If you haven’t yet applied for accommodation and are starting at the University of Leicester this year, there is still time! Accommodation is guarateed to all new first year students who apply for accommodation before 1st September in the year you are beginning your degree.
This blog is going to give you a little insight into what accommodation is available at universities in general, and how to decide what ‘type’ might be best for you, but I also want to go into a little bit of detail about what is on offer here at Leicester.
Price is often a factor in deciding what accommodation you will apply for, and I know it was a point of contention between my parents and I! My attitude whilst looking at universities and applying for accommodation was “I can’t possibly commit to sharing a bathroom with people I have never met, I NEED an ensuite!”… and having been an ambassador and worked on our Open Days, I can confirm that this is a very normal attitude! Luckily my loan allowed me to have an ensuite, however, having been given the flatmates I was, I would not have had an issue sharing a bathroom with them, so if you are looking for somewhere to cut the corners, having a shared bathroom really does make a massive difference in terms of money! Like everything accommodation-related, it is personal preference.
Another thing to consider is whether you want to cook and cater for yourself, or if you want to be catered for by attending the cafeteria. The important thing to remember is that if you choose to go self-catered, you can always pop to the cafeteria and pay for a meal if you don’t fancy cooking, but if you opt for catered accommodation, the likelihood is that you won’t have all of the facilities available to cook more than a microwaved ready-meal. If you do choose to be catered, you can use the food allowance both at The Village and on campus in any of the food outlets! This is super handy as wherever you are when you get a little peckish, there will be something for you! What is also fab, is that the money rolls over into your second and third years at university, so if you don’t manage to use all of the allocated money, it doesn’t get wiped off of your card and it will eventually be used – this is something that not many other universities offer! Again, catering choice is something of personal preference and might be worth working out what would be cheaper for you to do as an individual!
Another thing to consider (or certainly at Leicester) is the modernity of your building and how many people you would like to share your facilities with. I can’t vouch for other universities, but here, the more people you have in a flat, the larger the facilities such as the kitchen are, so it is all swings and roundabouts but every individual may have different desires. I had 4 other people in my flat and found that to be a great number, but some flats have 12 in or I know a friend at a different university who had 27! This is definitely worth considering when doing your research.
I lived in The Village during my first year and that was certainly the right decision for me. The Village is a 15-20 minute bus ride from The University campus and is in Oadby. It has a wide range of accommodation types and choices, and has a great community feel because everyone is so close to one another, no matter what accommodation you are in! This video shows the close proximity of everyone together, the beautiful surrounding scenery and the differences in buildings available!
At The Village there’s the Roger Bettles Sports Centre, a cafeteria, a student pub (serving both food and drinks), a 24hr reception where you can go if you need any form of help or to collect post, but it also hosts a 24hr security team! There are music rooms, study spaces, laundrette services and a team of Residential Advisors who put on events for students staying in halls to engage with if they wish.
Standard rooms come with a bed & mattress, a desk and chair, some form of shelving and drawers, a wardrobe, a pin-board and bin. For a little look into my first year, here are a couple of pictures I took of my room/kitchen. I lived in Pavillions which is part of John Foster Halls – it is self-catered accommodation with an ensuite and living spaces are shared between 4/5 people.
For a closer look inside some of the rooms and some of the facilities available, check out the video below or if you scroll down the page on THIS LINK, you can click on the different types of accommodation to see lists of what is available, photos and a 360degree tour!
Alternatively, at Leicester, we also have accommodation available in The City. This type of accommodation are all purpose-built and are within a close proximity of the university (approx. 10 mins walk) and the city centre. All accommodation is self catered here, and the majority of rooms have ensuites. There are still residential advisors available who put on events, you are very close to campus if you want to make use of the gym etc, but there is always the option to catch the bus to The Village to use the facilities/attend the events there! You can take a closer look at the different options that are available in The City via THIS LINK, by scrolling down, you can see pictures and 360degree tours as well! This video below highlights how close the city is, gives an insight into what is available in the city and what your bedroom/social spaces may look like!
I really hope this has given you an insight into what sort of accommodation you may be most interested in generally, and shown you what is on offer here at the University of Leicester! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below! I have also just been set up on unibuddy so it is possible to contact me there also! Just click on this link!