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I have confirmed my UEA offer and will be studying there starting from September. I have visited their website and saw that my accommodation place is guaranteed for the 1st year, but not in the 2nd and 3rd year. I found this quite worrying, as I am from Hong Kong, not familiar with the UK environment, finding an apartment myself in UK in the 2nd year of living seems so challenging. What are the chances that I can get an accommodation place in year 2 and 3? Or what will students normally do in the 2nd and 3rd year? Do they rent houses with friends normally?
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I have confirmed my UEA offer and will be studying there starting from September. I have visited their website and saw that my accommodation place is guaranteed for the 1st year, but not in the 2nd and 3rd year. I found this quite worrying, as I am from Hong Kong, not familiar with the UK environment, finding an apartment myself in UK in the 2nd year of living seems so challenging. What are the chances that I can get an accommodation place in year 2 and 3? Or what will students normally do in the 2nd and 3rd year? Do they rent houses with friends normally?
I wouldnt worry its the same in all unis.
Normally you make friends and then find somewhere private to rent. There is always a wide selection of house shares and private halls to apply for. It wont be a problem and youd probably prefer to get a house with your new friends.

Normally you can apply for Uni owned accommodation in later years, but you just dont have a guarantee you will be awarded it as priority is for year 1.

Its nothing to worry about and you will realise that once youve started, got used to university and made friends.
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I wouldnt worry its the same in all unis.
Normally you make friends and then find somewhere private to rent. There is always a wide selection of house shares and private halls to apply for. It wont be a problem and youd probably prefer to get a house with your new friends.

Normally you can apply for Uni owned accommodation in later years, but you just dont have a guarantee you will be awarded it as priority is for year 1.

Its nothing to worry about and you will realise that once youve started, got used to university and made friends.
Icic, thanks for your information. Is private housing rent usually more expensive than accommodation the other way round?
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Icic, thanks for your information. Is private housing rent usually more expensive than accommodation the other way round?
I went to UEA a few years ago and whilst I can't comment on the situation now, my rent in halls in first year was almost the same as my private rent in 2nd and 3rd year. Most students will want to move out of halls and into a houseshare in second year onwards but there should be some places in halls for returners. If you don't get a place in halls UEA have a househunting portal with property listings which is a good place to start.
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