UK students tend to choose to live in either university halls or private student accommodation for their first year. Many students then opt to move to private housing in the second and third years.
There are many similarities between student housing and university halls. The difference between private and university student housing is that private student accommodation can be owned by a private company rather than a university. Private student living spaces are offered by companies like Unite or Scape.
Private student accommodation has a tendency to have more modern amenities and luxurious luxuries than traditional university halls.
Both accommodation types are great ways to meet new people. But, they do have their own unique characteristics, such as differences in location, cost and length of tenure.
These two options are popular among university students and we’ll help you make a decision.
Non-private student houses are provided by universities directly for students. Because they are closer to universities, they are more convenient. This is especially convenient if you have to wake up at 5:15 AM for your lecture at 9AM.
Private student accommodation is often found in cities with many universities, such London, Leeds, Manchester. Many of these accommodation options are centrally located, which makes them a popular choice for students from different universities. Unfortunately, this means that you might need to travel a little further to reach your lectures.
It really comes down to preference. Private accommodation may be your best choice if you want to be in the center city, full of energy and excitement. University halls are a great option for those who want to be close to the campus and buildings of universities.
Private halls are not for profit and can often be more expensive than student halls. Modern facilities, including private kitchens and bathrooms, are available at an additional cost.
University halls tend to be slightly more expensive than others, but they can still be very affordable depending on what halls you select and the amenities you request.
Both types of university accommodation help to avoid hidden costs such as utility bills, contents coverage and communal cleaning.
It’s worth noting the fact that university halls and private accommodation are priced differently depending on their location.
It’s a great way of meeting new people as you usually share your apartment with 4-12 people. You don’t have the option to choose with whom you live in either accommodation.
University halls allow you to request to live in more socially connected halls, quieter halls, or with other mature students. Universities will often try to accommodate your request. Private halls might allow you to request to live close to friends or in quieter places. It’s important to remember that neither type of accommodation is guaranteed to be your first choice.
Unless you have an ensuite, your university student hall will typically include a shared kitchen and lounge area as well as a bathroom.
Private accommodation is often equipped with communal areas. These may include cinema spaces or dining areas as well as lounges and lounges where you can socialize. Studio apartments with private student accommodation are an option if you need privacy. These will however be more costly.
For students, the accommodation provider may host events to encourage them to socialize and get to understand each other.
Leicester Student Studio often offers unexpected perks. You can rent a grand-piano in Nottingham, or rent a surfing board in Bournemouth. Private student accommodation may be located in renovated buildings or new constructions, and can have better quality facilities than standard student housing.
Many university halls offer premium amenities, such as double beds, superfast WiFi and en suite bathrooms. You will also have the option to choose between catered or uncatered. Uncatered allows you to spend a specific amount on campus food.
The majority of student accommodation has Wi-Fi and access to a social area. However, private accommodation offers more amenities, including double beds and access to a gym.
You get what is paid for. Private and non-private halls are generally more expensive.
How long are you allowed to stay?
Standard university accommodation offers the possibility of staying between 40 and 52 weeks (September to July) but private accommodation is usually available for longer periods, so you may need to pay for the entire 52-week period.
Before you make your final decision, ensure that you have read the tenancy terms for the accommodation.
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