Hello everyone! It’s been a long time since I last posted here. Sincere apologies for the delay in uploading a new blog post for January. It’s almost the end of the month! I was busy with exam preparation until last week and this week with settling down with my new classes for the second semester. I hope you have all been well and had a wonderful Christmas break and New Year’s!
A lot of you may be in the process of applying to university or have already submitted your application for the fall semester. The next step would be to start thinking of accommodation. Choosing where you are going to live is undoubtedly one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make before you start your course. There is a plethora of options made available to you and I am going to break them down in order to make it a tad bit easier for you to make a decision.
a) University halls of residence
Living in university-managed accommodation is great if you are looking to see familiar faces from your course or campus. An added benefit of campus accommodation is that most of them are usually situated close to the main campus and therefore reduces travel costs. If you are looking for that convenience, both Opal Court and Nixon Court here at the University of Leicester are great options to consider. University-managed accommodation also means an all inclusive rent, i.e. no worrying about bills or landlords. There are always social events on which makes it easier to meet new people, make friends and have lots of fun! All halls of residence have 24/7 security and someone at the reception all the time which means there is always someone if you need any help. Halls of residence can get noisy sometimes, but nothing that cannot be handled. Residential Advisers are always around the corner if there is an issue you need to discuss. There is a variety of choices when it comes to room types from shared rooms to studio flats.
b) Private student accommodation
These are very similar to university halls of residence but are privately owned. It is important to do proper research before going for these, such as finding out what is and what is not included in the fee, any additional costs that you’ll have to pay and how far are they situated from the main campus. Private student accommodation ensure safety and great services. It also provides the fantastic opportunity to meet students from different universities. Some private student accommodations popular amongst students here are SULETS and CODE.
c) Private accommodation
A lot of students want their own personal space and thus opt to stay in private rented flats or apartments for the duration of their course. If you did not get your preferred choice of room in the halls of residence or perhaps applied late or got in last minute through clearing, renting out a private apartment is the next best option. You get your own space and independence. You also get to choose who you’d like to stay with, unlike in halls of residence. A lot of students share a privately rented apartment to make it more cost friendly. Almost all universities have an approved list of recommended landlords and student letting agents. The University of Leicester holds housing events and workshops all the time in order to assist its students in finding the right place. So keep an eye out for those!
Also, check out this page for additional information. I hope this was helpful!