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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Upcoming Open Days at University of South Wales


University of South Wales - Online Open Day

26 Jun 2021, 10:00 AM - 26 Jun 2021, 15:00 PM Online
Book Open Day
Discover USW in 2021 with our Online Open Day. A Online Open Day is an ideal way to experience what it's like to study at USW, virtually explore the campus, find your perfect course, speak to staff and much more. At our Online Open Day you can access course presentations by academic staff as well as chat live with staff and current students to find out what it's like to live and study here. You can also find out about Accommodation, Student Support, Student Finance, Careers, Foundation Year degrees or Network 75 in the information fair live chat.

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  • Rosalie Jones

    “Before I began online learning, I had thoughts that I wouldn't be able to do it. The thought of going it 'alone,' having to push myself to learn something new was very daunting. To begin with, it was all very overwhelming, technology is certainly not my forte, but it was all down to learning the ropes, with people that know how and getting to grips with something brand new to me. It didn't take long to settle in and actually feel part of a team.

    “Having set modules and schedules keeps me focused and I feel I have achieved something at the end of each day. The support mechanism from tutors is amazing and in turn they encourage peer support, so you’re not actually 'alone.'

    “Obviously, there can and will be elements that I may not understand, however, so many tutors, experts in what they do, are readily available.

    “The willingness to help comes across and you never feel you cannot speak to anyone. The live sessions are the highlight, where we can interact with others and feel as though we are in a lecture room, but in the comfort of our homes with a coffee.”

  • Andrew Creak, Caerphilly

    BA (Hons) Film Graduate

    Andrew is a production assistant trainee on His Dark Materials. Last year, he was on a work placement on season one, which led to a subsequent interview for his current role.

    Andrew said: “I chose to study at USW as it’s close to where I live and it has close connections with industry, such as Bad Wolf. Also, the creative arts industry is booming in Cardiff. I think one of the many reasons for this is that there are so many diverse locations for filming, everything you could need is within a 40 minute drive from the city centre.

    “My degree involved different aspects of industry from film theory, history of film, to practical assignments making short films etc. We learnt all the different aspects of production – all working together to make something beautiful.

    “It feels amazing to go from graduating to working on a high-quality BBC/HBO production. Studying at USW gave me the confidence to apply for work experience. During my first week, I got to work with one of my favourite actors but my favourite part of my role is being able to see every single part of the production – from pre-production through to post-production.

    “This is my first proper job working in the industry. I never thought I would go into a role like this. I didn’t even know this job existed when I started studying film.

    “I would advise students to use their initiative and apply for lots of work experience. Be nice and people will remember you.

    “Working for Bad Wolf has been phenomenal. The things I get to see and do as part of the production has been beyond what I could have imagined.”

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