Abstract : In the paper , written in collaboration with Gesine Reinert, we proved a universality principle for the Gaussian Wiener chaos. In the present work, we aim at providing an original example of application of this principle in the framework of random matrix theory. More specifically, by combining the result in  with some combinatorial estimates, we are able to prove multi-dimensional central limit theorems for the spectral moments (of arbitrary degrees) associated with random matrices with real-valued i.i.d. entries, satisfying some appropriate moment conditions. Our approach has the advantage of yielding, without extra effort, bounds over classes of smooth (i.e., thrice differentiable) functions, and it allows to deal directly with discrete distributions. As a further application of our estimates, we provide a new ``almost sure central limit theorem'', involving logarithmic means of functions of vectors of traces.