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The benefits of private student accommodation
Moving away from home to go to university is a big step, and where you live will be one of the biggest decisions you will make.
If you’re looking for where to live as a student, you might not yet know what options are available to you.
Private student accommodation is becoming increasingly popular amongst UK and international students alike for a range of reasons, from making more financial sense to the additional security it provides.
That said, before we get into the benefits, let’s break down what private student accommodation is.
What is private student accommodation?
In short, private student accommodation is accommodation owned by a private company rather than a specific university.
Students will typically rent a room within a shared flat, although this does vary depending on the type of room that you opt for and how much you can afford to pay for student accommodation.
For instance, a private studio flat is a self-contained unit that contains everything from a bathroom to kitchen facilities, meaning you won’t be sharing the space.
That said, the majority of students live in shared flats, and booking early is advised to ensure room availability.
So, what are the benefits of private student accommodation?
The benefits of private accommodation include, but not limited to:
- Bills are included
- On-site management teams
- Increased security
- Social calendar events
- Your well-being is prioritised
1. Bills are included.
Arguably the biggest benefit of private student accommodation is that if they’re all-inclusive, bills are included.
While this isn’t the case for all student accommodations, such as renting a room in an HMO from a private landlord, many purpose-built private student accommodations include bills in their price.
At Host, we recognise students have enough on their plate, which is why your bills are included in the total room price. Additionally, our energy prices are locked in, meaning the price you see on the website is the price you’ll pay per week for the entirety of your contract with us.
This means your WiFi, electricity, gas, and water bills are covered, and you’ll never have to worry about the rising cost of energy.
Contact us today to learn more about our all-inclusive student accommodation in a range of locations across the UK and Europe.
2. On-site management teams.
Another benefit of private student accommodation is on-site management teams.
A lot goes into maintaining a home that you might not necessarily be aware of if you’ve always lived at home with your parents.
From changing light bulbs to fixing kitchen appliances to cleaning communal areas, on-site management teams are responsible for a range of things to make student living as hassle-free as possible.
So, no matter the problem in your private student accommodation, someone is always on hand to fix it.
3. Increased security.
A huge benefit of private accommodation is the increased security that it offers.
When you first live away from home, you cannot underestimate the importance of feeling safe in your student accommodation, especially when living in a large city such as London or Birmingham for the first time.
At Host, we have 24/7 CCTV, electronic door entry systems, and intercoms to provide you with peace of mind and can give concerned parents additional relief.
Our all-inclusive accommodation also includes contents insurance, meaning that all of your personal belongings are covered whilst living with us.
We’re also proud to say that we are accredited by the National Code, meaning that we care deeply about providing a safe and secure place for our residents.
4. Social calendar events.
The next benefit of private accommodation is numerous social calendar events.
When you consider that a study found ‘one-third (33%) of students surveyed felt lonely often’, the advantages of social calendar events are evident.
From pizza nights to art classes and quizzes, there’s a range of activities you can get involved with and these events can be a great way to meet other students and make friends within your private student accommodation.
This, paired with the endless social spaces private student accommodations offer makes socialising much easier, helping you to combat any feelings of loneliness.
So, whether you’re a social butterfly, or need a little support in helping to meet others at university, social calendar events are the perfect opportunity to do so.
5. Your well-being is prioritised.
Living away from home for the first time is a big step for anyone, let alone students who are trying to manage their university courses simultaneously.
A survey found that ‘37% of first-year students surveyed in England at a university have symptoms of depression and anxiety’, emphasising the importance of well-being support.
At Host, we want you to gain as much as you can out of student life, so your well-being is always our priority.
We aim to provide every resident with a safe and secure environment. As well as having an on-site management team and 24/7 CCTV, Host’s staff are on hand to give welfare checks to ensure our residents always feel supported and their physical and mental well-being is prioritised.
After all, we believe your student accommodation is your home away from home.
Hopefully our guide has given you a wider perspective on the benefits of private student accommodation. And to learn more about our accomodation, discover the best reasons to live with Host here.
Get in touch to find your perfect private student accommodation today.
Written by Jemima for Host.
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