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MyrmidonPrince
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Hi all,

My partner and I are engaged and planning to move in together when we go to university, but both my college and his 6th form have left us sort of in the dark about our options.

It's creating a bunch of stress for the both of us because we don't know how we're supposed to go about doing all of this. Do we find a flat ourselves? Will our uni give us an option to live together when we apply for accommodation? Neither of us have any idea and, to be honest, our upcoming exams and getting the right grades in them is already so darn stressful, we don't need this on top of it all....

Thanks in advance
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Wait, how old are you?
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It's nothing to do with your schools. You need to get in touch with your uni to see what hall accommodation they offer. They had accommodation for couples at my uni. If not, you will need to find somewhere to live yourselves.

Either way, there isn't much anyone can do until you have passed your exams and both got in. There is no point worrying about it at this stage.
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(Original post by MyrmidonPrince)
Hi all,

My partner and I are engaged and planning to move in together when we go to university, but both my college and his 6th form have left us sort of in the dark about our options.

It's creating a bunch of stress for the both of us because we don't know how we're supposed to go about doing all of this. Do we find a flat ourselves? Will our uni give us an option to live together when we apply for accommodation? Neither of us have any idea and, to be honest, our upcoming exams and getting the right grades in them is already so darn stressful, we don't need this on top of it all....

Thanks in advance
Contact your uni - each one will set its own accommodation policy, so we have no way of knowing and neither do your respective school/college.

The likelihood is that the uni will have limited accommodation for married couples and possibly families, but you're highly unlikely to get any special consideration as an engaged couple. You might be able to request rooms in the same Halls, but even that much may not be possible to guarantee.

If you want to be guaranteed a place to live together, sorting your own private rented is your best option until/unless your uni says otherwise. Check out rental costs online now and make sure that your combined SF will cover the rent.
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(Original post by MyrmidonPrince)
Hi all,

My partner and I are engaged and planning to move in together when we go to university, but both my college and his 6th form have left us sort of in the dark about our options.

It's creating a bunch of stress for the both of us because we don't know how we're supposed to go about doing all of this. Do we find a flat ourselves? Will our uni give us an option to live together when we apply for accommodation? Neither of us have any idea and, to be honest, our upcoming exams and getting the right grades in them is already so darn stressful, we don't need this on top of it all....

Thanks in advance
Look into whether your uni others couples accomodation but since it's incredibly unlikely they do, you need to look at finding a private rents yourself really
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Contact your uni - each one will set its own accommodation policy, so we have no way of knowing and neither do your respective school/college.

The likelihood is that the uni will have limited accommodation for married couples and possibly families, but you're highly unlikely to get any special consideration as an engaged couple. You might be able to request rooms in the same Halls, but even that much may not be possible to guarantee.

If you want to be guaranteed a place to live together, sorting your own private rented is your best option until/unless your uni says otherwise. Check out rental costs online now and make sure that your combined SF will cover the rent.
Thank you! Our combined maintenance loans definitely cover rent for the average flats so we might just stick with that to save the hassle
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Why would your schools help you?

A few private halls offer rooms for couples but the majority don't (why would they take half the rent when otherwise you have to rent two rooms... plus deal with the headaches which could come with a couple breaking up). I don't think any university halls will offer anything suitable.

You could look at private lets but be aware that few private landlords want to rent to students. You should also be careful to make sure you factor all your additional costs into your financial plans - internet, TV license, water, gas, electricity, plus a bigger deposit - which add up quickly and won't be anything you have to consider in halls.

I would really consider moving into halls normally for your first year. Uni is a big adjustment and it will be much easier if you're in halls. At the end of the year you'll be well set up to try and find a private rent. You'll also have the advantage of it being much easier to meet people, you can have two sets of flatmates so that's double the friends, you'll have a bit of personal space still but you can basically spend every night together if you want to since you can stay over whenever you want. I know it sounds horrible but you should also consider that people change a lot at uni and if you were to change and grow apart you wouldn't want to be tied into renting together, you may think it will never happen but I've seen it happen to plenty of people.
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