Accommodation: Where to stay while studying in the UK
by Posted 24 June, 2020

Moving away from home and into student accommodation, is an exciting step, yet daunting step. It is easy to find accommodation in the UK as a postgrad student. The key is knowing where to start your search and then what do you need to do. Requirements for accommodation applications could involve filling in a form that may need to be submitted along with identity documents, course information, etc.

It is important to choose the accommodation that suits your personality and lifestyle. Most universities to which you’ve applied will provide various options. These might include:

Student Halls

Halls are large blocks of flats with many student bedrooms. This is a reliable option because it is close to the campus grounds and facilities like the library, as well as your lecturers. Bedrooms in student halls, most often have a bed, study desk, storage cupboards, and sometimes a private bathroom. A communal kitchen/living area is shared between 5 and 10 other students. It is best to start looking into this option as early as possible. 

Private accommodation

These are rented houses or large apartments built especially for university students. They are often shared with 5-7 students. The location can vary depending on the provider, but they are generally located close to transport links, allowing you to quickly gain access to the campus. 

Home-stay

To home stay means living with a local family, for a fee. This short term experience is an affordable option and gives students time to adjust to their new life within a warm family setting.

Take your time to decide. Every British University has its own detailed list of accommodation options. This makes the chosen university website a good place to start. 

Irrespective of what you decide, you need to meet application deadlines. Applications can be found online or are available by request via email. Be sure to check when the process for 2021 will start (possibly June/July 2020 depending on the university you have applied for. Bear in mind that with the current COVID19 pandemic, things might have changed). Remember to read the terms and conditions. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email outlining the necessary details within 6-8 weeks.

Whether this new phase of life means living as an independent student with a place of your own, or life in a university hall, you will have support if you reach out to someone. Remember happy homes mean happy students.