Places to stay in Cardiff

If you're visiting us for an open day, or simply want to explore the place you'll call home during your degree, there are plenty of places to stay to make the most of your visit.

Cardiff's bustling city centre and its rich history are waiting for you. With lots of different options to suit every taste and budget and as the capital city, Cardiff doesn't fall short of places to stay. Why not make the most of your stay at a budget friendly hotel? Or, for a more luxury experience, choose to stay at a boutique hotel and spa.

To help you organise your trip, below, we've put together a list of popular places to stay in Cardiff.

Don't forget, USW is one university across three locations. There's plenty to explore nearby, including the valleys town of Pontypridd, the breathtaking Brecon Beacons, and the vibrant city of Newport.

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Alternatively, you can view a full list of places to stay in Cardiff on

Here are our top picks this month:

Hotel Indigo

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Why stay? Boutique rooms in the heart of the city centre with free Wi-Fi for all guests. The hotel also boasts a fully equipped fitness centre and a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill. 

In partnership with the hotel, we are offering a discount to all of our Open Day visitors.

Where is it? Dominions Arcade Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2AR.

Distance from campus: 0.6 miles to the Cardiff Campus.

How much? Typical price from £51-£108 per night.

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Park Inn by Radisson

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Why stay? Just a short walk from the Cardiff Campus and St David’s Shopping Centre, Park Inn is a convenient and comfortable option for an overnight stay. Why not treat yourself and enjoy an afternoon tea at the hotel for just £13?

Where is it? Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2JH.

Distance from campus: 0.2 miles to the Cardiff Campus.

How much? Typical price from £74 per night.


Premier Inn Cardiff

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Why stay? Just a 5 minute walk to the Cardiff Campus, the Premier Inn offers spacious rooms, a good breakfast and sweeping-city views from the top floor rooms.

Where is it? Helmont House, 10 Churchill Way, Cardiff, CF10 2HE

Distance from campus: 0.3 miles to the Cardiff Campus.

How much? Typical price from £72 per night.


Mercure Cardiff


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Why stay? Less than a 10 minute walk to our Cardiff Campus, Holland House offers guests a 4-star stay in the heart of the capital. After a day of exploring campus and the city, return to the hotel an unwind in the hotel's on-site leisure facilities.

Where is it? 24-26 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0DD.

Distance from campus: 0.4 miles to the Cardiff Campus.

How much? Typical price from £89 per night.


Jury's Inn

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Why stay? Check in to Jury's Inn and experience some real luxury! Housed in a Victorian Building in the city centre, Jury’s Inn offers 142 rooms most of which have disabled access. The hotel is also home to a stylish bar and restaurant.

Where is it? 1 Park Pl, Cardiff CF10 3UD.

Distance from campus: 0.5 miles to the Cardiff Campus.

How much? Typical price from £105 per night.


The Coal Exchange

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Why stay? With a selection of luxury rooms, The Coal Exchange is a 19th-century hotel and the perfect place to indulge whilst visiting Cardiff. Enjoy all that Cardiff Bay has to offer with nearby attractions such as The Senedd and the Wales Millennium Centre.

Where is it? Mount Stuart Square, CF10 5FQ.

Distance from Campus: 1.7 miles to the Cardiff Campus 

How much? Typical price from £89 per night.


Our other locations

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With five campuses across three locations, you can experience the diversity that South Wales has to offer.

10 things to do in Cardiff

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To save you a frantic Google search, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 things to do whilst you’re visiting us in Cardiff.

Getting to Cardiff

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Take a look at our Getting Here pages which have information on where you can find us and what you can do when you visit.

Explore the capital


Cardiff is a city that has something for everybody. Live life loud or take it at your own pace, Cardiff has it all to offer.