Many people are attracted to the Welsh capital due to its location, range of cultural events and its position as Wales’ centre of commerce, and it is no surprise that Cardiff has recently been announced as one of the best-value cities to rent in the UK.

HomeLet’s research analysed 16 cities across the UK and Cardiff was named the UK’s second best cheapest city to rent in, with rental costs taking 29% of tenants’ income on average, compared to over 50% in London.

With a world-class university and an abundance of highly skilled jobs, Cardiff has long attracted many renters from across the world. In addition, its combination of historical sites, cultural events and great location have ensured it attracts an average of 14.6 million visitors each year.

With that in mind, we compiled a list of why Cardiff’s cost effective appeal isn’t the only reason you should consider it as your next home city, whether you’re planning on renting a Cardiff Bay flat or a property in Penarth: 

  • Cardiff is renowned for its culture and is surrounded by historical landmarks including Castel Coch, Cardiff Castle, St. David’s Cathedral and the famous Norwegian Church at Cardiff Bay. If you fancy having beautiful landmarks on your doorstep, prepare to be blown away.
  • For those of you who travel either for work or pleasure, Cardiff has fantastic transport links. Within two hours you can be at the centre of London or Birmingham. Alternatively, take your family on a short drive to the seaside towns of Barry and Porthcawl. Rest Bay in Porthcawl also attracts surfers from all over the country due to its well-formed beach break peaks.
  • If you fancy getting involved in something a little bit different, the capital offers a thriving alternative scene, including independent venues such as Chapter arts centre, an outdoor rooftop cinema and a whole range of independent restaurants and bars, including Clwb Ifor Bach, Wales’ longest running Welsh-language club.
  • Cardiff has recently become the TV production hub of Wales. With British television classics such as Doctor Who and Casualty filmed here, film crews can be spotted both in Cardiff Bay as well as in surrounding areas.
  • Cardiff has recently hosted a range of high-profile sporting events, including the rugby Six Nations, football UEFA Super Cup as well as international Ashes cricket.
  • Renowned for its nightlife, millions of tourists sample the cities’ midnight offering every year, by heading out to one of Cardiff’s diverse range of nightclubs and bars. For a quieter night, get down to the vibrant bars on the Cardiff Bay waterfront.

When it comes to choosing where to rent, Cardiff offers the best of both worlds. With lower rental costs than many other major cities, and its offering of world-famous cultural sites paired with its convenient location, Cardiff has it all.