Cycling and Walking (Cardiff)


Cycling to the University is easy thanks to a comprehensive network of cycle and bridlepaths connecting with Cardiff from all directions. Have a look at the Cycle Network routes on Sustrans for more information.

Bicycle shelters and stands

Covered cycle shelters are available across the University campuses:

The cycle shelters at Atrium and Atlantic House are secured with a lockable gate. To obtain a key card for the gate, first complete a Student Bicycle Registration Scheme Form. You will be contacted shortly for collection, upon receipt of completed application form. We will provide you with a key card for access. Please note that there is a £5 charge for any lost or damaged cards.

If you have any problems contact the Atrium Reception Desk on 01443 668543. Lockers are available in the cycle shelter and free showers are available on the second floor of the Atrium building for cyclists.

Showers and lockers

Showers and coin operated lockers are available to cyclists at the Atrium campus.

Reconditioned Bikes

Keeping Cardiff Moving provide a selection of reconditioned bikes at a reduced rate, bike hire and cycle training facilities, just visit the Keeping Cardiff Moving website for more information.

USW Bicycle Registration Scheme

The Estates and Facilities Department have set up a Bicycle Database. Students that cycle to the University can register their details with a description of their bicycle, enhancing the probability of bike recovery should it be lost or stolen.


We have negotiated discounts with some local bike shop providers.

EC Cycles have a set rate of 10% discount in store if you provide Student ID. However if you are a loyal customer, they offer 15% discount.

DT Bicycles offer student discount with a valid NUS Extra card.

Cycle Training Wales have a great stock of refurbished 2nd hand bikes available, they also offer servicing and repairs.


Cardiff is a very walkable city. The city centre is compact, and most residential areas popular with students can be reached within half an hour by walking.

There are also scenic footpaths through parks or along canals.

If you love walking, you could join (and/or volunteer for) the Cardiff Walking for Health scheme.