Student Travel to Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Please note: Students coming to the University of South Wales should note that car parking is very limited at all campuses, particularly at the start of the autumn term.

The University strongly recommends that you consider alternative travel arrangements to driving wherever possible. All campuses are serviced by regular public transport links and are easily accessible by road.

Directions to Campus


Bus Travel

Train Travel

Cycling or Walking

Car Parking and Car Sharing


Bus Travel

At the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Campus there are bus stops located in front of the campus and at Greyfriar’s Road.

Bus Routes and Timetables

Further details of bus routes and timetables can be obtained from Traveline Cymru

Paying for Bus Travel in Cardiff

Visit Cardiff Bus for all prices and offers for travelling within each fare zone and for travelling across the entire network in Cardiff. Please provide University of South Wales Group Identification using your payslip together with photographic ID for Staff or your Student ID Card. Subject to Terms & Conditions.


Train Travel

Cardiff Queen’s Street Station and Cathays Stations are just ten minutes walk from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

There is a frequent service both southbound and northbound, with approximately five trains each hour up to Pontypridd and on to Merthyr Tydfil or Aberdare and five trains each hour to Cardiff and on to Barry, Penarth or Bridgend. Browse the latest information and travel updates online with Trainline or National Rail Enquiries

34% Discount on Annual Train Season Tickets for USW Group Students

As part of the USW Group (USW, RWCMD, Merthyr Tydfil College) Travel Plan and in conjunction with Arriva Trains Wales, we are able to offer a 34% discount on Student Annual Train Season Tickets. Tickets are only available where Arriva Trains Wales services operate but are valid for travel on the Valley Lines route services, detailed on the Rail Map below:

To calculate your individual journey prices visit the following National Rail Enquiries web page: Season Ticket Calculator

Enter the station that you are traveling to and from and this will calculate the up to date, non discounted price. To get your discounted price calculate 34% of the non discounted price. You will need to round up to the nearest 10 pence.

A list of stations can be found below:

Station Zone Details

Purchasing your ticket can be carried out at any staffed station within the Valley Lines route, not through the University.

Once you have the price and enrolled, visit your Faculty Advice Shop to obtain a 'Discounted Annual Season Ticket Scheme’ letter. Take this letter, together with your enrolment card, a passport sized photo and your payment to any staffed station within the Valley Lines route.

Please note

As the discount is only applied to annual tickets, any refunds will be calculated against the full price of the ticket that would have been purchased for the period of usage, therefore if any tickets are submitted, the calculation will exclude the 34% discount which means there may not be a refund. An example is the following:

Annual ticket full price = £880.00 (October to September)
34% discounted rate = £580.80
Travel dates 6th October to 6th June in an academic year = £688.20 (no refund applicable).’

The Valleys Student Railcard

Offered by Arriva Trains Wales, this railcard costs £9 per year and gives 26% off all day tickets and 10% off all season tickets (i.e. weekly and monthly) on Arriva services and key Valleys & Cardiff local routes. For more information visit Arriva Trains Wales

16-25 Railcard

Exclusive 11% discount on your 16-25 Railcard! (OFFER ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE NOT AT TRAIN STATION)

NUS Extra and National Rail have made travelling more affordable with the 16-25 Railcard, giving you epic savings so you can be with the people you care about and reconnect with them face to face. After all, e-mails, calls and texts may help you stay in touch with your loved ones; however nothing beats the warmth of a big hug!

The 16-25 Railcard gives you 1/3 off most rail fares throughout Great Britain plus great partner discounts, all for just £28. To save even more you can buy a 3-year 16-25 Railcard ONLINE for only £65! (OFFER ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE)

At the Train Station the 16 – 25 Railcard costs £28 for 1 year (or £65 for 3 years) and gives 33% off fares in Britain. It is available to 16-25 year olds and mature students over the age of 26 who are in full time education. There are terms and conditions associated. It is possible to use this railcard on the Valleys trains, but there is a minimum fare of £12 before the discounts start to apply. For more information visit 16 to 25 Railcard


Cycling or Walking

Cycling to the University is easy thanks to a comprehensive network of cycle and bridlepaths connecting with Cardiff from all directions. For full details on the National Cycle Network routes visit Sustrans

Bicycle shelters and stands

The main cycle shelter is secured with a lockable gate. To obtain a key visit the RWCMD Reception Desk.

Showers and lockers

Lockers and free showers are available for cyclists.

Purchasing a bike

The USW Group (USW, RWCMD, Merthyr Tydfil College) has negotiated an offer with local bike outlets within close proximity of each campus/institution. It has been agreed the listed bike outlets will offer up to 15% off bikes and bike equipment to staff and student members of the USW Group who produce the documentation listed below:

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama:- The Bike Shed Tredz Bikes

Please provide University of South Wales Group Identification using your payslip together with photographic ID for Staff or your Student ID Card. Subject to Terms & Conditions.

Reconditioned Bikes, Bike Hire & Cycle Training

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.

Walking

Walking to the University is easy thanks to a comprehensive network of cycle and bridle paths connecting with Cardiff from all directions. For full details on the National Cycle Network routes visit Sustrans


Car Parking and Car Sharing

Only disabled parking is available at the Royal Welsh College of Music.

The University strongly recommends that you consider alternative travel arrangements to driving wherever possible. We strongly encourage all students to use public transport where possible.

Car Sharing

Pay & Display Car Parks are available close to the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Students are encouraged to arrange their own car shares as traffic and parking congestion are a regular issue at the University. Students can visit the intranet website or Liftshare.

How do I arrange a car share to travel to and from University?

Advertise Yourself

Whether you drive yourself and would like to share the cost of your commute with your fellow students, or you don’t drive and would like a lift to study, you can arrange to car share either by asking around the students on your course, or by enquiring University-wide by posting a request on the highly popular intranet.

Charge

Work out what you’d normally spend on petrol (and tolls if applicable) getting to study, and divide that by the number of people in the car. Remember to include your own share of the costs. From Cardiff to Pontypridd costs around £10-15 a week in an average car (not including tax and maintenance, but generally this is the driver’s responsibility).

Useful Information on Car Sharing

  • Car sharing does not invalidate your insurance, as long as you don’t charge your passengers more than the running costs of the journey. Please do check with your insurance company however for clarification.
  • You don’t have to take anyone who asks: if you’d only feel happy sharing with someone of the same sex, or someone you know, for example, just specify it in your advert.
  • You don’t need to have a car to car share. If you just need a lift, advertise the fact to drivers on Marketplace and offer to pay them for the petrol.
  • The University would benefit from student car sharing, the car-parks would have more space, the roads would be quieter, and as a result you may even get home quicker.

Car Parking (Including Disabled Parking Permits)

The University strongly recommends that you consider alternative travel arrangements to driving wherever possible. We strongly encourage all students to use public transport where possible.

Pay & Display Car Parks are available close to Merthyr Tydfil College. Disabled parking is also available.

Off-campus Residential Parking Permits

If you have a car which you park on the road outside your house, in Cardiff, you may need a resident’s parking permit to do so.

Residents who live within a residents parking area and who keep and use a car will normally qualify for a permit. This will enable you to park in spaces which are reserved for permit holders. Parking in a residents permit area without a valid permit can lead to a £70 fine. You can find information below for Cardiff areas.

Cardiff Permits

From the 1st July 2012 Cardiff households will only be able to have a maximum of 2 car permits and 1 visitors permit. This policy has been introduced to improve environmental sustainability, share parking spaces more fairly, ease congestion and improve safety. Currently, many of the streets in the student focused areas (Cathays, Gabalfa and Roath) have parking permit only bays.

For students arriving/returning to Cardiff in September 2012 please be aware that households with multiple cars will find it more difficult to park. While there are already good public transport links in place, we are working hard to further improve cycling facilities and environmental forms of transport.

You can find information on applying for a Cardiff Resident Parking Only Permit at the Cardiff County Council website. There is a charge of £5 for a permit and you must produce proof that you are living at the address and have a legal connection with your vehicle registration number. The list of acceptable documents can be found on the website.

Campus Watch

Campus Watch has been created to enhance the security and safety of those who live, study and work on University of South Wales campuses. The group operates on the Treforest, Glyntaff and Cardiff campuses:
Campus Watch
Community Safety Partnership

Police Community Policing

This page is designed to give you an overview of the community policing role as well as providing contact information and basic safety advice:
Police Community Policing