As part of our continued commitment to giving students all the resources they need this summer, whether it be via our great course guides or promotions and internships, we have decided to take a look at a very important subject this afternoon; that of student accommodation.

Now that you all have your results and most of you will have also sorted out your clearing options, the next crucial step is where you are going to live for the next year. This decision can shape your studies as finding the right quality of accommodation is of paramount importance, as are the people you are going to live with. So, how do you find the perfect student accommodation?

Think About Location

This is something which really is location specific. The quality of student digs can vary greatly depending on whether you are off to do your degree in Liverpool, Newcastle, London or one of the United Kingdom’s other great locations.

So, the best advice really is to simply get your accommodation all sorted immediately, there is no time like the present and once you have this arranged you can get on with the rest of your summer with a great peace of mind.

What you can do, is get in touch with the Students Union at your prospective University as they will tell you the best landlords, companies and website to use. For example, Walton Robinson have come up with a terrific site for finding student accommodation in the north east of the country and there will be similar services available all around the UK. So, the message really is that there is no one size fits all solution, but acting now is definitely prudent – even if this is just research at this stage.

Other Considerations

The other things students are recommended to consider is who they will be living with and what part of the town or city to reside in. The friends you meet in your first student house could well to go on to be your best friends for the rest of your life, or it can end up being rather awkward. Don’t be afraid to ask to meet our potential housemates first to see if they are a good cultural fit. Similarly, you do not want to end up in a dangerous part of town, or miles away from campus.

Good research and planning, using the right resources and speaking to your University will all help you to get your student accommodation sorted at the right time and in the right way.

If you have some advice on student accommodation or any other aspect of student life, then Young Academic wants to hear from you. We are always on the lookout for campus correspondents and contributors, so just send your articles into us at [email protected]
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Charles Whitworth is the Editor of the Young Academic publications. Graduating from the University of Liverpool with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 2008, Charles learnt his trade in newsrooms such as IPC Media and Sky. He has now developed as a top sports, music and current affairs journalist and has been printed in a range of publications including The Guardian. His interests include Cricket, Football, Rugby, Music and Current Affairs. Fresh from the editorship of Student Times he now takes the reins at Young Academic - the premier student news portal. Connect with me on Google+

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