Posted Oct. 5, 2021
Now that you’ve decided to take the plunge and study a postgraduate program – where are you going to live?
Perhaps, to enhance your postgraduate experience even more you’ve decided to move away to a university in a new town/city/country* (delete as appropriate). But where are you going to rest your head at the end of a hard day of studying? And where are you going to create that perfect study space? You’re a bit older now then when you were an undergraduate student, and let’s face it you have slightly higher expectations then you did as a fresh-faced 18-year-old. So, are you really going to have to return to the – let’s be honest – at times, squalid conditions of undergraduate living? With people stealing your food, leaving their dirty plates in the sink, playing loud anti-social music, and being generally difficult to live with?
You’ll be please to hear that the answer is a resounding “no”, you will not have to face these issues. With great postgraduate study opportunities comes the chance for great postgraduate student living opportunities – and as a postgrad in a new place there should be plenty of accommodation options open to you as long as you know where to look.
1. University accommodation
Many universities offer student accommodation specifically for postgraduate students. These PG dedicated halls of residence enable the masters and PhD students to get the most out of university life without having to live alongside the less house-trained undergraduate Freshers! There will usually be postgraduate students from a whole range of disciplines living alongside each other, which is great for socialising and lively debate, however because everyone is that bit older and more mature, you are unlikely to find yourself living alongside the milk thieves and the more hygienically challenged students of your undergraduate days! The one overriding benefit of living in university halls is how easy they make it for you to meet new people in your new town – so this is definitely accommodation worth considering if you want to settle in quickly. Many universities – such as the University of Exeter, University of York and the University of Glasgow – offer dedicated postgraduate accommodation, so check out what’s on offer from your chose institution.
2. Privately owned student-style accommodation
Nowadays, there are some great privately owned halls-of-residence style accommodation options in the majority of student cities in the UK. Companies like Fresh offer safe, secure, clean and welcoming accommodation with a good range of living options including self-contained en suite studios and modern rooms in shared apartments. Fresh accommodation can be found in 60 locations across the UK and is the ideal option for postgrads that want to enjoy the experience of student life without compromising on comfort and cleanliness. And their studio offerings are the ideal choice for those who want communal living with a bit of extra privacy.
3. Private flat
As a postgraduate student you might feel that you are now too old for the shared-living experience (unless it’s with family members or a significant other) so in this instance a privately rented flat might be the right choice for you. You will still be able to meet fellow postgrads at university-run events and on your actual course – but this could be a good choice if you need complete peace and quiet to ensure study success. If you choose this option make sure you use a recommended landlord and read through your tenancy agreement thoroughly before signing on the dotted line.
4. Staying home
Finally, as a postgraduate student, without stating the obvious, you are that bit older and more mature then you were as an undergraduate student, so you may well have a home of your own already – or be a better adjusted individual that is perfectly happy living with your parents. There’s nothing to say you can’t stay in your current home – unless of course it’s too far a commute for you to get to your chosen university. And as with opting for a private flat, you will still be able to meet university pals through your masters or student union events.
Fresh is one of many potential private accommodation options for international postgraduate students. Other private student accommodation options are available and Postgrad.com advises you to research all your options thoroughly before making such a commitment. Postgrad Solutions accepts no responsibility for your choice of student accommodation and does not endorse or support Fresh. Fresh Student Living Ltd is registered in England and Wales under company number 07268209. The VAT number is 142920528.
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