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Student accommodation pros and cons [video]

We sent our roving student video reporter into university campuses to find out the pros and cons of student accommodation. Watch the video to see what students said…

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Some top tips

It’s likely that you’ll find yourself living in several places during your time at university. The two main types of accommodation are university halls (or private halls operated by a third party provider) and privately rented housing, and both have their upsides and downsides. Here’s a quick round-up…

University halls


  • A chance to meet lots of new people
  • From Wi-Fi to water, bills tend to be included in your rent
  • Any problems are directly dealt with by your university who are happy to help.


  • You might find your personal space invaded at times
  • If you like your peace and quiet, halls can be a loud place
  • You have no say in who you live with.

How to get around these cons:

  • You won’t be constantly bombarded by people. Enjoy the time you get to yourself, but also make the most of time spent with friends.
  • While it’s nice to have some say over who you live with, in halls you’ll end up meeting different kinds of people to your friends at home – and chances are, get on really well!

Read our full guide to university halls


Private accommodation


  • More independence – you’re in charge of who you live with and where
  • More living space
  • Lots of options – variety of accommodation in the private rental market.


  • You might end up with a longer commute to campus
  • Having to manage all your bills yourself
  • Dealing with landlords and letting agents.

How to get around these cons:

  • It might take you a little longer to walk to university, but there are plenty of ways to speed up your journey. A good quality second-hand bike won’t set you back too much and is a popular way of commuting for students. University-run buses are also available to take you straight to campus.
  • Managing bills is something you inevitably have to deal with as you get older – budgeting wisely will help.
  • Keep landlords and letting agents aware of any major problems in your accommodation, they’ll have to fix them.

Read our full guide to private accommodation

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