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Student housing

Where and how they live is even more important to students than the price of Hob-nobs and the range runs from castles to cardboard. No kidding.

The roof over your head directly affects your quality of life. If you haven’t got one it affects it even more.

Fortunately, very few students end up homeless, but that doesn’t mean they’re satisfied with the homes they’ve got.

You can love your course, the town you live in and have the best mates in the world — but if your ceiling leaks, your floor creaks, your heating’s bust, your tap drips (when it’s on or off) and only delivers cold water at the best of times, your roommates are a different species and basically you live in such a dump that you can’t sleep or work there properly... then it can not only make your student life miserable, but ruin your studies.

Especially if you’re paying a lot for the privilege.

Most student housing isn’t as bad as that, but even the fat part of the bell curve leaves a little to be desired.

Some things vary a lot from university to university, some things vary less.

Where and how the students are housed is one of the things that varies most of all.

As a result, because it’s also an aspect of student life where it’s easy enough to work out what’s likely to suit you and how that fits in with what each university has on offer, it should be a big factor when it comes to picking a university.

Whatever living arrangements you think will suit you, choose a university that not only offers that arrangement, but offers plenty of it at a cost you can afford.

So, given that each university makes different accommodation arrangements, what’s the spread?

Living in, living out, Issues for living in, Issues for living out, Getting it right, A few questions

Last updated on: 13 November 2008

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