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Dear International Student,

If you are arriving in Cardiff for your first time – WELCOME to Cardiff, to Wales and to the UK! Croeso i Gaerdydd!

We are so excited to have you here, and we can’t wait to meet you.

We are the Christian Union at Cardiff University. We’re a community of Christian students who want to welcome you, and make friends with you. We love connecting with international students, from all countries, backgrounds, languages, religions and cultures. We hope that’ll you’ll enjoy your time studying here every bit as much as we love having you. 🙂

We know that life looks a little different right now, but we’re still here to support you, and we’d love to get to know you! Please get in contact with us through our facebook, instagram, or by email (below). We have a facebook group for arriving international students, so please feel free to join that! We’re planning to announce our weekly events on there, like playing casual sports outside, or having a socially distant picnic or hike. We’ll also hold special events for St. David’s Day, Christmas and other cultural occasions!

If you’re arriving this Autumn and you don’t yet know anyone in Cardiff, please get in touch with us! We’d love to put you in touch with a friend from the CU via our informal buddy scheme, potentially someone from the same course as you. We’re always keen to hear from you and we’d love to make friends!

We would also love to hear about your religion and worldview, and share some of ours too. We believe in Jesus, who came to earth to welcome all people back to harmony with the one true God. He promised that one day, people from every country and language will go and join him in his heavenly kingdom, which will be a wonderful place. This good news is what unites us and inspires us, and we love sharing it with people who are interested.

We hope and pray that you have a very memorable time here in Cardiff, and think of it as your new home!

Raphael – International Coordinator



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Shops In Cardiff

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Parks & Coffee Shops

Moving to a new city is scary, let alone a new country; but Cardiff is beautiful and has so many things to offer – we hope that you’ll discover as many as possible during your time here and that this vibrant city will soon feel like a familiar second home. … More Parks & Coffee Shops

Places To Go In Cardiff

Moving into university is always exciting, and a bit of a challenge, especially as an international student. Nevertheless, having been in your shoes, I can assure you that it is not as daunting as it seems, and there are plenty of things to look forward to being in Cardiff. … More Places To Go In Cardiff


I wonder if you have seen these blue bikes before? They are almost everywhere in Cardiff, so keep an eye out for them! They are called Nextbikes… … More Nextbikes!

Public Transport

In the UK, students will often use public transport to get between towns, because many students don’t own cars. If you are travelling within the UK, you can use trains or coaches easily, and if you’re travelling within a city you can use buses or taxis. The transport here… … More Public Transport

The International Team: