For many young people, choosing to go to university will result in them living away from home for the first time. This is an exciting but also a daunting time – for the student as well as you as their parent or guardian, particularly as you start to navigate the various accommodation options available. Setting aside time to do research early on will help your young person feel more confident, which will make the transition much easier.
To get started, we recommend searching university websites to find their dedicated accommodation webpages. Here, you will find information about the accommodation on offer, as well as the support provided. You will find that accommodation comes in many forms, some of which will suit your young person more than others. Some options include the following:
This is a popular choice for first year undergraduate students. Often located close to the university itself and tends to be set up specifically for students at that institution. There is normally a wide range of options available to suit all needs and budgets. Typically, applications are made directly to the institution
This is like university managed accommodation but managed by private providers. They are designed specifically for students. Students could be living in flats with students from different institutions if this is a location where there are multiple higher education providers. Typically, applications are made directly to the provider.
This is a popular option for students after their first year. This option provides the opportunity to live with friends and experience the next step to independence.
Going to university does not necessarily mean that your young person must leave home, particularly if you live within a commutable distance from their chosen university.
After researching what’s available, ask your young person to reflect on the following questions to help them find their perfect home away from home:
Finally, try to visit the accommodation in person or attend virtual events. This offers the chance to ask any questions, however small, to help you both feel confident about accommodation decisions. And remember, it won’t be long before they are back home again asking for their favourite home cooked meal!
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