For Freshers: The Top Cities for Student Accommodation in the UK
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For Freshers: The Top Cities for
Student Accommodation in the UK
The number of international students in UK universities is on the rise, no doubt about
it. As a matter of fact, the 2013-14 survey of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa)
reveals that there are around 18 per cent of overseas students in higher education in the
country. A study by the British Council, on the other hand, shows that the figure may
increase by 10 per cent over the next decade.
The researchers predict that India, instead of China, will send the most students. This
has prompted an increase in demand for rental properties. As student accommodation is big
business in the UK, industry professionals have decided to compile a list of go-to places.
Ida Places for Students
One of the most exciting parts of studying abroad is finding an ideal place to stay.
From figuring out the monthly budget to meeting new roommates, living in student
accommodation can be an overwhelming experience full of passive-aggressive Post-it
notes and unprepared nights outs. Above all, the right accommodation is all about
• Nottingham – Home to the Nottingham Trent University and University of
Nottingham, overseas students can have some bargains in Nottingham. This city
offers access to quality two-bed flats, with rents starting from as low as £55 per
week to £70 a week.
• London – London is one of the most stable places for students. It is one of the
safest cities when renting privately as well. Students can enjoy the best rates of
£28.50 to £35.50 and the ultimate in flexibility.
• Oxford – Property prices in Oxford are second only to London. The city offers a
broad range of safe and comfortable student rentals.
For many overseas students, part of the university life is looking for ways to reduce
expenses and get the most value for money. This is the reason the type of accommodation
has become a key factor when renting.
In the UK, students can choose to live in a hostel or low-rise apartment. According to
The Independent, “Older properties with multiple rooms are often a good bet, and many
landlords choose to let the rooms on an individual basis, rather than renting the whole
house to boost their income. In many cases, students are happy to forgo a living room and
use it as an extra bedroom.”
With the prices of houses fluctuating and tuition fees rising around the country, it is
important for students to determine where they should be living. Getting the right balance
between safety, quality and monthly rent can be easy with a thorough research. To have
the ideal accommodation, weighing the benefits and downsides of each option can help.