Student Accommodation Guide

Posted on 18 Aug 2013 Posted in  'How To' Articles


Once you have been accepted on a University course, you will normally receive an accommodation pack. The purpose of this is to inform you about the various types of accommodation available to you. The pack will include details of university owned and private halls and includes pictures, features/amenities and most importantly, cost. If you want to move into a student house, you will usually need to go to a letting agent who specialise in student housing.

Halls of Residence (Halls)


Most first year students move into halls of residence when they start university. These are student flats which usually accommodate between 3-6 people. Everyone has their own bedroom (typically with bed/desk/office chair included) but you share a communal kitchen, living room and bathroom (unless you have an en-suite). Halls are usually quite cheap and they often have bills included with the rent.

If you are going to the same university as some of your friends, you can often arrange to live in the same flat if you book early enough. Although many people choose to live with students they don’t know, the advantage of this is that it gives you the opportunity to meet and socialise with new people. In fact, you will probably have numerous flat party invitations shoved under your door during the first few weeks as people compete to host the best parties!

The quality of halls varies from brand new and modern, to pretty basic. Quality isn’t the only factor in determining how much rent you pay, location is too. You could have a lower cost, higher quality halls of residence which is 20 minutes away, than halls which are on campus/just outside of Uni.

Student House

Student House

The choice of many second and final year students. Student houses are usually rented by a group of friends who are on the same course. Student houses are often located in a ‘student area’ of the city, the quality and price of which can vary massively. One thing to note when you move into a student house is that if someone moves out, it is usually the responsibility of the tenants to cover the cost or find someone to replace them.

Studio Flat


You will usually find that students who live in studio flats are final years (although first and second years will also rent studios). The biggest advantage of studios are that they are normally modern and well equipped, as well as being quieter than halls and student houses offering better study conditions. Studios are basically one big room which have the bedroom, living room and kitchen as an open plan space. The biggest disadvantage is the high cost, with many costing over £110 per week although this does include bills.

Stay at Home and Commute


The final option is to stay at home and commute. This will be much cheaper but at the cost of convenience. A lot of people use their loans to buy/insure cars or catch a train/bus and travel to Uni.

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