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The Cardiff Capital Region

Top Reasons to Live and Work in the Cardiff Capital Region After You Graduate

Many students believe that once they graduate, they’ll have to move for their career. However, the Cardiff Capital Region is a fantastic place to live and work after you graduate from university. If you’ve lived in South Wales all your life, spent your university life here or are just looking for a brilliant place to live and work after graduation; there are many reasons to live and work in the region. Not only is it filled with fantastic career prospects, but the relatively low living costs and beautiful natural surroundings makes South Wales the perfect home.

So why exactly should you start your career in the Cardiff Capital Region?

1. The Average Cost of Living –

The annual average cost of living in Wales was found to be £22,018 by ABC Finance Limited (2017), compared to the London average of £30,898 and a UK average of £25,766. Cardiff and Newport were also found to be in the top 5 highest incomes after annual household spend. Clearly living in the Cardiff Capital Region could save you some cash. And the Cardiff Capital Region is not short of exciting events to spend that cash on…

2. Exciting Events –

If you love sport, the Cardiff Capital Region has plenty of venues to enjoy all the sporting events taking place. With the Principality Stadium and Cardiff City Stadium both located in the country’s capital, the crowds are drawn to the location. If you happen to be in the city on a Six Nation’s match day, you’ll know about it!

However, if sports aren’t your cup of tea, the Cardiff Capital Region also attracts the latest great music acts. If you’re looking for the biggest current artists, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena has upcoming performances from The 1975, Lewis Capaldi and Stormzy. The Cardiff Capital Region is also home to some fantastic smaller music venues, such as Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff and Le Pub in Newport.

3. Natural Beauty –

The National Park of Brecon Beacons is considered a place of outstanding natural beauty, and with the journey from Cardiff being less than an hour, there’s no reason not to visit. The mountains and moorland, as well as stunning waterfalls, are what makes the Brecon Beacons such a remarkable landscape. The National Park is around 42 miles wide, providing you with a lifetime of beauty to explore. Why visit for a holiday when you could call this home?

The location of the Cardiff Capital Region also means the area is never too far from the seaside. If you’re looking for a Sunday stroll across the beach, Penarth Beaches are only a short drive from the capital. Or for a summers day away visit Barry Island, made famous by the hilarious Gavin & Stacey, which provides the beautifully sandy beach alongside the funfair and arcade. End the day with fish and chips, before making the short drive back to your own bed.


This list merely highlights some of the most prominent reasons to begin your career living in the Cardiff Capital Region. There are endless others; the extremely friendly people, free (!) prescriptions, Welsh cakes…

For help with the more practical aspects of starting your career in the Cardiff Capital Region, make sure you have registered your interest with the Graduate Scheme. You’ll receive the latest information on graduate opportunities so keep an eye on your emails!

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