How to pick the right accommodation 2015

There’s a wide range of choice for students. Here’s how to narrow the focus

Choosing the right accommodation can feel a bit like solving a Rubik’s cube. It’s interesting, although frustrating, and you sorta just want someone else to do it for you.

So we’re going to make it a bit more simple.

What kind of questions do you need to ask?

One way to solve a Rubik’s cube is to know the right pattern. Once you know the pattern, it’s much easier. Likewise, we can show you the right pattern, or set of questions, so that you can find the right accommodation.

Have you already settled on a course and university?

It might sound obvious, but before you begin to look at accommodation you should be settled on you university. Otherwise, it’s wasted effort.

How well do you know the city that’s you’re moving to?

Do you know it well enough to say “yep that’s the area where I’m going to live for a year”?

Because if not you should visit and take a look around.

Sure, you can do research online and check out the forums on thestudentroom and other similar websites. But there’s no substitute for visiting the place yourself and trusting your own judgement.

What kind of person are you?

University is a time to find out more about yourself and your own interests. But you probably already have a good understanding of what you like and want, and that’s important. Why?

Because each hall of residence is different and suits different personalities differently. More arty? Then you might want to live in a place that’s fashionable, with boutique shops nearby. More sporty? Make sure there’s a gym nearby so that you’ll be able to train comfortably. You get the idea.

What kind of antics do you want get up to?

Does the area suit your personal vibe?

If you’re not a big fan of noise, you might not want to be nestled a little out from the centre. If you’re a big fan of noise, you might want to be in the heart of the student village.

It takes all types. Just be true to yourself to maximise fun.

Will I be safe?

Make sure that your halls are safe. Modern halls are protected by an electronic key and have security facilities so your stuff is safe too. If you need to know more about a particular hall of residence make sure to call to owner.

Decoration – what’s the deal?

In most places it’s totally acceptable so long as you’re not causing any damage – but if you’re unsure it never hurts to ask.

Does it fit my budget?

Pasta and pesto gets really really boring after a while. So it’s important to make sure that you have enough to live comfortably at uni. Especially in cities like London. So draw up a little budget and work out what you can afford.

What do I once I’ve answered these questions?

After you have answered these questions the puzzle is nearly complete. You might even have a couple of good choices, so it’s just a case of weighing up the options to figure out which is your favourite.

To find out more about what’s nearby check out our city guides, or figure out how to succeed at uni with our advice.

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