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Video Blog – Halls: 8 Do’s and Don’ts

Halls usually mean the start of living away from home, and with people who you’ve only just met. As such, it’s vital that you get used to the necessary etiquette that will ensure you make it through the year unscathed.

As usual, if you have any questions or comments then please don’t hesitate to get in touch, either by leaving a comment or coming to find me on Twitter or Instagram.

In the meantime, I hope you’re all loving Freshers 2015!

Catch you soon,



  1. Helen says:

    Hi, I am hoping to study at Cardiff next year and I am currently looking at university accommodation. Would you be able to let me know which ones you would recommend. Thank you!

    • Toby says:

      Hi Helen – thanks for getting in touch!

      In terms of recommending accommodation, the Talybont complex is the biggest and seems to be the most popular among applicants. Each have their pros and cons, though – I got my fifth choice accommodation (you have to select ten options) and although I was gutted when I initially found out, a day into freshers and I no longer cared. My flatmates were great and it turned out that Senghennydd Court were the closest halls to town – five minute walk and you were on the high street. With that in mind, I’ve tried to make a decent list of some positives and negatives of some residences below:

      Talybont Court / Gate – these are the most expensive options but as you’d expect, the best quality.

      Talybont North / South – cheaper than above but part of the same complex. All of Talybont is really close to an industrial park with a 24h Tesco, KFC, etc. Also really close to University sports facilities, such as gyms, 3G football pitches, squash courts etc. 20 minute walk into University, depending on the building you’re based in.

      University Halls – these are the only halls that are actually out of the city and require a bus journey to and from University. You get this free if you live there but it’s something to bare in mind if you think you’d rather live closer.

      Senghennydd Court / Senghennydd Hall – closest to town and the Students Union. Particularly useful for nights out and socials! Also on Salisbury Road which I’d consider to be one of the most useful roads in Cardiff – amazing take-aways / cafes, and a Tesco Express.

      Roy Jenkins – on Crwys Road opposite a relatively big Co-Op, about ten minutes from University. Useful road to be on though these halls are quite small – from what I gather everyone knows everyone so you’ve got to work out whether this kind of thing will suit you.

      As for the others, I don’t know enough about them to provide a judgement. The biggest thing I can say is that try not to worry about accommodation too much – obviously pick residences in the order that you think you’d prefer but all of the halls are at a pretty high standard and once you’re into Freshers week and have made friends with your new flat-mates, the fact that you weren’t slightly closer to University won’t matter as much.

      Hope that helps! Give me a shout if you’ve got any other questions.

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