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Where to Live

After choice of university and course, the next most important decision is where to live.

We have deliberately devoted a complete section to where to live because it is often by far the biggest item of expenditure – rent alone could account for 70 per cent of weekly income. It is also crucially important to success at university so it is well worth giving time and effort to the various accommodation options available, making sure you maintain maximum flexibility within any arrangements.

  • Leaving home, and perhaps your country, is a big move and it will all feel very strange at first.
  • It is reassuring that the other first-year students are in the same boat.
  • The trick is to survive, even thrive, to the Christmas vacation. Most who leave university do so in those first few months simply because they are lonely and feel isolated.
  • If you are warm and well fed this will impact on your happiness and enjoyment and help you to settle in quickly.
  • This, in turn, will have a positive effect on your studies and as a result you are likely to do well.
  • It is false economy to cut corners when it comes to choosing your first accommodation.

Student demand is polarising. Some are seeking premium accommodation in ensuite flats with fast internet connection, perhaps even a great view as standard, whilst others, more cash-strapped, are looking for the bare minimum.

  • The National Union of Students (NUS) has identified 16 different categories of accommodation, ranging from deluxe en suite, in a hall of residence with all meals provided, to lodging in a family house or staying at home.
  • No doubt we could even find a few students who live on houseboats or in caravans, but the majority of first-year undergraduates going away to university choose to live in university-managed accommodation if they can.
Where students live %
University hall (en suite) 25
University hall (not ensuite) 29
University house or flat 6
Private house or flat 13
Living with parents 18
Living in own house or flat 8
Living in lodgings 1

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