While lots of universities will have student accommodation available for first-year students, it's not always guaranteed that everyone will be allocated a place. Here students give us their tips...
Uni accommodation is often allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you're a late applicant – if you've got a place through clearing or adjustment (or maybe you were just a bit late getting your application in) – you can miss out.
But don’t panic! Here are some tips from current students on how to find alternative accommodation. We've also got advice on some of the other accommodation options out there...
There are not actually enough places in halls of residence for all first year students so it is likely that if Winchester is your insurance choice you will have to find private accommodation. Be active as soon as you are aware, join the Winchester Housing Facebook group and join up with others in the same area.
Use the university’s housing office
The university should have a housing office that will be able to give you advice. Don't be afraid to ask them! Most of the student housing includes all bills, but not all do so be sure to find out before paying a deposit. If you want to live away from home but not with other students, remember that it is always possible to rent a room in a house with a local family or homeowner, which will often mean better facilities than student housing.
If you have a good look around the property and meet the landlord in person then you should be able to tell whether it’s the right relationship for you to enter into or not.
In my experience, viewing as many properties as possible in your price range is advisable as it gives you a clearer idea of what is good and what is bad.
I didn't get into halls in my first year so I lived in private student accommodation: a house/building with 12 other first year students and I loved it! Especially considering all the rooms were en-suites and were SO much bigger than the rooms in halls! Plus it was in town so near to shops and living a bit away from the University gave me that extra space, privacy and independence. Only disadvantage I would say is that I could possibly have missed out on all the buzz in the Uni halls but I still managed to make friends and enjoy myself!