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Cardiff University Students’ Union
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Park Place, Cardiff , CF10 3QN




Cardiff Students’ Union (SU) is at the heart of Cardiff student life. We are here to support students to thrive, and to have their backs when things don’t go as planned, in a safe, inclusive space where students can be who they want to be. We are consistently ranked in the top three for student satisfaction in the UK.

Spanning both the Cathays and Heath Park campuses, the purpose-built SU building operates 24-hour a day and houses cafes, shops, bars, music venues, a letting agency and study spaces for students to make the most of their time at University. All profits from our commercial activity go to support bigger and better services and activities for our students.

The SU is led by a student officer team who represent students’ interests and shape the activities and services we provide.

The organisation employs over 100 career staff and 300 student staff who deliver exceptional student services all year round. In a 2022 satisfaction survey, 91% of employees stated they would recommend Cardiff Students’ Union as a good place to work, a score significantly above third-sector benchmarks.

Awards received:

  • 2nd Place in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2022 for Best Students’ Union 2022
  • 1* accreditation and ranked 56th in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Not-for-Profit organisations 2020, and 21st in the UK for Education and Training 2021.
  • Top 30 Best Companies to Work For in Wales 2020
  • Investors in Diversity Stage 3 and ranked 65th in the National Centre for Diversity (NCFC) Top 100 index 2020




Core strategic aims:

  • Building Student Communities – across 200 societies, 65 sports teams and a range of volunteering opportunities, the SU helps student groups be a force for good on campus and in the local community.
  • Amplifying Student Voices – as an independent, student-led partner of the University, the SU works with students in all aspects of academic life, giving them what they need to shape their education and providing advice should things go wrong.
  • Enriching Student Experiences – We strive to deliver exceptional events and services based on what students want from their time at University, whether that’s a club night, a game of crazy golf, or a trip to the Gower.
  • Boosting Wellbeing and Future Opportunities – We empower students to look after their own and each other’s well-being, supporting them to gain the skills and resilience they need to find their place in the world. We help students find part-time work through our Jobshop and also provide free, independent and confidential advice.