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If you’re an international student (from Asia or somewhere further away) coming to the UK to study for the first time, we know how confusing and difficulty finding a place to live can be- particularly if it’s your first time moving out from your home into the UK.

But worry not! Our guide on student accommodation in the UK covers everything that you need to know before considering flying around the globe.


With around 170 higher education institutions across the UK and a wide range of degree types, it is clear why Britain is as a popular destination in terms of international education.

In regards to the city you choose, the education system might vary a bit. Even so, any qualification gained in the UK is highly regarded internationally.





With an average of 9.1 million people, London is home to some of the best universities in the world, including Westminster Business School, City University of London, Imperial College of London.

Being a central hub for both universities and international student ratio, you will find ample of student accommodation options in London.

Note:  Before deciding on accommodation, make sure that it perfectly fits your chart.


Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, houses around 500,000 people. Other than being one of the most popular tourist destinations, it is also home to four well-known universities: Edinburgh Napier University, University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh.


Manchester is situated in the northwestern part of England, and is ranked 36th in the world in terms of education, thanks to its world-class universities and remarkable student culture. The famous universities include the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Bolton, the University of Salford.


Ranking 44th in terms of education, Coventry a city located in central England is home to two of the most reputable universities, including Coventry University and the University of Warwick.


Ranking 57th in regards to Best student cities index, Nottingham is known as “Home of English sport.”  The University of Nottingham is one of the famous university with an international branch campus in China and Malaysia.


Glasgow, a port city in Scotland’s western lowlands which is known as UK’s Leading hub for culture, entertainment, and research, ranks 63rd in terms of student city index and education. With home to two of the most reputable universities- the University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow, you will also find luxurious Student accommodation Glasgow options to choose from where you can stay at home without hurting your pocket.


Sheffield is considered to be one of the UK’s safest and the best city to study in. Along with being home to two top universities- the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, the town also offers a lot of options for rooms to rent in Sheffield.


With the best cities jotted down, the next question which arises is “how to apply for student accommodation in the UK, and what are your accommodation options?


Accommodation options in Uk are very vast. You’ll get a whole lot of options to choose from.

  1. Private housing
  2. University Halls
  3. Off-campus student housing (Private halls)


Private housing refers to renting out a whole apartment/ house to your self. This might be the best option if you prefer having a place all to your self. Note that housing amenities, maintenance, and paperwork charges are not included in the rent, so you’ll have to pay them from your expenses.


If you are a fresher and want to near to the university, away from bustling streets, then University halls are the best option for you. However, note that this option is comparatively expensive than other options.



Off-campus student housing/ Private hall is a rented apartment/ hall shared between students with an attached common kitchen and bathroom. This is one of the affordable accommodation options available. The only cost that has to be born by you is the transportation cost.


Check out the additional guidelines before you Rent a Room in London, Glasgow, or any other cities.

  • You must be a full-time student if you want to rent out a private hall.
  • If you are an international student doing an internship,  you can still rent out a private hall provided that you are registered as a full-time student in your native country.
  • Generally, off-campus student housing provides lease duration for the long term (i.e., an academic year), but some off-campus halls do offer short term lease if you are doing an internship.
  • You will need to sign an agreement/ contract before moving in. The terms and conditions and deposit amount of the deal might differ according to the property.
  • If you want to rent a room, you will require a UK based guarantor. In case if you are unable to pay for the accommodation, the guarantor is liable to do so. However, if you are not able to provide a UK based guarantor, the accommodation service provider might ask you to pay extra than the usual.


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