If you’ll be returning to university this autumn, you might be one of the many students that are moving from university halls to private student accommodation. But what are the differences between these two accommodation types? And what do you need to know before renting from a private company? Well, here at Let Pads, we are Preston’s leading student accommodation providers. We provide high quality accommodation for UCLan students across Preston, with properties situated close to the university itself, and the city centre. And this is our guide to everything you should know about the differences between halls of residence, and private student accommodation.

Moving from university halls to private student accommodation

So, what do you need to know about moving into private accommodation for the first time? Well, there can be some key differences, including:

  • Being responsible for your own rent- while most university halls of residence will take the rent money straight from your student loan, before it hits your bank account, every term, your private landlord might make different payment arrangements. For example, you might need to set up a direct debit for a monthly transaction instead, and this will be up to you to budget for the whole academic year.
  • Cleanliness- while some university halls of residence pay cleaners to clean the shared areas of your halls, including the living areas, bathrooms and kitchens, most private landlords wont provide this service. So you’ll need to take responsibility for keeping your new home clean and tidy.
  • The bedroom battle- unlike halls of residence, your private accommodation may not have the same size bedrooms. This means you’ll have to decide between you, who gets the biggest bedroom, and who is stuck with the box room.
  • Living with friends- for most people, the halls of residence are filled with people you dont know, doing different courses. Moving into a private student home means you can choose who to live, and this gives you the opportunity to move in with people you really want to spend time with.

For more information or advice about stunning student accommodation properties across Preston, get in touch with the team today, here at Let Pads.