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How to find last-minute accommodation after clearing

How to find last-minute accommodation after clearing

If you’ve managed to secure a University place through Clearing then first, congratulations!

Whilst the biggest hurdle may be over, there is still a few things that you’ll need to think about before starting your course in September, the biggest of which is finding somewhere to live!

Here are the most important things that you’ll need to consider when finding somewhere to call home for the next three years!

Don’t panic

Firstly, try to stay calm. Finding accommodation, particularly at the last-minute, can be stressful, but try not to worry too much – you will find somewhere.

University halls typically offer guaranteed accommodation to students who apply by a certain date so if you’ve come through clearing you may be worried that you’re too late. This isn’t always the case – once your place has been secured your university should send you accommodation options, but there’s no harm in giving them a quick call to see if there is still availability.

Know your options

If your university doesn’t have any space left on campus, they should be able to provide you with a list of off-campus accommodation providers, or you can choose to source this information for yourself.

Being off campus doesn’t signal the end of your social life as you know it – yes, a lot of Freshers tend to live on campus for the first year, and it’s a great way of making new friends, but many students actually prefer to live off-campus (its often cheaper, depending on location and how many people are sharing) so you’ve just as much chance of making some great mates this way.

Rather than living in a shared student house, you may choose to become a lodger. Lots of people rent out spare rooms to students or young professionals as a way of generating income. It can offer really good value for money, and often means all your bills will be included in the rental price so you don’t need to think about all the extra complications that renting privately brings.

Act quickly

Whilst we don’t want you to panic, it is important that you try to secure your accommodation as soon as you can – if you leave it too late, you may not be entirely happy with the options you have left.

Sorting your accommodation out sooner rather than later will give you chance to visit different places (if possible), research locations and ask current students for recommendations. 

Be flexible

Unless you have a huge budget (let’s be honest, how many students do?) finding somewhere to live is always going to be an exercise in compromise!

Write a list of what you absolutely NEED from your accommodation, and then maybe add a few desirable items to the wish list, but try to keep an open mind.

As long as you have a safe and secure place to live and study, you’ll do just fine so try not to get too hung up on finding the ‘perfect’ house.  A home is what you make it; so whilst first impressions will count to a certain extent, try to visualise what your room will be like once you move in.

It’s worth remembering too that most students don’t stay in the place that they live in during the first year – you’re bound to meet other classmates or like-minded souls that you’ll want to share with in your second or third year and you’ll be able to go through the house-hunting process together.

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Heather Collin

Heather Collin

Heather graduated from University in History and English and has spent the last ten years working in Marketing, PR and Events.  She currently works in Digital Communications at Wrexham Glyndwr.

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