Student Accommodation Options
Sarah Marsh - May 22, 2017
Sarah Marsh - May 22, 2017
The traditional choice for first-year students, official university accommodation has the advantage of being simple to organise. Apply via your University, get a room allocated, and you’re sorted.
The downside? University accommodation can be quite pricey, and you don’t get total choice over what room type you get allocated. There’s also a limited number of places, so if you apply late you might get even less choice of room, or no room at all.
A good choice if you’ve got a few close friends you want to live with on a budget. Since most houses are located out of the city centre, they’re normally cheaper than other options. You also get the additional perks that come with renting a full property – like your own garden!
So what’s the catch? Well, houses are normally further away from town, which means a longer walk to class, shops and nights out. You’ll also need to organise your own bills (bill-splitting services like Glide are a great help) and share responsibility for household chores. Anyone who says they’ve never argued with a housemate about washing up must be lying!
If you choose this option, make sure you’re renting from a reputable landlord or lettings agent – advice services like The Naked Tenant and Citizens’ Advice Bureau offer a lot of useful tips.
If you’re new to the city, returning from a year abroad, or on a different budget to your friends, moving in with people you already know might not be an option. Fortunately, it is possible to move into shared accommodation where you only book your specific room – the landlord then finds the other tenants needed.
This does mean you can’t control who you live with, though – you could end up with some new best friends, but there is the chance you won’t get along! Instead, you can try and connect with like-minded flat-seekers on sites like EasyRoommate and Pads For Students.
Like having your own space? Studio apartments could be the choice for you. With your own kitchen and bathroom, they’re a great option if you want to avoid study distractions and housemate drama. Most come with all bills included, as well, so you can keep your home as warm as you like without worrying about the cost!
If you’re a social person, make sure you choose somewhere that has shared social spaces, and resident events – or even see if you and your friends could live on the same floor. Studios will normally be a bit more expensive than sharing with other people, so make sure you do your research to find a good deal.
Our studio apartments come with all bills included and access to shared common rooms, for highly competitive rents!