A school and college
guide to university
accommodation: where will a student live whilst at university?
Settling in at university and growing to create
memorable experiences will happen in every
student’s life, so it is important for applicants
to make an informed choice as to which
accommodation option best fits in with their
individual financial circumstances, personal
preferences and lifestyle.
In order to make this process as smooth and
as easy as possible, it is worth your students
researching the different options available
in advance of the application process and
exploring all possible types of accommodation
on offer within each institution of interest.
Tips to share with your students when
considering university accommodation
The first step is to find out the accommodation
options each institution has to offer.
Opportunities such as open days, applicant
events and campus tours are the perfect
chance to explore this.
University staff often appoint student
ambassadors to show prospective students
around campus, and therefore it is a great way
to gain a true insight into campus life and the
accommodation which would be best for each
As well as campus accommodation, there is
also the option of private halls of residence.
These are often located in the same town or
city, or very close to campus.
It is important to consider that these can have
additional costs and may have completely
different contracts to residential halls within
the university campus.
It is also useful to take a note of the length
of time these rooms are available for. For
example, most accommodation contracts
may run during the term time only, but
some allow students to stay throughout the
summer months too - this could be ideal for
international applicants, or students who
choose to live away from home for the entire
Financial preparation is key in this whole
process, so it is a good idea for applicants
to plan ahead regarding student finance
or perhaps scholarship opportunities they
are entitled to - in this case, how much of a
maintenance loan or bursary they are given. In
addition to this, saving ahead of time is also a
great investment for students, as it allows for
easier budgeting of rent and utility costs in the
It is also worth noting that many universities
ask for a deposit ahead of the term, which they
will return at the end of the academic year,
should no damages be made to the facilities.
This cost will vary - but may range from £100-
Of course, the application and selection
process of university should be fun and
exciting, so rest assured that each student
will be going through the same stages when
choosing their accommodation.
Planning and preparation will keep
the application process steady and
simplify it in the long term - which
hopefully will pay off on move-in day!