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Finding affordable summer accommodation in the UK

Whether you’re on a gap year, you’re an exchange student or you’re simply taking a vacation for a couple of weeks, it’s the perfect time to discover new places and travel to parts of the world you’ve not visited before. Experience different cultures, embrace new languages, admire wonderful landscapes and scenery, and of course, make memories to last a lifetime. That’s what being a student is all about after all, right?

But even if you know where and when you’re going to travel, with so many accommodation options available, deciding where you’re going to stay while abroad can be tough. Where’s the best location? How much is it going to cost? Will it be good quality? What’s the service like?

Some students are happy to pay a lower price and share with others in a hostel during their travels, but some would much rather the comfort, quality and privacy of a hotel – which comes at a much higher cost. But what if there was another option? One that offered the comfort, quality and privacy of a hotel, but didn’t burn your budget in the process? Well, if you’re travelling to the UK, you’ll be pleased to hear there is; student accommodation.

Built for the purpose of housing university and college students, student accommodation is the ideal place to stay when visiting the UK throughout the summer months.

Students reside at the accommodation during term time while studying at the local universities and colleges. But when the academic year ends, the majority of students vacate in June or July, and rooms become available. Therefore, many accommodation providers such as Host, let their out rooms to students – and even non-students, before the new academic year starts in September.

Why stay in student accommodation?

1. Location
In the UK, universities and colleges are located in major cities around the country such as London, Birmingham and Cardiff, and more often than not, you’ll find them right in, or close to the city centres. And with student accommodation being the home for these students, it means they are usually located close to the city centres too. So, from popular tourist attractions and vibrant nightlife, to parks and public transport links, you’ll find everything you need right on the doorstep of student accommodation.

2. Cost
Accommodation is often one of the most expensive things about travelling. But why spend a fortune on accommodation when you don’t have to? Staying at Host’s student accommodation is the perfect solution for affordable city centre breaks throughout the summer months. With rooms starting at less than £18.00 a night, it’s much cheaper than a hotel, and can even be cheaper than a hostel. And with less money spent on accommodation, the more you’ll have to go out and experience the city!

3. Choice
Not every student’s reasons for travelling to the UK are the same, and neither are their requirements for accommodation. Fortunately, with student accommodation there are a number of options available to suit your needs.

If you’re travelling as a group or want to meet new people, why not book a shared flat? You’ll each have your own bedroom and en-suite bathroom, but you’ll get to socialise as a group in the shared kitchen and living area. Or if you’d prefer a bit more privacy, opt for a studio room with private kitchen area and en-suite bathroom.

And whether you’re staying in the UK for the duration of summer, a couple of weeks or just a few nights, you can book into student accommodation as most providers offer both short and long-term vacancies. So, there’s no worries about out-staying your welcome!

4. Award Winning Quality
Now, you might be imaging tatty carpets, shabby furniture and mouldy bathrooms. But student accommodation isn’t what it used to be, and neither is it what you might have seen in the movies. In recent years, purpose built student accommodation in the UK has become increasingly popular with a rise in the number of new buildings opening. These buildings are beautifully designed on the outside, and on the inside, they’re fitted to a high quality with modern and stylish fixtures. Host have even won a Quality Mark award for achieving at least 90% satisfaction amongst international students at their accommodation.

5. Facilities
Student accommodation offers much more than just a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. A variety of on-site facilities are available for students to use throughout their stay – some 24 hours a day. Work out in the gym, relax with a movie in the cinema room, challenge other residents to a game of pool in the games area, catch up with your friends in the common room or simply enjoy the summer sun in the outdoor spaces. Facilities vary across locations, but where available, they’re included in the price of your accommodation and are free to use.

So, with all of the above in mind and student accommodation available in cities across the UK, it’s time to make the most of your summer abroad and explore the UK.

For more information about Host, and staying in student accommodation during the UK summer months, visit https://host-students.com/.

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