We have noticed the buzz around the university and are hearing students ask “who should I live with next year?” Well, take a look below at our advice about how you can make that decision and where to look for room mates:
Who do I live with?
Poppy Barr, a past student, has helped us out with a guide on ‘Accommodation in the city‘. Within her video she explains who she lives with and why she made that choice. The options you have to consider are:
- Live on your own – it’s OK to want your own space. There are a number of purpose-built halls, similar to university residences, which you can rent on a room-only basis. See a list of these on our website.
- Live with your course mates – obviously you’re going to be studying together, so why not live together too and always have someone on hand to help you out with a question about ‘that essay’.
- Live with your current flat mates – you’ve spent the last few weeks with each other and will know how you currently get on and whether you’ll work together.
- Society friends – If you’ve joined a club or society, why not consider living with them? It’s always good sharing hobbies and common interests with each other.
- Mix and match – If you have lots of people from different social circles that you want to live with, then why not just ask them? Take the lead and see what their thoughts are.
- Mix it up and meet new people – if you fancy a complete change next year, see details below about how you can find other students online to share with.
At the end of the day, it is YOUR decision, so take your time and choose wisely. Just remember that if you are accepting a contract in the next few weeks then you will be tied in to that contract for the duration of the year. So you will want to make sure that the people you live with are right as it’s not easy to terminate a legally-binding contract once accepted.
Finding flatmates online
Our Studentpad website has a ‘room mate finder’ facility where you can register your details in order to find other students who are looking to share private housing. So if you don’t know who to live with or are maybe away on a gap year then take a look and register your details to find other housemates. You can do this via the Studentpad Message Board.
The Housing Fair
Don’t forget that on Tuesday 20 November, between 11am and 2pm in The Great Hall, you can pop along to the Housing Fair which is run by the Students’ Guild. This is your opportunity to speak to local landlords, agents, and private providers about the accommodation they have available for next year. With plenty of other students attending, you might bump into someone who turns out to be your ideal flatmate!