Cardiff is the most affordable UK city for students (Royal Bank of Scotland Student Living Index, 2022)

Great value for money

South Wales offers great value for money. Food, entertainment, accommodation and other day-to-day costs are likely to be lower than in many other parts of the UK. 

For information on general living costs in the UK (including an international student budget calculator) visit the Education UK website. Information on the University of South Wales' fees, funding, scholarships is available here.

USW Blogger Jonas, from the Philippines, tours Treforest Accommodation


We offer high quality student halls of residence options on campus in Treforest and we partner with accommodation providers in Cardiff and Newport. 

Our Student Accommodation Team also give support for approved private sector accommodation. If you'd rather live off campus in a house with your family or friends, we have the StudentPad search engine for recommended landlords.

USW Blogger Jia Wei, from Malaysia


To help you feel prepared for your new adventure in the UK, it's important that you have a good idea of how much it's going to cost. The UNIAID International Student Calculator helps you build your own budget to help you feel confident about managing your money.

There is also a helpful article by the British Tourist Board called International students: How to budget in Britain.

Student discount sign


The National Union of Students card and the International Student Identity card offers discounts in many shops, restaurants and businesses here in the UK. You can save on clothes, food, cinema tickets, train tickets and more.