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How Do You Choose The Right Student Accommodation?

Written by Sam | April 15, 2021

More and more money is currently being ploughed in to student accommodation and in particular, the purpose built student accommodation.

These are the buildings that are specifically built for students. However, there are still lots of local landlords and letting agents in all the university areas.

With so many options in your town or city, how do know which student accommodation is the right one?

Wants and Needs as a Student

For me, the first thing you need to do is to know what you want from the accommodation. You need to know some criteria, this can change but the following always helps:

  • Amount of beds
  • Location
  • Price
  • Bills included
  • Added extras

Beds – Most agents and landlords, like the houses to be taken by a group as they know they will get on.

Location – Which area do you want to live in, is it dictated by price or the commute time! It’s up to you!

Price – What can you afford, this is a big factor.

Bills included – You might be paying a little more for it, however, it means you don’t have to sort it yourself and fall out with house mates.

Added extras – In student accommodation, you can get gyms, cinemas, free breakfasts and so much more. Which one of these do you want most!

Searching For Student Accommodation

When you start searching save all the properties, houses and studios that meet your needs as you have outlined above and go and view them.

For me, there aren’t a thing as too many viewings. If you view the same house many times that’s different but viewing it two and maybe three times is sometimes not a bad idea.

What generally happens is that you will spend maybe 15 minutes in the house, decide you like it, book it and then not see it until you move in again.

By going on several viewings of different properties, you can then start to build up an idea of what a good student house is and what isn’t. You will also be able to build up an idea of what a good landlord or agent does and what a not so good one does and acts like.

It will be alien at first, however, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. The only negative about this is that it will take more time than if you were to just book the first house and more will appear to have booked their dream house while you will still be searching.

Viewings – What You Can Do!

To find the right student accommodation for you, you are going to need to see the place. Here are some tips of what to do when viewing the student accommodation to make sure that you know it is the right one for you:

  • Questions – there is no such thing as a stupid question. You can clarify anything you want in the viewing
  • Check all the bedrooms – You have no idea which one is going to be yours yet!
  • Make sure you have read their tenancy agreement so you can ask questions about it
  • Check the quality of the house, how clean it is and finally how well maintained it is
  • Take pictures ad videos if you can, this way you can remember it if you want to think about it.

Choosing the Right Letting Agent or Landlord as a Student

It might often come to the point where you have found some similar properties and they are with different landlords or letting agents. How do you know which one is the best fit for you?

For me, there are some key points that need to be standard and then there are extra which are nice to have, some key points are:

  • Communication – It doesn’t need to be fancy and all singing and dancing, but as long as they are communicating. WhatsApp, emails or portals are all fine!
  • Maintenance – There are always varying priorities for repairs, but they all still need to be done and not left for an entire year.
  • Well designed, functional and quality properties – The properties that they manage and rent should hit a certain standard as it reflects themselves more than the landlord behind it.
  • Systems and Processes – No nonsense, simple and easy to understand. There are certain rules for things like deposits, however, this will give you a good idea of what students are treated like.
  • Experience – What experience do they give the students that book with them. Again, it doesn’t need to be freebies every week, it can be doing the simple things very very well, but what experience do they give the students and how much effort are they putting into it.
  • Storage – Bare minimum should be a desk, chair, bedside draws and bed. Somewhere to put clothes is such as a clothes rail or wardrobe is next but people have different preferences. You shouldn’t need to buy any draws for your room.
  • Inspections – Students might find them annoying, however, this means the landlord and agent are taking it seriously and are being vigilant for repairs and damage which is a good sign.

If you are staying in purpose-built student accommodation, you need to look at their communal areas and see how big they are, are fit for purpose or are they just a room with an Xbox in labelled ‘Games Room’.

Secondly, make sure you check the size and storage of the rooms. Some can be very small and not have a lot of places to put all your belongings!

Some nice to have or additional extras could be:

  • Freebies – Freebies aren’t essential but can be a tipping point for many students, but please look at what they do over what you get for free. This includes cashback.

What Might Put You Off a House

As well as listing some of the good points, I thought it would be good to give a list of things that might make you do some more research on whether it is a good option or not.

Things that I am wary about:

  • Really high incentives – They aren’t doing it to be generous, they want students in rooms and an overly high price would make me dig a little deeper.
  • Consistent & Bad Press – Nobody can please everyone and everyone has bad reviews, however, if you see a lot of bad news about the quality of housing, then do some more research
  • Quality – If you walk in and it’s not clean, the furniture is broken and the house looks tired then I would see a few more houses

You will also be able to pick up on the demeaner of the agent or landlord, most are really relaxed and helpful. If they are wanting you to book and persistent with it, be wary. However, when they say they go quick, some aren’t fibbing and they go quickly.

If you have any more tips you want to share with students, please contact us and then we can add them on to here!

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Written by Sam | April 12, 2021

If you are an international student or from within the UK, how do you find student accommodation that you can rely on to be good quality.

I’ll aim to break it into a few simple steps that you can follow. After that give it a try and ask me any questions if you need to!

The Processes of Finding Student Accommodation

For me these are the steps, if you want to call them that of finding student accommodation.

  • Research
  • Viewings
  • Booking

Let’s break them down.

Researching Accommodation

This all starts with generally looking online and looking in any estate windows and see what student accommodation and properties they have available.

Make sure you take a good look online, try lots of different search terms and get a list of landlords and providers in the area.

In this stage, what you are doing is basically understanding what there is in your area. You want to see who has good quality accommodation, the cost, good locations, bills included and how many beds.

Understand what you want from your accommodation and save all the places that meet those needs from different agents.

If you are booking a studio in a big block, everything is pretty much included, you just need to compare the blocks to the one that meets your needs the most and then view it.

When you start searching there are plenty of sites you can use, Google is your friend, there are sites like ours but, a lot of the smaller landlords don’t list and they won’t be at the top of Google. They will likely be with a letting agent or operating by themselves, you will most likely find them on Facebook or Instagram.

Viewing the Accommodation

You have found all the properties that meet your needs and requirements, these can be anything from beds, price, location and space. It doesn’t matter, a lot of the time it can and does hinge on location and cost.

When viewing there are some key points to look out for:

  • Quality of the fixtures and fittings used, I don’t mean marble worktops. Just good materials put in well that’s not wobbly
  • Condition of the property – Is it clean as you walk around and is everything well maintained
  • It is well designed and functional – Is it thought out or do things just not make sense
  • Big communal areas – Can everyone actually fit in front of the TV
  • Storage does it have enough or enough potential storage
  • Bills included or not

Before booking there are some key steps after or during the viewing you will need to do and that is read their tenancy agreement and inventory.

An inventory is what you will get in the property and what condition it is in, if you hand the property back without something and in bad condition, then you will charged for it.

Specifically for student accommodation blocks, such as studios and apartments, you will need to look at:

  • Design and use of space
  • Storage
  • Tenancy length
  • Location
  • Added extras – What is in the building
  • Social events
  • Communal area size

It is important to view properties. The reason for this is because that you can see so much more than what you can on a virtual viewing. You are able to look at all the spaces, see the rooms, the detail and judge the landlord or letting agent.

For me, it’s always good to view several properties with several agents and landlords and this way you can judge what is good and bad in the area. You will soon know if you are being ripped off!

If you can’t get to view the property, then getting the letting agent, landlord or accommodation provider to give you a walk around will be the next best thing and on that, you can ask any questions you like and have them written down!

Booking Your Student Accommodation

Once you have done all the above and you want to book the student accommodation this is the easy bit.

Bare in mind, as soon as you sign on the dotted lines, you will enter in to a contract and it could cost you to get out of it.

To book all you need to do is either go through the website you found the accommodation on, reply to their email or give them a call. Each will have their own process.

You will need to sign the contracts and then later on be prepared to pay a deposit or the first instalment of rent closer to the time.

If you are going through a booking agent (someone like us), your rent won’t be higher, so you don’t need to worry about that!

After that, you just make sure that closer the time you make the arrangements to get the keys at an appropriate time.

If you are flying in from abroad, make sure that you get a flight that lands during working hours in the UK or else offices will be closed.

Summary

The three steps are:

  • Research
  • Viewings
  • Booking

Make sure you spend time researching the houses and accommodation that you want to live in, make sure know what you want from your accommodation, such as beds, prices etc.

When searching, make sure you try lots of different approaches like Google, Facebook, Instagram and comparison websites to get a good picture of what is in your area.

Go on multiple viewings with multiple agents to get a benchmark of the quality and look for a few key aspects which are:

  • Quality
  • Condition
  • Design & functionality
  • Communal areas
  • Bills included
  • Storage
  • Social events

It will alter depending on whether you want a student house or accommodation, however, the basics are the same, it is still best to view. Make sure you read the tenancy and check the inventory to see what it comes with.

After you are happy, you just need to book. It’s best to book where you found the property and they will arrange the booking for you.

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Written by Sam | April 9, 2021

When you get to a point where you are searching for student accommodation and you want to know the key points of what to look at, here are some quick tips.

Always remember something to take a picture and to make notes on, always go with your friends if it’s a house and then you can decide as a group.

What should you look for in student accommodation:

  • Design – is it thought out and functional or are you going to struggle to have everyone in there.
  • Room size – there are minimums set by the local authority, but look at the size of the bedrooms and the communal spaces. Everyone needs to be able to sit in the communal areas at least!
  • Fixtures and fittings – by this I mean the bed, desk, wardrobe, cupboards, cookers, fridges bathrooms, and anything else attached to the walls. This might sound a lot, but just make sure they are sturdy, not about to fall off, and fit for purpose.
  • Location – massively important, make sure that you are happy with where it is placed.
  • Tenancy agreement – Read it before booking, make sure you know what you are liable for.
  • Inventory – This is what you will get in the house or accommodation. It will detail the condition and what they expect back, anything that isn’t handed back how you got it means a loss of a deposit.
  • Attitude – What?! Well if they have a good property in a good location, they know it’s going to sell, they aren’t going to push you. If they are forcing it on you, I would just be wary.
  • Rent & Bills included – This will come under your tenancy but ask what the situation is and they will let you know.

This is mainly designed for student housing, if you are looking at student accommodation with a private company and a big block, then you can use all those items but I would also look at these areas:

  • Socials – See what events they hold, this will also give you an insight to what type of experience you might have.
  • The Buildings Communal Areas – Make sure they are fit for purpose and the games room isn’t just a table tennis table in the corner of a larger room.
  • Pricing – They will have set tenancy lengths and the price will differ from shorter to longer.
  • Cleanliness – Make sure that the building is kept clean, especially after the pandemic.

If you want to add to this list or make any recommendations, please let me know.

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Written by Sam | April 7, 2021

Winchester is a city in the county of Hampshire, on the edge of England’s South Downs National Park. and is also home to the University of Winchester.

Winchester is still a smaller university and is becoming more and more established in the area. It does have some competition because it is close to Southampton, Portsmouth and Plymouth.

The main university campus, King Alfred, is a 10 minute walk to the city centre of Winchester.

Winchester is a small city, it means you can get around easily on foot or by bike and you won’t need to catch many buses to get to other campuses. You are close to the train station and there is a motorway right next to the city.

If you want to read more on Winchester, here is a page dedicated to Winchester for students.

As a student you want to find out more about the University of Winchester, this is a page giving you some important stats on the university. University of Winchester

Private Student Accommodation in Winchester

In this section, I like to look at what student accommodation is in Winchester that isn’t owned or managed by the university.

This type of student accommodation is known as Purpose Built Student Accommodation. It is designed for students and usually built with them in mind.

These accommodation blocks can come with a lot added extras, some of these are:

  • Accommodation manager
  • CCTV
  • Social events
  • Contents insurance
  • Free breakfasts
  • Free coffee
  • En-suites
  • Bills included
  • Gym, cinema, study and games rooms

There are more that you will find, however, no all student accommodation will offer everything due to the space and budget they have.

Map of student accommodation in Winchester
Map of student accommodation in Winchester

In all honesty, there isn’t a massive amount of private student accommodation in Winchester. The reason why that possibly is because of the student population. The university has enough halls to cover a lot and most move in to student housing after their first year.

The average rent for student accommodation in Winchester should be around £160 per week with everything included. You will get en-suites for slightly cheaper and larger studios will be more expensive, most like push into the £200 per week.

When searching for accommodation, it is best to generally start looking and researching in the January before you start, assuming you start in September.

Some good student accommodation providers in Winchester are:

This will allow those in the accommodation to re-book if they wish and you can then see the rooms and accommodations available.

If you are searching for accommodation and want to find a good quality place to live, here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the property
  • Make sure there is plenty of storage
  • Check the quality of the bed, desk, and bathrooms
  • Can you fit everyone in the communal areas for the flat
  • Does the buildings communal areas have big enough spaces
  • Read their tenancy agreement
  • Check their cancellation policy
  • Check the inventory to see what it comes with

Want more detail on how to find your next student accommodation, this article will help: How to find your next student accommodation.

Student Housing in Winchester

Due to the number of students that go to Winchester uni and the amount of university and private student accommodation, there is going to be quite a lot of housing for students.

A lot of students start searching for their next student house in November and December. If they find a good house, they usually book it for the following year so they don’t lose it. This leads to a mini rush so students don’t miss out on any houses!

When looking at what areas you want to live in, there are some main students areas in Winchester, which are:

  • Stanmore
  • Winnall
  • Hyde and Fulflood
  • Badger Farm
  • City Centre

These areas all very close to Winchester, the most expensive will be in the city centre. Stanmore is probably the most popular area with students due to it’s location, however, Winnall is just north of the city centre and sits in a good position.

Some good student housing providers in Winchester are:

The average rent for a student house in Winchester is around £110 per week without bills. If bills are included, the price will be higher. The price will also vary depending on the location and size of the room.

When searching for student housing and wanting to find a good quality house, here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the house
  • Look at the quality of the fixtures and fittings
  • Make sure there is plenty of storage
  • Are the communal areas big enough to fit everyone in
  • Get the inventory and read it
  • Read the tenancy agreement
  • Check any accreditations and deposit protection schemes

If you need more detail, this article will help: How to find your next student accommodation.

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Written by Sam | April 7, 2021

There is a university in Westminster, it is the University of Westminster. However, when we look at student accommodation, there isn’t that much space in London to have a lot of accommodation.

Living in London as a student means that you will never run out of things to do, places to go or people to see because it is the capital. You have good access to transport and you can get around the country by hopping on one of the trains.

The university of Westminster also has more campuses and for this article, I am just focusing on the one in Westminster and the accommodation that is around there.

If you want to read more about the university of Westminster then this page will have some key statistics as well as showing what the university is known for. The University of Westminster.

If you want to read more about London and what you can do as a student, then this page will help you see what London is like as a student. London as a student.

Private Student Accommodation in Westminster

In this section, I like to look at what student accommodation is in Westminster that isn’t owned or managed by the university.

This type of student accommodation is known as Purpose Built Student Accommodation. It is designed for students and usually built with them in mind.

These accommodation blocks can come with a lot added extras, some of these are:

  • Accommodation manager
  • CCTV
  • Social events
  • Contents insurance
  • Free breakfasts
  • Free coffee
  • En-suites
  • Bills included
  • Gym, cinema, study and games rooms

There are more that you will find, however, not all student accommodation will offer everything due to space and budget they have.

As you can see there are a lot of student accommodations in London as you would expect. They are all close to train and tube stations and they all come with cycle storage so you can have a bike with you.

With it being in London, you don’t necessarily need to be within walking distance as you have the tube and cycle paths, plus you won’t have to go down many country lanes.

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Map of student accommodation in Westminster

When you want to start searching for student accommodation, it is best to start searching in the January before you come or start university. This allows the accommodation to place in re-bookers and then know what is left for new students.

The average rent for student accommodation in Westminster is around £260 per week. This will include bills.

Some good student accommodation providers in Westminster are:

If you are searching for student accommodation and you want to make sure that you end up in a good place here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the accommodation
  • Check the quality of the bed, desk and en-suite
  • Make sure it is designed well and functional
  • Read the tenancy agreement
  • Check the cancellation policy
  • Make sure the buildings communal areas are fit for purpose
  • Look at the social events

If you need more detail on how to get good quality student accommodation, this article will help: How to find your next student accommodation.

Student Housing in Westminster

Trying to find a student house to share in the centre of London will be quite a task. You are more likely to find houses that are slightly further out of central London. What you will find are plenty of flats and apartments.

Most students start searching for a student house in late November or December and then book the house if they find a good house. This leads to a mini rush because students don’t want to miss out!

The average rent for a student house in Westminster is around £500 per week. This is because for prime locations you can pay up to £800 per week and then as you move around you can pick up rooms for £240 per week. You will need to add bills to both of these amounts.

Normally I like to describe good areas to live in an area, however, we are are getting very granular when it comes to London!

Some good places to live when studying at Westminster university:

  • Camden Town
  • Clerkenwell
  • Westminster
  • Lambeth

Lambeth is on the other side of the Thames and many might choose this area because it is slightly cheaper than living in Westminster.

When choosing you also need to remember that the university is at the top end of Westminster which is why Camden and Clerkenwell might be a good choice for students.

Some good student housing providers in and around Westminster are:

When searching for student housing and wanting to find a good quality house, here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the house
  • Look at the quality of the fixtures and fittings
  • Make sure there is plenty of storage
  • Are the communal areas big enough to fit everyone in
  • Get the inventory and read it
  • Read the tenancy agreement
  • Check any accreditations and deposit protection schemes

If you need more detail, this article will help: How to find your next student accommodation.

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Wolverhampton is based just west of Birmingham and is home to the University of Wolverhampton.

It ranks 801-1000th in the world rankings by Time Higher Education and is home to around 14,000 full time students with approximately 21% of those being international students, according to the Times Higher Education.

That’s a good size university considering it is close to Birmingham which will attract a lot of students.

Including its main site in the city centre, the university has four main campuses. The site in nearby Walsall features a multimillion pound sports centre and a performing arts hub. A new science centre, featuring high specification laboratory and workshop space, was opened in September 2017.

Wolverhampton itself is well connected with transport, you can fly in to Birmingham which has a good airport, failing that, it can be Manchester but that is a fair train journey away.

To find out more about Wolverhampton, including what you can do, transport and it’s history, this page will help: Wolverhampton as a student

When you come to look at universities, this page has some key statistics, information about the university and the local area: University of Wolverhampton

Private Student Accommodation in Wolverhampton

In this section, I like to look at what student accommodation there is in Swansea. This is student accommodation that isn’t owned or managed by the university.

This type of accommodation is usually known as Purpose Built Student Accommodation and is designed specifically for students.

It can come with a lot of added extras, some of these are:

  • Accommodation manager
  • CCTV
  • Social events
  • Free coffee
  • Free breakfasts
  • Bikes to use
  • Contents insurance
  • En-suites in flats
  • Bills included
  • Gym, cinema, study and games rooms

There are many more that I will have missed, however, not every student accommodation will be able to offer everything on the list due to money and space in the accommodation.

There aren’t too many private student accommodations in Wolverhampton as there are quite a few university halls. There are some and they are based close to the city centre and the university. I would say both are within 10 minutes walk of each!

When searching for accommodation, it is best to start looking for student accommodation in the January before you start in September. This will give those enough time to re-book and then you can search for the rooms you want.

The average rent in Wolverhampton for student accommodation should be around £80 per week for an en-suite and around £120 for a studio.

Map of student accommodation in Wolverhampton
Map of student accommodation in Wolverhampton

Good student accommodation providers in Wolverhampton are:

Because of the small amount of private student accommodation providers in Wolverhampton it probably means that students will stay in accommodation for 3 years, or move in to student housing which I will cover below!

It does restrict you on choices and if there are more students wanting to book than beds, they can effectively choose a higher price as such. However, prices are very reasonable in Wolverhampton!

If you are searching for student accommodation and you want to make sure that you end up in a good place here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the accommodation
  • Check the quality of the bed, desk and en-suite
  • Make sure it is designed well and functional
  • Read the tenancy agreement
  • Check the cancellation policy
  • Make sure the buildings communal areas are fit for purpose
  • Look at the social events

If you need more detail on how to get good quality student accommodation, this article will help: How to find your next student accommodation.

Student Housing in Wolverhampton

Because of the amount of private student accommodation in the area. It means that there is a good amount of demand for student housing in Wolverhampton.

As a student this means you will have plenty of options over area, letting agent and landlord. It also means that the standard will be high due to competition and it should cap prices.

Best places to live as a student in Wolverhampton

  • City Centre
  • Gorway Road
  • Whitmore Reams/ Staveley Road

These areas are great for students because they are close to shops, town centre and the university. They make life easy as a student.

The rents in these are quite good, city centre will be the most expensive, however, the further out you go, the better rent you will get.

Average rent in Wolverhampton as a student should be around £60-70 without bills. If you are having bills included, it should be a little bit more expensive. However, I haven’t see many rents that are above £100 per week with bills included that are a house share!

Good student housing providers in Wolverhampton are:

These are just some that I have found, please make sure that before you book, you do all the research on the properties and agents or landlords.

When you come round to searching for your next student house, most will start searching in late November and December and if they see a good student house, they will book it for the fear of it not being there when they want to book it. This does lead to a mini rush, however, there are plenty of houses in Wolverhampton for students.

When searching for student housing in Wolverhampton and you want to find a good quality house, here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the house
  • Make sure it is functional and designed well
  • Check the amount of storage in rooms
  • Make sure it has good fixtures and fittings
  • Is house maintained well?
  • Read the inventory
  • Read the tenancy agreement
  • Check any accreditations with councils and deposit schemes
  • Understand the cancellation policy

If you would like more detail on these points, you can find more in here: How to find your next student accommodation.

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York is an incredibly popular city even when you don’t take the university in to account. It has some amazing history and architecture that you can mix with the horse racing and it’s local pubs to make sure there is plenty to do.

York is home to York University and is currently ranked 133rd in the world by Times Higher Education. When you consider all the universities in the world, this is a very good ranking.

It is also home to around 16,000 full-time students. On top of that, you have York St John University. York St John is much smaller and has just over 5,00 full time students according to the Times Higher Education.

With both universities they have a lot of sports facilities and societies to get involved in.

York is based in Yorkshire and once you get out of the city, you are just south of the North Yorkshire Moors which has some incredible scenery.

You can also get in to Leeds very quickly and if you want to get to London, you just need to hop on the train south and it is pretty straight forward. It does take a few hours though.

If you want to read more about York itself, the history, and what it is like as a student, then this page will help: York as a student.

When researching the universities, here are some facts, history and notable comments to help you:

Private Student Accommodation in York

In this section, I like to look at what student accommodation is in York that isn’t owned or managed by the university.

This type of student accommodation is known as Purpose Built Student Accommodation. It is designed for students and usually built with them in mind.

These accommodation blocks can come with a lot added extras, some of these are:

  • Accommodation manager
  • CCTV
  • Social events
  • Contents insurance
  • Free breakfasts
  • Free coffee
  • En-suites
  • Bills included
  • Gym, cinema, study and games rooms

There are more that you will find, however, not all student accommodation will offer everything due to the space and budget they have.

All the student accommodation in York is based around the city centre, close to transport and within walking distance of the universities city centre campuses.

Depending on which campus or university that you are at will depend on which side of the city will be best for you. Because of the amount of student accommodation in York, it means that standards will be kept high and prices competitive.

You will see a lot of incentives by student accommodation providers because they will want you to stay with them!

Map of student accommodation in York
Map of student accommodation in York

When searching for accommodation, it is best to generally start looking and researching in the January before you start, assuming you start in September.

This will allow those in the accommodation to re-book if they wish and you can then see the rooms and accommodations available.

Some good student accommodation providers in York are:

The average rent for student accommodation in York is roughly around £190 per week. It will be slightly less for en-suites and slightly more for studio’s.

If you are searching for accommodation and want to find a good quality place to live, here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the property
  • Make sure there is plenty of storage
  • Check the quality of the bed, desk, and bathrooms
  • Can you fit everyone in the communal areas for the flat
  • Does the buildings communal areas have big enough spaces
  • Read their tenancy agreement
  • Check their cancellation policy
  • Check the inventory to see what it comes with

Want more detail on how to find your next student accommodation, this article will help: How to find your next student accommodation.

Student Housing in York

Being in York there are quite a few student accommodations you would expect there to be less student housing, however, there are still plenty of student housing in the area.

The main reason for this is because it offers a price difference to the student accommodation offered above.

Many students like houses because you can have varying amount of beds, in lots of locations and have plenty of options with a lot of different pricing oppositions.

When you search for student accommodation in York most start searching in November or December and then book if they find somewhere or book in the new year. This leads to a slight rush in bookings because many don’t want to let their student house be booked by others.

The average rent for student housing in York is around £120 per week. This is with bills included. For bigger rooms and en-suites it will be more expensive and for the smaller rooms it will be slightly less.

Some good student housing providers in York are:

Best areas to live as a student in York are:

  • Hull Road
  • Clifton
  • Fishergate
  • South Bank
  • Tang Hall
  • Heslington Road
  • The Groves

All these areas are great for students for different reasons. All of them are within walking distance to either university, and they lie close to the centre of the city as well.

They have good access to transport, plenty of bus stops and close to a train station if you need them.

Some students do live in Fulford and Osbaldwick, however, as these are slightly further out I haven’t included them in the list.

When searching for student housing and wanting to find a good quality house, here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the house
  • Look at the quality of the fixtures and fittings
  • Make sure there is plenty of storage
  • Are the communal areas big enough to fit everyone in
  • Get the inventory and read it
  • Read the tenancy agreement
  • Check any accreditations and deposit protection schemes

If you need more detail, this article will help: How to find your next student accommodation.

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Twickenham is known for being the home of Rugby and many people visiting Twickenham stadium. For university’s, it has St Mary’s,

It offers a London lifestyle with the ability to get into London and have the benefits of the capital. Being so close to London, you will rarely run out of things to do as a student.

Being in Twickenham means you aren’t far from other towns in the suburbs such as Richmond which has great parks and green areas to meet friends.

St Mary’s university has around 4,000 full time students according to the Times Higher Education which makes it quite a small and quaint university. This can be refreshing in a place that is around London.

It’s mainly known for it’s teaching and media courses because it has good facilities in those areas.

If you want to read more about Twickenham and what it is like for students living there, this page will help: Twickenham as a student.

When you want to know more about the university and see it’s good parts, improving parts and some important stats, this page will help: St Marys University

Private Student Accommodation in Twickenham

In this section, I like to look at what student accommodation there is in Twickenham. This is student accommodation that isn’t owned or managed by the university.

This type of accommodation is usually known as Purpose Built Student Accommodation and is designed specifically for students.

It can come with a lot of added extras, some of these are:

  • Accommodation manager
  • CCTV
  • Social events
  • Free coffee
  • Free breakfasts
  • Bikes to use
  • Contents insurance
  • En-suites in flats
  • Bills included
  • Gym, cinema, study and games rooms

There are many more that I will have missed, however, not every student accommodation will be able to offer everything on the list due to money and space in the accommodation.

There isn’t a lot of student accommodation directly around St Marys University, however, there is university-managed accommodation which makes life a little easier as you could stay there.

What you will notice from the picture is that Heathrow is just a stone’s throw away from the University meaning as an international it is easy to get to!

Also, because you are in London, you can also stay at other accommodations nearby, such as Kingston upon Thames which has several private student accommodations.

Map of student accommodation in Twickenham
Map of student accommodation in Twickenham

Some good student accommodations in Twickenham are:

To see others in Kingston, click this link: Student Accommodation in Kingston

If you are searching for student accommodation and you want to make sure that you end up in a good place here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the accommodation
  • Check the quality of the bed, desk and en-suite
  • Make sure it is designed well and functional
  • Read the tenancy agreement
  • Check the cancellation policy
  • Make sure the buildings communal areas are fit for purpose
  • Look at the social events

If you need more detail on how to get good quality student accommodation, this article will help: How to find your next student accommodation.

Student Housing in Twickenham

These are just some of the agents and landlords in Twickenham and London, however, these are the ones that I like and think do a good job. Please make sure you do your own research!

Some good student letting agents:

Best areas to live around Twickenham for students are:

  • St Margarets
  • Fulwell
  • Hanworth
  • Whitton
  • Hounslow

All these areas are not bad as they are on the west of the university and within close proximity of a train station. You can live close to Teddington but it will be more expensive at is very close to the university and train station.

When searching for student housing in Twickenham and you want to find a good quality house, here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the house
  • Make sure it is functional and designed well
  • Check the amount of storage in rooms
  • Make sure it has good fixtures and fittings
  • Is house maintained well?
  • Read the inventory
  • Read the tenancy agreement
  • Check any accreditations with councils and deposit schemes
  • Understand the cancellation policy

If you would like more detail on these points, you can find more in here: How to find your next student accommodation.

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When I say student accommodation in Warwick, there isn’t actually a university in Warwick. Despite it being called the University of Warwick, it is actually in fact Coventry.

The university is actually a fair way outside of the city centre of Coventry and this can be a bit of a dilemma because do you want to live closer to university for lectures or closer to the city centre for ease of life.

Saying that, it is actually ranked 77th in the world by the Times Higher Education and has as many as 21,000 students. In 2012 it was ranked 157 which shows the journey is on.

With that many students, they all need somewhere to live and we will explore that below!

If you want to read in more detail what it is like to live in Coventry as a student, then this article will help you: Life as a student in Coventry

If you want to read more about the universities that are based in Coventry and what they are like, then these articles below will help you:

As proof, please see the picture below!

Location of Warwick university.

Private Student Accommodation in Warwick

In this section, I look at the purpose-built student accommodation in Coventry for Warwick students and what there is on offer. These are accommodations that are owned or managed by companies that aren’t the university.

These types of student accommodation come with a lot of added extras designed to make your life easier! Some of these added extras are:

  • Free breakfasts
  • Extra security – CCTV
  • On-site maintenance
  • Cinema, gym, study and games room
  • En-Suite in flats
  • All bills included
  • Accommodation manager
  • Social events
  • Contents Insurance

On the flip side, however, this type of student accommodation does cost more than student housing. It depends on what you want as a student.

The average rent for student accommodation in the area is around £150 per week!

Some good student accommodation providers for Warwick university are:

If you are searching for student accommodation and want to make sure you find good quality and the place that fits you best, here are my tips:

  • Check the bedrooms en-suite
  • Make sure there is plenty of storage
  • Make sure that the communal areas are fit for purpose – More than one person can fit in the gym
  • Look at the social calendar
  • Read the tenancy agreement – rent and cancellation policy
  • See how they reacted to COVID

If you want to see more detail on how to find your student accommodation, this article will help you: How To Find Your Next Student Accommodation

Student Housing in Warwick

Because it is close to Coventry and a few other areas students have more options of where they want to live, usually it would be closer to university, however, these are slightly further out and use bus or cycle routes.

Coventry, Leamington Spa, and Kenilworth are local areas that are popular with Warwick students and are well connected by bus routes or within walking or cycling distance of campus.

A lot of students will gravitate towards Coventry because it has the most amenities in it and are most likely to spend a lot of time outside of university.

Good places to live as a student going to Warwick university:

  • Earlsdon
  • Canley and Canon Park

These areas aren’t in the centre of Coventry but they are in the middle of Coventry city centre and Warwick University. It is about 15-20 minutes in either direction for both destinations which is why they are popular with Warwick uni students.

Average rent for a student in this area is around £100 per week including bills. You will likely have it slightly cheaper due to being further out of Coventry and it will be more expensive.

Some good student housing providers in Coventry for both universities are:

If you are searching for student housing and want to make sure that you find a good house to live in, here are our quick tips:

  • Always view the property
  • View all the bedrooms – You don’t know which one is yours
  • Is it designed well and functional?
  • Can everyone fit in the communal areas
  • Is there a lot of storage
  • Check the inventory
  • Read their tenancy agreement
  • Check accreditations and deposit schemes

For more detail, here is a more in-depth article: How to find your next student accommodation.

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Surrey lies South West of London, you can easily get in and out of London by train and there are plenty of towns within Surrey to keep you busy.

The University of Surrey is based in Guildford, it has other campuses in other cities, however, for this one, I am just focusing on Guildford.

Surrey is ranked 251-300th in the world according Times Higher Education, it’s stayed in this bracket for the past 5 years and it has around 14,000 full time students.

Surrey is renowned because it likes it students to take a training placement year as part of their degree which helps to prepare students for jobs.

It is well known for it’s engineering courses and this enables students to get links with big corporations if they wish.

There is plenty to do in Guildford as a student, you can get in to plenty of pubs, bars and restaurants and visit many parks that are free.

If you want to read more about Surrey and Guildford as a student, then this page will help: Surrey and Guildford as a student

Searching for more information on the University of Surrey, this page has statistics, useful information, and some history on the university. University of Surrey

If you want to see more information around Guildford then this page has it all: Student Accommodation in Guildford

Private Student Accommodation in Surrey

In this section I like to look at what private student accommodation there is for the university of Surrey in Guildford. This means accommodation that isn’t managed or owned by the university.

This type of student accommodation is commonly known as Purpose Built Student Accommodation because it is designed specifically for students.

It can come with a lot of added extras to try and win students, some of what it can come with is:

  • Accommodation manager
  • CCTV
  • On-site maintenance
  • Bills included
  • Social events
  • Free breakfasts
  • Free coffee
  • Bikes to use
  • Contents insurance
  • Gym, cinema, study and games rooms

There will and can be so much more that they offer. It just depends on their budget and space!

All the accommodation in Guildford is in and around the town centre and within walking distance to the main campus in the town centre.

A lot of what you see in the picture below is university-owned accommodation and will mainly be on campus.

Map of student accommodation in Surrey
Map of student accommodation in Surrey

The average rent for accommodation in Guildford or for Surrey University should be around £200 per week with bills included. If you want a studio or bigger room it will be more expensive and if you share it will be cheaper.

Some good student accommodation providers in Guildford or for Surrey University are:

There aren’t a lot of private student accommodations for the university of Surrey or in Guildford, so your options are limited and that can keep prices quite high!

I would say that a lot of students move from halls to student houses in their second year!

When searching for student accommodation and wanting to make sure that you end up in a good quality place, here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the accommodation
  • Check the quality of the bed, desk and en-suite
  • Make sure the buildings communal areas are fit for purpose
  • Check the social calendar
  • Make sure the rooms have plenty of storage
  • Make sure they are designed well and practical

If you want more detail, this article will help you: How to fund your next student accommodation.

Student Housing in Surrey

Surrey is quite a large area, so for this I am focusing on Guildford because this is where the main campus is based and a lot of the student housing will be in that area.

Because there are so few private accommodations currently, students will need places to live and this will either be with the university or in houses around the town centre.

A lot of students prefer housing to accommodation because it comes with some unique benefits:

  • Many locations
  • Variable bed count
  • Different room options and sizes
  • Choice of agent

There will be many more and cost will be one because it is cheaper than most other forms of student accommodation.

Good places to live as a student in Guildoford:

  • Town centre
  • St Lukes
  • Woodbridge Hill
  • Onslow Village

These are the areas that are good for students because they are placed close to the university or in between the sports park and the university.

Living in the town centre is great for being close to everything, however, you are at the edge of most campuses.

The average rent for living in Guildford should be around £580 per month with bills included. It will be more if you want to live in the town centre of close to the university.

Some good student housing providers in Guildford are:

There are more, they are usually combined with traditional letting and estate agents. These are some that I like in the area.

If you are searching for student housing in Guildford and want to make sure that you end up in a good house, then here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the property
  • Check the quality of the bed, desk, kitchen and bathrooms
  • Make sure the design is functional and works
  • Make sure you can get everyone in the living area
  • Read the tenancy before you book
  • Check they are a member of a deposit scheme
  • Read the inventory and make sure pictures are attached

If you want more tips and detail then this article will help you when searching for student housing for the University of Surrey: How to Find Your Next Student Accommodation

You can find more detail on what student accommodation is in Guildford by visiting this page: Student Accommodation in Guildford

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