Where Should You Start When Searching For Postgrad Accommodation?
Looking for accommodation as a postgraduate student is different to those early undergraduate accommodation searches. Many of us as undergraduates were looking for our first home away from home and to begin with often picked the university provided halls of residence or self-catering flats. When you're a postgraduate student you are that little bit older and possibly wiser. You might have more responsibilities and you'll probably want a little peace and quiet rather being student union adjacent.
Some postgraduate student accommodation providers, like Fresh Student Living, offer whole packages to help you move in quickly and that include all bills, which is a great help if your course is just a year long or even less. With all this choice where to start that search, especially when you're headed to a new town or city, is tricky.
Here are a few ideas about where to start.
University Accommodation Office
When you're new to town and you've only got a year or maybe two to enjoy your new home, your university's accommodation office is a good place to start your search. You'll find out if your institution provides specific postgraduate-only accommodation or if you'll be mixed in with the undergraduates, which isn't for everyone. You'll find most universities provide a mixture of catered halls of residence, self-catering shared houses or flats and self-catered one-bedroomed flats. It really pays to think about what you want. If you're going to be going full-tilt with your studies and don't mind what you eat, then catered halls of residence will save you time. But if you're a little more concerned about your diet and want your own space, catered halls of residence won’t be for you.
Your Student Union or university accommodation office will give you a list of recommended student accommodation providers. This is a good place to start your private rental search if the university doesn't have what you're looking for. There are student accommodation providers, like Fresh Student Living, who will give you a choice of private rooms or self-contained flats and you can arrange everything for moving in online before you arrive. Choosing modern, purpose-built private halls of residence is a wonderful way to meet students outside of your course and institution. Most specialist student accommodation providers will also have social events for their residents giving you another layer to your social life, which is useful when you move to a new city.
This is probably one for those who are already based locally as you need to know the area well to know who is reputable and who isn't. If you're in any doubt, then ask around and check for reviews. Unlike companies like Fresh Student Living or your university's accommodation, renting this way must be done in person. But if you're arriving before your course starts and have a month or two to find somewhere to live you could find the perfect place with local estate agents or rental companies.
There are plenty of sites online where you can find private flats, houses or just one room in a house for rent. Again, this is one for either yourself or someone you trust who is familiar with what you need and the area to check out in person.
If you're already based where you're going to be studying or you know people who are, then word of mouth, newspapers or even adverts in shop windows are a good place to look. Old fashioned, yes and you definitely want to check what you're renting in person, but not to be forgotten if you're having trouble finding what you want.Find out more about Fresh Student Living