Many universities provide university halls of residence to international students with undergraduate first-year students guaranteed a place. If you wish to secure university accommodation, then you will need to contact them in advance to secure a place. Universities also support international students to find private accommodation.
It is very important you take the time to find suitable accommodation before you sign a contract. If you do sign a contract in the UK, it is hard to break those contracts and you will be liable for the entire rent even if you choose to move from the property. The landlord can take you to court to pay the outstanding rent plus additional court costs.
Top Tips for finding accommodation:
- Decide whether you want to live either in university managed accommodation or private housing depending on your preference.
- University accommodation have different pricing for your preference such as slightly higher rent for en-suite accommodation.
- Private housing is managed by either private landlords or estate agencies who act on behalf of landlords.
- Most universities also will help you find private accommodation through their accommodation office.
- Ensure you read the details of the properties, including utilities bills inclusive or not, how close it is to your university, local amenities such as supermarkets