Searching for accommodation once you've found your ideal LLM course is tricky. Here's how to go about finding the perfect LLM student accommodation for you.
Consider your needs and wants
Everyone studying an LLM will have similar basic needs for accommodation. The majority will require peace and quiet to study, comfortable surroundings, a good location, security and affordability. In addition, you'll have your own preferences on if or how much you're willing to share. If you have any disabilities, then you will be considering your accommodation requirements very carefully. Thinking about your needs and wants will make it easier to sift through what's available.
Types of accommodation available
Some university campuses will have halls of residence devoted only to postgraduate students. On others, you will be mixed together with undergraduates. Staying on campus will allow you to enjoy the campus social life. Private purpose-built halls of residence are also available in many UK cities. These are provided by companies like Fresh Student Living and offer a great alternative to the university accommodation providing high quality and affordable student-style living for students from all over the city you are studying in. They are a great way to meet a diverse group of people. Another option is that you can rent a room in a private house either directly with the landlord or through an estate agent.
Most students start with the university and what they provide. This is handy if you are not going to get the chance to view a place before you book. Alternatively, private suppliers of halls of residence like Fresh Student Living can be booked entirely online. You can also arrange online to have a delivery of essentials like bed sheets and crockery on the day you move in. Most universities provide lists of approved private landlords. It's advisable to view this type of accommodation yourself or have someone check it out for you. Estate agents and private adverts on sites like Gumtree need a visit to check it's suitable for you.
When to start searching
Start as soon as you have definite plans. The halls of residences provided by the university will be the first to go. If you are searching a little late, then you will find that you have to go privately. Companies such as Fresh Student Living provide online availability to make your search a little easier.
Information required from you
When renting it really depends on if you are in the UK already. University and private halls of residence are usually paid in advance. A private house usually requires a month's rent as a deposit and a month's rent in advance. You'll get the deposit back when you leave. If you are renting through an estate agent you'll need a UK based guarantor for the rent, references and proof you are a student.
Searching for accommodation for your LLM doesn't need to be difficult. It just requires a bit of time and thought about what you need and want. Then you'll find the perfect spot for you to relax in and call home.