E3 60 John Percival Building D4 16 MAP www.

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