Dos & Don’ts Of Finding The Right Postgrad Accommodation
Finding the right postgraduate accommodation will let you relax and get on with the work that you have come to uni to do. Here are a few simple dos and don'ts to finding the perfect postgraduate accommodation.
Do think about what you need
What do you require to be comfortable? Is a bed and a desk enough, or do you need more? Do you need a garden to relax in or would that be stressful to care for? You’re a postgraduate student so this is probably not your first time away from home, which means you're not looking for standard undergraduate accommodation and you're probably used to a certain level of independence. It is worth considering a private purpose-built student accommodation provider like Fresh Student Living who provides a range of different styles from self-contained one-bedroom flats to private rooms or house shares and is ideally placed to cater for a range of needs.
Don't ignore your lifestyle
Do you like to socialise with the people around you or are you a little more self-contained? If you are a sociable person then picking somewhere with organised social events for you and your fellow students, like Fresh Student Living, will give you a chance to meet your neighbours and other postgraduate students from outside of your course and institution at your own pace. If you are a sociable person then being well located is also of paramount importance. All of Fresh Student Living's accommodation blocks are well located within easy reach of the city centres and student facilities, making them an ideal base for evenings out! However if you prefer the quieter life their self-contained apartments give you the space to breathe and concentrate without interruption from other housemates.
Do manage your expectations
Before you start looking for your postgraduate student accommodation have a think about where you can compromise and don't be unrealistic about what your budget will get you. Being able to compromise on certain aspects of your postgrad accommodation may well save you a little money and it will definitely save you some heartache. Not being able to find somewhere to live because you have your heart set on a certain type of garden or a kitchen-dining area can be stressful, and this is stress you don't need as a postgrad student. Remember that not all student accommodation will be freshly decorated or have a modern style, however if these things are important to you, try Fresh Student Living as they aim for a contemporary modern interior for all of their student accommodation.
Don’t panic into renting the wrong place
Keep calm as there is usually plenty of accommodation for students around a university campus. If your university has filled it's postgraduate accommodation before you come along, then think about private accommodation. Searching from a distance can be difficult if you are looking privately and companies like Fresh Student Living allow you to do everything online including ordering decorative bits like lamps and pillows. It's usually best not to jump at the first place you find, so take your time and make sure you're happy with where you are about to rent. It's your home after all.
Do make sure it’s easy to get to uni
Check that where you are planning on renting is an easy distance to your campus and libraries. Speak with your course administrators to find out where the majority of your time will be spent when you are attending lectures and tutorials, as you don't want to do unnecessary travelling. Large student accommodation blocks like Fresh Student Living have dedicated bus routes transferring students from the halls of residence to the local campuses and are often within walking distance of main campuses. Check with Fresh Student Living's helpful and friendly staff before you sign the contract that you're in the right spot as they'll have tons of local knowledge.
Don't ignore advice
Speak to former students or someone who is familiar with the town you are moving to if you don't know it already. Your student union or association will have plenty of information about reputable landlords and companies that maintain local good landlord accreditation. National private accommodation companies like Fresh Student Living will meet or exceed these local standards. If you are coming from outside the UK, then you'll find the international office of your university will have lots of advice about where to rent your postgraduate student accommodation.
Fresh Student Living 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.com accepts no responsibility for your choice of student accommodation and does not endorse or support Fresh Student Living. Fresh Student Living Ltd is registered in England and Wales under company number 07268209. The VAT number is 142920528.Find out more about Fresh Student Living