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Guide to student accommodation

Don’t know where to start when it comes to applying for student accommodation? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.

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There’s so much to think about when heading off to university. Choosing where you will live is an important factor in your university experience. We have outlined some key factors to consider when looking for student accommodation and links to further information. 

Living at home or away

There are many factors that may come into play when deciding to live away from home while at university, including cost and family commitments. No one else can make this decision for you. While some enjoy the independence of being away from home for the first time and involving themselves in campus life, others may want to save money and focus more on the academic side of university life.  

If you decide to live away, you’ll need to choose the right accommodation for you. University and private student halls vary from the plush to the basic so your budget will be a key factor in deciding. 

In most UK universities, you’ll need to find your own accommodation in your second year of study and if you can’t find halls that are right for you for your first year, you may have to start house hunting before then.

To find out more about deciding to live at home or away, and how to find your perfect housemates, read our full guide to student accommodation.

What will university accommodation cost? 

As with all accommodation, student or otherwise, prices differ depending on your landlord and your location. For example, the average weekly rent for purpose-built student accommodation in the UK is £166 but in the private sector, prices can range from £155—£228 per week depending on room type. In London, prices increase dramatically for both university and private accommodation, with the average accommodation costing £212 and £259 per week respectively. 

On top of your rent, there are also bills to pay and a deposit to consider. You may be eligible for a maintenance loan to help with some of these costs, or you may consider getting a part-time job to help your money stretch further.

To find out more about the costs involved in renting student accommodation read our guide to university accommodation costs

How do I find student accommodation in the private sector? 

Living in private sector university housing might be the right choice for you, or it may be made for you by a lack of choice at your chosen university. Whatever the reason, there are several things to consider. 

You need to know where to look and what to be aware of when renting from a private landlord.

To help you prepare, read our guide to Private student housing in the UK.




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