How to Choose Student Accommodation


Heading off to university? A big decision you’ll need to make is what accommodation you are going to live in, where, and how much you’re willing to spend. No matter where you study, there will be lots of options on offer – ranging from university ‘in-hall’ accommodation to private apartments and house shares. So what kind of things do you need to consider? Here’s the lowdown.


University Halls


Universities offer their own accommodation, managed by them, which is also known as ‘halls.’ The amount each university offers varies and you may not be guaranteed a space when turning up for your first year of studies.


One of the best things about university accommodation is that it tends to be in a convenient location, near the campus, near public transport, or near facilities. You also don’t have to worry about bills, apart from your rent of course. 


Halls are also a good bridge for those leaving home for the first time. You get to stay in big blocks with other fellow students, sharing facilities. So, you get to know people fairly fast, and hopefully make some life-long friends. However, on the flip side, student halls can be noisy, shared kitchens messy and you may not get much space of your own.


Private Student Accommodation


Student housing complexes, owned by private companies but managed by universities, are also an option. Have a look around at the accommodation available in the area you need to be. Make sure you do your homework regarding how much it’s going to cost, what’s included and what is not.


There are all sorts of rental options available, including luxury student accommodation in Edinburgh. You can ask your university for a list of approved landlords, but if you want something more than basic but still affordable, check out Collegiate for their options.


Private Flat or House


As a student, you may want to by-pass the in-hall accommodation system and go straight into a private flat or house share in the rental sector. You may want your own space, particularly if you’re a mature student – or you may not win a halls place, leaving you with no choice.


Renting a private property gives you lots to select from; you can decide on location, size of property, whether you want to share with anyone else or not. Make sure you have a good look around before signing a contract. Visit a few properties, get a feel for them, the market and the parts of town where you would like to be – and check out the credentials of letting agents, make sure you know all of the fees and costs in advance. Don’t be pressured to sign up to somewhere without thinking it all through carefully.


Stay at Home


Another option is to stay at home with your family during your studies. That is, if they live close to your university, or it’s in commuting distance. It will help to cut your accommodation costs, but you may miss out on the full experiences of student life.