University Accommodation + Covid-19 - What to watch out for!

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Hi my name is Cheese and I have previously worked for my Uni's accommodation team as a student, helping to answer common queries.

Since I have a bit of experience, I'm sharing some handy tips and tricks for accommodation + specifically stuff you lot should definitely take note of for this year during the pandemic.

Feel free to ask me anything about University accommodation here!

If I am not sure I will try to signpost you to where you can get your query answered or some general advice :yy:

And remember, TSR Guidelines forbid the promotion and discussion of offsite social media group chats for privacy reasons!:naughty:

Ask away! :happy2:

You can find my tips and advice for all things accommodation in the post below :ottid:
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Cheese's tips for 2020 Accommodation!
Disclaimer: None of these tips or pieces of advice or info from me is official or endorsed by any uni/company. I am a student myself so I am not trying to sell anything. If you are ever unsure of specific application stuff check with the accommodation provider/company. :fyi:

General Advice:

If you have applied for accommodation but not heard back yet:
-Please check your status with the Uni is Unconditional Firm (UF) on their system and UCAS track
-Please be patient with staff! They want to help you but check FAQ and general website before calling up or sending loads of emails. Staff are working from home most likely and so you're best sending in an email if you want some information and being patient when waiting for a reply. It can sometimes take up to 5 working days in busy moments to get back to people.
-Don't try to change a room or swap a room for non essential reasons. This year there are going to be many late applicants with medical conditions/disabilities requiring suitable accommodation - if your reason is not essential you're wasting your own time.
- Your room is more expensive than you thought? Some students will have had parents/themselves be out of work due to pandemic and are legitimately requiring the cheaper accommodation so bear that in mind when you do hear back about your accommodation and it's on the pricier side.
-With the above point, note this year many sites will have reduced capacities and number of students sharing certain facilities. Which will likely reduce their overall capacity.
- If accommodation advisors are telling you this: "you are unlikely to receive an offer from us" and give you details of private accommodation providers. The above is likely the reason for this and it's definitely a good idea to at least look into these options in case you cannot get accommodation from a certain provider.


If you still do not have accommodation sorted:
- You can try uni halls but need to apply ASAP as soon as is confirmed as a student on ucas/with department (due to social distancing ltd capacity)
-If students are coming back to previous firm/insurance unis and originally had applications with university accommodation - check these are still ok. (for my uni, they are still honouring a guarantee for these students as long as they are UF with UCAS but this depends on the accom dept)
- Ensure any contract you sign has an early release clause for covid, exceptional circumstances or local lockdown forcing immediate action
- Unless you are a PhD/PG student typically on a longer course (due to covid-19 some are being flexible with start dates but not much else) or private accommodation that is dead cheap then you won't need a long contract - be wary of any offers for a ~50 week contract, they often aren't worth it.
- If your Students' Union has a housing service or Advice Centre always go there first + be patient as they are working from home so replies may take longer. These people have professional experience with local landlords and will know what to look out for during the pandemic too. :Yep:
-Check social media housing groups for the University (official Student Union endorsed ones tend to be the most reliable).


Living in Halls during Covid-19:
Things you should be aware of:
- You will likely be required to wear a face mask (unless exempt) in common areas (except kitchen due to safety)
- Some common areas/facilities at accommodation may be closed for safety reasons due to pandemic. If the situation gets better may reopen after Christmas. :iiam:
- You may be required to quarantine if travelling from certain countries (14 days)
- You may be required to form a household for first 7 (or more) days upon arriving to prevent spike in cases.
- These measures are to keep you safe, not to make you miserable.


Great TSR resources you should 100% check out:
Find your flatmates, University life, Student accommodation

List of things that you should bring to your University accommodation

Top Tip for Finding someone to sub-let your room or to swap rooms if your accommodation allows this in the Ts + Cs:
-Use Find your flatmates
-Find official housing social media pages for your uni
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Don't forget there's loads of help and support on TSR's Freshers Hub :yes:

Also check out some of the sticky threads in student accommodation for even more details! :gasp:
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Don't forget there's loads of help and support on TSR's Freshers Hub :yes:

Also check out some of the sticky threads in student accommodation for even more details! :gasp:
Also definitely check out this great article on the 7 things you don't need to ask your accommodation provider!
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Hello CheeselsVeg,I was wondering if you might be able to offer some guidance:

An international student & friend at Warwick uni reserved a room and signed? via email. Then because of COVID she decided to quarantine 14 days elsewhere and stayed on in the elsewhere. She never set foot in the student accommodation building or picked up her key. She sent an email saying she no longer needed the accommodation. She has just been invoiced for the first term >£1400.

There seems to be no way out of this contract. The uni reserve themselves to evict after 21 days on non-payment but the have not done this. On the contrary they say rent is due in full until July 2021.

What is you take on this? It seems abusive to me? What might be done or attempted?
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Hello CheeselsVeg,I was wondering if you might be able to offer some guidance:

An international student & friend at Warwick uni reserved a room and signed? via email. Then because of COVID she decided to quarantine 14 days elsewhere and stayed on in the elsewhere. She never set foot in the student accommodation building or picked up her key. She sent an email saying she no longer needed the accommodation. She has just been invoiced for the first term >£1400.

There seems to be no way out of this contract. The uni reserve themselves to evict after 21 days on non-payment but the have not done this. On the contrary they say rent is due in full until July 2021.

What is you take on this? It seems abusive to me? What might be done or attempted?
Hey there markingston :hi:
Thanks for getting in touch. I hope you and your friend enjoyed the winter break and are staying safe :hugs: :hnn:

This is very unfortunate and I believe it will be up to the accommodation's covid policy.
What I have seen is that some providers only provide refunds up to a certain date or time e.g September of the year starting or a month before the course starts. They tend not to award refunds or cancellations if it is due to something outside their control, this can include some covid-19 things.

It may be worth clarifying their covid-19 policies or getting your friend to get some help from their Student Advice Centre or Student's Union.

It is not very nice and it may require your friend to be strong and insistent on getting more information from the accommodation provider. I would consult your Student's Union Advice centre first because they may have resources to help already and will likely have dealt with them before and be able to advise you on the next steps.

Best wishes,
Cheese :hugs:
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Hey there markingston :hi:
Thanks for getting in touch. I hope you and your friend enjoyed the winter break and are staying safe :hugs: :hnn:

This is very unfortunate and I believe it will be up to the accommodation's covid policy.
What I have seen is that some providers only provide refunds up to a certain date or time e.g September of the year starting or a month before the course starts. They tend not to award refunds or cancellations if it is due to something outside their control, this can include some covid-19 things.

It may be worth clarifying their covid-19 policies or getting your friend to get some help from their Student Advice Centre or Student's Union.

It is not very nice and it may require your friend to be strong and insistent on getting more information from the accommodation provider. I would consult your Student's Union Advice centre first because they may have resources to help already and will likely have dealt with them before and be able to advise you on the next steps.

Best wishes,
Cheese :hugs:
Yes thank-you for the reply. I believe many students will be in this sort of dilemma. Warwick accommodation vowed it was not up to them and suggested I call student finance. The person did say there were other students in the same situation. I know that accommodation is one way unis fund themselves and with covid and the lull in international students I suppose it's all about the money... or bust!

We will carry on seeking advise and yes, next stop Student Union Advice Center.
Cheers.
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Hi, I know everyone’s experience must vary but I’m currently in Year 13 and have no idea how to best decide my student accommodation. For those already or who have chose, how did you decide? Anything would really help. Thanks.
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Hi, I know everyone’s experience must vary but I’m currently in Year 13 and have no idea how to best decide my student accommodation. For those already or who have chose, how did you decide? Anything would really help. Thanks.
Hi Denny!

When deciding on student accommodation, here are a few key things that I would consider:

- do you want a studio or shared flat?
- do you want catered/ non-catered?
- do you want shared bathrooms or ensuite?
- do you want to be on or off campus?
- do you have a car and require a parking space?
- do you have a budget?

Theres usually a lot of pictures and videos up on University web pages so make sure to check those out! The University of Liverpool page can be found here: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/accommod...accommodation/.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask!

Antonia
University of Liverpool - Student Ambassador
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Thank you so much!
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Hi, I know everyone’s experience must vary but I’m currently in Year 13 and have no idea how to best decide my student accommodation. For those already or who have chose, how did you decide? Anything would really help. Thanks.
Read this thread:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5514812
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Thank you so much!
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Hi! I have a question regarding accommodation since I plan to stay at the college (specific type of accommodation unconfirmed). Are we allowed to stay in the accommodation past the school term? I ask this because I could not find this question on my uni's main site, Durham University, and because there are certain universities which rent out the accommodations during school breaks. Thank you very much!
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Hey, I am going to Nottingham university business school but i really can't seem to find a decent (less expensive) accommodation. Almost all student halls are booked. would some be able to advise which student halls should i look for or of a private place around Wollaton, NG8? Thansk
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