How to find the right accommodation for you
When it comes to finding a place to live during your studies, make sure you do your research and think about what’s important to you. Here are some key things you'll need to consider:
- Check conservatoire websites – they'll have information about the various accommodation options available to you, such as halls of residence close to campus.
- Think about private student accommodation – these are similar to halls of residence, but you won’t always be living with people who go to your conservatoire. There may also be different facilities available, and you might have more freedom as to what you can and can’t bring with you. Private halls are often owned by companies who build halls of residence near higher education providers all over the country, so a quick internet search will provide you with reviews on a national scale.
- Read the small print – most accommodation providers have strict guidelines and rules on what you can and can’t bring/have with you. There might be other important things you’ll need to know too, like parking restrictions and health and safety issues.
- Check what bills you’ll need to pay – the cost of living in halls of residence usually includes electricity and water bills, but you’ll still need to pay for things like insurance and a TV licence.
- Consider the essentials – you'll need things for your bedroom and kitchen. If you move into halls of residence, check what's there already so you don't buy things unnecessarily.
- Watch virtual tours – see what the campus and facilities are like from the comfort of your home!
- Find out about Unipol’s National Codes – make sure your accommodation is up to standard. These codes ensure what’s advertised is what you will get, repairs are made on time, and good general management.
- Look after your deposit – money.co.uk share everything you need to know about how to protect your deposit in their guest blog.
Private halls of residence
Student towns have lots of accommodation options, including private halls of residence. These aren't owned by your conservatoire. They're usually part of a UK-wide chain of purpose-built student accommodation. You could be living with students who don't go to your conservatoire.
Don't fancy living in halls? You could choose to rent a house or flat, either by yourself or with other students. This might mean living with students in their second or third years of study, but you could ask your conservatoire's accommodation office or students' union to see if there are other first years who are looking at private rented accommodation too.