Living at Home
A significant, and growing, number of first-year students, twice as many in London, live at home.
- There are clearly pros and cons but one potential disadvantage is to treat university as a nine-to-five job and risk missing the whole university experience.
- Stay-at-home students are likely to make fewer friends and to feel rather detached from campus activities but there is no evidence that their academic work suffers.
- As a general rule, the new universities recruit many more local students.
- This being so, their students are twice as likely to opt for staying at home than those at the old universities.
Another feature of the current scene is 'buy to rent' – accommodation bought by parents to house the student member of the family.
- With mortgage interest rates still relatively low and the stock market still rather nervous, some parents are opting to buy a small house or flat, perhaps defraying the expense by charging rent to fellow students.
- It is important that parents understand the legal responsibilities of being a landlord, such as HMO licensing and deposit protection, and seek advice from a relevant body such as the Residential Landlords Association before they make a purchase.
Hostels and Lodgings
Some registered charities run small hostels, especially for students with particular religious affiliations or those who come from specific overseas countries.
- These are mainly in London and further details can be found in the British Council publication, Studying and Living in the UK.
Small numbers of students live in lodgings where they might share a home with the landlord and his family.
- A study bedroom and some meals are usually provided but other facilities might well be shared. This is often the preference of international students who are looking to experience home life in the UK and improve their language skills.
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