How To Pick Your Student Accommodation

Alexandra Greenhalgh
27.02.24 – 06 Mins Read

Choosing where to live when you’re studying is a big decision; after all, this is where you will start your journey into university life.

Many new students in the UK stay in halls during their first year, but did you know that you don’t have to live in university accommodation? There are so many more options than you might think.

Living in private accommodation, like our Vita Student residences, has many extra benefits that you might not have considered.

Keen to learn more? Keep on reading…

Living at Vita Student allows you to be your very best while at university. Our all-in service, including weekday breakfast, utility bills, 24/7 gym, and housekeeping, lets you focus on your studies and university experience.


  • Safe and secure studio apartments designed for students, all including an ensuite bathroom in every room.
  • Modern facilities and design, in buildings right in the centre of where you’ll want to be as a student living in a new city.
  • Make friends and connections at our world-famous events that take place within our buildings – we’re known for partnering with some of the world’s biggest brands like La Mer, Patron, Harvey Nichols and Mulberry.
  • We go beyond the norm and give you a springboard for success, with access to free career talks, CV advice and our exclusive alumni network.

Like the sound of what you’ve read so far? 

We’re the only student accommodation with everything covered, so many of our buildings sell out quickly. If you want to be a part of it, the best thing to do is to get in touch

If you’re still weighing up your options, here are our top things to consider when choosing student accommodation!

Consideration 1: What is your budget?

First and foremost, before applying for any kind of student accommodation, you need to have a clear idea of your budget. 

You may be getting a maintenance grant from the government, or perhaps you have support from your family. Whatever way you fund your accommodation, you still need to consider the following factors…

Setting a Budget: Before you start looking for accommodation, determine how much you can afford to spend on rent each month. Be realistic about your financial situation and consider all potential expenses, including utilities and other living costs.

Compare Prices: Research different accommodation options in your desired area and compare prices. Keep in mind that prices can vary based on factors such as location, amenities, and the type of accommodation (shared bathroom, ensuite room, studio, etc.).

Consider All Costs: When comparing prices, make sure to consider all costs associated with each accommodation option. This includes the monthly rent, any upfront fees (such as security deposits), and additional expenses like utilities, internet, and laundry facilities.

Explore Different Housing Options: Don’t limit yourself to just one accommodation type. Consider options like university halls of residence, private student housing, shared houses or flats, and even homestays. Each option may have different price points and amenities, so explore all your choices before deciding.

Factor in Location: While accommodation closer to campus or city centres may be more expensive, it could save you money on transportation costs in the long run. Consider the trade-offs between price and location and decide what’s most important to you.

Read the Small Print: Before signing any lease or rental agreement, make sure to carefully read and understand all terms and conditions, especially regarding rent increases, lease length, and any additional fees or charges.

Consideration 2: Where is the student accommodation located?

When selecting student accommodation, location is a crucial factor that can significantly impact your overall experience. 

Here are some key considerations to help you pick student accommodation based on its location:

Proximity to Campus: Choosing accommodation that is conveniently located near your university or college campus will save you time and money on daily commutes and make it easier for you to attend classes, use library facilities, and participate in campus activities.

Amenities and Facilities: Consider what amenities and facilities are available near the accommodation. Look for nearby supermarkets, pharmacies, and convenience stores where you can purchase essentials. Also, check if restaurants, cafes, takeaways, or eateries are nearby for dining options.

Cultural and Recreational Opportunities: Explore the cultural and recreational opportunities near the accommodation. Look for nearby parks, museums, theatres, cinemas, art galleries, and other cultural attractions where you can relax, socialise, and explore your interests outside of academics.

Transport Links: Assess the accessibility of public transportation from the accommodation. Check for nearby bus, train, tram, or tube stations connecting you to other parts of the city or town. Having good transport links will make exploring the area easier and travelling to different destinations.

Proximity to Family and Friends: Consider the proximity of the accommodation to your family home or to friends who live in the area. Being close to family and friends can provide you with a support network and a sense of familiarity, especially if you’re moving to a new city or town for university.

Community and Social Life: Consider the social atmosphere and sense of community in the area surrounding the accommodation. Look for neighbourhoods with a vibrant student population, social events, and student-friendly amenities where you can meet new people, make friends, and build connections.

Consideration 3: What amenities does the accommodation offer?

When considering student accommodation, it’s important to look for amenities that can enhance your living experience and make your stay comfortable and convenient. 

Here are some basic amenities that student accommodation typically offers, along with the services provided by us at Vita Student.

Furnished Rooms: Most student accommodations come fully furnished with essentials such as a bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, and sometimes additional furniture like shelves or bedside tables.

Wi-Fi: Most student accommodations provide Wi-Fi connectivity, which is essential for academic purposes, research, and staying connected with family and friends. 

Laundry Facilities: On-site laundry facilities or access to washing machines and dryers are usually standard in student accommodations, allowing you to conveniently take care of your laundry without leaving the premises.

Common Areas: Shared common areas such as lounges, study rooms, and communal kitchens provide spaces for socialising, studying, and preparing meals with fellow students. These are usually common unless you live in a studio apartment, where you have your own space to relax.

Security: Student accommodations often have security features such as CCTV cameras, secure entry systems, and on-site staff or security personnel to ensure the safety and well-being of residents.

Maintenance Services: Quick and responsive maintenance services are essential for addressing any issues or repairs that may arise during your stay, ensuring that the accommodation remains in good condition.

Life at Vita Student…

We have everything your average student accommodation has, and a hell of a lot more.

5-star housekeeping

The Vita Student experience includes bi-weekly housekeeping services, where our dedicated housekeepers keep your room clean and tidy.

On-site gym Facilities

Each Vita Student building has its own gym, which you can access whenever you want. Wake up, work out, and maintain a healthy lifestyle without needing a separate gym membership – without paying for a gym membership.

Private bookable Dining Rooms

Host a dinner party, improve your cooking skills, impress a date. Book out a private dining room for the ultimate night in.

24/7 Residence Teams

Vita Student’s dedicated Residence Teams are available round-the-clock for assistance and support – we love getting to know our residents and having a chat with them at reception!

Secure Bike Storage and Free Bikes

Secure bike storage facilities are available for residents who are keen cyclists. We even have our own “Vita Bikes” which you can book out and use whenever you want.  

Social Events and Activities

Vita Student organises social events, activities, and community-building initiatives to allow you to make friends, learn new skills, and make your uni experience even more exciting. Some of our weekly events include cooking classes, skincare masterclasses with brands like Fenty Beauty, private shopping events, craft workshops and career talks.

Consideration 4: What kind of room do you want?

When deciding on the type of room for your student accommodation, it’s essential to weigh up the pros and cons of each option to find what best suits your needs and preferences. 

Here’s a breakdown of different accommodation types, including student halls, student studios, and private student accommodations like Vita Student:



  • Social Atmosphere: Living in student halls offers the opportunity to meet new people and build friendships quickly due to shared communal areas. You may also find you are situated with people on your course or from your faculty.
  • All-Inclusive Packages: Many student halls offer all-inclusive packages covering rent, utilities, and sometimes even meals, simplifying budgeting.


  • Lack of Privacy: Living in a communal setting may limit privacy and personal space.
  • Noise and Disturbance: Student halls can be noisy, especially during peak periods, which may affect studying or sleep.
  • Limited Flexibility: Rules and regulations in student halls may restrict certain activities or guests, limiting flexibility



  • Premium Facilities: Private student accommodations like Vita Student often offer modern facilities and amenities, such as gyms, study spaces, and social areas.
  • All-Inclusive Services: Some private accommodations provide all-inclusive services, including cleaning, maintenance, and utilities, offering convenience and peace of mind.
  • Community Events: Private accommodations often organise social events and activities to foster a sense of community and belonging among residents.


  • Higher Cost: Private accommodations may have a higher price tag than traditional student halls.
  • Location Limitations: Private accommodations may not be available in all university cities or neighbourhoods, limiting options based on location.
  • Limited Availability: Popular private accommodations may be limited, requiring early booking to secure a spot.


Life at Vita Student is second to none.

Where else could you…..

Explore your city with free bike rentals?
Connect at lightning speed with 250mbps WiFi?
Unwind in the movie room or let loose in the dance studio?
Grab a free breakfast each morning and attend events in your building in the evenings?
Benefit from round-the-clock security, attentive service, and 24/7 access to parcel deliveries?

Get in touch today for student accommodation 2024.

We hope you’ve found our guide helpful on how to pick the best accommodation for you. 

You can find Vita Student accommodation all over the UK (and Barcelona), so there’s a good chance that we are where you will be studying. 

If you have already chosen your university city, why not look at our in-depth guides dedicated to your city?