Virtual Open Day

Frequently Asked Questions

Coming to University for the first time can leave you with a lot of questions, especially things like “what is life as a student like” and “does Cardiff University have a tennis club I can join?”. We’ve compiled a list of the questions we often get asked at Open Days to help you out.

For everything else, just drop us an email at StudentsUnion@Cardiff.ac.uk or send us message on social at @CardiffStudents.


How do I find a job when I get to Uni?

One of the many services the Students’ Union provides includes our very own Jobshop.  This is a free student employment service which aims to find casual employment for registered Cardiff University students.  There are many opportunities available within the University, the Students’ Union and with many local employers. It's free to regist

Can I play sports there?

Definitely!  The Athletic Union is home to over 65 student-led sports clubs and offers 5000+ students the opportunity to represent Cardiff regionally, nationally and beyond. 

Sport is for everyone at Cardiff University, so whether you want to play competitively or just for fun, there will be a club for you.

You can search for specific sports clubs or just browse the full list online.

What is there to do in my spare time?

Cardiff University Students’ Union offers lots of different services and facilities.  Our vision is to work with every Cardiff Student to enhance their university experience.  There's plenty of activities that you can get involved in, including training and skills development, volunteering opportunities, societies, sport clubs, trips, employment opportunities, social events such as club nights and the weekly quiz in our friendly student pub, The Taf.

Who can I talk to if I need some help when I arrive?

There will loads of friendly faces who will say hello you when you arrive.  So please don’t worry there will be plenty of people to help you get settled into university life.  We also have an incredibly dedicated Student Advice team who are there to offer support and advice on a whole host of different topics.

How can I make friends when I arrive? I’m worried I won’t know anyone!

Once you've settled in there will be plenty of things that you can get involved in to meet new and current students.  The Students' Union will host a whole variety of activities and events for you to ensure you feel right at home here at Cardiff.  There will be a variety of events that will go on during the day, the evening and the night. 

Some ways to meet new friends:

You can keep up to date with all that is going on by visiting our What's On pages to see upcoming events. 

What is a Society?

A society is a student group created to bring students together who have common interests. We have just over 240 Societies at Cardiff University Students’ Union, and this number grows every year! Whether you’re a dancer, a singer, want to read around your course, have a niche interest or want to take up a new hobby, there is something for everyone!

You can view a complete list of our current Societies online.

If you can’t see something here that you’re interested in, it is really easy to set up a new Society – all you need are twenty potential members. The Guild of Societies will provide all the support necessary for your new group to be a success!

To ask a question about Societies, email StudentsUnion@cardiff.ac.uk

Is there a limit to the number of Societies I can join?

Not at all – we encourage you to get involved in as many activities as your timetable will allow! You can sign up to Societies all year round, so you don’t need to sign up to loads at the Societies and Volunteering Fair in September if you’re not sure!

How much commitment is joining a Society?

This very much depends on the Societies you join, but most groups run events weekly! However, there is no pressure for you to attend every time – they are still an amazing way to meet lots of new people and really build a community at Cardiff!

You can find out a bit more about each group and the time commitment they entail online.

How much do they cost?

In order to join Societies, you will be asked to pay £6 to join the Guild of Societies. This cost does not change, whether you join one Society or ten!

Societies charge varying amounts for their group memberships, and this is usually reflective of training, instructor and equipment costs incurred by the Society. A number of our Societies are free, and the vast majority are less than £10. A number of them also offer half-year memberships if you’re unsure!

Can I try out a Society before I decide to become a member?

Yes! Most Societies run sessions with our Give it a Go team in September/October and again in January/February. These are low-cost (and sometimes free!) taster sessions that allow you to get a feel for what the Society does on a regular basis. You can also meet some of the members at these sessions and decide whether the group is for you or not!

How can I get involved in volunteering?

The Students' Union has it's own in-house volunteering charity called Cardiff Volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to make a difference to your new local community, make new friends, and gain great new skills.

To ask a question about Volunteering, email StudentsUnion@cardiff.ac.uk

We have almost 40 projects currently and they cover a range of themes:

  • Career Based
  • Children and Young People
  • Elderly
  • Environment
  • Homelessness and Poverty
  • Mental Health
  • Mentoring
  • Outdoors
  • Student Led

Also, if you have an idea for a project which we don’t already run, you can come and talk to us about setting it up.

Does the Students' Union offer activities, trips and tours?

Yes! Our Give it a Go service is your ticket to something new here at Cardiff. We offer hundreds of activities through the year from taster sessions for club and societies to weekly day trips around the UK and residential trips abroad.

To ask a question about Volunteering, email StudentsUnion@cardiff.ac.uk


How will Covid-19 impact activities services in September 2020?

We hope to be able to deliver as much of our activities as possible as we know how vital they are in providing an excellent student experience. The reality is, some activities will be restricted due to Covid-19. We’re not in a position to release the full information yet, but below sets out some key information on what we’re aiming for.

Freshers' social activities

Our full Freshers' social programme will be released before A-Level results day in mid-August including daytime and evening social activities. These activities will likely be extended over the first few weeks due to expected limited capacity within the University Union building (social distancing rules dependant).

Freshers' Fairs

It is our aspiration to deliver some socially distant opportunities for students to join clubs and societies, either in the University Union building, or outside elsewhere on the University estate. Online opportunities to meet and interact with these activities will also take place in September/October.

Students' Union Building

The building will operate on a 24/7 basis during the first term, with some possible restrictions to specific spaces at certain times due to enhanced cleaning.

Student Advice

Student Advice will operate face to face (socially distant) services and continue to offer online appointments. Student Advice will continue to train and support our student-led support groups such as Nightline and Student Minds.

Societies

Student societies will continue to be supported and will have opportunities to organise socially distant gatherings in the Students' Union building.

Sports

Sports clubs will continue to meet, train and compete in line with the guidelines set by each sport’s national governing body and within the relevant social distancing guidelines. In line with all UK universities, competitive sports between institutions will be postponed until January 2021 – as set by British Universities and College Sports (BUCS).