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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Tips for Choosing Student Accommodation in London

Choosing a student accommodation can be difficult in any location, yet with approximately 250,000 people in higher education in London, chances are finding accommodation there can be a little harder.

You will no doubt want to hunt around to find the best deals and best location for your money and university, but it’s also important not leaving it too late – after all, with all that competition, you don’t want to be left with a hovel!

Therefore we thought we’d put together a bit of a guide to help make your decision a little easier so you have one less box to tick and can start getting excited for uni!

Do your research

This is arguably the best form of defence for helping you get the best possible room for your needs. Look around at a number of choices – as there are a lot out there to choose from. As well as looking at different accommodation in terms of taste and price, it’s also important to think about location. After all, you could choose the nicest accommodation in the world but if it’s a two hour train journey from your campus, the appeal may wear off quite quickly. Investigate the transport systems that are nearby for a good idea about getting around.

Ask for help from your university

Take advantage of all the help at your disposal when making big decisions like where to live. Your university in particular should be able to point you in the direction of good accommodation if you’re really struggling and may even be able to put you in touch with someone who has stayed there, or a former student who can help even further. Some universities and accommodations even have special deals too, so there will be someone to help you with that, too.

Think about security aspects

Above all, you will want to be safe and secure in your student accommodation, as London is a big, urban city and you will want to arm yourself against crime as best as you can, especially as students can unfortunately be an attractive target for thieves. Don’t be afraid to ask questions you may have when you go and visit accommodations regarding security measures, such as locking systems to get into the vicinity and locks on the doors of the individual flats, for example.

Enquire about the facilities available

You will no doubt require things like a television and a good internet connection, so think about these things when looking at accommodation as if you can get a package with these things included, it can save you money later. For example, Urbanest student accommodation includes full utility bills and internet access with their rent which will also save you time and aggravation later. Slightly more dull aspects like double glazing may be a good thing to look out for too, as London is extremely busy and you will want to keep outside noise to a minimum! Things like double glazing will also keep things warmer too, meaning bills will be cheaper.