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Cathays is the main student area of Cardiff, just outside the city centre.
Cathays begins immediately behind the Students’ Union, off Senghennydd Road, and stretches back to Crwys Road.
Cathays tends to be quite ‘studenty’ and can be quite noisy in places as a result. In particular, Senghennydd and Salisbury Roads can be boisterous late in the evenings as they are close to the Students’ Union.
Cathays is a vibrant, fun place to live with all the essentials nearby: doctors' surgeries, supermarkets, numerous take-aways, pubs, sandwich bars and breakfast places such as Ramon’s on Salisbury Road.
Cathays is particularly well-served by pubs, although many of these have now been taken over by chains. The Gower on Gwynneth Street is an example of a more old-fashioned pub; the Woodville on Woodville Road, the Crwys on Crwys Road and the Pen and Wig behind Park Place are also very popular among the student population.
Living in Cathays is lively. I live with people from around the world and it is a great opportunity to make friends. I live on Colum Road, which is quite busy, being close to the City Centre, the beautiful Bute Park and all the main buildings of Cardiff University. It is very convenient and comfortable!
Sandra Baltruka, MA International Journalism
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