University of South Wales

The University of South Wales is one of the largest universities in the UK, offering our students excellent opportunities and prospects. A course at USW is more than just a qualification. Inside and outside the classroom, we help you achieve your potential professionally and personally.

Here at the University of South Wales we always put our students first. We offer a friendly and academically challenging environment with an excellent reputation for teaching quality, state-of-the-art study facilities and supportive staff.

We have over 500 courses available, outstanding graduate employment rates and we’ve invested £160 million into our facilities.


South Wales

The University is based in South Wales, UK with campuses in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd. Wales is a country in its own right, but is part of the UK. South Wales has a vibrant city life, culture, nightlife, music festivals, award-winning beaches, outdoor adventure, history and breath-taking countryside.

It is a safe, affordable and welcoming place to study. Our students love the friendly atmosphere at the University of South Wales. All our campuses are easily reached by road, rail and air.

Pontypridd Campus

USW Pontypridd is surrounded by green open spaces. Our students say they love the community atmosphere, as well as the convenience of living and studying in the same place. USW Pontypridd is our largest campus and is made up of two sites; Treforest and Glyntaff.

From historic buildings to new, modern structures, Pontypridd Campus reflects the University’s history and its ambitions. Here, you’ll find everything you need in one place – your classes, the library, cafes and bars to eat and drink, and friends to spend time with.

You can study accounting, business, computing, engineering, health, humanities, law, police sciences, psychology, science, sport and pre-sessional English language programmes at Pontypridd Campus.

On campus there is student accommodation, Students’ Union (nightclub), library and Student Centre, Sport Centre, food, drink, cafes (coffee), USW Sport Park, train station (20 minutes train ride to Cardiff), Chaplaincy and multi-fair prayer facilities.

Cardiff Campus

Cardiff is right in the city centre – the perfect home for our creative industries students. We’ve just finished a new phase of investment and development, so we can offer even more specialist facilities for you to develop your creative work in a professional environment. You’ll also find study spaces, the library and the SU – all in the one impressive building.

Cardiff is a major centre for media production in the UK, with BBC drama studios on the doorstep and Pinewood Studios nearby. The city centre is also set to welcome the headquarters of BBC Wales, while ITV Wales is making Cardiff Bay its new home. Cardiff is known as a city of culture and entertainment.

You can study fashion, film, design, communication, drama, dance, performance, journalism, media, music and sound in our Cardiff Campus.

Capital City

Cardiff has a vibrant arts and live music scene and is a city of attractions, from the castle to the bay. There is a great nightlife – somewhere to go every night for all tastes. It’s a shoppers paradise, with all the main shops in walking distance within the city centre, featuring everything from indie shops in Victorian and Edwardian arcades to high-end fashion brands in contemporary malls.

The city hosts international sporting events, has lots of green spaces and is just two hours from London by train.

Newport Campus

Right at the heart of the city, overlooking the River Usk, is one of the University’s most iconic buildings. It couldn’t be in a better location to embrace city life in Newport. Plus, the Halls of Residence are just a few minutes’ walk away.

The campus is a beautiful, modern building with a Starbucks Cafe, open plan library and innovative teaching spaces, including our Cyber Security Academy.

You can study business, counselling, hotel and hospitality management, social work, teacher training, working with children and families and youth and community work at Newport Campus.

Living costs

Great value for money

South Wales offers great value for money. Food, entertainment, accommodation and other day-to-day costs are likely to be lower than in many other parts of the UK.

For information on general living costs in the UK (including an international student budget calculator) visit the Education UK website. Information on the University of South Wales’ fees, funding, scholarships is available here.


We offer high quality student halls of residence options on campus in Treforest and we partner with accommodation providers in Cardiff and Newport.

Our Student Accommodation Team also give support for approved private sector accommodation. If you’d rather live off campus in a house with your family or friends, we have the StudentPad search engine for recommended landlords.


To help you feel prepared for your new adventure in the UK, it’s important that you have a good idea of how much it’s going to cost. The UNIAID International Student Calculator helps you build your own budget to help you feel confident about managing your money.

There is also a helpful article by the British Tourist Board called International students: How to budget in Britain.


The National Union of Students card and the International Student Identity card offers discounts in many shops, restaurants and businesses here in the UK. You can save on clothes, food, cinema tickets, train tickets and more.

Course search

Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees, from Animation to Aerospace Engineering, International Wildlife Biology to the MBA.

For further information or inquiries and application please contact us