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How to choose your student accommodation

So you’ve applied to uni, you’ve chosen your firm choice and now’s the fun bit; choosing the right accommodation! There are two main accommodation options to choose from in your first year: university halls and private halls, both of which offer a range of room options. Each accommodation option has its pros and cons, depending on your personal preference and budget.

Make sure to do your research before deciding where you’d like to live. Here Student Source take a look at your options:

University halls

Most universities will guarantee accommodation in your first year, unless you are applying through the clearing process. University halls are the destination for most first year students and can provide a great transition into independent living. Open days are a great way to help you decide not only on your university, but also consider types of accommodation on offer.

Once in halls what can you expect? Your new home will include a fully furnished bedroom, many with ensuite facilities or a shared bathroom and access to a fully equipped shared kitchen and communal living area. Halls are a great foundation for making friends, so try to embrace your new surroundings. Location wise, halls tend to be on campus or in close proximity, so convenient for lectures and the student union. In some halls you may also have catering options and can choose to go full board or self-catered.

Private Halls

Professional accommodation providers such as UNITE, Liberty Living and Prodigy Living, have vastly improved the student accommodation experience.

In privately operated halls you can expect to share your accommodation with other universities across the city, giving you the opportunity to expand your social circles. This accommodation option is managed independently from the university and will often feature all the latest and essential facilities, however this will likely be reflected in your weekly cost. You can expect large communal living and kitchen areas, and an option of ensuite or shared bathroom facilities.

Your student loan may not cover the extent of costs associated with private accommodation, so ensure you budget accordingly to be able to manage any shortfall. It is also important to note that some private accommodation will have longer contracts to university halls, which can be as long as 52 weeks in some cases. Most of the main halls are positioned in prime locations, so access to the main city attractions is easy.

This post was contributed by Student Source, who are an independent student website offering insights and guidance to students, student accommodation providers, parents, universities and providers of services to the student market.

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