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Last Minute Accommodation


By Simon Thompson
 
     

Once it was pretty rare for students to be looking for a place to live in

the late summer. Now it’s common. If you are looking for somewhere to stay

right now, chances are you are one of a growing band of students who have

found a place at University through clearing or are planning your study in

the UK from overseas.

Last year over 60,000 students found their place at University through

clearing, many of them because they got better grades than they expected.

So the good news is that you are not alone and finding a university place

through clearing is now a pretty slick process.

The downside is that there will be lots of other people looking for

accommodation at the same time, which can make it quite competitive.

Fortunately,

www.accommodationforstudents.com

have been successfully helping students to find accommodation for 18 years.

We’ve got lots of properties available for rent all year round and, if you

are really struggling, you can call our freephone number 0800 078 9659 and we will help to find you a place.

Here are our top tips for finding student accommodation at the last minute.

1 Start the process as early as you can

It is going to be quite competitive because there will be lots of students

searching the remaining places at the same time as you. Therefore, the

sooner you start, the better your chances of finding a place to live which

meets your needs. Don’t hesitate, get in touch with the University

Accommodation office or visit

www.accommodationforstudents.com

today.

Check out our helpful infographic https://bit.ly/2Ir7Vk1

2 Decide what your budget is

Yes, start searching as soon as possible, but, make sure you are clear what

your budget is. When we surveyed 1,000 students who found their

accommodation through clearing, the number one piece of advice was ‘make

sure that the accommodation is affordable to you’. Bear this in mind

because a room in a shared house will cost on average £89 per week, but a

private hall of residence will set you back (on average) £165 per week.

These are just averages, so expect to pay £120 for a house and £280 for a

private hall in London!

For the definitive guide to budgeting for your student accommodation click

here https://bit.ly/2tvKvph

3 Know your target

A bit of research goes a long way. To start with, it’s well worth looking

into all of the accommodation options that you have. In the first year most

students really want to stay in University Accommodation and generally we

would suggest that this is a good idea. Even in late summer you still have

a good chance of being offered University Halls. However, our research

indicates that during this period you only really have a 50% chance of

getting your first choice of Hall, so do consider alternatives, including

private halls of residence and shared housing.

You can read our handy guide to the different types of student

accommodation here https://bit.ly/2Ir7Vk1

4 Make sure the accommodation is near the University

Other than price, location is the most important factor when students

choose where to live. Proximity to University is very important, or at the

very least good transport links, to ensure you can get there easily and

keep travel costs down. As you might expect this is where University owned

accommodation comes into its own, but many private options are well located

too.

Not sure where the best place to live is? Speak to our friendly help team

on 0800 078 9659 and they will talk you through the

options.

5 Your phone is your friend

Students who have been through the clearing process, or have had to find

accommodation at the last minute advise that it is a good idea to call the

properties you are interested in. Searching online on

www.accommodationforstudents.com

is a great way to narrow down your options and the newly designed website

makes it easy to enquire online. However during this short window we

recommend that you use the phone numbers on the site to make direct

contact. That way you can get ahead of the queue and beat others to the

viewing.

Book some viewings today

www.accommodationforstudents.com

6 Have a look

All of our research indicates that students who view the property before

they sign a tenancy agreement are much more satisfied with their

accommodation once they move in. It might seem like a big hassle, but

remember you are going to be spending the next 40 or so weeks living there,

so if you can possibly make it, go and have a look around before you make a

commitment.

Take a look at this guide to pick the right place for you and avoid

problems https://bit.ly/2tzz0fA

7 Keep an open mind

If you don’t end up with your first choice of accommodation, or feel that

you have had to compromise, keep an open mind. In our research 80% of

students who went through clearing and did not get their first choice

accommodation, felt that they place they ended up with was just as good as

other student’s accommodation – so keep an open mind and be positive.

8 The people you live with are often more important than the property

In a recent research study we did into student satisfaction with

accommodation 65% of respondents told us that the people they lived with

were actually more important than the property itself. A large part of your

experience of living away from home will be determined by the people you

are sharing with, so it’s well worth making a big effort from day one.

Read our tips on sharing harmonious sharing with housemates here https://bit.ly/2Isb3MN

 
 
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