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So the summer is drawing to a close, you have either secured your place at University or are returning for another year, and if you haven’t already, you’ll be starting to think about organising your accommodation. With record numbers of students attending universities in the UK this year, getting organised sooner rather than later could mean a huge difference to where you end up living.

Let’s have a look at some of the more important factors to consider when finding your student accommodation:
1. Who would you like to live with?
This is so important! Have a good think about whether you prefer to be in amongst all of the student shenanigans or somewhere a bit quieter where you can think. Are you more of an extrovert who can handle the noisy student halls lifestyle or would you prefer to be a lodger in a quiet family home? If money is the most important factor to consider it might be worth staying at home with the folks, depending on how far away your university is. You may also have a group of friends you would like to live with, or perhaps you would like to just live by yourself. Whichever way you would like to go, deciding how your personality fits with these factors is first step in getting there!

2. Where would you like to be based?
It’s good to think about whereabouts you would like to be in relation to the campus. If you would prefer to be close with a short commute you may find that this is reflected in the price of the accommodation, but then if you live further away you may end up spending more on public transport. Check out your university’s transport links and search for digs along the bus and train routes, but if you find somewhere in town, take the money you would save on transport into account when doing your sums.

3. What is your budget?
There is a huge variation in the cost of being a student in the UK, so it really depends on where you want to go. The Student Room have put together a snapshot of some of the living costs around the UK to give you a better idea of what you can expect to spend. You will not only need to consider how much the accommodation is, but how much you will need for bills, groceries, nights out, study supplies, printing, and travel. It all adds up! The housing department at your university may be able to help you get a better understanding of what you will be spending once you’re there.

4. Research your letting agent
If you decide to get a house through a letting agent, always do your research! You could end up with a mouldy, rat infested, incredibly expensive nightmare with letting agents who only care about getting your money. Check out Movem to see whether the property you are interested in has had any reviews and before your sign anything make yourself aware of your tenancy rights as a student by checking out this handy guide.

5. Speak to us!
We offer hassle free, top class and incredibly comfortable living spaces with an all-inclusive rental price so that you don’t have to worry about those pesky bills. We take care of your unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi, electricity, gas, heating and hot water bills so that all you have to worry about are your studies. We are members of the National Landlords Association and pride ourselves on the highest accommodation standards.

To find out how we here at Urba Life can help you with your new student accommodation, call us on 023 8124 4161 or email us at info@urba-life.co.uk