Becoming a student is a stressful proposition, especially when moving to a new town or location. Adding to the list of worries, finding a flat or other form of accommodations can be quite challenging. Fortunately, all the new tools available can go a long way towards reducing the anxiety of finding a place to say. Here, I will look at five ways to find accommodations and things to consider when looking for a place to stay while off to university.
There is a large variety of types of accommodations available to students in the UK. Narrowing down which property type you prefer will go a long way toward zeroing in on the right place for you.
University Student Halls: University halls are often located on or quite near campus, affording minimal commutes to class and libraries. If you are considering a University hall, remember, space is quite limited.
Private Student Halls: While off campus and generally more expensive, these halls are still dedicated to those attending the nearby universities. The extra cost can lead to better amenities, and the opportunity to blend with students from other universities is a nice perk.
Student Houses: If you are destined to live off campus and prefer not to be in a student hall, the other reasonable accommodation is a rental flat. Often, with this type of accommodation there are many logistics to consider like roommates, utilities, and furnishings.
If you decide a flat or sharing a flat is the best option for you, there are countless apps available to help you with your search. Gone are the days of searching newspapers and even scrolling through hundreds of options on basic websites.
Apps like The Urban Collective, Accommodation.co.uk and Movebubble make finding a flat far more efficient, with intuitive programming that caters to what you want in a flat. If you need a roommate or two, apps like IdealFlatmate aim to ensure your future flat is occupied with people that you enjoy living with. Tools like ZipVan allow you to arrange moving your items at cheaper rates than a standard moving service.
With all these advanced options, there is no reason finding a place should be so stressful.
#3 Check with your University
Traveling abroad for university has become an increasingly popular idea for students across the globe. Most universities in the UK have noticed this trend and increased their inventory of campus housing options. However, it has been impossible to keep up with the full demand.
To cope with this issue, many universities are offering assistance to incoming students to search for appropriate housing. Having someone local with a knowledge of the area can be invaluable to an incoming student. Check with your university to see if they offer this assistance to find appropriate accommodations in the UK.
#4 Plan Ahead
As mentioned earlier, ideal accommodations can be slim near many universities in the UK. Getting a jump on the competition can make the difference between your perfect place and being miserable. As soon as you have been notified of your acceptance, begin searching for accommodations immediately. Take the first steps of contacting your university for help and downloading any apps you think will be beneficial to your search as soon as possible.
#5 Know Your Budget
It is important to embrace the reality that accommodations in the UK, especially in cities like London, can be quite expensive. It is vital to ensure you know your budget and stick to it with resolve. Added financial stress can be quite detrimental to a student trying to focus on studies and all the other things that come along with being a student at university. Use apps like Ideal Flatmate or SpareRoom to find flatmates that can help cut down on the overall costs. The last thing you want is to have to unexpectedly get a job or a second job to pay your bills.
Moving away to university can be the single most exciting and anxiety causing moment in your young lifetime. Fortunately, there are many tools, apps, and steps you can take to ensure this moment is more exciting than it is scary. I hope this list of ideas and tools helps you make the most of your move to university. Please remember to comment with your ideas for fellow students and share with those who may be heading off to university soon!