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4 Ways to Find the Perfect Student Accommodation

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Written by Darren Callihan
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Edited by Sarah Claire Eleazer
For Residents January 10, 2024

Searching for a place to live can be an exciting yet daunting experience, especially for students. It can be a challenge to find the right spot while juggling classes, social activities, and a budget. However, with some planning and the right approach, you can navigate the process successfully. Follow along as we share valuable tips to help students across the UK find their ideal accommodation. 


1.  Start Your Search Early 

One of the most crucial tips when looking for university housing is to start the process early. The competition for student-friendly options can be fierce so it’s important to stay ahead. You’ll also want to weigh your options; do you want to live off-campus or on-campus?  

Begin your search several months in advance to give yourself ample time to explore various options and secure the perfect place. 


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2.  Consider Location 

Location is a critical factor when choosing a flat. Consider its proximity to your campus, public transportation, and essential amenities such as supermarkets and pharmacies. Convenience is a core aspect of student living, as calendars quickly fill up with classes, work-study programs, and jobs. The right location can be the key to mastering a busy schedule. 

Chapter Living serves multiple boroughs around London, providing not only a variety of locations but also term-based leases for a more convenient living arrangement that aligns with your schedule. 


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3.  Check for Amenities and Utilities 

When visiting different locations, ask about included amenities and utilities. Some communities include services such as water, gas, and waste removal in the rent, while others do not. Consider how these factors might affect your monthly budget and whether you'll need to set up your own accounts.  

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4.  Find Your Community 

Deciding whether to live alone or with flatmates is another important choice. Living with others can reduce costs significantly, but it's essential to find people who are compatible in terms of lifestyle, cleanliness, and financial responsibilities. Make sure to have open and honest discussions about expectations and responsibilities before moving in together.  

After moving in, discover different ways to participate in on-site events, locate study spaces, and connect in social areas available at many of our student properties. 


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Enrolling in university for the first time or picking classes for another term is a thrilling journey for students and families alike. Hunting for student housing should offer the same opportunity and excitement, especially when you approach it with the right strategy. Starting early, finding the best location, and doing thorough research are key to finding a comfortable and convenient place to live.  

With these tips, you can enjoy your search with confidence and make the most of your time as a student. 


Interested in more student housing content? Visit the Greystar blog to learn about our student brands, including Canvas and Chapter

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