'Choosing where to live in the UK is one of your most important decisions. You need to find international student accommodation that helps you make the most of your study abroad experience. So we’ve put together some useful tips to help you make up your mind.'
• How close is the accommodation to your place of study?
• Are there good public transport links?
• How much will it cost?
• Is it close to shops and facilities?
• How big is your room?
• How secure is it?
• Will you have enough quiet and privacy for study?
Remember that it’s always best to arrange accommodation before you travel to the UK. If you can’t, speak to the accommodation office at your university when you arrive.
University owned international student accommodation
Most UK institutions provide accommodation for international students, with students getting their own bedroom. This will either be a room in halls of residence (either full-board with dining options or self-catering dormitories) or a self-catering shared house or flat. If you want to stay in university owned accommodation you should apply as soon as you are accepted on your course.
Private accommodation for UK international students
You can make the most of your independence as a UK international student by renting private accommodation. The most common type is a room in a house or flat shared with other students. Make sure you agree how to split bills beforehand and be prepared to do your own cooking and cleaning. It’s a good idea to speak to your institution’s accommodation or welfare officer before you sign any contracts for private accommodation.
Lodging with a UK family in their own home is another option. You will usually need to abide by their house rules, but it’s a great opportunity to experience UK culture first-hand. For more detailed information on international student accommodation options and advice visit the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) website.