Finding the right student accommodation in Newcastle

The thought of looking for student accommodation can seem daunting – many of us have been there before! You may feel a bit more comfortable reading our top tips when deciding which accommodation type suits you best. As experts in student letting we are here to make the letting process and start to your university year enjoyable and stress-free.

So, let’s get started – you have 4 student accommodation options to choose from:

University Halls

If it’s your first year of University and you’re living away from home, the University managed accommodation is your best pick. You will experience living away from home, without the worries of bills or landlords. The University Halls act as a stepping stone for many first year students as they can familiarize themselves with the areas before deciding where to rent private accommodation in the following year. The campuses are usually located not too far away, so you can minus out travel expenses and worrying about traveling far for student events.

Student Accommodation: Victoria Halls, Newcastle

University Halls: Victoria Halls, Newcastle

Pros:
‘¢ Perfect for 1st year students as you have the benefits of living away from home but not taking on full responsibility of renting private property.
‘¢ Great way to meet new people, especially when you’re new to the area everyone’s in the same boat.
‘¢ University will provide assistance if anything goes wrong with your accommodation.
‘¢ Close proximity of university campus.

Cons:
‘¢ You don’t get to choose who you live with so it’s not 100% guarantee you’ll like everyone.
‘¢ You might not get placed in your preferred accommodation.
‘¢ Shared kitchens, bathroom and social areas means potential mess and loud noise!

Private student blocks
The in-between University halls and private property; Private student blocks are similar to University halls yet are owned privately. They are usually presented in studio form or shared-rooms, and can include your own private bathroom and kitchen area. This is one step closer to renting a private property and one step away from living in University halls. Like the University halls, private student blocks includes communal areas such as dining and lounge, some even provide games rooms, on-site cinemas and Wi-Fi access.
Private student blocks are great if you don’t want the stress of budgeting, but do ask about any other additional costs so you can factor these in.

Student Accommodation: Glassworks, Newcastle

Private Student Blocks: Glassworks, Newcastle

Pros:
‘¢ Great if you have been in the University halls and loved the environment.
‘¢ A good stepping-stone to prepare yourself for renting private properties.
‘¢ Some blocks can include great perks like on-site cinemas & Wi-Fi.
‘¢ You have the option of rooms with a bathroom and kitchenette.
‘¢ Majority of student blocks are located near Universities, meaning you won’t have to travel far.

Cons:
‘¢ Living with a lot of other students means communal areas are prone to being messy and noisy.
‘¢ You don’t get to choose who you live with so it’s not 100% guarantee you’ll like everyone.
‘¢ Limited space: you may feel confined in your room.
‘¢ There may be additional costs, e.g. studio rooms are more expensive than en-suite rooms.

Private properties
If you aren’t too keen on the idea of living in University Halls or Private Student Blocks, renting a private property is the way to go. With renting a private property comes independence and responsibility. Budgeting will become an important factor when surviving university, read our tips on spending and saving here. Many second and third year students tend to lean toward renting as they get to choose who they live with (here are some tips to choosing your flat mates) and have bigger space. The whole renting process can seem daunting but we help students like you get sorted with a roof over your head as quickly and smoothly as possible in a great area and at a price you can afford. If you need assistance when choosing an area to live, read our Newcastle area guide for all you need to know. We understand your needs good transport, central location and your concerns legal matters and unseen costs. You can use our simple guide that shows how straightforward finding a property is.

Student Accommodation: Rokeby Terrace, Heaton

Private Accommodation: Rokeby Terrace, Heaton

Pros:
‘¢ You get to choose what type of property you live in, how many rooms and how much you want to spend. You also get to decide where you live and who you live with.
‘¢ You can opt for properties that offer bigger space, which will help when friends come over.

Cons:
‘¢ Budgeting will become a big deal, as you have to pay for bills to different parties, e.g. power company, internet, rent.

Living at home
The luxury of living at home. If you’re fortunate enough to live nearby University it definitely is an option to consider. It’s one way to cut the costs down, as you may not have to pay rent or any utility bills.

Will it have an impact on you social life? Not necessarily. You will just have to make a little more effort by attending events, joining clubs and sports teams to make friends. You may even have friends from high school that are going to the same University.

Pros:
‘¢ Great for saving money as you spend less on living costs
‘¢ You don’t have the hassle of moving your belongings around every year
‘¢ If you’re lucky you may have someone to cook and clean for you.

Cons:
‘¢ A little more effort is needed when socializing
‘¢ You have to abide by your parent’s house rules

If you want to discuss your living options, give us a call or send us a message, we’d love to help!

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