Student can choose from different types of student accommodation. There is a lot of variety on the market and it can be a bit confusing if you are a first-timer when it comes to student housing options in 2020. Each one has certain pros and cons but all are equally viable solutions as long as they are accredited by your institution. Only this will ensure high standards for the entirety of your stay.
Private rented houses and rooms
These are the most common and popular choices among students. They are usually managed by landlords as properties in the private rented sector. Students usually share houses with a number of housemates (or flatmates), depending on the size of the building. They are usually located in neighbourhoods with a high concentration of students but can also be part of more diverse areas. The quality can differ vastly and we recommend to rent from landlords accredited by your institution. You can find properties that fit high standards in your area with Studentpad.
University managed houses and rooms
These are properties held by universities and colleges that can look similar to regular houses/flat but usually have a standardised look and facilities. Students often apply via their institutions’ accommodation offices via waiting list. Universities may offer rooms in houses for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
University Hall of Residence
Another popular choice are rooms in student halls. There are usually located on-campus and may even include meals in in-house canteens. The primary group of students living in hall rooms are students in their first and second year.
These are purpose built student living accommodation, similar to university halls of residence, but owned by private companies who run and manage them. They are often in a central location and have all the mod cons required in student living, however they are often the most expensive option. It is important to find out what is included in your rent.
Family stays or Homestays
Another less common option are family stays, especially for visiting students from abroad at smaller institutions. They live in vacant rooms offered by local families for short terms that usually do not exceed a year.