Moving to Cardiff
Moving to a major city like Cardiff can be a daunting prospect, so we've compiled a useful collection of tips to make your move as stress-free as possible.
Cardiff is both the capital of Wales and its’ largest city, and serves as both its commercial and cultural centre. Situated in the south of Wales, the city boasts a revitalised waterfront at Cardiff Bay and a relatively small population of approximately 357,000 which, combined with a cost of living far below that of other British cities, makes it an attractive proposition for those looking to enjoy the advantages of city life without relinquishing quick access to areas of great natural beauty.
Jobs in Cardiff
Cardiff’s recent regeneration has resulted in growth in many job sectors, with employment in the city increasing by almost double the rate across the rest of the UK. The city is Wales’ financial and business services centre, attracting £62 million in foreign investment in 2014-15. However, creative jobs are also plentiful: Cardiff is home to BBC Wales, ITV Wales and S4C, and is the UK’s second-largest media base (after London). The tourism industry in Wales and Cardiff is also flourishing, and brings in an estimated £1 billion each year.
Where to Live in Cardiff
The optimum place to live in Cardiff naturally depends upon your reason for moving there. Cardiff has four universities, but students not wishing to live in the university halls of residence would probably be most at home in Cathays, an older part of the city that has a high proportion of rented accommodation due to its close proximity to the university.
Although students – mostly third-year graduates and undergraduates – can also be found in Roath, to the East/North-East of the City, this slightly more affluent region also attracts many young professionals. Roath has plenty of pubs and restaurants and the famous Roath Park. Another part of the city popular with young professionals is Pontcanna; filled with wide, tree-lined streets and large houses – many of which have been converted into flats – it is a fairly affluent part of the city full of shops and bars.
Located in the North-East of Cardiff, and just a short distance from the city centre, Cyncoed is one of Cardiff's most affluent suburbs and boasts magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. Property prices here are higher than average for Cardiff – but are still low when compared to prices in other cities.
Families with children might prefer to relocate in Victoria Park, an area of larger homes in close proximity to the popular public park that shares its name. However, when considering a move to Cardiff, parents should bear in mind that the city’s most highly regarded schools are Cardiff High School in Cyncoed, and Corpus Christi RC High School in the leafy suburbs of Lisvane, which is widely considered to be one of the wealthiest residential areas in Wales.
Transport in Cardiff
Most areas of Cardiff are accessible by foot, and for those who prefer not to walk, public transport is encouraged (Cardiff is one of the UK’s cities with the lowest percentage of population who travel to work by car, van or minibus), with most people using the comprehensive bus service. The city has two major train stations – Cardiff Central Station and Cardiff Queen Street – which are used by over 10 million people. A monthly pass for Queen Street station, which connects the city centre and its suburbs, is around £45.00.
Things to do in Cardiff
Cardiff might be a comparatively small city, but that doesn’t prevent it from offering a wealth of things to do for both its residents and the more-than 15 million tourists that visit the city each year. Listed below is just a small selection of the city’s many attractions.
- St Fagans National Museum of History
Standing in the grounds of the beautiful St Fagans Castle and gardens, the National Museum of History is one of Europe’s leading open-air museums and features more than forty original buildings from different historical periods that have been re- erected on its grounds. Admission is free.
- Principality Stadium
Also known as the Millennium Stadium, this impressive arena was built in 1999 to host that year’s Rugby World Cup, and is now the home of the Wales national rugby union team. It also hosts other sporting events, such as World Championship boxing, and is a venue for concerts by major stars such as Ed Sheeran. And its famous retractable roof means that no event will be cancelled due to the weather…
- Wales Millennium Centre
Those with an interest in the arts will be sure to want to make use of the Wales Millennium Centre. Known as the Armadillo because of its unusual shape, the Centre is situated in the Cardiff Bay area of the city, and is home to the national orchestra and opera, dance, theatre and literature companies.
- Bute Park
Described as the green heart of Cardiff, the recently restored Bute Park boasts a mixture of historic landscape, urban woodland, arboretum and river and offers a number of scenic trails for those with energy to burn. At 56 hectares, it’s one of the largest urban parks in Wales.
- The National Museum Cardiff
Home to one of Europe’s finest art collections, the National Museum of Cardiff provides a fun and educational exploration of Wales from prehistoric days (including dinosaur displays) to the present day.
Those looking for livelier activities are well provided for by Cardiff’s thriving, bustling nightlife. The city has a wide variety of bars, clubs and pubs that cater for the broad diversity of its population. A pint will set you back about £3.40 – which is around 20p cheaper than the UK national average.
Cardiff’s thriving and sophisticated environment, combined with its location between a magnificent coastline and beautiful mountains makes it a highly desirable place to live. The fact that the cost of living there is lower than most other capital cities only adds further to its appeal. So, if you’re thinking of moving to Cardiff, why not use removalquotes.co.uk to help you find a high-quality, low-cost removal company that will take the stress out of your move without punishing your bank balance!