UCAS application – complete
Student finance – complete
Well done! These are the two big steps and you have completed those together.
Next, your family member will need to decide where they want to live while studying their course. Some students choose to move away to attend university, meaning they need to seek out some new accommodation. The main choice here is whether they want to live in student accommodation, a private house/house share or at home with family. Additionally, there is the choice between rural vs city living.
Student accommodation are available to students attending university, although priority is given to first years and international students. The benefit of students living in student accommodation are:
- Making friends – students are able to meet lots of other students studying at the university and form friendships. Chances are, someone in their block will be on the same course.
- Choice – there is lots of choice of accommodation including same-sex halls, catered halls or quiet halls. This will differ from university to university though, and your family members preferred option may not be available at their first choice university.
- Cleaners – some university accommodation come with a cleaner. This means no hoovering or moping in communal areas (cleaners don’t usually clean students’ rooms or do the washing up).
- Forget those bills – many university accommodations include bills such as WiFi, electric and water. This is one less thing to worry about. It is worth noting that universities advise students to get room insurance.
- Safety – student accommodation are usually manned by security and/or wardens, who are on hand to ensure the safety and welfare of students.
For these reasons, university accommodation are usually a popular choice of many first year students. However, it isn’t the only option. Your family member may decide to live in a private rental, or with you or other family.
Living at home
Some students decide that they aren’t ready to move out of their family home, or they see the benefits of living at home while at university. Some reasons why students stay living at home include:
- Saving money – living at home with parents and/or family members is usually a cheaper option than living in university accommodation or private rentals
- Not ready to leave home yet – some students don’t feel ready to leave home and be independent yet – this is totally fine
- Want to focus more on their university studies – living at home usually benefits from less distractions meaning students are able to focus their free time on studying
- Have caring responsibilities – some students may care for someone which means they are tied to the family home
Most universities will have an accommodation office on campus. Your family member can go here to find local student letting agents who will find them a suitable private rental for them. Additionally, many students use ‘spare room’ which is a house/flat share service which finds rooms going for rent. For more guidance on how your family member can find a private rental, check out TheUniGuide.
Whether living in university accommodation, in a private rental or living with you and/or family, something your family member will always need to consider is transport. Students living at home may live further away from the university, meaning the cost of their transport to and from university may be higher than students living in university accommodation, which are usually within walking distance to the main campus.
Students are usually entitled to discounted travel including bus and train passes. The most popular of these are the 16-25 Railcard, which provides students with 30% off train ticket prices when a valid student card is shown. Local bus services such as Stagecoach also offer student bus passes, which can be found here. In London, there is the 18+ student oyster photocard which also awards students 30% off their travel costs.
Websites such as Student Beans, UNiDAYS and Save the Student will also help your family member find the best discounts for their travel needs.
Hartpury accommodation and transport
At Hartpury you can choose to live on-campus surrounded by Gloucestershire’s beautiful countryside or off-campus in the heart of Gloucester City centre.
Whichever option you go for, you’ll get the best of both rural and urban worlds. We’re located just five miles from Gloucester City centre, with buses that come right on to campus.
We give priority booking to first-year undergraduate students who make us their firm choice by the May UCAS deadline, as well as international students.
Getting around at Hartpury is easy. You can hop on one of the public buses that stop regularly on campus. Alongside that, we offer on-campus parking for student cars and have great relationships with local taxi firms.
Hartpury student accommodation