But, your preparation is not all done yet. Before you knuckle down to your PG studies there is probably one more big step to take, finding somewhere to live. Here's how ensure you get the best postgrad accommodation possible.
Work out what you need & what you want
Sit down and have a good think about what you need to have and what you want to have from your PG accommodation. Some postgraduate students simply want a place to sleep and study, and to have everything else taken care of. Others prefer to have their own space to really call home where they can do their own cooking and even entertaining. Do you want to share a place or have no one else to consider? Once you've decided what it is you’re actually looking for, then you'll be ready to start looking. Purpose-built privately owned accommodation from Fresh Student Living is the ideal choice for PG students looking to meet and live with fellow students, whilst maintaining their own personal space.
Do your research
Now you need to find out what is available. Start with your university and see what they have on offer, as many will have accommodation set aside for postgraduates like the University of Manchester. Most student towns in the UK have private accommodation providers who offer student accommodation in the style of halls of residence, flat shares and studio apartments. Private student accommodation provider Fresh Student Living has a range of different types of accommodation tailor-made specifically at students in cities and towns all over the UK. Modern, safe and secure, these are easy to research as they have loads of pictures and information online. Finally, you could always take a look at what the local landlords have to offer – but make sure you are fully briefed on local regulations, for example these are the ones for Northern Ireland. Private renting is often done through an estate agency, but check with your university first to see if they recommend anyone and take advise from them before signing a tenancy agreement.
Start your hunt early
Getting ahead of the pack is the key to getting the best possible postgraduate student accommodation. If you get a head start on other postgraduate students, then you'll have a good wide choice of accommodation options to pick from. Remember that students who are already attending your chosen university will know where to go, so if you've got some time try and contact some current students to get the lowdown on local accommodation. Fresh Student Living have online availability and booking, so if you're pressurised for time, you know right away if what you're looking at is available.
Take along an impartial advisor
Bringing along a second set of eyes and ears is really helpful when you're viewing postgraduate student accommodation – and someone with experience of looking at student accommodation is always handy. You can easily be swayed when you're on your own and may get panicked into making the wrong decision. Having someone with you will help assess your options properly and can also help advise you one what else you need to bring along or buy when you move in to your new home. Fresh Student Living allows you to purchase all sorts of things online to make your accommodation feel more like home and arrange for it to be delivered on the day you move in.
When do students start looking for accommodation in the UK?
Here’s a table showing when students actually start looking for accommodation in the UK to be ready to move into for the start of their academic year in September.