Spread across three campuses in the Welsh capital of Cardiff, CMU is home to around 12,000 students from over 100 countries around the world. Originally founded as the Cardiff School of Art & design in the 19th century, the university separated from the wider University of Wales in 2011.
Cyncoed Campus, Howard Garden campus and the Llandaff campus are all within 5km of Cardiff city centre, making Cardiff Metropolitan an easily accessible university, especially considering the abundance of train stations throughout the city, and just 2 hour journey time from central London.
To this day, both art and design still play a significant role in the university’s offering, as well as its sports training programmes. There were 15 of the university’s alumni competing in the 2012 London Olympics. The Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences relaunched in 2017 following a merging of two existing departments. One of the biggest draws, the school is constantly expanding their facilities, which makes sense in the context of their increasing influence within the international sporting community.
Cardiff Metropolitan University is located in the exciting and lively city of Cardiff, and delivers practice-focused and professionally recognised education across its academic schools. CMU constantly performs well in the annual UK Student Satisfaction survey, and has been rated top in the UK for student experience in previous years, as well as performing well in the areas of student support and living experience.
There are currently almost 1,000 rooms available for students in university-owned accommodation with a further 700 available through university agreements with private halls of residence close to the main campus.
Cardiff is growing as a destination for visitors, residents and students alike. The castles, nightlife, sports stadiums and filming locations all make it a desirable place to be, and contrasted with the ruggedness of the surrounding Welsh countryside, makes the former coastal port an attractive place to study.
There are many notable alumni of Cardiff Metropolitan, with many sporting stars and Olympic medallists graduating from the university, such as Helen Glover and Lynn Davies. Broadcasters such as Michael Buerk, John Inverdale and even Simon Fowler, lead singer for Ocean Colour Scene, also studied in Cardiff.