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How to find the perfect student accommodation

Heading to uni this September and looking for the perfect student accommodation? Before you book, there are many things to consider. We have compiled the ultimate guide that will help you navigate through the different options available to you.

What type of student accommodation options are there?

  • University Student Accommodation

You can choose on-campus accommodation which is organised by your university. This option is usually good if you want to be close to campus and you are in the safety of university grounds but gives you less flexibility in choosing your exact room and amenities.

  • Purpose built Student Accommodation (PBSA)

Private student accommodation are large apartment buildings which are built specifically for students. They offer flexibility with dates and room types and are usually situated very close to university and college campuses. They are known for having great security and amazing facilities – for example, gyms, games rooms, study spaces, cinema’s as well as more ‘typical’ common rooms.

Did you know at Host we offer all-inclusive and hassle-free student accommodation. Check out our student accommodation in the UK.

  • Independent Renting

Renting privately can give you flexibility for location and room type. This option means you are less likely to be around other students and renting privately can be costly due to monthly bills. Be aware that online student accommodation this option comes without safety, for example CCTV and on-site staff.

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En-suite at Host Magdalen Street Colchester

Book as early as possible.

Student accommodation can sell out quickly depending on where you choose to go. Start researching local student accommodation close to your campus as soon as you can to ensure you secure the best possible accommodation for your requirements.

What if I book student accommodation but don’t get the grades?

Most private student halls offer No Place No Pay, so don’t worry if you don’t receive the right grades in August.

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Host Centurion House Bath

Look on social media.

Viewing student accommodation before you book can be difficult if you live far away. In this case, make sure to check out their social media pages. Facebook and Instagram accounts can give you great insight to their facilities and events.

You can also join uni accommodation Facebook groups which are full of information about your uni location and where is best to book. The groups will likely be able to answer any questions you may have from the previous member’s experience.

Types of rooms

  • En-Suite

In a private en-suite room you have the room to yourself with our own bathroom, bed, desk and storage area. The other facilities such as kitchens and laundry rooms are shared. This option is the most common choice due to price and privacy.

  • Studio

If you are looking for a quiet and private space, a studio apartment may be more suitable. You get your own en-suite, bedroom, and kitchen area. Studio spaces are more expensive than classic en-suite rooms with shared facilities.

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Studio at Host Point Campus Dublin

What’s included in student accommodation?

Not sure if you need to bring a kettle or toaster? Read what facilities come with your space before arriving to ensure you pack only what is needed. Are you travelling a long way on public transport so can only pack light? Did you know that there is a service that package up everything you need for your university accommodation? UniKitOut is the UK’s leading & Highest Rated Student Kit supplier, and work closely in partnership with 280 Universities & Private Housing Providers. Unlike traditional retailers, UniKitOut authorised to deliver your Kit to your Accommodation before you arrive.

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Social space at Host View Studios Bermondsey London

Does it match your budget?

It is important to look at your budget before looking at student accommodation. Work out your monthly budget and find suitable accommodation to match. Sharing with others if usually the most-cost effective option, whereas if you have a larger budget, a studio apartment may be more suitable.

Most PBSA’s and University accommodation come with bills included so you know exactly what you have to pay.

Student accommodation payment schedules.

Make sure you read up on payment terms and schedules. Most student accommodations offer payment in full, by instalments or monthly.

If you are applying for a student loan, it may be beneficial to pay in instalments (to match when your loan comes through each term) or to pay monthly.

Understanding student accommodation contracts.

We know contracts can be a bit or a bore to read, but they are very important. Before signing anything, make sure to read thoroughly to understand your rights and obligations.

It is important to understand your rights if you don’t get accepted to your university, you don’t get a visa, or there are new travel restrictions put in place.

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Environmentally aware student accommodation.

Are you conscious of your environment impact throughout your studies? This may be a swaying factor when you come to choose your student accommodation. Try looking for accommodation that offer recycling and more eco-friendly initiatives.

About Host

Host offer hassle-free, all-inclusive student accommodation and provide students with a welcoming, reassuring and stress-free experience at university or college.

We provide award-winning services our students have become accustomed to. And our management and staff always strive to exceed the exceptional quality accommodation and service we offer; building on the good reputation we’ve earned over the past 25+ years.

Look inside any of our properties and you’ll discover a comfortable, stylish and safe place to live. Somewhere welcoming and supportive. Happy and relaxed. A place to make the most of being a student. A home.

Getting serious about the environment we live in.

To become more ‘environmentally friendly’, Host is launching the #HostEnvironmentalPledge campaign to encourage responsible behaviour and drive sustainability across our sites throughout the UK and Ireland.

It’s a simple campaign! For every percent we reduce our overall utilities (electric, water and gas) consumption by we donate to one of our nominated charities.

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