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    Sorry if it's a bit of a silly question but i'm really confused about it... How do I know how long I need the accommodation for?

    I have a choice of 40, 41, 42, 43 and 51 weeks.

    Thanks in advance!
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    It think it depends o. If you are planning on staying during the holidays


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    (Original post by angel.iced<3)
    Sorry if it's a bit of a silly question but i'm really confused about it... How do I know how long I need the accommodation for?

    I have a choice of 40, 41, 42, 43 and 51 weeks.

    Thanks in advance!
    It's not a silly question at all. The problem is that the answer is quite complicated.

    Most standard undergraduate courses last for 30 weeks, plus 1 week freshers week plus (usually) 4 weeks holiday at Xmas and 4 weeks at Easter.

    So an accommodation contract where you had to move out over Xmas and Easter would be 31 weeks, one where you just had to move out over Easter would be 35 weeks and one where you stayed from September to June would be 39 weeks.

    51 weeks is only if you are doing a course which carries on over the summer (e.g. a postgraduate masters course) or if you do not have other accommodation to go to (e.g you have no family or you live independently)

    So the differences for you are 40 - 43 weeks. It may simply be that different accommodation providers have different lengths of contracts (often "private halls" will have a longer contract) and that you may not need a longer contract - but you may have to take one if you want to choose a particular residence that only offers that length.
    However, there may be some courses where you may need to stay longer than the standard undergraduate term, particularly healthcare courses (nursing, radiography etc). Although it's possible that you may not need a longer first year contract if your probable second year accommodation starts at the beginning of July.

    You need to look at the dates of the contracts and compare that with your term dates (speaking to your department if necessary). If that doesn't decide it for you, then pick whichever residence you want and you will have to pay the contract length for that residence.

    And I know this might seem obvious, but remember that a room at £106 for a 40 week contract is actually cheaper than one for £100 a week for a 43 week contract.

    Sorry, that was a bit long!!!!!!
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    It's not a silly question at all. The problem is that the answer is quite complicated.

    Most standard undergraduate courses last for 30 weeks, plus 1 week freshers week plus (usually) 4 weeks holiday at Xmas and 4 weeks at Easter.

    So an accommodation contract where you had to move out over Xmas and Easter would be 31 weeks, one where you just had to move out over Easter would be 35 weeks and one where you stayed from September to June would be 39 weeks.

    51 weeks is only if you are doing a course which carries on over the summer (e.g. a postgraduate masters course) or if you do not have other accommodation to go to (e.g you have no family or you live independently)

    So the differences for you are 40 - 43 weeks. It may simply be that different accommodation providers have different lengths of contracts (often "private halls" will have a longer contract) and that you may not need a longer contract - but you may have to take one if you want to choose a particular residence that only offers that length.
    However, there may be some courses where you may need to stay longer than the standard undergraduate term, particularly healthcare courses (nursing, radiography etc). Although it's possible that you may not need a longer first year contract if your probable second year accommodation starts at the beginning of July.

    You need to look at the dates of the contracts and compare that with your term dates (speaking to your department if necessary). If that doesn't decide it for you, then pick whichever residence you want and you will have to pay the contract length for that residence.

    And I know this might seem obvious, but remember that a room at £106 for a 40 week contract is actually cheaper than one for £100 a week for a 43 week contract.

    Sorry, that was a bit long!!!!!!
    So super helpful! Thank you so much! I definitely understand now, and i'm glad you mentioned that health care courses may be longer, i'd never have thought about that. I'm gonna call the university tomorrow to confirm the length of my course. Thank you again!!!
 
 
 
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