University halls (or halls of residence) are one of the most popular types of accommodation for first-year students. They’re a great place to meet new friends as well as often being one of the cheapest options
According to NUS, the average weekly rent for university halls in 2015 - 2016 was £134.23, making them quite a bit cheaper than private accommodation. Another big pull is that utility bills are usually included in your rent, one less thing for you to worry about when you first move away from home.
If you plan on going home outside of term time, then university halls could be ideal because the average contract length is 41 weeks, meaning that you won’t be paying for the time you’re not there.
You could save money on travel too, because lots of university halls are either on or close to your campus. That said, if your campus isn’t close to the city centre or you don’t have a shop in walking distance, travel costs can soon add up. Make sure you find out where your halls would be and work out how much travelling you’d need to do so you can budget for travel cards or taxi fares.
Some university halls have the option to get catered accommodation. If you’ve not had time to polish up your cooking skills yet, it’s a far more cost-effective option than getting takeaways.
University-owned accommodation will be accredited by one of three schemes: UUK, ANUK or Unipol. This means you’ll get a certain level of safety and quality, so if something isn’t right at your accommodation, your landlord has to do something about it.