The University of South Wales (USW) is Wales’ largest University and one of the biggest in the UK, with over 30,000 students based across Pontypridd, Newport and Cardiff.


StayUniversity South Wales’ Cardiff Campus (CF24 2FN) is ideally located just behind Cardiff Queen Street rail station and a short walk from the Central Rail station, benefiting from plenty of nearby car parks.  The building is also based within a 5 minute walk of Cardiff’s St David’s 2 and the Motorpoint Arena.

The original modern and iconic ATRiuM building was completed and opened in 2007, providing a brand-new facility in the heart of the capital city for USW’s Creative Industries students. The ATRiuM spans over four floors with an amazing spiral staircase through its centre.  The 4th floor Zen Room offers a great space to inspire creativity with breath-taking views over the city centre and Cardiff Bay.  The Theatre provides the perfect setting for a theatrical performance or conference, while the Cinema is ideal for video screenings.

The second phase of development at the ATRiuM was announced in early 2012, providing additional space to house Mingle Food Court, to complement the ATRiuM Café, along with creating a great space for the Student’s Union. Work is currently underway on the ATRiuM ‘2B’ project to add additional space to house state-of-the-art learning and teaching facilities for our Creative Industries students for September 2016.  The building is expected to house extensive design studio facilities for illustration, advertising, graphic communication, TV and film set design and interior design as well as our fashion courses. Two dance studios, drama rehearsal spaces and a substantial photographic studio, with additional image capture and finishing labs are also being discussed among the plans, as well as new fabrication workshop facilities to support media, performance and design courses and model making facilities for animation.

USW’s accommodation is based at the Treforest campus, just 9 miles north of Cardiff with around six trains running every hour.  With over 800 single en suite bedrooms available across 3* Glamorgan Court halls and 4* Mountain Halls, and a small number of 4* studio apartments available (Visit wales campus grading scheme).  The campus is an ideal base close enough to Cardiff but also great to explore the South Wales Valleys and Brecon Beacons.

Accommodation Facilities

By Road

From junctions 29, 32 or 33 of the M4. There is a large car park opposite the Atrium Building on Adam Street, alternative parking can be found at Knox Road. You need to turn left off Fitzalan Place to reach Knox Road Car Park if you are coming from the Atrium building. The postcode is CF24 2FN.

Directions from J33 of the M4

Leave the M4 at J33. Head south, signposted Cardiff Bay on the A4232. Continue for approx 5 miles, cross the bridge over Cardiff Bay, and continue through the Butetown Tunnel. Turn left at the roundabout, and then continue across the following roundabout, onto the A4234 dual carriageway, signposted City Centre (you will see the Atlantic Wharf on your right). Continue until the end, then turn left onto the A4160, ATRiuM is on your right.

Directions from J32 of the of the M4

Leave the M4 from J32. Head south on the A470, signposted Cardiff City Centre. Continue on the A470 (North Road) until you reach the City Centre. As you approach a set of lights (Cardiff University is on your left and a long car park on your right turn left onto the Boulevard De Nantes past City Hall on your left.

Stay on this road and drive under the railway bridge at the next set of traffic lights you will need to to turn right into Fitzalan Place. Cross the first set of traffic lights and bear right at the next set (You should see the Fire Station on your left). Cross the next set of traffic lights and ATRiuM is on your right.

Directions from J29 of the M4

Leave the M4 from J29. Turn left onto the A48 signposted M4 Cardiff, (Caerdydd). After approx 4 miles, take the turning signposted Docks and Cardiff East. Then at roundabout take the 1st exit onto Southern Way – A4161 (signposted Docks, Cardiff East). Keep left, signposted City Centre then at roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Newport Road – A4161 (signposted City Centre) Continue on Newport Road for approx 1.5 miles. Turn left into Fitzalan Place (next left after the Holland House Hotel), signposted Penarth. Go straight on at a set of signals, then bear right onto Adam Street. The fire station will be on your left. Continue through another set of signals. ATRiuM is on the right.

By Train Public Transport

By train

Our ATRiuM building is right at the heart of the city. ATRiuM is a short walk from Cardiff Queen Street station or Cardiff Central station.

By coach

Cardiff is served by regular National Express Coaches from London, West Wales, the North, Midlands and South West England. There is also a direct service from Heathrow, Gatwick and Bristol Airports. The coach station is a short walk from ATRiuM building.

Directions By Air

Cardiff International Airport is 11 miles from the city centre and is serviced by regular bus and rail links. London’s Heathrow Airport is about two-and-a-half hour drive away and there is also an airport at Bristol.




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University of South Wales
Adam Street
CF24 2FN