Covid-19 Event Policy: September 2021

After 18 months we’re as eager as all of you; whether you’re a student, regular gig-goer, promoter or nightclub attendees to reopen our venues and let the good times roll, but before that, we must let you know about certain changes and new measures put in place to make sure that our venues are a safe environment for everyone to enjoy. Please be patient and respectful to anyone that you may meet, greet or see in our venues – these policies may differ from other venues you regularly attend, so please be mindful.

Read the full policy to find out what you need to do when you arrive and what we're asking from you inside of our venues during events.

Indoor Opening: Monday 17th May 2021

We’re excited to announce that we’re opening more of our indoor services from Monday 17th May in line with Welsh Government guidelines. Thank you to all of you who have been using the Study Caffi and who have booked tables at our balcony bar over the last month, it’s been great to see so many of you back in the Students’ Union again.

Don’t forget to visit our opening hours page to see the latest updates on what’s open and how to get in touch.

The Taf

The Taf will be open for table bookings of up to 6 people from 16:00 – 23:00, seven days a week. Book your table now and make sure you check out our house rules so you know what to do when you arrive.

Study Caffi

The Study Caffi will be open from 09:00-15:00 every day in Y Plas and the Food Court, and until 19:00 in The Taf following student feedback. From Monday 17th, you can order food from The Taf and coffee from Starbucks using our app to keep you fuelled up while you study.


We’ll be serving your favourite coffee, tea and cakes from 09:00-14:30 every day. Download the app to order and we’ll deliver to your table.

Just Eat

From Tuesday 18th May, you will be able to order food from the Taf via Just Eat seven days a week between 09:00–20:30.

Ground Floor Mall

The retailers and services in our ground floor Student Mall are open, you can find details of their opening times here.

Term 3 Reopening

We’re looking forward to welcoming students back to campus on the 19th April. Thank you to everyone who has been patient and following the restrictions over the past year. With the easing of Government restrictions, over the coming weeks we are able to reopen a small selection of our in-person services, and we’re hopeful that we’re able to allow more activity in the next phase of Welsh Government announcements.

We know that it has been an extremely difficult year for many students, we know that being able to deliver some activity for the remaining few weeks of term doesn’t make up for the year we’ve all had. However, we’re still hopeful that some of these activities will help with being able to meet friends and end the year on more of a positive note.

Changes to services:

Love Cardiff: our Love Cardiff store will reopen its doors on Monday 12th April, from 12:00 – 16:30 Monday to Friday, including the Post Office counter. The online store will remain open for purchases throughout at

The Study Zone: The Study Zone will reopen on Monday 19th April across Y Plas and the Food Court on level 2 of the Students’ Union building. The space will be open daily (including weekends) from 09:00 – 18:00. You do not have to book in advance to use this space, please bring your student card to register at the self-check-in pod and tables will be restricted to single use until Covid-19 restrictions ease. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to resume food and drink table service at this time, so please bring your own non-alcoholic refreshments with you.

Ground Floor Retail Units: Many of the retail stores have already reopened in the Student Arcade on the ground floor of the Students’ Union. Please check here for opening times and information.

Student Activities: At present, we are continuing to support student groups in delivering virtual activity. The Welsh Government has announced that organised outdoor activities will be permitted for up to 30 people from 26th April. We are working with student groups to resume activity safely at this time.

We’ll update you further in the upcoming weeks as we hope to be able to open up more of our services, activities and entertainment.

Term 1 Closure

As term 1 draws to a close, it is true to say that it has been a term like no other. Despite all the challenges and restrictions, it has been great to see so many of you get involved in many Students’ Union services and activities, even if they look quite different to what we would normally be offering.

We know it hasn’t been plain sailing for everyone, most of you have had to rise to the challenges of online learning (not to mention the dodgy wifi in halls of residences and shared houses!) and having significant restrictions on general life - which may have made making new friends a bit tricky and taking part in your favourite activities a bit challenging.

With some promising news of vaccines on the horizon, it is our hope that at some point in this academic year, more “normal” can resume. Rest assured, as soon as we get the green light to be able to deliver our show stopping events and allow our student groups to resume activities to their fullest ability – we absolutely will. Stick with us as we navigate these times, and please do reach out for support if you are struggling at all.

We look forward to welcoming you back next term, we’ve provided a full list of opening and closing times over the holidays, make sure you get them in the diary! However, you choose to celebrate, we hope you have a fantastic break over the holidays. If you’re staying in Cardiff over the Christmas break, don't forget to check out our guide to Christmas for more information on things to do, where to get support and more.

Students' Union Building

  • Due to changing Welsh Government regulations, the Students’ Union building is closed from Friday 18th December – Monday 4th January.
  • You can access shops and services on the ground floor via the entrances on Senghennydd Road.

Commercial Services:

  • The Taf evening operations close on the 3rd December in line with the Covid-19 testing for student Christmas travel plans. The Taf will open for the final day time trading of 2020 on Friday 4th December from 10am – 6pm in line with newly announcement hospitality restrictions. Doors will reopen Wednesday 27th January to help students celebrate end of exams and start the new term (all activities subject to Covid19 restrictions).
  • Love Cardiff and the Post Office will close it’s physical doors on Friday 18th December – the online store will remain open throughout the holidays and all online orders will be processed within 10 working days. The store will reopen in the new year, subject to easing Government regulations.
  • Cardiff Student Letting will be closed from the 18th December until the 4th January. If you are living in a house managed by Cardiff Student Letting and have a maintenance emergency, please refer to your tenant information pack email. This was sent to you at the beginning of your tenancy and contains emergency procedures and contact numbers.
  • Many retail outlets in the Student Arcade will remain open throughout the holidays, for the list of stores and opening hours see here. You can access these via the entrances on Senghennydd Road.

Study Caffi

  • Study Caffi will now close on Friday 18th December, and will reopen in the new year, subject to easing Government regulations.

Students’ Union at the Heath:

  • The Heath Park Team will be in the IV lounge hub every Monday and Friday until the 18th December. The department will be closed for two weeks and will then be back supporting virtually until the physical hub space reopens every Monday, Thursday and Friday from 18th January 2021.

Student Services:

Student Activities:

  • Face to face activity of student groups such as Clubs, Societies and Volunteering activity will cease from Sunday 6th December in line with the start of testing and the departure of students for the Christmas period.
  • The Students Activities department will close from the 18th December until the 4th January. Student groups may continue to host virtual activity during the Christmas and New Year period, however, face to face activity will resume in January in line with Covid-19 regulations. Look out for re-freshers’ events and activities from February onwards.

Post Firebreak Update

The Welsh Government introduced a short, sharp firebreak across Wales to help regain control of Coronavirus. This has meant that a series of restrictive measures have been in place from 6pm Friday 23 October until 12:01am Monday 9 November 2020. Please click here to see the changes that are in place at the Students' Union until 9th November.

A huge thank you to all students for following the stricter firebreak rules over the past two weeks, your actions are keeping yourselves, each other and the wider community safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. We know it’s not been easy and we have missed delivering our physical activities for you to take part in.

The Welsh Government have confirmed the regulations that will be in place after the Firebreak period. This means, we are now in a position to resume some Students’ Union activity.

From Monday 9th November, the following changes to Students’ Union activity will commence:

Commercial Services:

The Taf will reopen its doors and will now open from 4pm on weekdays. You can book a table here.

There are changes to Welsh Government guidance on who you’re able to attend pubs with with, this now allows 4 people from any household to meet inside. Please read the guidance here to ensure you’re following the rules when attending our venues and other venues across the city.

Love Cardiff and the Post Office will reopen. You can shop in store Monday – Friday from 11am. If you’re not able to make it onto campus, you can continue to order from the online store.

Many of the ground floor retail units will reopen. You can check the opening times for the shops in the Student Arcade here.

In addition to resuming the above services, we are launching a new day time Study Caffi, to provide you with the space to study from our venues during the day. The Study Caffi will be available Monday to Friday 9am – 3pm, you don’t have to book in advance to attend, but you are required to book in at our Welcome Centre for track and trace purposes. You will be able to feed your brain by ordering food and drink from the CUSU app to be delivered straight to your table.

Student Activities:

The restrictions imposed by Welsh Government during the firebreak led to a suspension of all in person activity for Sports Clubs, Societies and other student activities. Whilst there is still some detail to be released regarding exact regulations, we are hopeful that some student group activity will be permitted to commence once again.

  • Sports Clubs to be able to recommence their "return to play" activities in line with national governing body guidance. This will require all clubs to ensure their risk assessments and operating plans are reviewed in light of any changes, limited to 30 people outdoors and 15 people indoors.
  • For non-sporting groups, we continue to support the return of face to face activity when permitted. We will be engaging with Society Committees and Volunteering project leaders regarding access to Union (or external) spaces.

Student Services:

Our student services remain online, it’s been great to see many of you engaging with them virtually from the comfort of your home. For details on how to access our Student Advice service, register for the Jobshop or attend a virtual skills session, head here.

Firebreak Regulations

Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced a two-week firebreak lockdown to begin on Friday 23rd October at 6pm.You can read the FAQ’s page from the Welsh Government here

For the Students' Union, this will mean some of our face-to-face services and activities will have to pause throughout this time. We have provided a list of those changes below. We know that for some this will be disappointing; however, this is an incredibly important time where we need to pull together and follow the rules to keep each other and the wider community safe. 

Changes to Students' Union operations for the fire-break period from Friday 23rd October - Monday 9th November.

  • Our food and drink offerings delivered in Y Plas and The Taf will be paused for two weeks. Get ahead and book your spot for post lockdown here. 
  • Love Cardiff will move to an online-only operation (this means the Post Office will also temporarily close), you can get your official Cardiff University merchandise delivered to your door, take a browse of our website.  
  • The Heath Park drop-in service will now operate virtually, you can contact the team here. 
  • All sports clubs, societies and other student group’s face-to-face activity will be paused. Get in touch with your Society or Sports Club to find out more. 
  • You can continue to access our student services digitally throughout this time. Contact details are available on our website. 
  • Some of the retail units operating in our ground floor Student Arcade will continue to operate if permitted under the new guidance, check here for opening hours. 

Throughout the pandemic, your Students’ Union has worked to transition our support services online to continue to provide a great experience for our members. You are now able to seek support from our exceptional Advice Team, attend an online training course from our Skills Development Service and register for our Jobshop service, all from the comfort of your home – making us more accessible than ever before. We have been working with our student groups to support them, where possible, to engage students and building communities online. 

Our independent Student Advice Team have been working hard to update guidance and support students to understand the changing University and Welsh Government regulations. We know that for many students there are incredible challenges to completing your studies. If you want support understanding extenuating circumstances, help with housemate conflict resolution or guidance on improving your health and wellbeing, please reach out to the team.  

Finally, The University has confirmed that face-to-face teaching will be continuing throughout this time, as will access to study spaces within Libraries. Please inform the University if you need to self-isolate so that you can get the support you need. 

We cannot wait to be back delivering our full range of activities that contribute to the exceptional student experience at Cardiff – for now, let’s follow the rules, stay safe and look out for each other the best we can. 


Ailagor Tymor 3

Rydym yn edrych ymlaen at groesawu myfyrwyr yn ôl i'r campws 19fed Ebrill. Diolch i bawb sydd wedi bod yn amyneddgar ac yn dilyn y cyfyngiadau dros y flwyddyn ddiwethaf. Gyda llacio cyfyngiadau'r llywodraeth, dros yr wythnosau nesaf rydyn ni’n gallu ailagor adran fechan o’n gwasanaethau wyneb yn wyneb, ac rydyn yn obeithiol y byddwn yn gallu caniatáu mwy o weithgareddau yng ngham nesaf cyhoeddiadau Llywodraeth Cymru.

Rydyn ni'n gwybod ei bod hi wedi bod yn flwyddyn anodd dros ben i lawer o fyfyrwyr, rydyn ni'n gwybod nad yw gallu cyflwyno rhywfaint o weithgaredd am yr ychydig wythnosau sy'n weddill o'r tymor yn gwneud iawn am y flwyddyn rydyn ni wedi'i chael. Fodd bynnag, rydyn ni’n gobeithio y bydd rhai o’r gweithgareddau hyn yn eich helpu i gyfarfod ffrindiau a gorffen y flwyddyn ar nodyn ychydig mwy cadarnhaol.

Mynediad i wasanaethau:

Caru Caerdydd: bydd ein siop Caru Caerdydd yn ailagor ddydd Llun 12fed Ebrill, rhwng 12:00 - 16:30 o ddydd Llun i ddydd Gwener, gan gynnwys cownter Swyddfa'r Post. Bydd y siop ar-lein yn parhau ar agor i brynu nwyddau drwyddi draw

Y Parth Astudio: Bydd y Parth Astudio yn ailagor ddydd Llun 19eg Ebrill yn Y Plas a’r Llys Bwyd ar lefel 2 adeilad Undeb y Myfyrwyr. Bydd y lle ar agor bob dydd (gan gynnwys penwythnosau) rhwng 09:00 a 18:00. Nid oes rhaid i chi archebu ymlaen llaw i ddefnyddio'r gofod hwn, dewch â'ch cerdyn myfyriwr i gofrestru wrth y pod hunan-gofrestru a bydd byrddau'n cael eu cyfyngu i ddefnydd sengl nes bod cyfyngiadau Covid-19 yn llacio. Yn anffodus, ni fyddem yn gallu ailddechrau gwasanaeth bwyd a diod i’r bwrdd ar yr adeg hon, felly dewch â'ch lluniaeth di-alcohol eich hun gyda chi.

Unedau Manwerthu'r Llawr gwaelod: Mae llawer o’r siopau adwerthu eisoes wedi ailagor yn Arcêd y Myfyrwyr ar lawr gwaelod Undeb y Myfyrwyr. Gwiriwch yma am amseroedd agor a gwybodaeth.

Gweithgareddau Myfyrwyr: Ar hyn o bryd, rydym yn parhau i gefnogi grwpiau myfyrwyr i ddarparu gweithgaredd rhithwir. Rydym yn obeithiol yng nghyhoeddiad nesaf Llywodraeth Cymru ar 22ain Ebrill, y bydd yr awgrym o awdurdodi gweithgareddau awyr agored gyda hyd at 30 o bobl yn cael ei gadarnhau 3ydd Mai ac y bydd gweithgareddau dan do gyda hyd at 15 o bobl yn cael ei ganiatáu 17eg Mai. Byddwn yn gweithio gyda grwpiau myfyrwyr i ailddechrau gweithgaredd yn ddiogel os caniateir bryd hynny.

Byddwn yn eich diweddaru ymhellach yn ystod yr wythnosau nesaf gan ein bod yn gobeithio gallu agor mwy o'n gwasanaethau, gweithgareddau ac adloniant.