What to expect from university accommodationDr Shafiq
Most universities in the UK have private accommodation rented out to students while they are studying. Private accommodation like this will have a number of benefits specifically suited for students that can make life easier while studying at university. Likewise, no-hassle renting can take a lot of the stress of trying to find a place to live before you begin your studies.
There are a number of different types of accommodation depending on your needs. Most student accommodation will also share a kitchen and living space with other rooms on your floor. Most accommodations are split between six people, but this can vary depending on the type.
Single: A single room with a bed, cupboards, and desk space. This is usually the cheapest form of accommodation.
Single en suite: This is the same as a single room except that part of the room is dedicated to a shower/toilet for your personal use.
Double & double en suite: These are the same as above except for having a larger amount of space in them.
Studio: A much larger space that is a self-contained unit for everything you will need. This comes with a kitchen area as well as a personal shower room and toilet.
Depending on the type of university you go to will decide the location of any accommodation, but it’s likely that any accommodation will be placed near the university. This allows students to quickly move between their personal space and campus grounds. Some of the benefits of this are that it makes it easier to commute to your classes and other university-owned properties, allowing easier access to study resources when needed. Another benefit is that you will be living with other students. Making friends will be easier when surrounded by people in the same situation as you. A strong support network is a necessary part of university life.
Student accommodation will have some form of security that protects students from outside sources. This mostly comes from a reception area that requires students to unlock doors with a personal key card or fob. These receptions will also collect mail for students and hold it for you.
While private accommodation is a great option for those looking for an easy and safe living space, there are some drawbacks. The type of services on offer do not come cheap, and sometimes accommodation can be as or more expensive than renting privately in the local area. Single rooms can also be quite small, and safety policies mean that students are limited in what they can do to personalize their space.
Studying in the UK can be daunting, and finding the right place to live is vital to having a successful and enjoyable university experience. Make sure to check out all the options available before making a decision. If possible, you should always try to view the place you are renting in person, and if not, many realtors are now providing online video viewings.