Top accommodation tips if you’re travelling in the UK
Fact: Even born-and-bred Brits say they struggle to find accommodation in the UK during the summer months. Tight budgets and timeframes don’t always leave you with many options, but great value for money is out there, we promise! The good news is that you don’t have to sacrifice your safety or comfort to save money on accommodation. So, if you’ve got a UK trip planned, read on for our top tips on finding an affordable place to stay.
1. Save money by self-catering
Eating out is great. Who doesn’t love being served a plateful of pizza without lifting a finger? (Answer: literally no one ever). But if your budget doesn’t stretch to a daily pepperoni from Prezzo, then it’s vital to have access to a kitchen where you can make your own food (even if that just means popping a pizza in the oven). At Liberty Living, kitchens in our residences are equipped with everything you need to cook, from plates and pans to cutlery and crockery. You’ll be surprised by the savings you can make through a self-catered stay.
2. Prioritise your privacy
If you’re really determined to save pennies, it might be tempting to find the cheapest hostel and stay in noisy dorm rooms for the duration of your trip. But if you and your travel companions don’t want to bunk with others, or if you’re someone that needs your alone time, dorms might not be the best option for you. If you opt for private and secure accommodation with shared social areas (such as a kitchen and games room), you’ll be able to enjoy your privacy, with the option to socialise. Our residences also provide each guest with their own bedding pack and kitchen pack to make their stay extra comfortable.
3. But make time to meet people
One of the highlights of travelling is all the new people you meet, right? Whether you’re staying in the UK to take a course or for work – or it’s just another stopover on your backpacking trip through Europe – be sure to stay somewhere where you can tap into the local community and meet people. Having access to communal areas where you can chill and chat with other guests makes all the difference. Many of our residences feature spacious communal areas, with fun games such as pool, ping pong and table football. What better way to break the ice?
4. Do your research
We’ve all made the error of booking a hotel on the outskirts of the city purely because it’s cheap as chips, before realising it’s five buses into town (oh, and that’s your daily budget gone). So, it’s important to research the area in advance and strike a balance between staying centrally and finding somewhere at a reasonable rate. Our residences across the UK are all right in (or within easy reach of) the city centre, with excellent transport links. Better yet, our on-site residence teams can always help point you in the right direction if you're feeling a little lost.
5. Find a home away from home
It’s great to forget your routine on holiday. But on those longer summer trips, it’s quite frustrating when you can’t do things that you’d normally be able to do at home. Like washing your clothes, cooking dinner, online shopping… to name a few. Well, students call our residences ‘home’ during term-time for a good reason. Need something delivered? Fret not, our reception staff take care of deliveries. How about a workspace? Many residences feature quiet study spaces. Itching to hit the gym? You’ll find these at residences in London, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff, Newcastle, Southampton and Wolverhampton. Err… need to wash your gym clothes? Make the most of the on-site laundry facilities. You don’t have to sacrifice your home comforts just because you're away from home.
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