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Renting - ten things you need to know

Signing up to any contract — even if it’s for student accommodation — can feel like venturing into a dragon’s den, especially if it’s the first time you’ve done it. But, once you’re armed with some key bits of knowledge, you’re all set to start searching out a great place to stay and study. Here are our ten things you need to know when renting your student accommodation.
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Can I live in halls in my second or third year?

There comes a time during your first or second year of university when you need to start thinking about where you're going to live next. But if you’re not sure that private accommodation is for you, is it possible to stay in halls?
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How I’ve settled into uni accommodation

Moving away from home was an extremely daunting thought for me because I have never been away from home for longer than ten days. A hugely important thing for me was to make myself feel as at home as possible, and a key way of doing this was to make my bedroom feel like home.
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What to expect from shared kitchens and bathrooms

If you’ve never shared a kitchen or bathroom with a bunch of strangers, your first year of studenthood could be an eye-opener. Here are some ground rules.
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Is student accommodation first come first serve?

Universities and colleges usually have a wide range of accommodation options. In most cases it’s worth applying for a place to live as soon as you can. There’s a lot on offer – and most students are able to live in one of their preferred kinds of accommodation.
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What to take to uni? Packing checklist for first-year students

It’s such a good idea to plan what to take to uni. In the whirlwind of moving into student accommodation, first-year students forget all kinds of essential things – from toilet roll to food!
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Student accommodation: Your rights

When it comes to the place you live at university or college, there are minimum student accommodation standards to make sure you’re living somewhere suitable.
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Make your student accommodation feel like a home from home

It can take time to get used to any new place to live – which is just as true if you’re moving to university or college. One way to settle in is to make your new place feel like home.
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Uni food essentials: Master the shopping list for your student accommodation

Most students have a budget of some sort to stick to – and some students cook and eat meals together to save money. But how does the food shop work and should you shop together?
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Who can be your guarantor?

There might be times during your student days that you’re asked to provide a guarantor for some transaction you want to make. This could be, setting up a financial agreement e.g. getting a credit card contract, when you’re hiring something, when you’re looking for accommodation. But what is a guarantor? And who can you nominate to be yours? Here’s all you need to know.