One of the most important choices you'll make when you move abroad to study is where to live. To make your decision easier, here's our handy guide on how to choose your student accommodation.
What's the best room type for me?
The most common room types in student accommodation in the UK are:
- Classic bedroom in a shared flat
- Deluxe bedroom in a shared flat
- Studio apartment
- Bedroom in a residence hall
Classic bedroom in a shared flat
Choose this room type if: you're sociable and want to make new friends.
Living in a shared flat is a very popular option for international students. Student flats can be quite large, so you might find yourself sharing with up to 7 other students.
You'll each have your own private bedroom with either a single or small double bed, a study desk and chair and storage space for your clothes and books. In most cases you'll have your own private bathroom, too.
With this option, you'll share a large kitchen with your flatmates, with your own cupboard to store your food and cooking equipment in. You'll usually have a large dining table you can eat around, and sometimes a living area with a sofa and/or comfortable chairs, too.
A room in a shared flat is good choice when you're moving abroad to study, because it makes it easy to make friends! You can get to know your flatmates by cooking together and socialising in the kitchen. You could even make a traditional meal from your home country to share with your flatmates — it's a great way for you to learn about each other's cultures.
Deluxe bedroom in a shared flat
Choose this room type if: you're bringing a lot of stuff with you to study, or if you prefer nights in to nights out.
A deluxe bedroom is a very similar to a classic or standard room. You'll still have a comfortable private bedroom and a kitchen and social area that you share with your flatmates.
The difference is that deluxe bedrooms are usually larger, with more floorspace, and sometimes are higher up in the building, meaning you have better views than lower floors. In some cases you'll be able to see out over the whole city!
A deluxe room could be the ideal choice for you if you have a lot of possessions you want to bring with you, or if you like to spend a lot of time in your room. If you spend a lot of time out socialising after class, the size of your room might not matter to you, but if you prefer to relax at home in the evenings you might enjoy having more space, especially if you want to invite friends over to hang out or help you study.
Choose this room type if: you're confident living away from home and like having your own space.
If you're very independent, or used to living away from home already, you might want to consider a studio apartment.
If you choose this option, you'll have a large private bedroom with ensuite bathroom, and a small kitchen area in your room where you can prepare your own meals — you won't have any flatmates or have to share any of your facilities. Don't worry though, as you'll still have access to shared spaces in the building, like social lounges and laundry rooms.
Studio apartments are often located on the upper floors of your student accommodation building, so you may also enjoy the same views as you'd get in a deluxe room.
Bedroom in a residence hall
Choose this room type if: you enjoy socialising with larger groups.
Student halls of residence are the most traditional kind of student accommodation in the UK. They tend to be slightly cheaper than other options and are great if you love meeting new people!
These student halls are very similar to the other types of student accommodation above, except instead of being divided into smaller flats, you'll be sharing a big kitchen with all the residents of your corridor or floor — this could be up to 20 people, but is more likely to be around 10 or 12.
Just like in a shared flat, you'll have your own kitchen storage space and a large dining table to share with your new friends. However, the kitchen will usually have two or more ovens and fridges, so everyone is able to cook when they want. It also provides a great communal study space and somewhere you can meet and socialise with new friends.
You'll normally be able to choose between a room with a private bathroom, or a communal bathroom that you share with up to 4 or 5 other students. Alternatively, there might be separate toilet and shower cubicles you can use.
Book student accommodation with Kaplan
Once you're ready to choose your new home, Kaplan can help. You can book accommodation directly through us for the duration of your pathway course. All of our accommodation is comfortable and secure, and close to your classes — sometimes, it's even in the same building!
We offer contracts tailored to the length of your course, so you won't pay for time you don't need. Plus, you'll receive a free student starter pack, containing essentials like bedding and basic cooking utensils, when you arrive. At some colleges you can even stay in our own Kaplan Living student accommodation.
All rooms in Kaplan Living residences have a private bathroom, and you can choose between a classic or deluxe bedroom on a shared flat, or a studio apartment. You'll also be living with other international students just like you.
If you'd like to find out more about how to book student accommodation with Kaplan, or about any of our room types, you can click on the links below or watch our helpful video.