Halls of Residence Vs Student Accommodation Watch

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A question that every student will ask themselves!

So lets help each other and reply with you views on the benefits of your preference!!! Or complete the poll to showcase what is more of a benefit to you as a student!
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Convenient location was the most important to me. Especially being in uni often and for long hours.
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The most important factor for me wasn't on your list which is cost.

So I chose bills and utilities included because doing them yourself when you're moving every year is such a headache and hassle in a number of ways.

If I hadn't have chosen that I would have chosen close to university, but my city has excellent bus links so it doesn't make much difference and the accommodations/ housing closer to uni are out of my price range anyway.
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The most important factor for me wasn't on your list which is cost.

So I chose bills and utilities included because doing them yourself when you're moving every year is such a headache and hassle in a number of ways.

If I hadn't have chosen that I would have chosen close to university, but my city has excellent bus links so it doesn't make much difference and the accommodations/ housing closer to uni are out of my price range anyway.
I was close to the uni when you have long brakes it's a godsend.
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The most important factor for me wasn't on your list which is cost.

So I chose bills and utilities included because doing them yourself when you're moving every year is such a headache and hassle in a number of ways.

If I hadn't have chosen that I would have chosen close to university, but my city has excellent bus links so it doesn't make much difference and the accommodations/ housing closer to uni are out of my price range anyway.
Hi Sophie,

Yes I understand arranging bills would be a pain, one extra hassle you don't need. Thinking of what you said about prize range when looking for accommodation where do you find is the best source to locate accommodation?
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Hi Sophie,

Yes I understand arranging bills would be a pain, one extra hassle you don't need. Thinking of what you said about prize range when looking for accommodation where do you find is the best source to locate accommodation?
Through private shared housing. Student accommodations are always too expensive, don't have a full years contract and in my opinion are poorly built
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Private halls of residence! None of the universities I've applied to offer accomodation that cater to my needs, and includes what I want/expect within my budget/price range.
Having already lived on my own for two years, and rented in a town that competes with some British cities, I have made up my mind about what I definitely should be able to expect for a certain price. No university accomodation offer this, and I don't feel like any of them actually do offer any value for money other than being close to uni.
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Private halls of residence! None of the universities I've applied to offer accomodation that cater to my needs, and includes what I want/expect within my budget/price range.
Having already lived on my own for two years, and rented in a town that competes with some British cities, I have made up my mind about what I definitely should be able to expect for a certain price. No student accomodation offer this, and I don't feel like any of them actually do offer any value for money other than being close to uni.
Pretty much this. Even the "cheap" student accommodations are a rip off considering the contract lengths are still more expensive for 42 weeks than a full year in housing.

That and there are barely any "cheap" accommodations going any more, every new accommodation build is "luxury this" and "luxury that" hardly any less than £100 a week any more, most over £120 and I live in a cheap city. I'd never give my money to these accommodations.
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I can understand that affordability is always going to be a major factor, and you do see a lot more Student Accommodation around now that is built for luxury, we are one of them, we build all our centres to provide a hotel style service. I guess there is a fine line between to cost of living and the living conditions.

We do our best to be competitively priced within luxury accommodation, and can understand that the need for affordable student accommodation is a requirement across both private and University halls.

Our aim is to try to provide a living environment that is really beneficial to students, both UK and International.

Its helpful to understand exactly what a student wants and expects from accommodation both halls and private, what is an acceptable budget? From this budget what would you expect as standard living to make your accommodation easy for you? this type of information for accommodation providers is very useful as it can be difficult to fully understand during a student journey through university for your accommodation what really do you want from it??
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I can understand that affordability is always going to be a major factor, and you do see a lot more Student Accommopon around now that is built for luxury, we are one of them, we build all our centres to provide a hotel style service. I guess there is a fine line between to cost of living and the living conditions.

We do our best to be competitively priced within luxury accommodation, and can understand that the need for affordable student accommodation is a requirement across both private and University halls.

Our aim is to try to provide a living environment that is really beneficial to students, both UK and International.

Its helpful to understand exactly what a student wants and expects from accommodation both halls and private, what is an acceptable budget? From this budget what would you expect as standard living to make your accommodation easy for you? this type of information for accommodation providers is very useful as it can be difficult to fully understand during a student journey through university for your accommodation what really do you want from it??

What's an acceptable price massively depends on the area really. I wouldn't expect my budget for Liverpool accommodation to be anywhere near a budget for London accommodation.

But for example in Liverpool, I refuse to spend more than 4k a year on accommodation/ housing. You can get some lovely houses for less than 4k per person in Liverpool with all bills included and double beds. So the idea of paying any more to go into an accommodation is lunacy to me. Especially when in my experience new build accommodations are terrible quality, built incredibly quickly as cheaply as possible and then charge students as much as possible.
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SophieSmall I used the wrong word in my first post. It was supposed to say "university accomodation" in the last line, not "student accomodation." My mistake. I've corrected it.

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I can understand that affordability is always going to be a major factor, and you do see a lot more Student Accommodation around now that is built for luxury, we are one of them, we build all our centres to provide a hotel style service. I guess there is a fine line between to cost of living and the living conditions.

We do our best to be competitively priced within luxury accommodation, and can understand that the need for affordable student accommodation is a requirement across both private and University halls.

Our aim is to try to provide a living environment that is really beneficial to students, both UK and International.

Its helpful to understand exactly what a student wants and expects from accommodation both halls and private, what is an acceptable budget? From this budget what would you expect as standard living to make your accommodation easy for you? this type of information for accommodation providers is very useful as it can be difficult to fully understand during a student journey through university for your accommodation what really do you want from it??
My first and second choices are located in Glasgow and London, so I would spend a maximum of 10000 GBP a year on accommodation. For that amount I expect the accommodation to be an en-suite studio which includes everything from bills (since students in the UK are except from paying those), all kitchen utensils and cookery, a bed, wardrobe and desk with a chair, a tiny bathroom with storage space for towels etc, hangers for my coats and jackets, and obviously some sort of heating.
I wouldn't spend that much if it wasn't in a relatively new building, either.

I got all of this from VITA student in Glasgow (and more!), so I'm very happy with my choice. Couldn't have picked anything better. The university accommodations came off as crammed, tiny and expensive - but new and modern.
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I considered staying in the study inn but they go in your room to clean it or something and I can't be having any of that. I do not like anyone to come in my flat. Other people agree with this.
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I considered staying in the study inn but they go in your room to clean it or something and I can't be having any of that. I do not like anyone to come in my flat. Other people agree with this.
Agreed. I'd like my studio to be left alone - especially if I'm not there.
If I stay with VITA, they'll have cleaners come into my room weekly. I'm going to try to persuade them to let me clean the studio myself.
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Agreed. I'd like my studio to be left alone - especially if I'm not there.
If I stay with VITA, they'll have cleaners come into my room weekly. I'm going to try to persuade them to let me clean the studio myself.
I would not even take the chance - I booked a different accomodation. I will not let anyone in my studio unless they come in to fix something, give me notice and let me be there to supervise. I am very particular about my privacy and own space.
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I would not even take the chance - I booked a different accomodation. I will not let anyone in my studio unless they come in to fix something, give me notice and let me be there to supervise. I am very particular about my privacy and own space.
Totally understand where you're coming from. But I hope (and believe) that they'll have a routine when it comes to cleaning, so I'll be able to supervise.
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Totally understand where you're coming from. But I hope (and believe) that they'll have a routine when it comes to cleaning, so I'll be able to supervise.
so did you ask about it? what reply did you get?
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so did you ask about it? what reply did you get?
Ask who about what?
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Ask who about what?
Ask vita student about their cleaning routine?
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Ask vita student about their cleaning routine?
No. I didn't. I had to cancel my reservation.
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for me when i visit my friends student houses they are proper dumps. personally i dont mind paying more so i can live better. its like anything we all have different budgets so we have different priorities.

it says on the list 'includes all bills and utilities' for me this should included as standard and not an extra to entice me in. everyone i;ve looked at has all bills included so if someone didn't i would not be interested.

i think the people you are with are important but houses are too small and halls are too big.
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