Once you have chosen to study in the UK, one of the most important decisions you need to make is where you are going to live. Most international students coming to study at a UK institution are entitled to at least one year’s accommodation in an institution-owned property. Around 30 per cent of international students studying at further education colleges live in accommodation owned by the college. If you are a higher education student coming to the UK for the first time, accommodation provided by your college or university is probably the most suitable choice, which is why it is taken up by more than half of the international students on degree courses in the UK. Your institution will try to match your needs with the options available.

There are various options available for living in the UK. Most universities have rooms in their halls of residence where international students can rent a room. One can also take private accommodation. This could be with either a British family or sharing a flat with other students. All UK universities have an accommodation office, which help students with their accommodation issues.

Variety of accommodation options area available to you. Your choices will depend largely on whether your college or university has halls of residence, what city you are located in, and the amount of your monthly budget.

When you sign up for a particular college or university, you will need to indicate that you will require accommodation (unless you have something pre-arranged). Generally as an international student you will be given priority over other students.

  • Types of Student Accommodation:
    Halls of Residence
    Halls are a great way to meet new people. They are large buildings, sometime divided into flats where you will have either a single room or share with another student. The room itself may be basic, and if it does not have an en-suite bathroom, communal ones will be provided. Generally the hall will provide basic furniture such as a bed, desk and chair and the rest you will have to supply.

    Cost of these rooms will vary according to various variables and the university you attend, and there may be further rules such as visiting hours, quiet hours, alcohol and guest policies and opening hours out of term. This type of accommodation is usually in short supply, so if you are hoping to live in a hall of residence at your university, inquire early about application procedures.

    Most halls of residence have a canteen where food is supplied (at a cost) to students. Apart from the rooms, there are also communal areas that could have a bar (it is legal to drink alcohol at 18 in the UK), TV, pool table, etc.

    Living on campus does offer a few advantages; you don't have to go house hunting, rent is all inclusive; you don't have to worry about bills or cleaners; it's easy to make friends with fellow students and it can be good value for money, which means you can save for the important things like socializing. However, if you accept a room in a university's residence hall, you would be required to sign a binding arrangement to remain in hall for the full academic year.
  • Why Choose University Accommodation
    1. Flexible Payment methods.
    2. University security on duty 24/7.
    3. All utilities included.
    4. Free possessions insurance for all students.
    5. Supportive university administration interested in your welfare.