Accommodation: What you need to know

When looking for accommodation whether that being a first year, second or third year student, there are some things you need to look out for: the location, how much it is, the contract type etc.

First thing, the location. Looking for a flat coming to University can be quite daunting as you may not know exactly what type of accommodation you would ideally like. At Edge Hill, there are mainly halls that consist on en-suite bedrooms, with a shared kitchen. These types of accommodation hold between 6,8 or 12 people. So if you prefer the quieter space, the 6 flat halls might be the best decision for you. Whereas, if you’re going into 2nd or 3rd year, you may want to look at how far away it is from the Uni itself, as well as how close it is to roads and possibly the town centre too (this will come in handy when you do food shops).

Looking at the financial side of accommodation is crucial. You want to make sure you’re getting the best out of your money, whether this may be all bills included or, a slightly cheaper room because its a single bed. All of this should be taken into consideration as you don’t want to be getting ripped off. Also, when looking into housing contracts, especially for 2nd and 3rd year students, its important to see what the retainer and deposit is like, as this may be quite expensive and, keep in mind that your maintenance loan doesn’t come in until the next academic year. Also, in the contract will be how many weeks the accommodation is available to you for. If you’re wanting to live away from home a bit more, the extended contracts would probably be more preferable to you however, the contracts can run from anything between 44 weeks through to 52 weeks.

Ellis x

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