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The Best Student Accommodations In The UK

Do you know what are the few most important things when you go study abroad? The university? Courses? Student visa? Yes, those are important but what else?

ACCOMMODATION! THE PLACE THAT YOU’RE GOING TO LIVE IN FOR THE NEXT MAYBE 3-4 YEARS. 

Besides the school, the accommodation is probably the next place that you’re going to spend most of your time at. Can you imagine living in a house full of rubbish, dirty clothes, messy housemates with no security? Life is tough enough when you need to be away from family and dealing with homesick while studying overseas, so at least get yourself a comfy place that you can call “the 2nd home” to go back to at the end of the day.

Planning for accommodation is almost as crucial as deciding on the study destination as it requires thought and calculated decisions. You will have to be mindful about the expenses, bills, transportation, location, security and the list goes on. Never settle down until you get the best option that suits you and your budget.

Here are some best accommodation options available for all students pursuing their education in the U.K.

Private-rented Houses and Rooms

  • Private room or flat
  • Option: Shared-room with roommates or single room
  • Managed by landlords
  • Usually located in residential areas with a larger concentration of student population

 University-managed Houses and Rooms

Hostel dormitory beds arranged in room

  • Available primarily for the undergraduate and postgraduate students of that particular university/ college
  • The permitted number of roommates usually range between 2 to12 (depends upon the size of the house)
  • Managed by the universities and colleges
  • Located in close proximity to the college with good transportation links to the college or university

University Halls of Residence

Halls of residence - University of Plymouth

  • On-campus residence, caters primarily to the students of that particular university or college
  • Popular choice of accommodation especially the first-year students
  • Every need of the students will be taken care of by the university
  • Offers a great platform for students to interact and acquire more knowledge about the university

Private Halls

  • Similar to the university halls when it comes to the services and facilities 
  • Managed by private organizations 
  • Open for all students from different universities and colleges
  • Great place for creating networks and socializing with the students from other universities and colleges

Family stays/Homestays

Homestay Accommodation in Bristol | The English Language Centre Bristol

Copyright: rogerharrisphotography.co.uk
  • Popular choice for visiting students from overseas
  • Students will usually rent a room with a local family who will act as their host
  • Mostly preferred by those students who want a cozy, homely environment 

Comparison between Different Types of Accommodations

 

Types of AccommodationUtilitiesFacilitiesLocationTransportationHousematesSecurity

Private-rented Houses & Rooms

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Wi-Fi
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Depends on your choice
  • Depends on your choice
  • Students
  • Working adults
  • 24/7 Security 
  • CCTVs

University-managed Houses and Rooms

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Wi-Fi
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Shared-bathroom
  • Within the city
  • Close proximity to the university  
  • Metro stations
  • Trains
  • Busses
  • Students only
  • Round the clock monitoring by staff

University Halls of Residence

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Wi-Fi
  • Meals
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Shared-bathroom
  • On-campus
  • Close proximity to the university
  • Metro stations
  • Busses
  • Students only
  • Round the clock monitoring by staff

Private Halls

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Wi-Fi
  • Gyms
  • Lounge
  • Swimming pools 
  • Within city
  • Metro stations
  • Trains
  • Busses
  • Students only
  • Supervised by reception desks and CCTVs

Family stays/Homestays

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Wi-Fi
  • Meals
  • Shared-communal space
  • Depends on your choice
  • Depends on your choice
  • Students
  • Working adults
  • Tourists
  • Security will be assured once the universities had approved the host family

 

To be Considered Seriously Before Signing an Agreement

  • Guarantors: Landlords often ask for ‘guarantors’ to sign an agreement guaranteeing the payment of rent in place of the student. The guarantor is most often the student’s family member
  • Tenancy deposit for private rentals: The students will be asked to pay the tenancy deposit which will be acting as a cover for any unpaid rents or for any damages caused to the property. The deposits must be assured back at the end of the tenancy if no amount was deducted from it.
  • University-managed houses: Unlike the accommodations managed by private organizations, the students will not be required to pay a deposit or have a guarantor as their admission into the university/ college will fulfil the purpose.
  • University halls: The students will have to pay the deposits for the hall accommodations in prior and the utility bills are usually included under the accommodation cost.
  • Utility bills will mostly be included in the rent, it’s essential that the students clarify this before signing an agreement.

Now you have an idea of how the accommodation is going to be like in the U.K. So many choices, right? You gotta start planning and make your decision before flying off to U.K. or else you are going to be homeless. To make it easier for these students,  AECC Global, one of the top study abroad consultants will be providing expert guidance and resourceful information at no cost at all! FREE.  Your bright future will just be a click away >>> Contact Us

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