Advice, Tips, FAQ’s for Students Moving into Student Accommodation for the First Time
You may just be thinking about going to University or College and trying to decide if it’s for you, you may have already visited universities that you want to consider and are just waiting for exam results to see if you have secured your place. If any of these apply to you then we understand there is always excitement mixed with nerves when you are thinking about moving into student accommodation and being away from home for the first time to go to university or college.
Moving and living away from home for the first time is a challenge as you are not only learning to live and manage on your own, you are balancing meeting new people, having a new social life as well as taking on probably the hardest study time of your life. This article will tell you everything you need to know about the different types of accommodation you can consider, what you should think about when choosing your accommodation and what you should and shouldn’t take with you in your first year.
If it is your first time moving away from home and to a new City or area of the country then we understand it is a very daunting prospect so we hope that this article will ease your nerves and ensure you know more about the unknowns so you can be prepared and enjoy the build-up to your move.
What Types of Student Accommodation are there?
Halls of Residence Accommodation
Halls of Residence are normally owned by the University or College that you are going to and are generally for first-year students only. Halls of residence are a brilliant way of adjusting to life away from home and they enable you to quickly and easily make new friends who you will be studying with. There are normally a few accommodation options available but these depend on the university or college you are attending. They include; catered/self-catered and ensuite or shared bathroom rooms.
House or Flat Shared Accommodation
House or flat share is the most common type of private student accommodation for students in their second-year upwards. You can spend your first year in halls of residence getting used to university or college life and decide which friends you want and would be best to share with. Most cities with universities will have student accommodation estate agents who will advertise student lets which are flats or houses set up for multi-occupancy.