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Types of Student Accommodation And Deciding What’s Right For You

12 August 2021

Once you’ve secured the grades you need for university, the biggest decision you now have to make is where to live. Often it’s your first time living away from home, so it’s not a choice to be made lightly.

When it comes to choosing between the types of student accommodation available, you might feel a little overwhelmed by your options.

To try and make things a bit clearer, we’ve created a guide to help you understand your private student accommodation options, and decide what’s right for you. Remember, if you have any questions, the team at Novel Student are on hand to help!

What types of student accommodation are there?

When it comes to how to choose your uni accommodation for September, students have a range of options to pick from. 

You might find that one type of accommodation suits your needs more than others, but it’s good to be aware of your choices before agreeing to move in somewhere.

Novel Student offers private accommodation which is a popular choice for students across the UK. As a resident, you can enjoy lots of amenities and benefits, which we’ve highlighted in our guide below.

What is private accommodation?

Private student accommodation usually refers to accommodation built specifically with students in mind. For example, private halls are often apartments or studios where students occupy the whole building.

Private accommodation is great for all types of students, from freshers to post-graduate. Often this type of student living has loads of additional benefits, offers more independence, and has fewer restrictions than university-owned halls.

How to choose uni accommodation

No matter the type of uni accommodation you choose, there are several factors to take into consideration:

  • Make sure the area is safe

One of the benefits of private accommodation is that the accommodation is safe and secure. Novel Student residences are accessed using a fob system with 24/7 staff on hand to help if you need it.

  • Check it’s easily accessible by public transport or within walking distance to university

Great student accommodation is located close to the university and near to the town or city centre. Many student residences are designed to be next to campus, and centrally located for you to explore your new home easily.

  • Find out how much your bills will be

Having a rough idea of your monthly outgoings will help you to budget – and work out how many nights out you can have! With many private accommodation providers, including Novel, bills are included with the price of your rent, so there’s much less hassle.

Why choose private accommodation?

Choosing somewhere to live while at university is much more than just a bed that’s close to the lecture theatre. 

A place to call home

One of the benefits of private accommodation is that time and consideration has gone into designing the spaces you live in. Whether it’s the spacious living areas or practical things like storage in your room, you’ll know that your new home has been created with you in mind. 

There are also plenty of accommodation options to choose from. Whether you’re a social butterfly or prefer the peace and quiet of your own space, Novel Student has options to suit you: 

En suite rooms

Live with friends or like-minded others, but enjoy the benefit of your own en-suite. There’ll be no waiting for your morning shower, but you’ll still have access to a spacious shared lounge and dining area to relax and socialise with your housemates. 

Private studio

Like the idea of your own place? Choose a private studio room. You’ll have a private kitchen and space to relax, cook and study, so you’ll feel right at home. 

Taking care of the important stuff

When researching how to choose uni accommodation, check the less exciting stuff is covered too. Private accommodation offers the reassurance of on-site maintenance, giving you time to put your focus elsewhere, like studying and socialising. 

Keep in mind the practical elements, too. Your apartment at Novel Student includes a washer and dryer, so no late-night trips to the laundrette for something to wear! Find out more about our residences here.

Amenities and extras

Starting your life at university can feel daunting, so if you’re keen to make new friends and be part of a student community, choose accommodation that has the social areas to match!

With amenities like on-site dry bars and rooftop lounges on offer, you’ll always have somewhere to hang out and relax with your new neighbours or flatmates. 

Novel residences are also kitted out with games rooms, so if you’re feeling competitive, challenge your new friends to a game of Mario Kart or Fortnite. There’s also a karaoke room to show off your singing skills. Check out what else is on offer in your new home here. 

Having social spaces in your building can make a huge difference when it comes to meeting new people and feeling at home, so make sure you review what’s on offer when doing your research. 

Things to look for in student accommodation

When looking for accommodation, a good tip is to try and weigh up the pros and cons of each option. For example; does the accommodation include extra amenities, is there a gym, are there places to relax and socialise away from your room?

Once you’ve worked out what is most important to you, it can become a lot easier to choose what type of student accommodation is best for you!

At Novel Student Accommodation, our spaces are designed for calm and peace, meaning you’ll feel at home right away. You’ll also benefit from dedicated wellness studios, encouraging health and wellbeing for residents.

Find out more, and book your room today.

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