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How to secure your student accommodation in 4 easy steps

If you’ve applied to university and have a good idea where you’ll be studying later this year, now is the perfect time to start your accommodation search and secure your student room.

You might think it’s too early, and you’d rather wait until after Results Day. However, the sooner you book, the more likely you are to get your preferred room type and accommodation building; rather than being left with a lack of choice and having to settle for second best.

But more than that, book today to tick accommodation off your to-do list so you can enjoy a stress-free summer without any last-minute panics. And at Host, we make securing your room effortless.


1. Find your room

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If you know which university or college you’ll be studying at, search the Host website to view the accommodation available in that town or city. In some locations, we may have more than one property to choose from so have a look at what each property has to offer and weigh up your options.

Things to consider when choosing your accommodation include the location of the property, the property’s facilities, the room types available to book and also the contract lengths available.

Not sure where to start with your accommodation search? Read our recent blog for more guidance and information on finding student accommodation that’s right for you.


2. Submit your application

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All bookings at Host are made online so securing your room couldn’t be easier; you can do it all with just a few clicks of your mouse and from the comfort of your sofa.

So, when you’ve found the room that’s right for you, it’s time to book. Head to the Host portal and select your preferred room option.

As part of the application process, you’ll need to register and create an account with Host. Your account will hold all information relating to your application and booking. You’ll need to complete all stages of the application process in order for your booking to be confirmed; this includes signing the contracts, providing any guarantor information and paying your initial rent payment.


3. Make your payment

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As noted above, an initial rental payment is required as part of your application to secure your room and confirm your booking. This isn’t a deposit, and the initial rent payment amount (e.g., £100), is taken off the total rent amount due.

To provide you with flexibility when paying for your student accommodation, we offer a choice of payment options; all of which can be made via your online account. You can choose to either pay in full upon booking, pay in three or four instalments over the year, or opt for a monthly payment plan.


4. Move in

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When you’ve booked your room and all your payments are up to date, you’ve just got to sit back and wait for move in day!

As your move in date approaches, you’ll receive a series of emails from your accommodation with more information about moving in and living with Host. To help make your arrival at Host seamless, you’ll need to complete an online induction via your Host account prior to arriving at your accommodation; all of which will be communicated with you closer to the move in date.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about living with Host or about moving in, please contact us; our management teams will be happy to help.


If you’re looking for student accommodation for your second or third year of uni, why not book with Host? We have a choice of properties in UK and Europe, with rooms available to suit all budgets and needs. View our locations. You can also follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for the latest news and updates. 

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