University of South Wales

Visit the University of South Wales

Visit USW at an Open Day. You can learn more about USW, meet students and tutors and ask questions about courses. You can take tours of our campuses and accommodation and speak to careers and support staff.

To book, visit our website.

An exceptional part of the UK

The University of South Wales (USW) has campuses throughout south Wales, in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd. You can enjoy all that Wales has to offer, from city life and culture, to stunning beaches and breath-taking countryside.

Cardiff is the UK’s fastest growing major city. You’ll find an amazing quality of life, more green space per person than any UK city, and fantastic people. Cardiff Campus is right in the city centre – the perfect location for creative industries students. Students develop creative skills in a professional environment, with specialist facilities, study spaces, the SU an library all on campus.

Newport is a university city with a multicultural vibe and rich history. Newport Campus is the university’s most iconic building, standing tall in the city centre. It couldn’t be in a better location. Halls of Residence are just a few minutes’ walk and Friars Walk shopping centre directly opposite.

Pontypridd Campus is just 20 minutes from Cardiff by train. Surrounded by green, open spaces students love the community atmosphere. As the largest campus, it is made up of Treforest and Glyntaff. You’ll find everything you need – your classes, the library, SU, Sport Centre, cafes and bars.

Practical skills that employers want

The University has a reputation for teaching practical, real-life skills which employers want. Teaching is informed by employers and what happens in the workplace. As a result, 95% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation, which is much higher than the national average (DLHE 2016).

The University has links with industry and businesses that are hard to beat. Working with world-leaders such as Amazon, the BBC, Hugh James Solicitors, Rolls-Royce and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Students gain professional skills in environments that recreate the workplace. Facilities include a hospital ward, moot courtroom, crime scene facilities, recording studios, aircraft hangar and USW Sport Park. 

USW offer a range of courses at every level, from Foundation Degrees to PhDs. Many courses are accredited by professional bodies, which means they are of the highest standard.

Students are taught by expert teaching staff. Many lecturers are at the forefront of their field, producing world-leading research and making an impact in their sector.

Learning at USW

In response to ongoing Covid-19 regulations and to help keep everyone safe, USW is providing blended learning, combining virtual and on-campus delivery. Where it is safe to do so, some face-to-face activities are being delivered on campus, particularly for courses that require access to specialist facilities for practical learning.

Outstanding student support

The University of South Wales offers first-class support, from a Disability Service to Student Money Advice Team. With advice zones based in our libraries across all campuses, there is always help easily available. USW Careers will help with all things related to your career, our Wellbeing Service offers free advice and counselling and Library Services ensures you get access to the information and equipment you need for your studies. There is also a hands-on Students’ Union and plenty of societies and sports clubs to join, from cricket, basketball and football, to golf and hockey.

Visit the University of South Wales

Discover the University of South Wales at an Open Day.

You can also book to experience a Online Open Day.


Call: 03455 76 77 78


Halls of Residence

Where you live is just as important as what you learn. Whether you want to live on campus or in the city, USW will help you feel right at home.

USW Pontypridd has nearly 1,200 rooms of different sizes and 20 self-contained flats. You will have your own room with en suite shower and toilet. All accommodation is self-catering, with a shared kitchen, dining area and mini fridge. Prices start from £109 per week, including bills and internet access.  (based on 2019 prices). 

USW Cardiff work with private provider Liberty Living. Rooms are right in the city centre, one is directly opposite the campus. You will have your own room with en suite shower and toilet and a shared kitchen and dining area. Prices start from £121 per week, including bills and internet access (based on 2019 prices).

USW Newport have teamed with private provider CLV. Halls are in the city centre and a two-minute walk from campus. There are six room packages to choose from as well as studio flats. Prices start from £96 per week including bills and internet access (based on 2019 prices). You will have your own room with en suite shower and toilet. You will also have a shared kitchen, and common room with Sky TV.

Private accommodation
If you don’t want place in Halls, we can discuss other options and help you find the right place to  live. We keep a database of registered landlords whose properties meet standard and safety regulations.


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Address University of South Wales, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL View on Map
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