How to secure last-minute student accommodation

How to secure last-minute student accommodation

19 August 2022 • 3 min read

Thursday the 18th of August saw thousands of students across the UK receive their A-Level results, following months of exams, revision and studying in hopes to gain a spot at their dream university.

But for those who have not quite achieved the grades they expected, many will be using UCAS Clearing as another method of getting into university, along with searching for suitable accommodation. We've pulled together some advice on how students can secure accommodation at their new university:

1. Check University accommodation deadlines 📆

Each university will have a different deadline for guaranteeing a place to live in student halls of residence, so ensure you check on their website. Do not worry if the deadline has passed, most universities will have places remaining for those who are going through the UCAS Clearing process or will be able to help you find university-approved house shares managed by private landlords. 

2. Accommodation suitability ✅

It is worth taking a search and comparing different types of accommodation that is available to make a decision that suits your needs best. Student halls is a common option for freshers, where you will be sharing an apartment or townhouse with other students, and usually includes a shared kitchen, a shared living space, and shared bathroom, although sometimes you can have an en-suite shower room. You can also look into house shares managed by private landlords, where you will have a bedroom in a more traditional shared house which is likely to be in more of a residential area. Lots of Universities will offer virtual tours of student halls, so take a look and see what suits your needs best. 

3. Think about what is important to you 💭

Every student will have their own preference as to what they are looking to get out of their student accommodation. Consider if you are wanting to be located close to your campus, or if you are happy to be a bus ride or within walking distance from your university site. Also, consider how many people you would like to live with and if you are happy to share a living space with other students. 

4. Apply as soon as possible ✍🏻

University accommodation is usually first come first served, so get applying as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss your preferred accommodation choice. Give your university a call to discuss any concerns of queries you may have – they are there to help and want to ensure you get the most out of your first year at university!

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