The first thing to do is to define your priorities:
- living alone VS sharing a flat
- furniture (?)
Living on campus VS living off campus
When I received my admission letter, in July, I didn’t spend a minute thinking about where I wanted to live: it was pretty obvious to me that I wanted to stay as close as possible to the campus. Since I am a postgraduate student, and it is said that postgrads have a quite busy study life, living on campus was for me the most comfortable decision.
If you want to live on campus, here‘s a video where you can see all the accommodations.
What to expect from your room
All the rooms on British accommodations are single room: it can sound obvious for some of you, but in several countries like Italy, it’s possible to choose between a single and a double room if you want to spend less. In some accommodations, you can also have an en suite room.
Usually, accommodations for postgraduate students are separated from the ones for undergrad students. According to my flatmates, it’s because we MAs are not that party animals anymore… we study hard, and we are probably too old to be patient enough to share a flat with noisy people.
Personally, I think that fees are way too expensive in the UK. I don’t even think it should be legal to allow students to live with these conditions while paying so much. I actually live in one of the cheapest accommodation on campus, but it’s almost €100 per week.
If you really want to spend less, it should be better for you to look or an accommodation in town (Colchester or Wivenhoe), but don’t expect prices to be way too cheaper.