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University Accommodation Guide

University accommodation can make or break your overall experience of university. There are many kinds of accommodation, each with their own pros and cons. We have compiled a list of the most common accommodation types, so you can be well-informed.

Things to consider when making your decision:

  • Location
  • Who you live with
  • Bills
  • Social life
  • Support
  • Quality of accommodation/furniture

University Halls of Residence:

Most universities will try and house their first year students in their own accommodation. The quality and quantity varies a lot but you will usually be allocated a room in a shared flat with other students. You may not have en-suite bathroom facilities and dependent on whether you choose catered or non-catered will impact the level of kitchen facilities you have.

Pros:

  • bills are usually included
  • close to class (usually on campus)
  • living with people in the same boat as you
  • more social/party scene
  • tend to be affordable

Cons:

  • party culture (noisy, drinking, clubbing, etc. every night) which is great for some, but not for others
  • quality can vary
  • living with strangers

Private Halls of Residence/Private Halls/Communal Blocks:

Private halls are not owned by the university but may appear to be similar to the traditional halls of residence. They are usually laid out in shared flats and studio apartments with excellent quality accommodation and communal facilities.

Pros:

  • a little more independence than being on campus
  • can choose to live with your friends
  • bills are usually included
  • tend to be better quality
  • can choose to live alone

Cons:

  • Can be expensive
  • not on campus
  • can be less sociable

Private Renting:

Pros:

  • independence
  • choose the location
  • choose how much you want to spend
  • great practise for when you are older
  • choose who you live with

Cons:

  • letting agencies/landlords are unreliable and can exploit students
  • sometimes bad quality – you get what you pay for
  • bills are typically not included

Stay at home:

Financially, this may be the only option available to you, in which case, you will certainly save a lot of money compared to your friends.

Pros:

  • cheaper
  • good support network
  • possibly quieter so can focus on studying

Cons:

  • less sociable
  • less independence
  • public transport fees

Whatever you decide, make sure it is the right choice for you. Your parents may want you to stay at home so you can be safe and study more, and your friends may want you to live on campus so that you can party more. Make sure it is ultimately your choice.