What’s cheaper, uni halls or private halls?

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Gabriele25
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As postgraduate, are you only assigned with other postgraduate students or you might be mixed with undergraduates too?
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As postgraduate, are you only assigned with other postgraduate students or you might be mixed with undergraduates too?
Depends entirely on the specific set of halls at the university. Each Halls will describe its population on its webpage.

Uni halls are likely to be cheaper because they are only semi-commercial, whereas private halls are fully commercial. If private halls are cheaper its probably because they are at a greater distance and you need to pay for transport to uni each day, or they have no/few communal rooms or similar. Also consider the covid behaviour, many/most uni halls stopped charging students when they had to leave uni, many/most commercial landlords didn't.
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Usually you are living with other postgraduates when you apply for university halls - there is accommodation set aside for them. Have a look on their website so you know you are applying for the correct halls.

Uni halls tend to be cheaper than private halls and if you want cheaper again then private housing is even cheaper.
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As postgraduate, are you only assigned with other postgraduate students or you might be mixed with undergraduates too?
Hi Gabriele25,

As threeportdrift has said, accommodation arrangements - and prices - vary from hall to hall and from university to university.

At Keele, for example, we provide dedicated accommodation for full time postgraduate students who enrol in September with a variety of room types to choose from. When these are filled accommodation may be available in other blocks on campus. In addition, postgraduate students are prioritised for campus accommodation as long as applications are received by 30th June deadline. Accommodation is usually available after this date, but room choices may be limited. You can find out more about our on-campus accommodation arrangements for postgraduates at https://www.keele.ac.uk/discover/acc...accommodation/.

On the whole, I'd say university accommodation does tend to work out slightly cheaper than private halls, especially once you factor in the additional costs of travelling to/from campus, bills & internet provision (both of which are usually included in university accommodation but often charged separately in private accommodation) etc.

Shared housing (i.e. renting a room with other students in a shared house) can sometimes be advertised as cheaper per week but make sure to check what is included (as mentioned above, bills and internet may not be), whether there is any communal space beyond the kitchen/bathroom, and what the term of the lease is - most university accommodation only charges you for the length of the university year, whereas a private landlord may require you to sign a 12 month contract (so you're paying over the summer). That way you can accurately compare costs to university provided accommodation.

We have some guidance for students living off campus on our website - as you'd expect some of the information is Keele-specific but there are some good general tips and advice too: https://www.keele.ac.uk/discover/acc...vingoffcampus/

Hope that helps!

Amy Louise
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Hi there, I'm looking for someone to take over my tenancy : An-suite Room on the highly sought after John Phillips Hall, located conveniently on campus. All expenses included. Most importantly, this is primarily a graduate Hall so it's great for concentration and focusing on your studies.

Kindly message me directly for more information.
It would be more useful for you to make a thread in Find Your Flatmates forum as opposed to at the end of someone else's thread.
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