Arrival services

To make your travel arrangements to the University as easy as possible, we can organise arrival services for when you first land in the UK. These services are available throughout the year from Cardiff International Airport (CWL) and Heathrow Airport (LHR), London.

Cardiff Airport is the closest airport to the University, which is why we always recommend it. 

International student arrive accommodation

Students arriving on campus

Arriving at Cardiff Airport (CWL)

We can arrange a free taxi service from Cardiff Airport to your accommodation at the University of South Wales. The taxi service needs to be booked at least five working days before you travel (if you book and no longer need it, please tell us or you will be liable for a attendance charge of up to £50).

Book the free taxi service from Cardiff Airport



Arriving at Heathrow Airport (LHR) London

If you fly into Heathrow Airport, then we can arrange for one of our university representatives to meet you there for a ‘meet and greet’ service. The representative will then guide you on where you can buy travel tickets, such as coach, train or taxi to the University. 

If you book and no longer need it, please tell us or you will be liable for a attendance charge of up to £50. These services are not free, which is why we recommend you fly into Cardiff Airport.


Book the 'meet and greet' service from Heathrow Airport

It may not be possible for us to arrange a representative to be at the airport if you arrive between 1am and 6am.


Heathrow Arrivals

Travel options from Heathrow

You should expect to pay fares ranging between £50 - £160 for a train ticket and between £30 - £60 for a coach ticket from Heathrow to Cardiff (both dependent on day and time travelled).

Luggage - maximum of two medium suitcases (20kg) and one piece of hand luggage are allowed on National Express coaches


Travelling to the University of South Wales Independently

If you choose not to use the University arranged arrival services, we also provide information on travelling to the University independently

Arriving at other UK airports

Our arrival services are available from Cardiff Airport (recommended) and Heathrow. If you choose to arrive at a different UK airport then you'll have to arrange your own transport to Cardiff:


Once in Cardiff, we recommend that you hire a taxi to take you to your accommodation directly. 

  • Addresses in Cardiff - £10 - £15
  • Addresses in Newport, Treforest or Pontypridd - £30 - £45

Flight Link Wales is an airport taxi service picking up from most major UK airports and can take you directly to USW.