Student accommodation refers to the types of places you may be living in once you start university. The main ones include:
Take a look at our student accommodation guides if you're in the process of looking to secure digs for this autumn, which has lots more information about the options available, and will help you decide which one is right for you.
Usually, you will only be allowed to apply for student accommodation at the university once you have been offered a place.
Sometimes, universities will let you apply if they are your insurance option, although many will only invite accommodation applications if they are your firm choice.
Although you can’t apply while you’re still waiting for your offer, it is worth doing your research in advance so that you can make your application as soon as they open. Accommodation is usually allocated on a first-come, first-served basis – and some unis can't guarantee all first-year students a place in halls.
Also be aware that universities often have deadlines for applying, well before the start of your course (normally the first week of August), so don’t leave it till the last minute to make your application.
Applications are typically made online. You usually put down a number of preferences – your preferred accommodation residence as well as your preferred type of room (standard, ensuite, catered etc).
Accommodation officers will do their best to match you to your preferences, but some residences will be very over-subscribed. This means that unfortunately you won't be guaranteed to get your first choice.
A deposit of up to £500 will then be required to secure your accommodation.
To help you save money at university, and not get further into debt, we recommend you follow these top tips to make sure you stay free of financial woes during your studies:
For more top tips on budgeting and saving money at university, take a look at our student budgeting, money and finance guides.
A gap year is typically a year-long break taken before or after university to take part in some type of learning, educational or travelling experience, or to work (either paid or as a volunteer).
Most students who opt to take a gap year do so to enhance their CV, travel, learn new skills, make friends, experience a different culture and/or challenge themselves.
These are a lot of benefits, but it taking a gap year also has its downsides, such as being a year behind your secondary school friends, can be very expensive, and you risk becoming ill overseas (especially if you are planning on visiting remote or third world countries).
For more information on the pros and cons of a gap year, take a look at our gap year guides.
To keep yourself healthy at university, we recommend following these top tips:
All of these will help you stay in a good state of physical and mental health, so you're ready for lectures, studying, socialising, and anything else that comes your way during uni life!
To secure a part-time job at university, we recommend you:
For more tips and advice on finding a part-time job at university, as well as careers advice for when you graduate, please see our student jobs and careers guides.
Ways to make new friends when starting uni include:
For more tips and advice on socialising at university, read our student socialising guides.
There are many reasons you might choose to take your higher education overseas. These include:
If this sounds like an adventure you might be willing to try, take a look at our studying abroad guides for more information adnd advice.
To help you study better at university, we recommend you follow these top tips:
If you want to learn more about studying effectively at university, read our studying and revision guides for lots of information and advice.
To apply for a degree programme in the UK, you will need to:
For more detailed information and advice on filling out your UCAS application form, please see: