Whether you are taking time off from work or continuing straight into postgraduate education, heading off to a new town to study an LLM is never easy, and if you're beginning your course in January you might be feeling the pressure of a bunch of fresh beginnings while you try to settle in.
Or maybe you’ve already started your Master of Laws and the New Year is bringing a feeling like you need a new place to live to enable you to knuckle down for the rest of the year.
Where do students live in the UK?
Whatever your situation, your two main LLM accommodation options when studying your LLM in the UK are halls of residence and renting a shared private house.
Halls of Residence
Most UK towns will have both private and university halls of residences available for you to live in. Private purpose-built student accommodation provider Fresh Student Living rents high quality rooms, as well as small self-contained flats, to students starting their course at any time, not just those studying for a traditional academic year, and this makes them the perfect option for students looking for a room in January. You may find that your university also has rooms in their traditional halls of residence available to postgraduate students, if this is what you’re looking for check with your university’s accommodation office. Halls of residence are the ideal living choice for sociable LLM students keen to meet others and fully embrace the student lifestyle, as well as the academic aspects of their Master of Laws.
Shared Houses & Flats
Sharing a student house is another popular option for LLM students, and again your university’s accommodation office should be able to help you with this. If you decide to choose this option make sure you use a reputable landlord and don’t succumb to any classic rental pitfalls. Once you’ve found your shared student house make sure you set out some ground rules with your fellow tenants. A dirty student house is not everyone's idea of home and you might find that a shared house is a little harder to keep clean especially if some of your fellow students aren’t pulling their weight. Fresh Student Living has codes of conduct and expected behaviour written into its contracts, so you can relax and share an apartment with confidence if you choose to live in one of their buildings.
How To Make A Student Feel Like Home
So now you know your options – here are our tips on what you should be looking for to get the perfect LLM home for you.
You'll want a calm place to live and study in, so search for somewhere that gives off relaxing vibes with its decor. If you're renting privately and have a bit of spare time, then a day or two devoted to cleaning and decorating your bedroom before your course starts will benefit you all year. Alternatively, rent a place that is decorated with tranquillity in mind, like the rooms and flats available from private student accommodation provider Fresh Student Living. This will save you precious time at the start of your LLM year meaning you can crack straight on with your studies.
Place to Study
Obviously you'll need a desk to study at, but also reliable access to the internet and plenty of space to store your books and notes should also be a pre-requirement. All of the rooms provided by Fresh Student Living have great study space – making it the ideal accommodation option for LLM students to choose. Simple things like a comfortable chair and a good posture make it easier to concentrate than to sitting on your bed.
Rest & Relaxation
It's not just a comfortable bed that makes it easy to rest. You need to know that you can feel safe and secure in your accommodation. Check gas and electricity safety certificates and ensure that doors and windows lock. Fresh Student Living are professional student accommodation suppliers, so their safety certification is easy to check, plus there are wardens and staff available if anything should go wrong.
Socialising is an important part of being an LLM student – not only because of its networking potential, but also to give you some much needed time out from your studies to ensure things don’t get on top of you. The social aspect is where staying in private halls of residences can really come into its own, as you’ll automatically be surrounded by like-minded students to meet and go out with. Fresh Student Living organises social events for students living in its accommodation to get to know each other. At these events you'll be meeting students from other courses and other institutions, so you'll be able to escape your LLM coursework for a little while helping you reduce all sorts of things like anxiety and stress.