University is where memories are made that stay with you for a lifetime.
Students work hard to get into their desired university and have high expectations of what this time will be like.
Over the last year, the pandemic has restricted the university experience in many ways.
We have read reviews by students whose reality this year has not been what they expected or hoped for.
It certainly has been a challenging time. A degree at the end of years of study is the goal, but having a blast with your mates is also high up there on the priorities. And it’s that part of uni that has largely been put on pause over the last year.
One student put it like this:
During my first year everything has been dampened by covid…
We’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with social restrictions lifting and venues opening up. Students heading to university this September can look forward to a fuller university experience once again with no limits on social contact and no sticking within bubbles (we hope!). If that’s you, we’re sure you'll be wanting to make the most of these freedoms and maximise the opportunities that university uniquely offers you.
Have you thought about how your accommodation can help you do that?
Private accommodation providers are leading the way in offering student accommodation that is highly social, tailored to students’ needs and can even specifically support your studies (and did we mention, highly fun?!).
Check out some of the options we’ve highlighted here. To do more research into university accommodation, check out our review platform to find the right accommodation for you.
Spaces designed for connecting
Fitness suites, residents club lounges and on-site cinema are some of the communal spaces that come as standard in the buildings owned by provider Collegiate. In fact, some of their bigger properties boast extra social spaces such as roof terraces, dinner party rooms, karaoke lounges, nightclubs and bars.
In addition, one of the things that Collegiate love to provide for their students is regular social events. We’re reading some rave reviews about these organised events and the positive impact they have on the atmosphere in the building.
Student Review of The Eclipse in Cardiff
With my new friends from all over the world I can go to the private gym, the dining room, the cinema, the Karaoke Room or the private event location (Cleanliness is outstanding).
Student Review of The Neighbourhood Cardiff
Great location on the city road with accessibility to City Centre and nearby parks. Amazing rooms with TV and sociable common areas. Regular events, competitions, and Friday online movie nights keep the accommodation cheerful. Staff and concierge are very helpful and available 24/7. Overall, this accommodation is worth considering.
Extra features to support your studies
Have you considered that your accommodation could uniquely support you in your particular course? Provider The Student Housing Company offers accommodation that is designed with students in mind. Austen House (Southampton) has 11 social spaces including an art and textiles room, a photography room and a sound-proof music room!
Student Review of Ablett House in Liverpool
I really enjoy living in Ablett House... The staff here are so kind and really look after their students. They do events, give out prizes and mark celebratory days which makes each week different and there is always something to look forward to. They go above and beyond to take care of you and are always up for a chat. I have always felt safe and secure whilst living here...
Properties focused on your health
Student accommodation offers a sense of community and properties owned by Study Inn feature social spaces which are designed to do just that. Sky lounges, cinema rooms and games rooms with pool and table tennis encourage residents to interact with neighbours they don’t yet know and hang out with friends they do. Study Inn’s properties go a step further in championing the well-being of students with their state-of-the-art facilities which include a wellness spa, a sauna and steam room, hot beds and a gym.
Study Inn also host a monthly social events programme at each of their sites. These events, which have been taking place virtually during the pandemic, give students the chance to get involved in a variety of different activities such as yoga and meditation classes, craft classes, fitness workouts, cooking lessons, climate change webinars and poetry reading.
Student Review of Study Inn Bristol - Marlborough House
Marlborough House is really a nice accommodation! Officers here are very friendly! They prepare a big dinner for our Chinese New Year and many decorations which make us feel at home!
University is about so much more than studying just to get a degree. Wherever you end up, we hope you are able to enjoy the full university experience in the upcoming academic year and we hope that you find accommodation that will help you thrive.
Confused about all the different choices of where to live as a student? Our article can help you weigh up what’s important to you
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