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Is the housing crisis that bad?

I’m planning to insure Durham University. Some people told that if it’s not my firm it will be impossible to get a room….

I’m an international student so I don’t know much about the situation. My other choice is Lancaster University. I am aware that Durham is more prestigious so I’m currently in a dilemma.
Reply 1
Original post by Anonymous
I’m planning to insure Durham University. Some people told that if it’s not my firm it will be impossible to get a room….

I’m an international student so I don’t know much about the situation. My other choice is Lancaster University. I am aware that Durham is more prestigious so I’m currently in a dilemma.

All first year undergraduates are guaranteed accommodation whether it is your firm or insurance choice and yes it is far more prestigious. Lancaster is lovely but Durham is a lot more prestigious.
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Reply 2
Original post by Vetmum13
All first year undergraduates are guaranteed accommodation whether it is your firm or insurance choice and yes it is far more prestigious. Lancaster is lovely but Durham is a lot more prestigious.


what about the second and third year trying to find accommodation in the city? and how is the cost of living like in both places? durham’s fee is about £4000 more expensive than lancaster, plus there is no scholarship so i’m considering that too
thanks x
Reply 3
Original post by Anonymous
what about the second and third year trying to find accommodation in the city? and how is the cost of living like in both places? durham’s fee is about £4000 more expensive than lancaster, plus there is no scholarship so i’m considering that too
thanks x

There have been problems this year as there are a couple of covid bulge years where they had to accept many more students as grades awarded were higher as they were teacher assessed. The 1st covid bulge year graduates this year and the next one next year and Durham are taking less students this year so that will help the problem. Accommodation is easier to find a lot and cheaper in Lancaster but Durham is a lot more prestigious university - it is one of the top UK universities so worth the extra money.
Reply 4
Original post by Vetmum13
There have been problems this year as there are a couple of covid bulge years where they had to accept many more students as grades awarded were higher as they were teacher assessed. The 1st covid bulge year graduates this year and the next one next year and Durham are taking less students this year so that will help the problem. Accommodation is easier to find a lot and cheaper in Lancaster but Durham is a lot more prestigious university - it is one of the top UK universities so worth the extra money.


thanks a lot!
although i do business so their rankings are quite similar, don’t you think? is there that big of a difference?
Reply 5
Original post by Anonymous
thanks a lot!
although i do business so their rankings are quite similar, don’t you think? is there that big of a difference?

In the UK Durham is viewed as one of the best unis to go too after Oxford and Cambridge- a Durham degree will open many doors. When my daughter did a government work placement it was all Durham and Bath students
Reply 6
Hi! I am a current third-year history student at Lancaster University and thought I might be able to give you some insight into the university.

Durham and Lancaster are quite different in a lot of ways but do also have some similarities: both universities operate under a college system, meaning that accommodation is allocated by college. At Lancaster you are provided accommodation in first year, and in later years it is possible to apply to on-campus accommodation or find accommodation in the city. There is plenty of accommodation, and you are generally looking at about £100 a week including bills for accommodation in the city.

Additionally, Lancaster has a very large international community - it has previously been awarded with the international university of the year award.

Please let me know if you have any other questions!
~ Georgia
Original post by Anonymous
I’m planning to insure Durham University. Some people told that if it’s not my firm it will be impossible to get a room….

I’m an international student so I don’t know much about the situation. My other choice is Lancaster University. I am aware that Durham is more prestigious so I’m currently in a dilemma.


Hi there

All international offer holders are guaranteed college accommodation in their first year irrespective of whether you firm or insure Durham, so please don't worry. As for the later years, I'm sure you'd be able to find a house. It's true that the prices have hiked but a lot of it has to do with more students being accepted due to covid and inflation generally. There is also accommodation available in colleges for second and third years. As for prestige, I understand that as international students, if we're spending a big amount of money then it would rather be at a high-ranked institution but honestly I've realised that there's much more to a university than just its prestige. What really matters is the quality of life you can have there, the opportunities to socialise and grow personally, have a good academic experience and build career networks. I'd advise you to focus on these aspects more and then try to decide which uni suits you more :smile:

-Himieka

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