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Results: Student accommodation: which is most moneysaving?

Halls of residence

17.24% • 5 votes

Private student halls

0% • 0 votes

Student house / flat found through your university

0% • 0 votes

Student house / flat rented privately

10.34% • 3 votes

House / flat specifically bought for you by your parents

0% • 0 votes

Sharing with non-students

0% • 0 votes

Renting a room in a landlord's home

0% • 0 votes

Stay at home with parents

79.31% • 23 votes

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29 votes in total.

  • FIRST POST
    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 20th Sep 16, 10:39 AM
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    Student accommodation: which of these saves you the most money?
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    • 20th Sep 16, 10:39 AM
    Student accommodation: which of these saves you the most money? 20th Sep 16 at 10:39 AM

    Students (new and old!)

    Whether you're a fresher starting university this year or a seasoned student well into your course, finding accommodation that's both suitable AND cost effective can be difficult.

    So we thought we'd ask which of the many accommodation options you feel saves you the most money?

    • Halls of residence
    • Private student halls
    • Student house / flat found through your university
    • Student house / flat rented privately
    • House / flat owned by your parents
    • Sharing with non-students
    • Renting a room in a landlord's home
    • Stay at home with parents

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    • adom_thomas
    • By adom_thomas 2nd Nov 16, 5:32 AM
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    • 2nd Nov 16, 5:32 AM
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    • 2nd Nov 16, 5:32 AM
    Stay home with parents is the best option when university is located in the same city! But when university is located in another city then flat found through the university is best!
    • dimbo61
    • By dimbo61 12th Nov 16, 8:15 PM
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    • 12th Nov 16, 8:15 PM
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    • 12th Nov 16, 8:15 PM
    Normally I would say staying at home with parents but the costs of living and travel in London may actually make moving to a big Northern city worthwhile.
    Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle, Birmingham, etc
    Food, travel, accommodation, entertainment and everyday essentials cost so much more in London that moving up north to study and find a career may pay
    • boliston
    • By boliston 12th Nov 16, 8:29 PM
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    • 12th Nov 16, 8:29 PM
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    • 12th Nov 16, 8:29 PM
    I studied in london and paid nothing for travel as i cycled and walked everywhere - i fact i remember the huge amount of totally free entertainment (museums, conerts etc) on offer and dont remember spending a fortune on food either. I was in quite basic student halls without ensuite etc and very small room (room for bed and desk only) but when you are a student you dont worry about luxuries.
    • KeepOnKnitting
    • By KeepOnKnitting 23rd Nov 16, 4:06 PM
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    • 23rd Nov 16, 4:06 PM
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    • 23rd Nov 16, 4:06 PM
    I don't know how anyone can say halls of residence. They are extortionate compared to a houseshare.
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    • boliston
    • By boliston 23rd Nov 16, 7:42 PM
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    • 23rd Nov 16, 7:42 PM
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    • 23rd Nov 16, 7:42 PM
    I don't know how anyone can say halls of residence. They are extortionate compared to a houseshare.
    Originally posted by KeepOnKnitting
    Halls are often in a far better central location - a lot of house shares are in suburban areas.
    • Lily-Rose
    • By Lily-Rose 23rd Nov 16, 9:49 PM
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    • 23rd Nov 16, 9:49 PM
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    • 23rd Nov 16, 9:49 PM
    Obviously living with parents is cheaper - especially if you pay nothing to them! (Or very little.)

    But most people don't have that choice as the uni is often too far away. And even if the uni is only 20-30 miles away; when you factor in paying your parents board and lodgings, and having to travel to the uni most days, it may not work out much better.

    Plus, you can't have the full uni experience if you're home with your folks. 'Coming to the party tonight Lily???' 'Errr no, I need to get the 5 o clock train home...' Wow. Great uni life eh?

    BTW, I wouldn't say halls are extortionate compared to house share. My daughter paid £85 a week for halls, and that included all bills (electric, gas, and water rates...) It didn't include internet (though that was only £55 for the year.) And it never included food.

    Her house share was £100 a week, and that included electric and gas and water rates too, and they didn't pay council tax because they were students.

    So halls and house share were much of a muchness.
    Last edited by Lily-Rose; 23-11-2016 at 9:52 PM.
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    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 23rd Nov 16, 11:58 PM
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    • 23rd Nov 16, 11:58 PM
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    • 23rd Nov 16, 11:58 PM
    Obviously living with parents is cheaper - especially if you pay nothing to them! (Or very little.)

    But most people don't have that choice as the uni is often too far away. And even if the uni is only 20-30 miles away; when you factor in paying your parents board and lodgings, and having to travel to the uni most days, it may not work out much better.

    Plus, you can't have the full uni experience if you're home with your folks. 'Coming to the party tonight Lily???' 'Errr no, I need to get the 5 o clock train home...' Wow. Great uni life eh?

    BTW, I wouldn't say halls are extortionate compared to house share. My daughter paid £85 a week for halls, and that included all bills (electric, gas, and water rates...) It didn't include internet (though that was only £55 for the year.) And it never included food.

    Her house share was £100 a week, and that included electric and gas and water rates too, and they didn't pay council tax because they were students.

    So halls and house share were much of a muchness.
    Originally posted by Lily-Rose
    It depends, when I was at college in 2000, it was £48 a week for halls, but £45-£60 a week for private let, only thing we didn't get (bar internet but no one had it then) was we paid for own washing at £2.50 a time

    The property I had in 1999 was £45 a week for private house but that only was part inclusive of bills i.e if the bill went over the agreed amount we paid.

    When I was at uni in 2007 the campus I stayed at was £65 a week for halls, private lets were £45 for tiny rooms not inclusive, £65 average inclusive (but better than many peoples actual homes!) Main campus was £120 a week but fully catered (3 meals a day 7 days a week and included very fast internet)

    Last time the halls I went to in 2000 were open they were £90 a week and they closed saying they never got custom, well thats because for one the uni campus moved 3/4 of a mile away but also private lets were £50-£65 a week average without bills and £60-£70 inclusive of everything!

    But in general halls are more expensive, in Glasgow its around £120 a week for private halls, and £90-£100 a week for a west end houseshare all inclusive but in beautiful buildings.

    The uni has a few halls around £70-£90 a week but tiny rooms.
    • Christine29
    • By Christine29 27th Mar 17, 3:25 PM
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    • 27th Mar 17, 3:25 PM
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    • 27th Mar 17, 3:25 PM
    Well, when I was a student I used to both rent and stay with my parents. Actually, for a year I used to combine these two, cause I wanted to save money for a trip. WIthout a doubt, when you are living alone you sort of gain freedom, you depend on no one etc. but you have to count on yourself only. You cannot live alone and ask your parents for money, cause this makes no sense. Whilst living with your parents means that you are 'obliged' to abide their rules and stuff, but at the same time you can save up for a new laptop, summer vacations etc. So it fully depends on you nad what you want.
    • Tammykitty
    • By Tammykitty 27th Mar 17, 3:34 PM
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    When I was at Uni, the catered halls were actually the cheapest option overall.


    Although, they were very old towerblock buildings.


    In catered, you had to move out for a month at Christmas. Month at Easter and then the summer as well - this is why they actually were cheaper overall
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    • tower
    • By tower 2nd Jun 17, 7:17 PM
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    I don't know how anyone can say halls of residence. They are extortionate compared to a houseshare.
    Originally posted by KeepOnKnitting
    Normally you have to rent for 52 weeks, in halls it's between 30-42 weeks...
    • thepurplepixie
    • By thepurplepixie 3rd Jun 17, 9:04 PM
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    With my kids halls were cheaper. With both they chose the cheapest halls, if they had wanted en-suite they could have paid double. They had no bills, no travel expenses as they could walk everywhere and the cleaner kept it all quite civilised.
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