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Where To Live In Cardiff

The Welsh capital of Cardiff is one of Europe’s most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities. With an incredibly rich history and a proud embrace of the cultures of both its Welsh and international residents, Cardiff is an increasingly exciting place to both live and work. So for those thinking of moving to Cardiff, this guide may just be able to help you find a suburb that suits your individual needs.
 
Growing at a rapid pace, Cardiff offers a seemingly never ending variety of things to do and places to go. From hot new restaurants to literary festivals, and a new profile on the world stage from hosting events like the Champion’s League in 2017, there's truly something for everyone in Europe’s youngest capital.
 
With a lower cost of living than most capital cities, and recent regeneration projects leading to the development of the Cardiff Bay waterfront into a bustling hive of eateries and bars, and the construction of popular attractions the National Assembly building and the Wales Millennium Centre. Cardiff is an ever popular choice with both families and young professionals looking to build some roots in one of the UK’s most attractive cities.
 
One of Cardiff’s biggest attractions is its diversity of locations, offering you the option of living in the beautiful waterfront of Cardiff Bay, right in the centre of the urban sprawl, or in the middle of the beautiful countryside. The only thing that’s difficult about settling down in Cardiff is choosing where.
 

Where Should You Live in Cardiff?

Choosing where to live depends as much on you, as it does on the city you’re moving to. And with a massive variety of areas, moving to Cardiff provides you with the opportunity to be really selective about how, and where, you choose to settle down. As removal company in Cardiff we're going to give you the lowdown on the best places to live based on your needs.
 
As a big city for higher education, with two universities, Cardiff and Cardiff Met, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff has some excellent options for those who don’t want to live in their university halls of residence. Popular with students since the establishment of the Universities, Cathays is the main area that students live in. Due in part to its close proximity to the university buildings, but largely due to the huge community feel of the area, which is as much a part of university life as the actual university itself. 
 
If you’re a young professional, a post graduate or even a young family, Roath offers a great mixture of both the social and cultural aspects of Cardiff. With a number of independent restaurants and bars, small galleries and The Globe, your go to spot for live music - and not to be confused with Shakespeare - Roath provides more than enough entertainment without having to make the short walk to the city centre. Roath park should also get a mention, as a great place to take children to play in, or to hire out one of the rowing boats on the lake for a great first date.
 
As a general rule, the further you are from the city centre, the more family friendly the areas become. Located in the north east, Cyncoed is one of the most sought-after places in Cardiff, although it does come with a property price to match. Similarly, with its combination of semi-detached, terraced houses and large gardens, Victoria Park is another hot spot for growing families. 
 
With a number of well regarded and high performing schools, Cardiff offers quality education to all ages. Cathays High School and Cardiff High School are two well-regarded state secondary schools, alongside over 30 primary schools to choose from and few high ranking independent schools, such as Llandaff.
 
Roath’s big sister, Pontcanna, is one of the more affluent areas of Cardiff and a popular choice with professionals. The price of properties here are equal to, or higher, that the more upmarket areas of Roath and is similar in its genetic make-up, with it’s own range of restaurants, bars and shops. 
 

Wales’ Most Desirable Postcodes

In 2017, the Centre for Economic and Business Research and the Royal Mail conducted their annual survey, calculating the most desirable postcodes to live in in Wales.
 
Based on a number of factors, such as access to high quality schooling and green spaces, average working hours and quality of life statistics, and researched via number of data sources including the 2011 Census, the Department for Communities and Local Government's Indices of Multiple Deprivation and General Land Use database, the list, covering all areas of Wales, is comprehensive. 
 
In line with the rapid growth of this cosmopolitan city, we’re pleased to announce that more than half of the most desirable places to live and work in Wales are located within or around Cardiff, in comparison to the two slots Cardiff won in 2015. 
 
Some of these postcodes we’ve already mentioned above, but here’s a quick list of the Cardiff based postcodes to help you narrow down your search!
 
  • CF63 - Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, covering areas like Cadoxton and Palmerstown
  • CF24 - Cardiff Central, including one of our favourites, Roath, the up and coming Splott, and Cathays, Plasnewydd, and Adamsdown
  • CF3 - Cardiff South, covering areas: Rumney, Trowbridge, Llanrumney, St Mellons, Old St Mellons, Castleton, Marshfield
  • CF62 - Barry, after a massive multi-million pound investment to refurbish and redevelop the waterfront over the last few years, and the awarding of a prestigious blue flag, it’s no wonder that Barry waterfront has been awarded a spot on the list. Including areas like: Barry, Rhoose, St Athan, Llancarfan, Barry Island.
  • CF5 - Cardiff West, covering: Ely, Caerau, Canton, Leckwith, Fairwater, Danescourt, Llandaff, Riverside, Wenvoe, Peterston Super Ely, St George’s Super Ely and Michaelston.
  • CF11 - Cardiff Central, for Cardiff Bay and Grangetown.
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