Top 5 UK universities for accommodation

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Last updated Jun 6, 2020

Dreaming about getting into an Ivy League college or Oxford & Cambridge is the easy part, but actually getting into one is the most challenging part. You need to have a near-perfect GPA or grades whatever is applicable, write an essay that has an impact, go through rounds of interview, and most of the time if not leave your home may it be shifting your town, city, state or even country. Meticulous planning is required to get that perfect college application and even more so is necessary after getting into the college. Getting into the college of your dreams involves a lot of planning regarding how to study, what extracurricular activities to attend, what part-time jobs to do; but after getting into your desired college, the plan required shifts to the visa application, loan application, search for accommodation. 

Finding comfortable accommodation is very important since it will be spending most of your time, where you will wind down, where you will make friends and so much more. Here’s a ranking wise list of the best uni accommodations in the UK.

Liverpool Hope University

With a history extending more than 175 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a strong tradition of scholarship and research in critical disciplines. It has 2 main teaching campuses. Hope Park is situated in a leafy suburb of Liverpool and is a mini educational village. The Creative Campus in the city’s centre is the home to the subjects of their creative and performing art. Both campuses have seen significant investment in recent years, so traditional architecture now sits beside contemporary buildings and facilities.

Accommodation:

On-Campus

Hope Park- Hope Park is the main teaching campus and the hub of the academic, administrative and conference activity of the university. The 532 rooms are reserved for first-year undergrads and include both en-suite and shared facilities rooms. All rooms are single occupancy and have internet access. Living at Hope Park, you will have access to our main library, IT labs, a laundrette, campus shops, several eateries, sports complex, Students’ Union office and bar.

Creative Campus- The Creative Campus is the second of Liverpool Hope’s teaching campuses, and it includes the historic Cornerstone Building, Reading Room, Cornerstone Café. There are 188 en-suite for 1st-year undergraduates and returning undergraduates. Living at Creative Campus, you’ll have access to a library, a reading room, an IT lab, a laundrette and various catering outlets. There’s a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants within walking distance of the campus.

Aigburth Park- Aigburth Park is a residential campus approx 3 miles from Hope Park and the city centre, just around the corner from all the bars, cafes and shops on Lark Lane, and the beautiful Sefton Park. If you live at Aigburth Park, you’ll have access to an IT lab, a laundrette and an ample social space, as well as free wi-fi in all rooms.

Off-Campus

Cedar House- This student accommodation provides en-suite rooms and studio rooms. Irrespective of the room type residents can enjoy key access, wi-fi connection and CCTV security. There is 24/7 on-site staff available. The additional amenities offered by the accommodation are on-site laundry, on-site maintenance, bike storage and even parking.

Grove Street Studios- This accommodation proffers 1-bed apartment, 2-bed non-en-suite apartment and studios; all the rooms come furnished and with internet access. This is a secure facility with CCTV and secure key access. A TV room, a laundry and an outside area are provided for the students to relax in. A management team is on-site for the resident’s assistance.

Art School Lofts– This accommodation proffers en-suite rooms, 1-bed apartments and studios; all the rooms come furnished and with internet access. This is a secure facility with secure key access and CCTV. A living room, study room, gym, TV room, a laundry and an outside area are provided for the students to relax in. A management team is on-site for the resident’s assistance.

Harper Adams University

Top UK universities for accommodation

Since it was founded in 1901, Harper has been designed to meet the challenge of a growing population and their demands. Set on a 635-hectare farm, they are the leading specialist university tackling the future development of our planet’s food production, processing, animal sciences, engineering, land management and sustainable business.

Accommodation:

On-Campus

Harris Hall (Catered en-suite)- This is a lively, mixed Hall of Residence that is home to nearly a hundred students, with an even mix of girls and boys on each floor. All the residents enjoy the luxury of an en-suite study bedroom within this ideally situated residence.

Boughey Hall (Catered Standard)- Boughey Hall features five individual blocks, all housed within a three-storey building. Part of this Hall is home to students under 18 years of age studying on the Extended Foundation Degree (year 0). The rest is home to students over the age of 18 from different course groups. The hall includes a communal room for the use of residents.

Princess Royal Hall (Self-Catered en-suite)- Princess Royal Hall offers comfortable en-suite accommodation over four floors. The kitchens are fantastically well equipped with a refrigerator(s), cooker(s), kettle, toaster, microwave and a dining area.

University Houses (Self-Catered & Catered shared)- These are shared houses rather than traditional halls of residence, with a mix of single and shared study bedrooms for undergrads, international students and postgrads. All the bedrooms are of different shapes and sizes, each with their own character and great views of the campus and surrounding countryside. 

Off-Campus

Newport Student Village– This student accommodation offers a choice between bronze, silver, gold and platinum en-suite rooms as well as a one-bedroom flat too. The campus organizes activities and events as a tool to socialize and has a communal and games room for fun.

Edge Hill University

Top UK universities for accommodation

Edge Hill University has gained Gold, the highest rating in TEF, for delivering ‘learning and outcomes for its students, consistently outstanding teaching’. ‘The quality of support and engagement infrastructure for students’ has also received international acclaim through a Global Teaching Excellence Spotlight Award. As a leading university, they are dedicated to creating opportunity from knowledge – a philosophy that drives their teaching, their academic research, and their commitment to providing you with an outstanding student experience leading to a rewarding career.

Accommodation:

On-Campus

Chancellors Court and Chancellors South- Chancellors Court and Chancellors South consist of 14 halls of residence situated close to Edge Hill Sport and Creative Edge on the eastern side of the campus. The halls ranked in the top 25 in the StudentCrowd Best UK Student Accommodation Awards 2019, scoring highly for management, value for money and social experience.

Founders East and Founders West- Founders East and Founders West consist of 12 halls of residence in total which are located close to the Arts Centre at the front of the campus. The room comes with a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe, drawers, bedside storage and a mini-fridge. A flat-screen/monitor is provided that can be enabled to receive Freeview for TV Licence holders.

Palatine Court- Palatine Court comprises seven halls of residence which are located at the front of the campus near the Main Building. The room comes with a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe, drawers, bedside storage and a mini-fridge with en-suite shower room. A flat-screen TV/monitor is provided that can be enabled to receive Freeview for TV Licence holders.

Off-Campus

You can get in touch with the Accommodation Team on 01695 657555, email accommodation@edgehill.ac.uk or tweet @StudentsEHU.

Loughborough University

Loughborough University

Their stunning single-site Campus is the university’s most glorious asset, measuring 440 acres in total. Every course offers students the chance to undertake a placement year. They give you an exciting opportunity to work or study abroad during your studies. They actively encourage an enterprising spirit in their students, which is why they give you the support you need for your idea to take off.

Accommodation:

Loughborough Campus

On-Campus

Undergraduate

Cayley (Catered)- This Hall is named after Sir George Cayley, a Yorkshire baronet, who laid down the foundations of modern science aerodynamics. Situated in the village, Cayley is at the heart of campus and near the lecture theatres, sporting facilities the university’s library and the students’ union. 

Butler Court (Self-Catered)- Named after Sir Clifford Butler, Vice-Chancellor of the University from 1975-1985. Butler Court is a very tight-knit community where morale is high, and there is a great social life. 

Postgraduate

Forest Court (Self-Catered)- Forest Court was built in the 1960s. After a management deal between Loughborough University and Derwent Living in 1999, the hall was subsequently transferred to the Student Beehive Group in June 2014. Situated 15 minutes walk to campus and on the edge of the town’s centre. 

Harry French (Self-Catered)- This accommodation takes its name from Dr Harry French, an engineer/physicist, Chairman of Council 1981-1986 and Senior Pro-Chancellor. Located on a split site, on either side of Ashby Road, just 200 metres from campus. This is a friendly and relaxed close-knit community, set in gardens and best situated for students who want to be near the town as well as the campus.

Off-Campus

Kingfisher Halls– This accommodation proffers en-suite rooms, one-bed flats and studios across multiple halls. Free laundry facilities and a high-speed wi-fi network are provided to the students. Common room with a pool table, gym and a 65″ TV with free Netflix, hot tub and BBQ area are provided for the students to relax and unwind.

Radmoor House– This student accommodation proffers en-suite rooms and studios. All rooms have a 32″ flat-screen TV. The large outdoor grass lawn provides an escape to the outdoors and is a great social area for students to relax and enjoy.

London Campus

On-Campus

Claredale House- Claredale house has a total of 59 flats, with a majority consisting of 4 bedrooms with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Set around a beautiful internal courtyard, each room in Claredale House is fully-furnished, centrally-heated and includes Internet access. The accommodation has a dedicated team of sub-wardens available 24 hours to provide an inclusive, safe and respectful environment for living and learning.

Off-Campus

Stratford One– It is located just a short walk from Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, which is the largest shopping centre in Europe. It also has a cinema room, computer suites, games room and exquisite views beyond from the Sky Lounge viewing room and across the Olympic Park. This is a safe living environment, and all residents benefit from 24-hour security with on-site customer service and maintenance teams available if you need be.

Blithehale Court– This student accommodation provides en-suite rooms and studio rooms. You can enjoy a wi-fi connection, contents insurance and CCTV security Irrespective of your room choice. There is 24/7 on-site staff for the students. Some of the accommodation’s amenities are on-site laundry, on-site maintenance, bike storage, vending machines, a common area and outdoor space.

Charles Morton Court– Charles Morton Court has on-site warden and out-of-hours contact centre. This accommodation provides en-suite rooms, studio apartments and studio apartments with a bath. All the rooms have a bed, kitted kitchen, storage space. It has ANUK accreditation. It provides residents with on-site laundry and a common room.

Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University

After choosing Aberystwyth University, you’ll be studying in an uncomparable location. On the west coast of Wales between the Cambrian Mountains and Cardigan Bay, you’ll be part of a friendly, outward-looking community where the far horizon inspires aspiration and ambition. A place where students have been coming here since 1872, drawn by their reputation for teaching excellence and exceptional student experience. They guarantee university-owned or managed accommodation for all first-year students. 

Accommodation:

On-Campus

Fferm Penglais (Self-catered Residences)- Fferm Penglais is situated across the road from the Penglais Campus, which can be safely accessed via a footbridge. It offers students the latest in purpose-built en-suite student and studio accommodation. Within comfortable walking distance of the university’s academic buildings, this new residence provides an excellent environment for living and studying with generous en-suite bedrooms and high specification studio apartments, including hard-wired and wi-fi internet access. A convenient central service area provides café with a pool table and 24/7 study areas, bike stores, shop, vending, laundry rooms, social and sporting facilities.

Pantycelyn (Catered Residences)- From September 2020 Pantycelyn, Wales’ most famous hall of residence will offer brand new en-suite accommodation for up to 200 students who wish to live through the medium of Welsh, exciting social spaces, games facilities and fully equipped study rooms. A five-minute walk from the Penglais campus and town, Pantycelyn is the beating heart of Aberystwyth University’s vibrant Welsh-speaking community.

Off-Campus

Alexandra Hall- This accommodation proffers non-en-suite rooms, en-suite rooms and apartments. This accommodation offers fully furnished rooms as well as wi-fi. A Common Room, a TV (communal), a Laundry Room and On-Site Maintenance are some of the property facilities.

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