There is a range of accommodation available for students to suit a variety of budgets. I would recommend you encourage students to research institutions’ different options online and to see the accommodation in person during open, applicant or clearing days.
Most universities have their own university
halls. There can be a range of options available,
from shared bathrooms to ensuites and even
self-contained flats! Most are self-catering but
some universities do offer catered options.
These flats are usually fully furnished with kettles, toasters, beds, wardrobes etc. Do encourage students to read their institution’s website for what is included in their halls, as no-one wants ten kettles in one flat!
Universities will stipulate who can live in halls: some, for example, may say first year students who make them their first choice will be offered a place in halls, while others will offer places to any student that wishes to reside in them.
A lot of contracts will cover September to June for when students are studying. However, students estranged from parents or in care can ask for additional support and some universities will have 52-week provision available. Longer contracts can also apply for education, health/medicine and international students.
This accommodation is privately owned, external to the university and off campus, but the university manage it. This means payments of rent and requests for maintenance will be done through the university.
Private halls are much like university halls but are privately owned and are not associated with a university. If studying in a big city where there are different universities, students from all these different institutions may be living there and be at different levels of study.
Like the above, these are privately owned houses to rent. Most students move into a room in these shared houses after their first year of university and tend to share with friends they have made through societies or on their courses.
Rents for student accommodation are
calculated as a weekly rate (for example, £132
p/w) but can be paid termly (for example,
£1,386) when student maintenance loans and
grants are paid. Rents in halls tend to cover
rent, maintenance and security, utilities, Wi-Fi
etc. Privately owned accommodation can differ
from place to place.
Student support departments are equipped to support students when reading contracts to make sure they feel comfortable before signing. Deposits are paid before moving in. If a student is struggling financially, encourage them to contact their university for support.
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