Student life in Cardiff: where to go?

One month ago, I began to write a list of places where students and backpackers can find affordable food and clothes in Cardiff. It can also be helpful for those who come to Wales and don’t have a big budget or don’t want to spend loads of money.


  • Costa
  • Gregg’s
  • The Little Man Coffee: Ivor House, Bridge Street

Clothes shops

  • Primark
  • Peacocks

Print Centre

  • Vega Print: 47 City Road


  • Tesco
  • Poundland
  • Poundworld
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Lidl
  • Wally’s Delicatessen: 38-46 Royal Arcade
  • Cardiff Market
  • Spar


  • Waterstones


  • St. David’s Hall: they do discounts to students
  • Wales Millennium Centre
  • Chapter: The Chapter Student Card gives you discounts in their cafeteria
  • Cathays Cemetery: one of the largest Victorian cemeteries in the U.K.
  • Bute Park
  • Sherman Theatre: it’s only 10 minutes away from Cathays Train Station
  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama: every Friday they play jazz. It’s free.
  • Caerphilly Castle: It is only 30 minutes by train from Cardiff
  • Roath Park: the boat ride is only 6.50 quid for two people
  • Cardiff Castle: get your key to the castle for only 5 quid


  • Riverhouse Backpackers: free breakfast included

If you have some extra cash, I strongly recommend these places:

  • Bella Italia: 6 High St.
  • Barker Tea House: 8-12 High Street Arcade
  • We are fed (buffet): Mary Ann St
  • Kaspas Ice-Cream
  • Cath Kidston Store: her design and style is AMAZING
  • Viva Brazil: 4 meat meal and salad for only 9.95 quid

Luxury hot chocolate with coconut cream and marshmallow at Barkers


  • Ed’s diner gives you a chicken, veggetarian or beef burger for free after your first visit.
  • In Bella Italia, you can get a free pizza bread if you answer an online survey
  • In Pizza Express you can eat 2 courses (one starter and one main course) for only 11.95 pounds
  • We love Italy makes 10% discout to students.
  • The Grazing Shed has a students meal which include a beef burger, fries and bottomless drink.
  • Café Jazz has concerts almost every night and the fee entry for students is only 2 quid.
  • Be sure to get your discount card for the bus (National Express) and the train. You will save a lot money in transportation.
  • In CineWorld and Premiere Cinemas you pay 3 quid with your student card

I will be updating this list regularly, so stay tuned!


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