Where should you live for your second or third year at uni

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Come on. You’re not a fresher anymore. It’s time to move out of sheltered student accommodation, and finally learn to really make it on your own… or is it?

To be honest, I lived in student accommodation throughout my three years at Uni, and I am no worse off for it. I don’t recoil at the idea of having to pay bills, and I’m not (completely) clueless in going about everyday life (ahem!). But enough about me…

In fairness, there’s enough stress without having to panic about all of that drama whilst you’ve already got your studies going on. That’s why staying on at Liberty Living instead of braving the big, bad, world of private landlords may actually make a lot of sense. Remember, not only is your rent all inclusive of bills, but you also get free high speed internet within that, which private landlords will charge you for, plus you’ll get contents insurance, quick repairs and maintenance!

Contrary to popular belief as well, you CAN stay with your friends and set up group bookings. There’s no need to split up and stage some big scene like the day you left year six and got your shirts signed (wow, remember that?!), because you can all stick together anyway. There are dedicated rooms for returning students, too, so you don’t have to share with freshers. They’re so annoying (wink!).

One of the many good things about staying on in student accommodation with Liberty Living is, of course, the security. It’s there 24-hours a day, seven days a week – for your protection. Yes, it might seem like the end of the world if they come in and tell you to keep the noise down, but it’s a whole lot better than some moaning old neighbour next door doing the same (and threatening to call the police!).

If you do decide to go into the private sector, remember, it can be some of the littlest things that you won’t think of. Of course, some private rents will be inevitably cheaper, that’s a given. But have you ever stopped to think why? This article will give you an idea of the hidden costs of owning a property, and then there’s all the other things that sneak in, too. Who’ll sign for your parcel if you’re all out? Who’ll cover your mate’s rent if she gets kicked out of Uni? At Liberty Living, your letters are signed for AND you’re all individually responsible for your own rooms. The little luxuries, hey?! In all seriousness though, you should do your research and be as informed as possible if you’re set on moving out, so check out this cool little guide for students that the Citizen’s Advice Bureau has put together, so you don’t get ripped off.

Of course, there are pros and cons to everything, depending on the individual. Part of being a student is gaining independence, and of course, that involves thinking for yourself! But, if you’re trying to be financially savvy, now’s the time to start thinking. All returning students at Liberty Living will be eligible for a cheeky reward (£200 credited to your account. Not bad!). Plus, if you’re thinking of sticking together and booking as a group in a flat of 4 or more, the group will get a £100 shopping voucher and a week’s free rent for each student you refer.

On top of all that, if you’re already here, your deposit will be carried forward, so there’s no need to stress about a new one – or agency fees – like a lot of people will have to at this time of year. Nice!

Liberty Living provides student accommodation in 17 university cities across the UK, including student accommodation in London, student accommodation in Newcastle, student accommodation in Preston plus many more.

Posted on 6th October 2015 by Claire L.

Claire Louise Sheridan lives and works in Peterborough. She recently graduated with a degree in English and Communication Studies from the University of Liverpool.

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