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Our Guide to Booking Your Student Accommodation

21 November 2022

Once you’ve finished your first year at university, the next step is to book student accommodation for the second year.

It’s more likely than not that you spent first year in uni halls of residence, living on campus grounds.

Perhaps you loved the experience of uni halls, maybe there were some things that left a lot to be desired (noise levels, anyone?)

The transition from first to second year is a big step up in terms of coursework intensity, and you’re expected to take a much more mature approach to university life.

It’s not recommended, therefore, that you remain in university halls of residence as you will need more dedicated study time and less party atmosphere.

So let’s look at the options available so that you can make an informed decision before you book student accommodation for the next academic year.


Going private

Private halls of residence are one of the options when it comes to the next step up for student accommodation.

They offer some of the benefits of uni halls while having a more upmarket, sophisticated touch. 

Unlike uni student halls, private halls are also perfect environments for getting down to some serious study. Depending on the accommodation provider, there are normally dedicated study spaces and quiet zones in the residence where you can get your head between the books.

It’s not all work and no play, though. One of the best things about private halls is that, aside from being conducive to good study, they often have communal hangout zones which make it easy to meet other student residents, as is the case in our Novel private student accommodation.

As private halls are not exclusive to one university, you’ll also probably meet students from other universities, which is a great way to expand your social circles.

To book student accommodation in private halls, the process is fairly simple. It’s usually just a question of accessing the accommodation provider’s website, and checking out the room options available. In private halls there’s also the option to either share with others in a flat, or to enjoy a bit of private space in an individual studio.

Once you’ve decided which sort of room you’re interested in, you can complete an online query form or call up to reserve a space or arrange a viewing.

Shared housing

An alternative to private halls is to rent a house or flat with coursemates or other friends.

You have a little more control over who you live with, and you can explore various accommodation options to suit your tastes.

However, you do lose out on the social side of living in private halls as there are no residential events or possibilities to randomly meet new people.

You’ll also have to be a lot more hands-on when it comes to organising the household, repairs, bills etc, and will need to have regular contact with the landlord. 

Also be careful when it comes to signing the contract – read the small print. And make sure that the landlord has a good reputation as a student landlord.

The process to book student accommodation for rented flats or houses is somewhat more complicated, as you have to get in touch with various estate agents in order to secure viewings and bookings on their properties.


All in all, there are pros and cons to every type of accommodation. It’s just a question of thinking about what you want and weighing up whether you’d be more suited to private halls or rented housing. If you’d like to know more about Novel student accommodation or would like to organise a viewing, check out our website today.

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