How big a rent for halls would you consider "too much"?Watch
E.g Newcastle offers en suite accommodation in some places for £117.60/week while many other places charge over £100 for non basin accommodation and upwards £130 for en suite.
I'm not honestly sure what defines 'affordable' accommodation for me as I am not sure what sort of a loan I will get.
What would be your limit in weekly rent for accommodation?
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If it was London, I'd say £200 is a fair game. I don't know about other cities but until and unless you are catered, you shouldn't be charged that much.
£110 is fine for me (if only the room is big enough).
for ensuite I'd say £130-£140.
So currently I'm in private accom. in Sheffield which traditionally uses 51 week contracts and I'm paying £95 per week which is quite expensive, maybe a bit too much.
But I am in London...
When i first started uni, outskirts of london, I paid £86 a week..
4 years later, in my final year I paid £96 - and they were apparently raising it to over £100 the next year..
Honestly, for me, if your not in london, then its got to be less then 100 for non-ensuite, and somewhere just over £100 for ensuite..
Its still crazy though.. I knew people at uni who were paying £145 or so, for a single ensuite room.. which works out at more per month then I pay now, for mine and my wifes big 2 bed flat, with out own kitchen, study, living room etc.. (with bills, its probably even money, but your getting a lot less space)
Of course it makes little difference though, as I would still strongly recomend halls to anyone - great experiance that most should go through (even if its just to learn how to manage living with strangers, and household diplomacy..)
I just had a look on a property website and found a few houses nearby available to rent. One of them was a three bedroom terrace for £160/week.
Split evenly that's £53/week for an entire house not a tiny box room. Admittedly I don't live anywhere near London, but if you chose to go to university in London you know what you're getting yourself in for in terms of unreasonably high prices. I found quite a few 1 bed flats or rooms in houses in London for £90-£115/week just now. Obviously bills not included but you would be exempt from council tax if you're a full time university student.
I think the 'per week' figure makes it seem more expensive that it actually is though. I worked out that i'm paying £85 per week for my house once everything is added together (rent, bills & council tax which i'm paying by myself), over 12 months that comes to £4420. Whereas a £120 p/w 40 week contract in halls would come to £4800. Virtually no difference.
I would say anything more than £120 a week is expensive, but I wouldn't pay that much myself.
When I was at uni in Chester I got a small room in a house but paid bills on top for £45 about 2 miles from uni but it was £130 a week on campus inc food and capped internet and zero cooking facilities(the internet was fast but download more than a gig a day and you were chucked off, 3 strikes and you were chucked off for good and had to pay a £100 fine!) if you got a student house at the accomodation fair just after christmas its about £45 a wwek to £60 for a massive room that you could fit 4-6 rooms in from halls, some about £65 included all bills.
Really does vary but as I say 9 times out of 10 halls charge more often as much as double for less than half what you get in private and unlike private ones you have next to no rights i.e tenancy rights do not apply.
I paid £4100 ish which was £111 a week when I was in halls that included everything including en suite and kitchen facilities (self-catering).
But then imo there is no point paying for an ensuite
I paid £82 for self catered shared bathroom 3 years ago, now the same hall is on for £95 which imo is ridiculous. Worst part is they are soon demolishing it to build even more expensive accommodation. It ain't right.
I pay £65 a week for my room in my house share this year. So much cheaper
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But Id agree with what most people have said generally that if its not got an en-suite don't pay more than £100 a week and if it does you could be paying between £130-£150 or more in London.