About Cardiff Hall House


The Cardiff Hall House (popularly called University House), is a small villa in the heart of Runaway Bay, owned by the University of the West Indies.

It was built in 1962 for Sir William Arthur Lewis, then Vice-Chancellor of the University College of the West Indies (now the University of the West Indies), and is said to have been a ‘stopover’ for Dr. Martin Luther King on his first visit to Jamaica in 1965.

The property is open to staff, students, alumni and other affiliates of the University. 

The goal of University House is to establish itself as a great competitor in the northern region of the island for temporary lodging. Its aim is to maintain a steady flow of patrons by creating a ‘get-a-way’ experience, capitalizing on comfort and reasonable rates.