Are you looking for accommodation for students?

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Students can choose from different types of housing while studying. They can live on their university campus (halls of residence) or in a private student residence, homestay or shared flats. However, there are some advantages and disadvantages you may consider while looking for accommodation for students.

Living On-Campus or university Halls & Residences

On-Campus: A wide range of accommodation for students on-campus is available. Usually, the UNIs will accept with priority the new students in their first year at the university.  

Halls of residence: Many universities and colleges offer halls of residence or self-catering flats to students. In addition, accommodation for students can vary immensely between different universities and colleges, as well as within individual places of study. So, this might mean halls of residence that sleep hundreds of students.  Furthermore, some of them have their own bars and cafes and even small, self-catering flats.

Either living On-Campus or at a Hall for both options you can choose from:

  • En-suite
  • Semi en-suite
  • Standard single
  • Shared room

PROS 👍 

It’s easier to make friends. You’re surrounded by people your own age who are all in the same boat.

  • You can choose catered halls if you’re not up for cooking.
  • There are cleaners, as well.
  • Moreover, all bills are included in your rent. 
  • You will have not only health & safety standards upheld but also strict guidelines to abide by.
  • Another equal importance is the Residential Advisor who will always be around to help with any issues you may have.

CONS 👎

  • Firstly, it’s more expensive than renting a shared flat in London.
  • Secondly, people are gross and you will have to put up with others’ mess, which is often made in your crockery. 
  • Distractions are easily come by.  There will be always someone to wakes you up yelling at 3 AM on their way back from a night out.
  • You have an RA and the university to answer to if you break something or get into trouble.
  • Finally, people steal (intentionally and unintentionally).

Room fees for student accommodation range from £94.50 per week for standard rooms up to £196.50 per week for the best-equipped rooms. Additionally, all halls have an internet connection and laundry service. Bills are included too. If you decide to choose one of these options, it’s best to apply as soon as possible.

Having a landlord

Those who would be more comfortable renting in the private sector should use the Accreditation Scheme for Student Housing. You should check if the landlords is a member of the National Code. This scheme helps ensure that any property you rent is safe and secure. For example, the members of the Nationa code sign up to maintaining a set of professional standards in providing accommodation for students. Scheme managers check if landlords are meeting these standards. Consequently, if an occupant is unhappy with something relating to their property, they can complain about it. Furthermore, in extreme cases, scheme managers can end a landlord’s membership.

Private residential accommodation for students

There are many private residential halls in England. This type of accommodation for students can be a good option for those who cannot get a place On-Campus.

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Typically, private residency is a union of high-quality buildings, offering en-suite rooms and studios. Therefore, this does often mean they are more expensive than housing provided directly by Universities. Most of the private student residences feature on-site gyms, laundry facilities and high-speed WiFi. They are also secure with CCTV coverage and staff on hand 24 hours a day. The fees can vary from £77.25 to £415 per week with bills included.