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Moving to Cardiff: The Ultimate Guide

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

25th Jan 2017 (Last updated on 19th Feb 2020) 6 minute read

For those of you thinking of moving to Cardiff, Comparemymove.com have put together this handy guide to take you through the properties, jobs, schools, areas to live in, and activities to enjoy in the Welsh capital.

Cardiff is a multicultural and cosmopolitan city, often referred to as Europe’s youngest capital. In fact, the city has an incredibly rich history and offers a variety of activities, events and places enjoyed by both its residents and tourists from all walks of life. Cardiff’s useful location means you can enjoy the beautiful waterfront in Cardiff Bay on the one side, and rolling countryside on the other, so you never feel stuck in one place!

The cost of living in Cardiff is much lower than most capital cities, which has resulted in many London house movers relocating in Cardiff. The recent regeneration projects have led to the development of Cardiff Bay waterfront, the National Assembly’s building and the Wales Millennium centre, all of which are popular attractions.

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This article will cover the following:
  1. Living In Cardiff: The Facts and Figures
  2. Property in Cardiff
  3. Jobs in Cardiff
  4. Where Should You Live in Cardiff?
  5. Schools and Education in Cardiff
  6. Transport Around Cardiff
  7. What is there to do in Cardiff?

Living In Cardiff: The Facts and Figures

  • Average house price: £229,000
  • Average flat (rent): £620
  • Average salary: £1,857 per month
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Property in Cardiff

If you are thinking of moving to Cardiff, you’re going to need somewhere to live! Generally, the cost of living is lower than most capital cities, however, as with most areas, prices will differ depending on the property and part of the city.

Renting a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre will cost you on average £620 per month. Outside the city centre, this decreases to £472.

Being a capital city, property is more expensive in Cardiff than the rest of Wales. The average price of a house in Wales is £145,000, as opposed to £229,000 in Cardiff.

Jobs in Cardiff

Cardiff’s redevelopment has led to the growth of many job sectors – the average salary is £1,857 per month.

Creative jobs are popular in Cardiff – the city is the UK’s largest media centre outside of London, home to BBC Wales, S4C and ITV Wales.

Independent production is also a growing industry, employing an estimated 6000 people, and contributing £350 million to the local economy.

Tourism is a flourishing industry in Wales, and Cardiff accounts for £1 billion of the £5.8 billion spent in the country by tourists. There are regular school trips to the capital enjoying sites ranging from Cardiff Castle to the famous Doctor Who Experience.

Cardiff has also developed into a hub for professional and financial services, and has attracted £62 million in foreign investments which in turn created 1,750 jobs in 2014-15 alone.

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Where Should You Live in Cardiff?

The area you live in can often determine how much you enjoy your new home, and choosing the area depends on what you’re looking for.

If you’re moving to Cardiff for university, excluding the university halls of residence, Cathays is the main area students live in due to its close proximity to university buildings.

For young professionals, third-year undergraduates, post graduates or even families, Roath offers a pleasant mix of people, with plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars to enjoy. Roath park is also perfect for children to play in, and the area is only a half hour walk from the city centre.

In general, the further away from the city centre, the more suburbs and family-friendly areas. Cyncoed is one of the most sought-after places in Cardiff, located in the north east. Property prices here are higher, though.

Victoria Park has a combination of terraced houses and semi-detached houses with garages and gardens big enough for families. The well-maintained public park is there for your children to enjoy if you haven’t got a garden big enough.

One of the more affluent areas suitable for young professionals is Pontcanna. With sizable, Victorian, bay-fronted terraces, the price of properties in Pontcanna is equal to or greater than the more upmarket areas of Roath. The area has its own range of shops and bars, but remains within walking distance of the city centre.

Schools and Education in Cardiff

If you’re moving to Cardiff with children, you will be looking to secure a new school place.

The city has a selection of high performing schools for all ages. Cathays High School and Cardiff High School are two well-regarded state secondary schools, and there are over 30 primary schools to choose from. Some of the best independent schools include Llandaff Cathedral School and Kings Monkton School.

You might even be moving to Cardiff as a student – the city is incredibly student-friendly, hosting four universities, including Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of South Wales and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

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Transport Around Cardiff

Getting around the city is relatively easy, and using public transport is encouraged. Most areas within the city centre are accessible on foot, but if you want to venture outwards, Cardiff Bus is the main transport provider.

Cardiff Central Station is the largest station in Wales. Trains operate regularly, with direct services to Newport (10 minutes) and Bristol (40 minutes) for any Bristol house movers.

Queen Street Station operates services that connect the city with Cardiff suburbs and the valleys.

In general, a monthly pass costs £45.00.

What is there to do in Cardiff?

Cardiff might be a small capital city, but it offers a huge number of indoor and outdoor activities for all age groups with a variety of interests.

The National Museum Cardiff

For an educational but fun day out, the museum is suitable for adults and children alike. The museum draws visitors from all over the world, so once you have moved into your new home, make sure to pay a visit! It features art collections, natural history, archaeology and geology.

Wales Millennium Centre

Nicknamed the Armadillo because of its appearance, the Millennium Centre is ideal for a date night or family night out, hosting critically acclaimed concerts and performances, and is home to a number of cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy.

Principality Stadium

Are you a sports fan? There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere in Cardiff on match day, so when you move here you will definitely experience it. The stadium is host to international rugby and football matches as well as music concerts from major acts around the world.


Launched in 1985, Techniquest is the UK’s longest running science centre, and a perfect rainy day activity to take your children to that is both educational and a lot of fun.


If you enjoy going out, Cardiff has a very lively nightlife. It seems to have a new pub or bar opening every week, and there are always culturally diverse options to enjoy. Nightclubs are also popular, lining the streets of the city centre.

Enjoy the Outdoors

Cardiff is a great place to live for nature lovers, with several parks, beautiful countryside and a number of castles for you to visit. The Taff Trail is a fun route to cycle or walk, covering 55 miles of Welsh countryside and passing through historic sites like Cardiff Castle.

Have a Meal Out

There are a number of places to eat throughout the city: Mill Lane, also known as the ‘Café Quarter’ is one of the main areas. There is an excellent choice of local and international cuisines. Other popular areas for food are Roath, Crwys, Canton and Cathays all of which are cheaper restaurants, predominantly Asian and Italian.

So, if you plan on moving to Cardiff, you can look forward to a thriving place that provides everything you want from a capital city while also being within easy reach of the seaside and beautiful mountains. The cost of living is lower than most capitals, so you can find the property you want at an affordable price and enjoy all of the activities Cardiff has to offer.

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Zenyx Griffiths

Before Compare My Move, Zenyx once wrote lifestyle and entertainment articles for the online magazine, Society19 as well as news articles for Ffotogallery.

Dave Sayce

Reviewed by Dave Sayce

Co-Founder and Director, Compare My Move

Dave Sayce is the co-founder and director of Compare My Move and has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.