Student Accommodation Salford – Everything You Need To Know

Student Accommodation Salford

If you’re hunting for student accommodation in Salford, thinking about your costs, wondering what Salford has to offer– this guide to student accommodation in Salford has got you covered.

Salford is located in Greater Manchester and home to around 220,000 residents. With the main campus only 2km away from Manchester city centre, Salford is well connected to the rest of the UK and a thriving part of north west England.

Salford is one of the world’s oldest industrial cities and full of history and culture, but also a thriving student population. Salford itself has approximately 21,500 students, however it is estimated that Greater Manchester hosts up to 100,000 students every year.

This number has grown significantly over the last 10 years and Manchester is now regarded by many as the most popular city for students in the UK.

Interested in Manchester? Check out our student accommodation guide for Manchester

There are several reasons for Salford’s popularity among students with tons of great restaurants, the Old Trafford Centre for shopping as well as its affordability, but probably the most important feature is the incredible nightlife.

When a city has produced bands such as Oasis, The Stone Roses and The Smiths it is hardly surprising that the live music scene would be second to none. The Northern Quarter is known for having several amazing bars and nightclubs, many of which will offer student night deals. However, you are definitely spoilt for choice all around Manchester when it comes to nightlife options.

The development of MediaCityUK at The Quays has positioned Salford as a place of global importance for the digital and media industries. The BBC and ITV both have important hubs at this location. Salford University has a close relationship with MediaCityUK and there is no better place for creative digital and media students to learn.

The Quays is a beautiful waterside location, not just of MediaCityUK, but also so much of Salford’s culture and heritage. It is the location of The Lowry which is an award-winning theatre and host of amazing modern art as well as the popular Imperial War Museum.

For students wanting to immerse themselves into Salford culture, I recommend checking out Ordsall Hall, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, HOME, and the Working Class Movement Library.

Sport enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice in Salford. Football fans can watch Manchester United or Manchester City matches nearby, support the local up-and-coming Salford City or even visit the National Football Museum. The AJ Bell Stadium and Old Trafford Cricket Ground both play host to top-flight rugby and cricket respectively. For something a bit different to watch, every year Salford and Manchester Universities compete in the The Two Cities Boat Race.

What Different Types of Student Accommodation in Salford Are There?

Depending on which year of study you are in, and your budget and social preferences, there are a few different types of student accommodation in Salford. The different options are highlighted below:

Student Halls

Student halls are the most common choice for university first-years, home of drinking games and student parties. They are usually the social hub for students, where many students will make their first friendships in university life.

When searching for student halls you will find a few different options available to you:

Private Halls

Private halls are a great option for second and third years as well as postgraduates. Both iQ and Sanctuary Students provide student accommodation in Salford just a few minutes walk away from the University.

Accommodation at iQ Student Quarter boasts an on-site gym and barbeque area. All rooms are en-suite with costs ranging from £141pw to £194pw depending on your choice of room.

Sanctuary Students Tramway provides good value en-suite accommodation, with rooms ranging from £105.50pw to £130pw depending on whether you would like a single or double bed.

University-Partnered Halls

Salford partners with Campus Living Villages to provide two accommodation villages. Whilst these are technically still private halls, they are the only affiliated partner with the university. All of the rooms are rated from Bronze to Diamond and offer different options depending on your preference and budget.

Peel Park Quarter, which is only available to first year students, is located on the Salford University campus. Rooms range from £134pw to £159pw depending on their size and furnishings, but all come with en-suites, shared kitchen facilities and bills included. Peel Park Quarter has plenty of common room space with pool tables, cinema rooms and a gym as well.

Eddie Colman and John Lester Courts offer a student village vibe only a short walk from the Frederick Road campus. Rooms range from £104pw to £130pw depending on their size and furnishings, but all come with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities with bills included. Amenities include a gym and even a half basketball court.

Types of Accommodation in Student Halls

Shared

This refers to students having shared bathroom and kitchen facilities as well as living spaces. Eddie Colman and John Lester Courts offer this type of student accommodation at Salford.

En-suite / Private Room

This simply refers to a private bathroom attached to your bedroom. Kitchen and living spaces are still shared. Peel Park Quarter, iQ Student Village and Sanctuary Students Tramways all offer this type of student accommodation.

Studios

A studio refers to a single private space, consisting of a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen/living area. They usually have shared communal spaces and a laundry room. Sometimes you will only be allowed single occupancy and other times two students can share. None of the student halls in Salford offer studio rooms, so if you like the sound of this then you will need to look for private accommodation.

Private Accommodation

Private accommodation is another option for students looking to rent either a room or house in Salford. Depending on your preferences there are loads of different places available with private landlords. You can find plenty of great options on our website here.

Landlords

Your landlord is the person renting out the property. They are responsible for ensuring maintenance is taken care of and the property has acceptable living conditions.

Agents

Agents act on behalf of the landlord. It is common for properties to be managed by an agent, which makes them the first point of call for all issues. A managed property can sometimes be a good option, as agents are often more reliable and experienced with common problems. However, the ultimate responsibility will always fall with the landlord.

Depending on the location, amenities and condition a student house in Salford will cost roughly between £75 to £110 per week per person.

If this is your first time renting a private student property, I recommend checking out our handy guide to student tenancy agreements. It covers all the basics, from getting your security deposit back, to guarantors and fixed contract lengths.

Types of Private Student Accommodation

Depending on your preference and budget there are three main types of private student accommodation in Salford:

Shared Housing

A shared house is a common choice for students in second or third year that want to live with their friends they made during first year. This will be a house consisting of multiple bedrooms, usually with a shared bathroom, kitchen and living room.

Private Flat / Studio

Private flats and studios are a good option for postgraduates, couples or maybe students that value their peace and quiet. You will have your own private facilities and living space.

Spare Room

This is where you rent a singular room within a shared house, where you normally do not know the other occupants. It will either have an en-suite or shared bathroom as well as a shared kitchen and living room.

What are the Best Areas for Renting a Student House in Salford?

For students wanting to be in amongst some cool clubs and modern bars Chapel Street is a great location to find a student house in Salford. There are plenty of pubs nearby that host live music and comedy nights, or local cafes for relaxing with friends. Chapel Street is located just a short walk across the river from the heart of Manchester and just over 1 mile from Salford University.

The Quays are one of the most popular places to live for young people in Salford. You are right in the middle of so much of Salfords culture. The Quays hosts MediaCityUK for media enthusiasts, The Lowry for shoppers and restaurant lovers and has several exciting top sports teams playing nearby. Costs here are a little pricier than other areas of Salford though.

Want to be at the heart of Manchester nightlife? Then living around Oxford Road would be ideal. Although not renowned for student houses, there are still some flats and houses available for students to find nearby. You are a little further from the main Salford University campuses, but it will still only take you 15 minutes via a quick train.

If you’re moving into brand new student accommodation and have been worrying about missing some important piece of admin or want to make sure you have everything covered, take a look out our student accommodation checklist.

Find & Advertise Student Accommodation

Still looking for a student property? Search through our wide range of student accommodation and find great student diggz in your town or city. Alternatively, if you have a place you’re looking to rent out, place a free advert and quickly get a tenant in your student property. Both landlords and students can place free adverts!

 

Student Accommodation Leeds – Everything You Need To Know

 

Student Accommodation Leeds

Looking for student accommodation in Leeds? Need a student house in Leeds or university halls of residence? Look no further than this guide.

Student Life In Leeds

Yorkshire’s largest city is home to a student population of almost 50,000 people – all in attendance at the University of Leeds (UoL), Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Trinity, and a handful of other specialist colleges and schools.

With Leeds United finally back in their rightful top-division home, there’s no longer any aspect of the great northern city that’s out of place. UoL is one of the biggest and most applied-to unis in the country, Leeds was named The Times’ ‘number one cultural place to live in Britain’, and it is the home to one of the largest city parks in the whole of Europe, Roundhay. It’s no surprise, then, that 39 percent of all Leeds graduates remain in the city. Though with the average price of a pint at only £3.50, perhaps the southerners just find it difficult to go back.

A hotbed of culture for decades, Leeds is now unequivocally known as one of the coolest student cities in the UK. From the thriving clubbing scene to the annual festivals such as Leeds Fest, it’s not hard to see why. If you’re one of the many who want to make a home by the River Aire, read on for all you need to know about student accommodation in Leeds.

What Different Types Of Student Accommodation in Leeds Are There?

Student Halls

Student halls come in a couple of different types. One such set-up is blocks of ‘flats’ consisting of 4-6 rooms and a shared kitchen. If the rooms aren’t ensuite then there will also be 2-3 bathrooms shared between the residents. The other common set-up is rows of rooms on either side of long corridors – this is typical for catered accommodation. Again, the bathrooms can be ensuite or shared. In almost all student halls you will also have a common room, and depending on how fancy your diggs are, a bar, gym and games room. Halls can be university-owned or private. In Leeds, both the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett offer their own accommodation as well as there being privately owned accommodation on offer. Many UoL halls, particularly catered ones, are on their central Leeds campus. Both UoL and Beckett have halls scattered across the city but most are located in Headingley, Woodhouse and Burley. Most student halls are occupied by first-years, but there are usually spaces available for other students too.

Types of accommodation within student halls:

Studio

A studio is a self-contained, private flat/apartment. It will include a bedroom, kitchen, and private bathroom. It’s likely there will also be a living space, though this may be open-plan as part of the kitchen and bedroom. They are usually designed for one person but could be shared by a couple.

En-suite

This just refers to a bedroom joined to a private bathroom. 

Private Halls

You will find advertisements for many of these halls on student-focused property hunting portals like Diggz Hunter, where all the listings are pulled together into one convenient place, so you can search through them with filters, compare their features and contact them. Many of the private halls have residents at both UoL and Beckett, and maybe some students from other Leeds-based colleges.

We’ve heard good things about Symons House, modern, premium-furnished student halls owned by Prestige Student Living. Located in Leeds city centre, it is within 10 and 17 minutes walking distance from Beckett and UoL respectively. With a range of communal areas including an indoor cinema room, it’s also pretty well-equipped. Prices start at £165.00 per week, and a range of room types are on offer.  If that’s beyond your budget, James Baillie Park is very well-reviewed and rooms start at only £124.00 per week for a shared-bathroom room. The building, owned by UNITE, who have private halls all across the UK, is conveniently located between Headingley and the city centre. Student-reviewers claim it is a very social and fun place to live and it includes a common room and games room.

Uni-Owned Halls

For everything you need to know about UoL-owned accommodation, go to their official website here. They offer both catered and self-catered options, though there are only a handful of choices for the former. All UoL students are guaranteed uni-owned accommodation, as long as you don’t get in via clearing. 

Go to the Leeds Beckett accommodation portal to see all of their options and the latest information.

Private Student Accommodation in Leeds: Housing & Flats

For everything you need to know when looking for your ideal student house or flat, in Leeds or anywhere else, check out our complete guide here, which covers the whole process – from starting the search to sealing the deal.

Types of private student accommodation:

For a quick shortcut, click the titles to go directly to DiggzHunter’s listings in Leeds for each type, and then use the search tools to refine your results further.

Shared Housing: Many students choose this option, living in a shared tenancy agreement in a house with multiple bedrooms. The rooms may be ensuite (see above for a definition) or have one or more shared bathrooms. Check the listing closely to see what is actually on offer.

Private Flat/Studio: A studio is a small, private, self-contained apartment or flat with a bedroom, kitchen, living area and bathroom usually packed into two or three rooms and located within a block of flats.

Spare Room (one room in a house share): In this case, there usually a group of students already living in a student house with a spare room available that is being sublet. Sometimes these houses have separate tenancy agreements for each of the residents, so you will have your own contract too. Other times a landlord is looking to quickly replace someone on a joint tenancy agreement. If you’re looking to let out of one of your student rooms in Leeds, you can advertise student accommodation here.

Student Landlords or Student Agents?

When searching for a student house in Leeds, you can either go through an agency or go straight to landlords. Landlords own the property, but agents are often hired by landlords to advertise the property (and occasionally look after them).

Going directly to landlords may simplify your search as well as reduce your costs. Agents usually take a commission from the rent and charge additional fees upon signing for the house, and the tenant will take on some of this cost.

Using an agent, however, can be considered a safer bet. Most agencies are listed as members of a government-approved scheme to deal with complaints, thus giving you some security in your dealings with them. Besides this, they are generally more aware of the legal proceedings and are easier to contact.

If you use a website like DiggzHunter, a student-focused site that pulls all lettings into one place, you get a better choice, more competitive pricing, and a service that understands students’ specific needs. You will find both private landlords and agencies advertise student accommodation in Leeds on DiggzHunter.

What Are The Best Areas For Renting A Student House In Leeds?

Whilst Hyde Park and Headingley are by far the most popular areas, Burley Park and Woodhouse may also be worth looking into for different reasons.

Hyde Park

Only a 20-minute walk to the city centre, Hyde Park is particularly popular with UoL and Beckett students who attend lectures and seminars on the city center campuses. Renting here offers the convenience of a Sainsbury’s Local and a Co-op as well as a smorgasbord of open-late takeaways, cafes, bars, pubs and everything in between. To name just a few of the cool, student spots, Brudenell Social Club offers cheap mixers and gigs whilst The Hyde Park Book Club, an old, converted petrol station, will provide vegan brunches, craft beer and poetry readings. It’s hard to be bored there: there’s a historical picture house that still screens movies and an array of vintage stores and charity shops. There’s even a free monthly afternoon tea at Left Bank, which is otherwise a space for art exhibitions and concerts.

Headingley

This student suburb is a bit further away from the center than Hyde Park – around a 45-minute walk up Otley Road or a 20 minutes bus. However, besides the need to get to campus, you will be more than happy hanging around Headingley itself most of the time. A town in its own right, it’s home to Headingley Stadium, which houses Yorkshire Cricket Club and Rugby league side, Leeds Rhinos. Half the pubs on the famous northern pub crawl, ‘The Otley Run’, are located in Headingley as well tons of restaurants and bars for pockets of all sizes. In fact, many nights out both start and end in Headingley, and not just because the students can’t make it into town. Naturally, it won’t be hard to find the amenities needed here either. Given its distance from town, house prices tend to be lower here too.

Situated between Hyde Park and Headingley, Burley Park is another popular area for renting a student house in Leeds, though it’s not nearly as fun a place to be or as well connected as either of them. If rent prices are weighing on your mind, your best bet is probably Woodhouse. It’s adjacent to Hyde Park and close to the center and uni campuses, hence its popularity with students, but due to it being slightly rundown, the housing is pretty cheap.

Besides area, there’s a number of other considerations to make when choosing a student house or flat in Leeds. You’ll find all the considerations you need to make in our comprehensive guide, What To Check When Choosing Student Accommodation.

When your housing is finally sorted, you’ll want to take care to keep your utility bills down so you can make the most out of living in Leeds. For broadband, check out our Best Student Broadband Deals Guide.

Find & Advertise Student Accommodation

Still looking for a student property? Search through our wide range of student accommodation and find great student diggz in your town or city. Alternatively, if you have a place you’re looking to rent out, place a free advert and quickly get a tenant in your student property. Both landlords and students can place free adverts!

 

 

Student Accommodation Chester – Everything You Need To Know

Student Accommodation Chester

Looking for student accommodation in Chester? Need a student house in Chester or university halls of residence? Read this guide and learn everything you need to know about student accommodation in Chester

Chester is a city of roughly 120,000 residents within the county of Cheshire. It is situated in the northwest of England on the River Dee bordering Wales. Chester is a beautiful city steeped in history, still displaying much of its 2,000 year old Roman heritage and stunning black and white medieval architecture. The University itself started as a teaching college in 1839, making Chester the fifth oldest place of higher education in England.

There are currently around 15,000 students studying at Chester and the city has something to offer every student. In 2019 Chester was named as the second most student friendly city in the UK.

Chester offers a slightly more chilled atmosphere than a bigger city university, however for any students wanting a bigger city experience Liverpool or Manchester are both less than an hour away.

Despite being a smaller city you will certainly never be short of things to do or places to visit in Chester. There are so many local attractions, popular among tourists and students alike. It has the largest amphitheatre in England, a 1,000 year old cathedral that boasts stunning views, Chester Zoo is one the UKs most famous and Chester Racecourse is perfect for a day out.

For the culture lovers Chester has plenty of festivals and events covering everything from food, to the arts. For theatre or cinema lovers, the Storyhouse has great plays and films all year. And for students wanting to play pool, have a few drinks and watch the football then Riley’s is the place to go.

Student shopaholic? Chester is perhaps most famous for The Rows, a two-story 13th century building, which now gives a complete unique shopping experience, as well as having cafes, restaurants and bars. Chester is also only a 15 minute drive from Cheshire Oaks, the UK’s largest retail outlet shopping centre.

Most importantly though, what about the nightlife? Well, you could be forgiven for thinking such a beautiful city would be an unlikely host to hoards of drunken students. However, Chester has actually been awarded the ‘Purple Flag’ award for its vibrant nightlife. It boasts an eclectic display of live music as well as plenty of choices for pubs, bars and clubs. Rosies is the most popular club in Chester, with epic student nights every Wednesday and usually offering good student deals.

What Different Types of Student Accommodation in Chester Are There?

Depending on your budget and social preferences there are a few different types of student accommodation in Chester. The different options are highlighted below:

Student Halls

Student halls are the most common choice for university first-years. Normally the lifeblood of the freshers community and the home of pre-drinks. When searching for student rooms in Chester you will come across a few different options available in student halls depending on your preference for location, catering type or living arrangements.

Private Halls

Private halls are a great option for second or third years as well as postgraduates. Chester University partners with two private companies which advertise student accommodation, Fresh Student Living and Student Roost.

Abbey Gate, Granary Studios and Tudor Place are all run by Fresh Student Living. The Towpath and Tramways are run by Student Roost.

All of the student rooms in Chester’s private halls are modern and offer an option of en-suite or studio. They always have a variety of great shared spaces and depending on your choice some will come with extras such as gyms, study spaces, private courtyard space and tv common areas. Prices will range from £108 to £209 per week depending on which room and accommodation you pick.

University Owned Halls

Chester has university owned student halls throughout the city, but most are located either close to, or in, the Parkgate Road campus or the city centre. The University is split into different campuses depending on your chosen course, so this is something to consider when selecting your preference for student accommodation.

The majority of students are based at the Parkgate Road campus, which is definitely the hub for student life and first year student accommodation in Chester. You are just a short walk away from the city centre and all the nightlife.

Full board catering is a popular choice for student accommodation in Chester among first-years. Offering three meals every day, this option can save students the stress of cooking for themselves and money often spent on endless takeaways. Astbury House, Fisher House, Gladstone House all offer full board catering on the Parkgate Road campus. Sumner House also offers full board catering and is situated just a five minute walk away.

Self-catered accommodation is available at Powys Court, housing 72 students with shared facilities. Located in the city centre, only a short walk from both the Parkgate Road and Riverside campuses.

Depending on your chosen course, some students will be based on the Warrington campus. This campus is part of Chester University, but around a 40 minute drive away in Warrington. There are plenty of university owned halls housing around 25-50 students each close to this campus.

University Owned Housing

There are student houses in Chester available to rent that are owned by the University. These houses are self-catering with mostly shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. There are a few en-suite rooms available.

Church College Close is an enclosed set of university owned houses on the Parkgate Road campus. Parkgate Road accommodation has up to 180 student rooms available in several terraced and bungalow houses. There are also several more university owned houses available to students within a short walk of the Parkgate Road campus or city centre.

Student rooms in Chester that come with full board catering will cost around £155 per week. Self-catering halls or student houses in Chester generally cost around £80-115 per week.

Chester University uses its website to advertise student accommodation here.

Types of Accommodation in Student Halls

Shared

University owned student houses in Chester and student halls based in Warrington are mostly shared facility accommodations. This refers to students having shared bathroom and kitchen facilities as well as living spaces.

En-suite / Private Room

The majority of student rooms in Chester halls come with en-suite facilities. This simply refers to a private bathroom attached to your bedroom. Kitchen and living spaces are still shared.

Studios

Self-contained studio flats are available in Grosvenor House, based on the Parkgate Road campus as well as in all the privately owned halls. A studio refers to a single private space, consisting of a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen/living area. They usually have shared communal spaces and a laundry room in the block. Depending on which accommodation you chose, some will only allow single occupancy and others will allow two students to share.

Private Accommodation

Private accommodation is another option for students looking to rent either a room or house in Chester. Depending on your preferences there are loads of different places available with private landlords. You can find plenty of great options on our website here.

Landlords

Your landlord is the person renting out the property. They are responsible for ensuring maintenance is taken care of and the property has acceptable living conditions.

Agents

Agents act on behalf of the landlord. It is common for properties to be managed by an agent, which makes them the first point of call for all issues. A managed property can often be a good option, as agents are often more reliable and experienced with common problems. However, the ultimate responsibility will always fall with the landlord.

Depending on the location, amenities and the overall house condition, a student house in Chester can cost between £70 to £100 per week, per room.

Types of Private Student Accommodation

Depending on your preference and budget there are three main types of private student accommodation in Chester:

Shared Housing

A shared house is a common choice for students in second or third year that want to live with their friends from first year. This will be a house consisting of multiple bedrooms, usually with a shared bathroom, kitchen and living room.

Private Flat / Studio

Private flats and studios are a good option for postgraduates, couples or maybe students that value their peace and quiet. You will have your own private facilities and living space.

Spare Room

This is where you rent a singular room within a shared house, where you normally do not know the other occupants. It will either have an en-suite or shared bathroom as well as a shared kitchen and living room.

What are the Best Areas for Renting a Student House in Chester?

Boughton or Hoole are both situated just east of the city centre. Prices vary, but you can find some of the cheaper prices in these areas without feeling too out the way. There are plenty of surrounding green areas, as well as local restaurants and cafes making both these locations nice areas to live in. Both are less than two miles from the university.

Parkgate Road or the City Centre are perfect for students wanting to be right in the action. Near the university nightlife and cultural hub of the city. The downside is these areas can be a little pricier.

Liverpool Road is a nice area and has houses on the street adjacent from parkgate road. Houses toward the end of the road are a little further away from the Parkgate Road campus, up to a 7 minute drive, but prices can get a little cheaper. The far end of the road is right next to Chester Zoo though if that persuades you.

Leaving home for the first time?

If you are getting ready to move into your first year accommodation, there is a good chance this will be the first time you have ever lived anywhere by yourself. It is an exciting and nervous time in equal measures, so make sure you have everything prepared. You can use this handy student checklist.

For some students, you will be moving into a shared house with your mates after living in student halls during uni first year.

Before you move in make sure you have everything set up and ready to go. Ensure your utilities are organised. Make sure you are happy with the property inventory check, otherwise the landlord could take money from your deposit when you leave.

If your internet is not provided make sure you search for the best student broadband deals. Finally, double check when your rent is due and put a reminder down so you don’t forget!

Find Student Accommodation & Advertise For Free

If your still looking for student accommodation in Chester, search through our wide range of student accommodation and find great student diggz in your town or city. Alternatively, if you have a place you’re looking to rent out, place a free advert and get your student property filled quickly. Both landlords and students can place free adverts!

Student Accommodation Sheffield – Everything You Need To Know

Student Accommodation In Sheffield

Looking for student accommodation in Sheffield? Need a student house in Sheffield or university halls of residence? Look no further than this guide.

With over 60,000 students split between The University of Sheffield (TUOS) and Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) and comprising a massive 119 halls of residence, resting on the Eastern foothills of the Pennines, Sheffield is brimming with student activity.

Sheffield is a city of two sides (and I don’t mean The Blades and The Owls), given that ‘The Steel City’ was at once a key player in the Industrial Revolution, housing back-to-back factories, and simultaneously Europe’s ‘greenest’ city, with more trees per person than any other.

Weathered by the pollution and the rapid growth in population, George Orwell once termed it as one of the ‘ugliest towns of the old world’, and that was before the Great Depression and the WWII Blitz. And yet, now, with around 250 parks, almost two thirds of Sheffield is green space and a large part of the city is within the beautiful Peak District National Park.

One of the city’s biggest parks, Endcliffe, is located right by the SHU buildings and is littered with sunbathing students in the summer.

The South Yorkshire giant is rich in culture too. Sheffield FC is in fact the world’s oldest football club, and the city has an internationally acclaimed music and arts scene. Student clubbers will love that it’s the home of the revolutionary Warp record label and indie heads will proudly claim their university city to be the hometown of The Arctic Monkeys.

The university partakes in this international culture too: the city was the first UK host of The Universiade, the student Olympic games.

Of course, no introduction to Sheffield is complete with a mention of Meadowhall shopping center, one of the UK’s biggest capitalist Cathedrals, pictured in the opening shot of Sheffield-based cult-classic film, ‘Four Lions’. Besides this, West Street houses tons of shops, restaurants and pubs so students will never be wanting for places to go and cocktails to try. So, if you’re planning to make a home of this fascinating city for your studies, look no further than this guide and learn what everything you need about student accommodation in Sheffield.

What Different Types Of Student Accommodation in Sheffield Are There?

Student Halls

If you’re going into first year, then you will most likely want to be in halls. They are usually either rows of en-suite rooms with a shared common room, or blocks of flats with shared bathrooms and a kitchen. Some also have bars, gyms and games rooms. They can be either privately owned by companies such as UNITE, iQ and Hello Student; or owned by the university themselves. Whilst The University of Sheffield, almost exclusively offers their own halls to students, Sheffield Hallam University students are mostly offered privately-owned halls, some in partnership with SHU. Some second, third and fourth year students of both unis also may choose halls over housing, but given that first years are prioritised for uni-owned halls, you may have to go with private options.

Types of accommodation within student halls:

Studio

A studio apartment/flat includes a bedroom, kitchen, and private bathroom. It’s likely there will also be a living space, though this may be part of the other rooms. You could have this all to yourself, or share with a friend or partner. It’s all entirely self-contained, private, and designed such that you have everything you need to live independently.

Ensuite

This simply refers to a private bedroom joined to a private bathroom. All other areas, including the kitchen and living area, will be shared with others.

Private Halls:

These are mostly for SHU students, but other students may be there too. You will find advertisements for many of these halls on student-focused property hunting portals like Diggz Hunter, where all the listings are pulled together into one convenient place through which you can compare their features and contact them.

Whilst most uni-owned halls are pretty consistent in their quality, private halls can range from pretty-damn-fancy to the more affordable. We’ve heard good things about Truro Sheffield as a budget option with a great location for both unis and rooms starting at £64 per week. If you have the cash to spare, Straits Manor offers well-reviewed and truly premium halls in the heart of Sheffield, containing its own cinema, games room and gym, with rooms starting at £119 per week.

Uni Owned Halls:

As said above, TUOS owns most of the halls its students occupy. These are split into two different accommodation campuses: Ranmoor/Encliffe and City. Ranmoor and Encliffe, located to the west of the city, used to be separate but now they have joined to become one area, comprising ‘South Accommodation’ (near Endcliffe), and ‘North Accommodation’ (near Ranmoor)’. ‘City Accommodation’ comprises Main Campus and St George’s Campus within the city center. Ranmoor/Encliffe is basically a big student village, with 4500 students living across the many halls of residence, whilst 1500 students live in the City Accommodation halls spread across the center.

All TUOS’s student rooms in Sheffield are self-catered, meaning you have access to your own or a shared kitchen space and it’s up to you to feed yourself. All TUOS students are guaranteed uni-owned accommodation, whether it’s your first-choice uni, insurance option, or join through adjustment or clearing.

The cheapest TUOS student rooms in Sheffield – with shared bathrooms – start at £103 per week (£4326 per year), on a 42 week contract. The most expensive option is £175 per week (£9100 per year) for a studio flat on a 51 week contract. 

Check out the TUOS accommodation website for all the most updated and accurate information regarding all their fees and properties.

Private Student Accommodation – Housing & Flats In Sheffield

For everything you need to know when looking for your ideal student house or flat in Sheffield, check out our complete guide here.

Types of Student Accommodation:

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Shared Housing: Many students choose this option, living in a shared tenancy agreement in a house with multiple bedrooms. The rooms may be ensuite or have one or more shared bathrooms. Check the listing closely to see what is actually on offer.

Private Flat/Studio: A studio is a small, private, self-contained apartment or flat with a bedroom, kitchen, living area and bathroom usually packed into two or three rooms and located in a block of flats. Anything bigger than this is just referred to as a ‘flat’, with however many bedrooms it has.

Spare Room (One room in a house share): In certain cases, there is a house with separate tenancy agreements for the residents. Perhaps one room in a student house is being sublet or there is already a group of students living there with a spare room. If you’re looking to let out of one of your rooms, you can advertise student accommodation here.

Student Landlords Or Student Agents?

Whilst landlords own the property, agents are hired by landlords to advertise them and sometimes look after them. Going directly to landlords can get you a lower rent price, as agents usually take commission from the rent, putting some of the burden of the cost onto you.

Using an agent, however, can be considered a safer bet. Check the agency’s website to see if they are listed as members of a government-approved scheme to deal with complaints – they should belong to an ombudsman service, thus giving you some security in your dealings with them.

If you use a website like DiggzHunter, a student-focused site that pulls all lettings into one place, you get a better choice, more competitive pricing, and a service that understands students’ specific needs. 

What Are The Best Areas For Renting A Student House in Sheffield?

Just like the various university buildings and halls of residence, the student residential areas are also spread across various parts of the city more so than many other universities. The most popular areas are Crookesmoor, Crookes, Broomhill, Broomhall (maybe best avoid using voice-assistants to tell Google Maps where you’re going), Upperthrope, and Ecclesall Road, whilst others live in the city center.

Besides area, there’s a number of other factors to think about when choosing a student house or flat in Sheffield. You’ll find all the considerations you need to make in our comprehensive guide, What To Check When Choosing Student Accommodation.

Here’s a little more on the three of the most popular areas:

Crookesmoor

Of all the areas, Crookesmoor has the most concentrated student population, so if you choose to rent here, you’ll likely be living close to your mates and their mates too. Just west of the center, it’s also close to both universities. There’s a handful of pubs with very cheap pints and a much-revered 24 hour off-license should you choose to start your night out at 4 am. There’s also a choice of either Sainsbury’s Local, a Co-op, and a hippy-ish organic vegetable store for your groceries. Just make sure you don’t mind hiking up and down the steep hills to uni and back.

Crookes

Less populated and slightly less accessible, Crookes might be best for those that don’t mind being a bit further out for a little more peace. Bordering Broomhill to the south, it’s even higher up than Crookesmore and about a mile and a half from the center, but there’s still many food and charity shops. There’s bigger gardens and cheaper housing here too.

Ecclesall Road

For SHU students, ‘Eccy Road’ is the ideal place to hang your mortarboard. In terms of location, one of the uni campuses is right there on the road, and the other is just a 15 minute walk into the center. It’s home to two of Sheffield’s best green spaces – The Botanical Gardens and Endcliffe Park – and boasts loads of restaurants, bars and shops. Naturally, the prices are higher here than in the other areas.

When you’ve got your housing sorted, make sure to get your bills as low as possible so you can make the most of student life. For broadband, check out our Best Student Broadband Deals Guide.

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Student Accommodation Lancaster – Everything You Need To Know

Student Accommodation Lancaster

Hunting for the best student accommodation in Lancaster? Thinking about your rent costs? Planning your student budget for the year? Wondering what to do when you arrive? Planning how to get around? The answers to all these mysteries and more are right here in this guide to being a student in Lancaster.

Lancaster, the county town of Lancashire, only houses around 50,000 residents. But 15,665 of those residents are students enrolled at Lancaster University (and the less populated University of Cumbira’s Lancaster campus), making it quite a lively, student-orientated town.

The term-time carnage caused by the students is a continuation of the city’s anarchic history which begins 2000 years with the Romans. Visiting the ruins of the forts remains a popular attraction for students and visitors alike. In the medieval period, it was famous for the Pendle witch trials – a witch hunt which is now (somewhat questionably) the namesake of the Uni’s Pendle College.

In the 15th century, Lancaster fought a bloody war with York in the War of the Roses, the name of which is now used for the ongoing equally fierce sports rivalry between the two cities’ Universities. So whilst the beautiful, old architecture and pretty, little paths through the city may seem at stark contrast with the hordes of drunk students, think again.

Some say there are more pubs per square mile than anywhere else – but this claim remains untested. Certainly, though, pubs, bars and restaurants are plentiful.

The ‘Coffee Quarter’ has some of the best coffee shops the UK has to offer – ‘The Hall Cafe’ was recently awarded the country’s best flat white. There’s high-street shopping on Penny Street, St. Nic’s Arcade, museums, theatre, art galleries, and Lancaster Castle towering above it all against a backdrop of the Conniston Peaks in the Lake District.

What Different Types Of Student Accommodation in Lancaster Are There?

There are a few different types of accommodation, and, naturally, what you need will depend on your social and financial requirements. These are the types typically listed when people are advertising student accommodation in Lancaster:

Student Halls

Standard issue for first years, especially in Lancaster. These are owned by the university colleges, and so applying and paying is all done via the university services. There are also private students halls in Lancaster, mostly aimed at Cumbria students.

There is a range of options, encompassing bathroom set-up and catering services. Private halls often also include extra amenities like a gym and cinema lounge. Sometimes student halls are just rows of rooms with a common area, or clusters of flats with a shared kitchen.

Student Studio

This will include one bedroom, one kitchen, and one private bathroom – including a toilet and shower. It’s likely there will also be a living space, but this may be part of your kitchen/bedroom. You could have this all to yourself, or share with a partner or friend. It’s all entirely self-contained and private.

Student House

Many students choose this option after first year, with a shared tenancy agreement in a house with multiple bedrooms. You may have one or more shared bathrooms, or ensuite bedrooms.

Ensuite

This term simply refers to a bedroom joined to a private bathroom.

University-Owned Student Halls

Lancaster is a campus-based university, and as such most of its first year undergrad students live on campus. So, if you’re a first year – unless you really want to live in the city, or with particular people in shared accommodation, you’re going to be living on campus in one of the university owned halls.

Luckily for you, Lancaster’s accommodation has been awarded ‘Best University Halls’ eight times since 2010 by the UK’s National Student Housing Awards.

Everything you need to know about your university-owned halls is here. The accommodation you get will depend on which of the nine colleges you end up in, which divide the university into smaller communities. In order of the weirdness of their logo, these are: Pendle, Furness, Graduate, Grizedale, Bowland, Cartmel, Lonsdale, Flyde, County.

All accommodation is located within them. Most of the rooms are ensuite but there are also cheaper, shared bathroom options. There’s also on-campus townhouses and self-contained studios. All in-bound first years are guaranteed a room on campus.

What Are The Best Private Student Halls In Lancaster?

If you’re a student at the University of Cumbria studying in the Lancaster campus, though there are some halls owned by your university, you may well end up requiring private halls. Second and third year undergrads as well as postgrads are also likely candidates for private halls.

There are quite a few providers of private halls in Lancaster. CityBlock owns Gillows, Penny Street and Marton Street, all three of which seem to have premium, modern furnishing and are within a few minutes walk from the city centre. Hello Student have three premium properties on Penny Street, around a mile from UoC. CRM Students own city-centre properties, Luneside and Damside.

Based on our own research, Leonard’s House and Caton Court seem like two of the best Student Halls in
Lancaster.

St Leonard’s House

Based in the centre of town, right by the St. Nicholas Arcade Shopping Centre, and of course, with all of central Lancaster’s pubs and restaurants at your fingertips, St. Leonard’s is in a great location. It’s a 20 minute bus to Lancaster Uni campus and a 20 minute walk to the Uni of Cumbria.

There’s a choice of either ensuite rooms in cluster flats or studio flats to choose from. The former is better for a more social experience – each flat has a shared kitchen and living space. The latter is better suited to more independent living – the premium studio flats are perfectly self-contained with an ensuite bathroom and a small kitchen. All rooms are furnished with high standard stuff and include a bed, plenty of storage space and a study area with a desk and chair.

There’s quick, 125Mbps WiFi, a resident-only gym, a common room, a games room, a shared dining room and laundry services. And it’s approved by Lancaster University.

Caton Court

Only a tad more North East of the centre than St Leonard’s House, Caton Court is similarly distanced to the two Unis and central amenities. There’s a Sainsbury’s nearby and the (in)famous Sugarhouse nightclub is just down the road.

Opened by Aparto just a few years ago, this brand-new, stylish place has been designed for a social experience. There’s a games room, a lounge, a study area, a gym, a courtyard and even a Sky Lounge on the 11th floor, offering panoramic views of Lancaster. Free wifi and laundry services are also thrown in.

How Much Will Student Accommodation in Lancaster Cost?

The weekly rent for a room in Lancaster with a private shower and toilet ranges from £129-152, whilst those with shared shower and toilet range from £93-123.

The university-owned collegiate halls will cost around £147- £198 per week if you choose catered, depending on what kind of room and bathroom facilities you have. For self-catered, you’re looking at £95- £155 per week. All university halls come with bills included, and free contents insurance. You can find out everything you need to know about costs from the official Lancaster Uni site.

According to the Lancaster Student Union, average rent for a house in Lancaster in 2019/20 was £95 per
tenant per week, including bills.

What Are The Best Areas For Renting A Student House in Lancaster?

Bowerham

A popular student area just South East of the centre, Bowerham is choice for those who don’t want the busyness of town on their doorstep. You’re just a short walk down Bowerham Road away from town, and yet it’s quiet and spacious. You’re also conveniently close to Williamson Park for a nice jog to burn off all those cheap, local takeaways which are in abundance in the area. Being further South than the city, you’re also closer to the Lancaster University buildings.

Lancaster Town

As you’d expect, living within the centre of the city provides a student with anything they might need within a few minutes walk. There’s the full smorgasbord of supermarkets: Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Lidl or and M&S for the posher students. There’s a bus stop on almost every street, and it’s simple enough to get to Lancaster University (see the next section).

All of Lancaster’s nightlife is located all within a less-than-two-mile radius, so you could literally crawl from pub to pub if you so wish. When it’s time to go home, there’s no need for a bus or a taxi, just stagger down the road and you’re in your bed.

Some students also live on the outskirts of Town, and especially in between Bowerham and Town. Here you’ll find similar benefits for less of the cost.

What’s The Best Way to Get Around in Lancaster?

Bicycle

Pedalling for 20 minutes will take you from the city centre to campus if you stick to the signposted University cycle route, which is traffic-free from Hala to Bailrigg Lane. At Bailrigg Lane, alternative paths lead to North Campus. Alternatively, you can take the traffic-free route along the Canal from the city centre. Most colleges have secure bike storage and sheltered cycle stands are available across campus.

Bus

The number 1 and 2 double-decker buses run to Lancaster University (in Bailrigg) every 10 and 15 minutes respectively. The 4, 41 and 42 and 100 also take you there at less frequent intervals, and these run through Bowerham too. Going to Fairfield and further south, you’ll require the 147. It generally takes about 25 minutes from town, and 20 from Bowerham to get to Campus by bus. A single ticket will cost you about £1.65 to campus.

How Much Does Student Life in Lancaster Cost?

All-in for a year as an undergrad, the university estimates you will need about £9,400 which includes a modest budget for entertainment, and all your necessities from rent and food to clothes and a TV License. Given the extra weeks of study, this figure rises to £12,300 for postgrads. Don’t let student bills in Lancaster get you down, though. Check out our guide to reducing costs here.

Nightlife & Culture

Lancaster’s densely-packed nightlife is usually all-guns-blazing with regular live music and themed events amongst the many pubs, bars and clubs all through the Georgian streets. The Sugar House, the Student Union owned club, is the quintessential night out for Lancs students where memories are made and lost in rapid succession. The SU plans to rename the club (due to it’s colonial connotations) so look out for that. Besides that, there’s Revolution Lancaster, Elements, Hustle, The Friary, Lounge & The Dalton Rooms, which are all fan favourites.

If you’d rather sip a Cortado than neck a VK, the city’s coffee quarter has some of the best coffee in the country. You can smell the aroma drifting down China Street on a walk through town.

There’s theatre – The Dukes and The Grand, and a cinema on campus.

As a student there you’ll be surrounded by nature – walk up to Lancaster Castle or catch a train to Morecambe Bay to relax by the beach.

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Student Accommodation Manchester – Everything You Need To Know

Student Accommodation Manchester

If you’re hunting for student accommodation in Manchester, thinking about your costs, wondering what to do when you arrive, or planning how to get around – this guide to being a student in Manchester has got you covered.

There are more than 100,000 students enrolled across the region’s six colleges: The University of Manchester, University of Salford, University of Bolton, University Academy, Manchester Metropolitan University, and The Royal Northern College of Music.

The city is highly oriented towards students as you’ll see below, but it’s also an international cultural hotspot. Here you’ll find the Whitworth Gallery, The Lowry, and the Royal Exchange Theatre; and a scene that birthed the likes of Oasis, Joy Division and The Smiths.

Home to two of the world’s biggest sports clubs – Man Utd and Man City and their respective colossal stadiums, Old Trafford and The Etihad – it’s also a city with rich sporting history. It’s no surprise, then, that the National Museum of Football is located here too.

With activities from shopping at The Trafford Centre to dining and drinking at The Printworks, there’s really nothing that Manchester can’t provide.

What Different Types Of Student Accommodation in Manchester Are There?

There are several basic types of student accommodation in Manchester, and the type you’ll need will depend on your specific circumstances. Here is what’s typically listed when people advertise student accommodation:

Student Halls: The typical first-year option but also popular for postgrads and the odd student in their second and third year of their undergraduate degree. These can be owned by the university themselves, where application and payment for them go through the university services, or they are owned privately. There is a wide range of options and prices, depending on whether you have an ensuite, there are shared living spaces, and if there is catering. Private halls may also include luxuries like gyms and cinema rooms – all for a price, of course. Sometimes student halls are just rows of rooms with a common area, or like flats with a shared kitchen.

If you want to leave home but don’t really want to leave home, then catered, uni-provided halls are probably best for you. They’re also usually on or close to campus and very sociable places, both of which you will probably want if you’re trying out independence for the first time.

Studio: A studio flat or apartment will include one bedroom, a kitchen, and a private bathroom – including a toilet and shower. It’s likely there will also be a living space. You could have this all to yourself, or share with a partner or friend. It’s all entirely self-contained and private.

House: Not much need for explanation. Many students choose this option, living in a shared tenancy agreement in a house with multiple bedrooms. The rooms may be ensuite or have one or more shared bathrooms. Check the listing closely to see what is actually on offer.

Room in a house share: In certain cases, there is a house with separate tenancy agreements for the residents. Perhaps one room in a student house is being sublet or there is already a group of students living there with a spare room.

Ensuite: Whether within a shared flat or student halls, this refers to simply a private bedroom joined to a private bathroom. All other areas, including the kitchen and living area, will be shared with others.

What Are The Best Private Student Halls In Manchester?

If you’re set living in the uni-owned halls, click here for more information on those owned by The University of Manchester; and click here for Manchester Metropolitan University. They’re very sociable places, usually well-located for lecture commutes, and they will provide the classic ‘uni experience’.

Of course, the classic ‘uni experience’ often includes brown, 70’s-style curtains, carpets soaked in several generations of puke, and prison food catering. Not all halls are like this but if you’re not feeling that vibe, then you’re going to want to go private. Naturally, these are usually a little pricier, but well worth it in other respects. To be sure, not all private halls are created equally – you will find private halls that do offer carpet puke with all the trimmings. So here we will provide some halls we can vouch for.

There are quite a few providers of private student halls in Manchester – the biggest three are ‘dwell’, ‘UNITE’, and ‘iQ’, and they’re quite similar besides stylised capitalisation. There are many different buildings, so it’s hard to cover them all here. However, we tend to hear decent things from students about these halls: River Street Tower, Daisybank Villas, Rosamond House, iQ Daisy Bank, Dwell Student Village (Manchester Student Village) iQ Lambert & Fairfield House, iQ Warehouse Two, Daisybank Villas, and Vita Student Circle Square.

We will shine a spotlight on a few of our favorites. Again, your preferences are key so don’t take our word before first seeing if these places meet your specific needs, and be sure to check their cancellation policies before booking.

Park View:

Being just a 15-20 minute walk from both The University of Manchester and Manchester Met, right next to a high street with bars, restaurants, and supermarkets, and a short bus ride from the center, it’s in a pretty convenient location.

All rooms are ensuite, so peaceful toilet time is guaranteed, and you can choose between premium or standard. The rooms are divided into blocks of flats, each with a shared kitchen including breakfast bar and stools, and a modern living area set up with a TV. The rooms are modern, nicely furnished, and have sufficient space for work, storage and relaxation.

There’s a common room with Sky TV, an outdoor courtyard, on-site laundry, bike storage, parking, and quick WiFi throughout. Most reviews say the property is well-managed by friendly, helpful staff.

Student rooms start at £141 per week.

Denmark Road

Named after the road it is located on, two minutes from Oxford Road – home of UoM and MMU – only 20 minutes walk from the city centre, and five from the nearest supermarket, it couldn’t be better placed.

The building consists of blocks of five or six new and stylishly furnished en-suite bedroom flats, each with a shared kitchen and common room. All beds are doubles and ensuites. You can pick either a standard and large room.

There’s social areas for the whole building with a pool table, TV, sofas and vending machines. Facilities include laundry, speedy WiFi throughout, and contents insurance.

Apparently, the social scene isn’t so lively, but if that doesn’t bother you, then this is a great place to be.

Rooms start at £159 per week.

iQ Kerria Apartments

A 10-minute walk from the UoM campus and an 18-minute walk from MMU, this property is in a similarly good location to the others for trekking to uni. Being in the city center, it has all the location advantages you could imagine – food, shops, bars, everything.

They’re also the best designed on the list, with double beds, spacious, naturally-lit rooms, and sleek, modern furniture. There are lots of configurations to choose from.

Perks of the building include a study space, socialising area with a TV and ping-pong table, and an onsite gym. Laundry facilities, WiFi, contents insurance, parking and bike storage all come included.

All this comes at cost, of course, with rooms starting at £210 per week.

How Much Will Student Accommodation in Manchester Cost?

Most places will allow payment in instalments, rather than an annual lump sum. This will usually require you to have a guarantor – an adult based in the UK who could pay this for you.

On average, for student accommodation in Manchester, rent costs £188 per week. The average ensuite price is £163 per week, whilst the shared room average £216 per week, and for studio apartments, £240 per week.

Can I Share Accommodation With A Friend Or Partner?

Yes, as a lot of student halls have ‘dual occupancy’ options. Whilst this is usually for a little extra, or free, some halls charge per person, so watch out for that.

What Are The Best Areas For Renting A Student House in Manchester?

Fallowfield

Just south of the city center lies the biggest student hub in Manchester, with thousands of students in many halls of residence and student houses.

It’s just a kick of a pebble from the UoM campus, not too far from MMU, and a 30-minute walk from town – ideal location-wise. Though you need not travel to the center to get great bars, food spots and shops, as Fallowfield has all this – especially those aimed at students. Think £1 shots and kebabs.

Given the student-centricity, the rent is as cheap as the kebabs and the shots. The housing quality might be lacking at times, but there’s plenty of green spaces you will find littered with students on a sunny day.

Withington

Just a little further south is Withington. Slightly less rowdy but still popular with students, it offers good access to everything you need, it’s still in close range to the uni buildings but has a bit more space from the dense student atmosphere of Fallowfield. Perhaps a good call to rent a student house in Manchester here if you’re a postgrad or more studious undergrad.

Hulme

Once a little dilapidated, now mostly regenerated and gentrified, the housing quality and pricing vary greatly in this area. This may be by the wayside, though, for MMU students, who will find it most convenient to live here given its proximity to the campus. It’s also a quick, 20-minute walk to the center, which is good because it’s not the best for nightlife. Here you are more likely to find art centre’s and vegan cafes, which suits some.

What’s The Best Way to Get Around in Manchester?

Bicycle

The bike is a student-favourite in Manchester due to the plentiful cycle paths running across the city and its cheap cost. A good way to burn off those pints too.

Bus

The Magic 147 provides free riding for all UoM students between Sackville Street and Oxford Road on the campus. It runs every ten minutes throughout the week. Outside of this area, a single costs just £1.50, or £4.00 for a day-rider.

To get the Fairfield and further south, the 147 is the bus you need.

Tram

Manchester’s Metrolink is easy and convenient and runs frequently between Altrincham and Rochdale, as well as East Didsbury and Ashton-Under-Lyne. You can also take it to The Lowry and the Trafford Centre.

How Much Does Student Life in Manchester Cost?

According to UoM, you’re likely to need just under £10k as an undergrad for all term-time in Manchester. This includes £5k for (self-catered) accommodation, £1.5k for food, £450 for transport, and about £2.5k for £60 per week on books, mobile bills, social spending, and clothes.

This makes it one of the cheapest cities in the UK for students – if you needed yet another reason to go here.

Nightlife and Culture

For bars and clubs that won’t burn a hole in your pocket – Turtle Bay offers 2-1 cocktails every day from 9.30 till close; the aptly named Dive has happy hour from 5 pm to midnight; Walrus offers two beers for a fiver and a bottle of wine for a tenner at select hours. ?Fifth Ave’ is a student staple with regular themed nights, £1 entry, and 90p drinks.

For a different night out, there’s Black Dog Ballroom that has pool tables open till 5 am, Twenty Twenty Two with cheap drinks and ping-pong tables, and live laughs at The Comedy Store.

For gigs, Band on the Wall, The Warehouse Project, Night and Day, and O2 Ritz are always promising a range of live talent.

When it comes to art and culture, there’s the internationally renowned National Football Museum and The Lowry.

So there you have it – everything you need to know as a student in Manchester. Best of luck on your journey to independence.

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Student Accommodation Liverpool – Everything you need to know

Liverpool Student Accommodation

If your looking for student accommodation in Liverpool or just planning to study in Liverpool, then in this guide we’ll cover everything you need to know about studying in Liverpool and finding student accommodation in Liverpool

With a student population of roughly 60,000 young men and women enrolled in five different universities and colleges – The University of Liverpool (UoL), City of Liverpool College, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool John Moores University, and The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts – the Merseyside Metropolitan is a non-stop student party. It’s the home of two giant Premier League Clubs, one of them the recent champions, and their massive stadiums – Anfield and Goodison. Of course, it is also world-renowned as being the birthplace of modern popular culture, thanks to the greatest band of all time, Atomic Kitten.

It’s the fifth biggest city in the UK, boasting dizzying amounts of museums, art galleries, and historical sites – including, The Atomic Kitten Beatles Story Exhibition, The Museum of Liverpool, The British Music Experience, and The World Museum. The whole town is peppered with great bars and restaurants for all your student needs- both cheap pints and fancy cocktails – many of which are located along the riotous Matthew Street. When you need a rest from it all you can sit and watch the glimmering waters at the Royal Albert Docks or chill and have a picnic at the much-loved Sefton Park. Of course, you’ll probably cover all this in your first week there.

In this guide, you will find all you need to know about Liverpool student accommodation – both student halls and student houses. We will also cover living costs, transport links, and some essential Liverpool nightlife.

Student Accommodation In Liverpool?

Liverpool students have given good reviews to a number of halls across Liverpool, but of the forty or so options available, particularly good things have been said about St. Lukes View, Horizon Heights, Albert Court, St. Andrew’s Gardens student halls.

The three below – Vine Court, Fontenoy Apartments, and Grand Central – are our pick of the best of the best. Of course, what’s best for you will depend on your personal circumstances and needs.

Vine Court

Vine Court is simple and modern and a better-than-average option for undergrads. There is a choice of both catered or self-catered. The catered option provides cooked breakfast, a three-course dinner and some all-day offerings too.

It’s in and amongst the University of Liverpool buildings, so you’re unlikely to be too late to your lectures. There’s also a handy Tesco Express just across the road – great for all your pre-drink needs.

Rooms start at £171 per week.

Fontenoy Apartments

This is brand-new, premium, beautifully designed accommodation. There’s a flat-screen 32” TV standard in every room, a cinema room, and a gym – so we need not list the amenities that would come in student halls without these luxuries.

It’s also pretty central, with lots of bars close by, given it’s just ten minutes from Mathew Street. The most basic room there is a full studio for £154 per person per week. Not a bad option if you’re a postgrad with scholarship funding.

Grand Central

Grand Central is in a top-notch city-centre location: bang in the middle of the action, adjacent to Liverpool Lime Street station. From here you can walk to The University of Liverpool campus in ten minutes and LMJU in just eight. It’s also surrounded by supermarkets, shops and bars and pretty much everything you could expect from being so central.

They have options ranging from shared bathroom to en-suite to full-on studio apartments at a range of prices. The cheapest option is a shared bathroom flat for £101 per week, but you could have a very comfortable self-contained studio for £149. Of course, all the single rooms come with a shared kitchen area at the dispense of the three to six people on your floor.

It’s pretty modern in its furnishing and design for the most part, and features a common room with all the essentials – seating, vending machines, ping pong and pool.

These halls are mostly for undergraduates. Take heed, postgrads, you don’t want to be typing your dissertation surrounded by a bunch of rowdy freshers.

How Much Will Student Accommodation in Liverpool Cost?

On average, student accommodation Liverpool costs £152 per week. For an en-suite, it’s £129 per week and
for Studios Apartments, £181 per week.

Most properties will permit payment in instalments, rather than a lump sum for the year. This will typically
require you to have a guarantor – a UK-based adult who could pay this for you.

Can I Share Accommodation With A Friend Or Partner?

Yep, many halls of residence have options for dual occupancy’. Whilst many have this option for only a
little extra, or for free, other halls charge per person, so watch out for that catch.

What Are The Best Areas For Renting A Student House in Liverpool?

The Baltic Triangle

Bursting with both modern culture and a rich history, The Baltic Triangle is well-established as the’ place for young, cool, creative people in Liverpool. Just a short walk outside the city centre, it’s packed with shops, bars, restaurants and venues of all kinds. Many of the buildings are refurbished 18th-century warehouses that make for hipster havens and cavernous club venues. Despite all this, students of all budgets pitch their tents here, as the rent is pretty affordable. Indeed, the students certainly add to the culture here – for every bougie coffee shop there’s incredible street-art and a skate park to boot.

City Centre

Not too much needs to be said about this. A fair few students enjoy living in the centre and having everything on their doorstep – both amenities and university buildings. It’s obviously very well connected to other areas via bus routes and close to the train station. The stand-out Bold Street has rows of bars, restaurants and all the entertainment you could imagine. Naturally, the rent prices are the highest in the city, but if you can make it work, why not?

Wavertree

Boasting bars with £1 pint nights, tons of student discounts, and a takeaway on every corner with cracking deals, Wavertree is the archetypical student land. It is also home to Smithdown Road, an area known for its infamous pub crawl and the yearly Smithdown Road Festival, where local bars host almost hundreds of bands. Here, just south of the city centre, you will find an Aldi and an ASDA for your cheap groceries. The rent is also very student-friendly, and you will be surrounded by other students living here too. A twenty minute bus will take you to most Uni buildings and central Liverpool.

Kensington

Home to Paul McCartney Way, Ringo Starr Drive and John Lennon Drive, Kensington is where The Beatles first began to record their music together. Who wouldn’t want one of those addresses? Despite its historical and cultural significance, it remains a down-to-earth inner-city area with twelve percent of its population as students. Given its proximity to the Knowledge Quarter, it’s a pretty convenient place to hang your hat if you’re a student of one of the universities. There’s sufficient supermarkets, local shops and newsagents and the rent is one of the cheapest in Liverpool. It’s also home to the Victorian Newsham Park which was originally intended to be a model of Manhattan’s Central Park. Not long ago the lakes were closed due to toxic blue algae, but that’s just part of its charm.

What’s The Best Way to Get Around Liverpool?

Rail

Mersey rail trains run throughout the day across 68 stations in and around Liverpool. With 4 city centre underground stations, it’s pretty easy to nip across the centre.

A term-time pass’ will give you unlimited travel during term time only from £115.90. Purchase here.

Bike

A favourite of Liverpool’s student populace, the bike is the go-to option for many due to its almost non-existent running cost, and the city’s compact nature and regular bike lanes.

Bus

It’s environmentally friendly, convenient, relatively cheap and riding the 699 is a student rite of passage. There are two main city centre bus terminals: Queen Square and Liverpool ONE.

If you’re a UoL student, you can get an Arriva bus pass that’ll last you the full academic year for only £320 that will permit you unlimited travel on any of their busses. A single will cost you about £1.80.

Taxi

There’s always Uber, but failing that there’s rarely a shortage of taxis in the area. A major taxi rank can be found just outside of Liverpool Lime Street Station. Of course, you can always give Com Cabs a ring to pre-book your ride to the club.

How Much Does Student Life in Liverpool Cost?

You will need between £8,500 and £10,500 per academic year for your daily living expenses including accommodation, food and local travel. This comes to about £900 per month – making it arguably the cheapest of the major cities for student life.

And this is what you’re getting for your money (at the cost of that 9 AM lecture of course):

What are the Best Bars and Clubs in Liverpool?

The Cavern – A tourist hotspot for being one of the starting venues of The Beatles, but well worth the odd
visit.

The Blue Angel aka The Raz – The old jazz and rock venue has been a student cesspit since long before you
were born. An unavoidable night out as a student.

The Bierkeller – A staple venue for having one too many pints. Expect table dancing, live music, and leaving
with a beer-stained shirt.

Popworld – The corny spot your less cool friends will inevitably drag you to, but you secretly enjoy.

ArCains – An arcade combined with a bar. A really novel, fun night out with great fast food and craft beers,
located in the heart of The Baltic Triangle.

Modo – Double vodka mixer for £3.50. Huge garden smoking area. Big TVs for Liverpool and Everton
games.

Salt Dog Slims – A cosy, tastefully dilapidated Americana-style bar with a pool table. They serve quality
beer, cocktails, and great American night-out food. A secret gem of a party bar.

I’m sure by now you’re convinced that you’ve chosen a great city for university. It’s cheap, big, and rich in
culture. There’s plenty of brilliant places to call your student home Liverpool. Now just get some Wayne
Rooney interviews up on YouTube so you can practice deciphering that scouse accent and you’re all set to
go.

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