You managed to get a place in the university and the next thing you have to do is find a place to stay.
The good thing is that there is a wide range of options where students can live and study, which is much better than before with limited options.
Where you live in your first year of study will depend on your circumstances. You will probably stay at the university if you enter your first choice university and it can be either catered or non-catered. If you are getting your second choice, going through clearing, or applying late, you may need to consider other options. Depending on which hall is available.
You don’t have to panic. Below are some tips that will help you find the best Bournemouth student accommodation.
Knowing who to contact and who to contact
The first thing you need to do is contact the housing office to see if there are any rooms left. Even if Unity is your first choice, there are some factors that can prevent you from getting a place to stay in Unity, such as your parents living within a certain radius of the school. This is a common occurrence in London institutions.
There are some universities that have partnered with private hall providers, such as Downing Students, and they can help you. You can also talk to the university’s student accommodation service for help and advice.
Thinking about lifestyle choices
If you are not in a university dormitory, you will probably need to find one somewhere near campus, unless you have decided to take a bus, walk or go to school. It’s also a good idea to let them know that you are comfortable with the lifestyle – is it okay to share the bathroom with others? How many people do you feel comfortable living with?
If you don’t want to be in a dorm or share a kitchen with other students, you may want to look at the private halls that offer shared flats or studios so you can stay alone or with one or two people.
Make sure the student loan is going to cover the rent
The type of accommodation you choose will determine your rent. How much rent you have to pay is also going to determine the area of the country. The most expensive place is London, which is not surprising. Northeast London follows in terms of rental costs. It is a good idea to do a little research on the most expensive and cheap places for UK students. Keep in mind that costs can vary from year to year.
The length of the contract is being examined
Different housing providers have different contract lengths – some offer a 41-week contract while others offer a 44-45 week (this is common for individual providers). You may have to pay more for the next one, but this is good because it means you can come back in the summer and spend time with your friends before the exams are over.
There are some universities that do not allow you to stay in the hall after the first year, but private halls allow you to stay there as long as you want.
Checking what is included in the rent
When you add costs, check and see if extras are included. Some will provide you with gym access, high-speed internet, onsite laundry room and content insurance and the costs will be included in the rent. In most cases CCTV security is available, which gives you peace of mind.
Finding your flatmate
You may be happy to wait until you get there and see who you are living with. There are some who want to know their flatmates so that they can be sure that they are living with people with similar interests.
There are tools like Uni Accommodation Forum or Uni Facebook Group that you can use. This makes it easy to find like-minded students with whom you are happy to share your flat. There are some institutions that have an intranet that makes it easy for people in the same educational course as you to know.
You get peace of mind when you find your own flatmate and it makes it easier when you move into accommodation. You will find it easier to settle in the new environment.