Posted by sthomas on December 16, 2015 10:14 am
Choosing your accommodation is another big decision that you will have to make before starting University. From now until around March is the time to be looking and booking your accommodation for starting in 2016, but honestly, don’t worry if you book after that because there are normally more flats and houses than students.
So where can you live?
Well there are four main opinions to look into and choose from.
Living at home
The first is to live at home. This would essentially be cheaper as you won’t have to pay rent (unless your parents make you), pay for food or laundry. The only consideration you need to think about is do you want to live with your parents and are you happy commuting to University?
The next place you can live is in student halls. These are flats owned and maintained by the University. These tend to be fairly reasonable in terms of rent. Living in student halls allows you to meet other new students, form friendships easily and potentially have a great social life.
If you are wanting something closer to the campus and student halls isn’t for you there is plenty of student accommodation that is privately owned. These generally have a similar set up to student halls but tend to have more facilities and higher spec rooms.
Lastly, you can move into a shared house. This opinion is typically aimed at second or third year students. However, if you are coming to University with a group of friends this might suit you as it can often be cheaper than student flats.
There are so many places to choose from so make sure you choose a place you can see yourself living in for at least a year. My tip would be to look round as many places as possible, make notes and choose the one that suits you the most.
In Huddersfield, there is plenty of student accommodation to choose from and after looking around a few on the Open Day I attended I choose to live at Aspley House which is privately owned student accommodation. I chose to live here because it offered a common room, gym, games room, cinema room and a study room as well as high speed WiFi. Aspley House is also on the doorstep to the University and the shops are a short walk away. I pay £109 per week (on a 52 week contract) and I was fortunate enough to get a free upgrade to a refurbished flat as someone was still in my room when I was due to move in.
I have been very pleased with the flat as I have made some great friends and have found myself more at home than I could have ever imagined. There have been a few issues but these have always been resolved by maintenance reasonably quickly.
I ‘m now thinking about where I ‘m going to live next year, and thankfully, my flat mates want to live with me again next year. We are currently looking for other flats in the town centre of Huddersfield but we’re equally happy staying where we are if nothing suits.
I hope this blog post helps you to discover the options available when choosing where to live whilst at University. If you have any questions regarding accommodation please feel free to ask me!
For more information about student accommodation at the University of Huddersfield, visit www.hud.ac.uk/uni-life/accommodation