In many cities there is more demand for British universities that offer student accommodation, so once you have decided where to go, you should start looking for accommodation. Many colleges help their students find a room in the residence halls or student apartments.
If your host university has student residences available, living in allow you to make friends and meet other students, as well as participate in the social life of the university.
There are two types of student residence halls:
- Residence Halls: Large buildings with single or shared rooms. In some halls, usually the older ones, there are shared bathrooms. This type of student residence hall offers phone service and lounge and serves breakfast and dinner. It is the most expensive option for a student accommodation.
- Self-catering Halls: Are residential rooms and kitchens where residents can store food and make their own meals. It is the ideal choice for many foreign students because they can eat their own food and choose their meal times. Sometimes the buildings are large and complex and sometimes they are houses.
To avail these accommodations, you must apply for university accommodation before coming to the college. Search the Accommodation Office on the website of your host university and contact them.
Other types of accommodation:
If you prefer to seek alternative accommodation, one that is cheaper and offers more independence, there are several possibilities:
There are student hostels and inns offering accommodation for students. Food concerns will not be a problem because like self-catering halls, some let their guests make their own food.
There is the option of a one bedroom flat to rent in london and rent a room accommodation in a private house. This is good if you don’t mind living with a family but you will have to adapt to their lifestyle. The degree of independence is less since you will have to be considerable about their preferences and whether it’s ok with them if you come in and out anytime. However, this option has the advantage of giving you company and allowing you to learn how to live the British way.
There are shared student house or a room in a rented house shared with other students. It is usually the cheapest option. Often the quality of the houses is not very good, but for many it is a great option to share with other college students and minimize expenses. Normally you have to bring your own sheets, pillows, and other necessities. This type of shared student accommodation does offer a high degree of independence.
And then there are bedsits, 1 bedroom flat and studios rented out from big houses. They are stories of a room where you have to live and sleep. Sometimes you have to share kitchen and bathroom with other tenants but so long as you don’t mind living with others and there is respect this is not a bad choice as well.
Just remember that if you are to sign a contract to rent a room or house, you should read it carefully before signing and for all payments you make get the receipts.
What should a contract to share house be?
A contract to share house or apartment is essential to avoid passing downs, so we recommend that you include the points:
- The price and services included. It should be clear what is offered and for how much.
- The initial deposit and in which cases it is not refundable. This is a point which many people have problems with so it’s advisable that it’s clearly explained.
- Rules of conduct. This must be clear if accepted on-site visits and for how long. If one can stay overnight and if it would have an additional cost.
These are just a few tips you should not forget to search in the contract and you can add any you consider necessary since you are signing into it your suggestions are valid. Many people think that a contract is not necessary but it can avoid stressful situations.