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.
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 individual.
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 academic year.
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 long term.
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- £200.
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.
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