If you have recently been accepted into university to study for a degree, then you are probably feeling very excited about your future prospects. If you are going to be moving away for university, then now is the time to start thinking about where you are going to live whilst you study. Finding student accommodation is not usually difficult for newly accepted students, and you may have already received some information from your university about finding a place to live. We’ve listed some top tips to help you prepare for moving into student accommodation.
What to Expect:
In your first year of university, you will probably be living in student halls or flats that are close by to campus, or even located on campus, for example, this student housing near York University. Usually, student accommodation provides students with the basic things that they need, such as a bed, desk and chair, and a living area, which is usually shared with the other students in your flat. You may have a private or shared bathroom. Most student housing will also provide white goods such as a fridge, oven, kettle, iron and vacuum for each flat.
What to Bring:
When you arrive at your student room, you will find it looking quite bare – a blank canvas! So, you should bring items that will make your room feel more homely to you, for example, bed linen, cushions, and photographs to make your accommodation more cozy and comfortable. You should also bring living items such as kitchen utensils and tools, pans, plates and dishes, and cutlery as these are usually not provided. A good way to save money is to buy these items after moving in and split the cost with your flatmates.
Paying for Accommodation:
How you pay for your accommodation will vary depending on your circumstances and where you choose to live. For the most part, rent for student accommodation is usually paid each month, however, you can sometimes arrange to pay it quarterly or even in full when you move in, depending on which is the easiest option for you. Many student landlords will offer a rental price that comes with all bills included, which is an affordable, manageable option for students who then don’t need the extra worry of paying individual bills.
If you are living in student accommodation on-campus, whether private or university-provided, you will likely need to abide by a range of accommodation rules. Be sure to read thoroughly through the contract before moving in, as breaking a rule could result in you being fined or worse. This is especially important if you are going to be living in accommodation that is provided by your university, as failure to comply with their rules could lead to problems with your degree program.
Moving into student accommodation for the first time is a huge step towards the rest of your life. Leaving home and moving into a student flat or house is always easier when you know what to expect!