There's a range of accommodation options available to international students.
The choice of student accommodation could make or break your student experience – there would be nothing worse than living in a freezing cold flat during the middle of winter, or in a neighbourhood where you don't feel safe. Therefore, it is important to make sure the accommodation is suitable.
- Will this be university-owned or in the private sector?
- How far is it from the university?
- Is it secure, safe and warm?
- Does it have internet access?
- Would you have to move out in the vacations?
For students living away from home for the first time, a university hall of residence can be a good solution.
- These are large buildings often situated on or near the university campus, where each student has their own room but share bathroom and kitchen facilities.
- While some halls of residence have cooking facilities for students, most of the time you will eat your main meals in large dining halls, which makes for a great social atmosphere.
- Many universities have contracted with private sector operators such as Unite and Nido to provide premium accommodation with en suite facilities. Check out our guide to university halls and houses to find out more.
For greater independence, private accommodation could be the answer. Options include a studio or one bedroom flat, or in a flat share.
- A flat share is a house with two or more rooms and everyone has their own private room, with a shared bathroom and living facilities.
- Some students choose to share with friends, while others are happy to move in with strangers who may become good friends.
- Find out more about flatsharing in our guide to private accommodation.
To find out what real life is like in the UK, try boarding with a family.
- This will give some interaction with local people and, if English is your second language, it is a great way to improve your English skills. Read more information on hostels and lodgings.
Leaving home and travelling abroad to study at one of the top universities in the UK can be slightly daunting, particularly if it is your first time away from home.
- Culture shock and homesickness are not uncommon but support is available.
- Spend time with friends, talk to an international student support officer and try to think positively about your time here in the UK.
- Our section on preparing to go to university also has lots of helpful tips and advice, including how to stay safe and secure as a student.
The UKCISA Guidance for New International Students Seeking Accommodation contains detailed information on finding and securing accommodation.