As the proud capital of Wales, Cardiff has everything you’d expect of a major European city. From its dynamic nightlife, to its international presence in the world of sport and culture, there’s never a dull moment to be had here in the UK’s tenth largest city.
Like many major British cities, its past lies with the industrial revolution, helping establish Cardiff as an export port for coal from the surrounding valleys. Nowadays, the city is home to a burgeoning finance and business sector, along with a strong media industry (the BBC and ITV both have studios here) and a robust retail presence (the Cardiff mall was named in the top 10 places to go Christmas shopping in a recent Telegraph article).
Location, Location, Location
With a reputation for a good old fashioned knees up, it’s little wonder that Cardiff’s student population is thriving. And as the heart of the finance industry in Wales, more and more young professionals are calling the city centre home, balancing work with a busy social life. Meanwhile, those with young families need only look to the suburbs of the city to find ample space and peace and quiet to raise their little ones.
Down by the Bay
As Europe’s largest waterfront development, Cardiff Bay is an energetic hub of activity. Embracing its industrial past with anchors, mooring bollards, and coal scoops scattered around the place, there’s a striking counterbalance with the modern architecture that makes this part of the city so eyecatching.
A number of developments have sprung up around the Bay, offering spacious living and breathtaking views over the city. And the fact that it’s only a 5 minute walk into the city centre makes renting here a no-brainer for graduates and young professionals embarking upon careers in one of Cardiff’s growth industries.
With a number of shops, bars, and restaurants, Cardiff Bay has marked itself out as the nightlife destination in the city.
Next to Where the Wildcats Roam
Translated as “open area” or “where the wildcats roam”, Cathays is a charming and decidedly wildcat-free suburb of Cardiff. Hugely popular with the student population of the city, it’s full of character, although a little bit messy owing to the youthful abandon of its inhabitants.
That’s why those with young families should look to the leafy streets of neighbouring Roath. Still conveniently located for access to the city centre (a mere 15 minute drive), these Victorian-era terraced avenues are home to a diverse and close knit community.
The four primary schools, and two high schools (including Cardiff High School, the top state school in the city) mean Roath is ideally located for families with school-aged children, while the immensely popular Roath Park offers a welcome break from city living thanks to its abundance of green space, tennis courts, sports pitches, and playgrounds.
Whether you’re moving to Cardiff for work, study, or to raise a family, renting in Cardiff Bay or Roath offers plenty in the way of quality of life and entertainment.
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