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Find out what a representative from a private student accommodation in London said when we talked to them about popular student questions and issues.

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We spoke to Stephanie from Nido Student Living about some of the questions and concerns their students have regarding accommodation. Take a look, as many of these apply to university students in general too.

 

What three things should a student do on the first day of moving into accommodation of any kind?

Moving away from home to university is a big change and arranging everything from application, courses and accommodation can be a large task. Three things you should definitely address on your first day in your new accommodation are:

Conduct an inventory report – To avoid any problems and in order to receive your deposit money back when moving out of your accommodation you need to make sure to carry out an inventory report as soon as you move in. Make sure you document all damages and the state of your room as well as any common spaces you are liable for.

Shop for kitchen, linen and bathroom utensils – In most accommodation you will have to bring your own bedding and towels. Most people would prefer using their own anyway. London has a range of stores where you can buy all your bedding, bathroom and kitchen utensils from cheap to high end products.

Explore your neighbourhood for transport links and food shopsIt’s essential to know how to get around in London so check out London’s transport links on www.tfl.gov.uk. And to make sure you don’t starve on your first night, browse for food shops and supermarkets located close to your new pad.

 

What kinds of questions do most students who come to you, ask? What concerns do they usually have?

‘Is internet included and accessible in my room?’ – Nowadays internet is usually available and depending on your type of accommodation and sometimes may be included in your rate. 

‘Are all bills included in the rate?’ It’s a lot more convenient to have the bills included in your rate. No hassle paying water, electricity or gas companies or spending time calling utility companies to set this all up.

‘Will my room be cleaned?’ Room cleans are usually not included so if you wish you can clean your room yourself. If you're not a fan of cleaning, often room cleaning packages are offered or you can organise for a cleaner to come in.

‘Is food included?’ Food is usually not included, however most accommodation is equipped with a kitchen. There are also plenty of great cafés and restaurants in London to have a nice meal.

 

What do you think makes a great area to live in for a student?

Location, location, location! Most important is security, proximity to transport links and food shops. A good social scene is always great to have around. When you’re busy studying, the last thing you want is losing loads of time on transport. So living as close as possible to your university is key. A secure neighbourhood and living space is very important as well. You would want to feel safe at all times. Having shops, bars and restaurants around definitely enhances your student living experience in the capital.

 

What security issues do you feel students should be aware of when living in a different country? Or what issues should be paid more attention?

Students should always be aware of cultural differences, but also of the area where they live. Do some research on the area you will be living in. Be aware of scams, and never make payments without being sure that this is legitimate and secure.

 

What item/s do students neglect to bring with them, which they ought to?

Documents.

 

What does Nido do to promote a sense of community among residents, who aren’t necessarily attending the same university (something which is usually a central bonding factor)? 

Nido has a great programme in place which is called Residence Life. Students from all different backgrounds, countries and universities are brought together by a team of Resident Assistants (RAs) and a Res-Life Manager to help build a vibrant community. This team strives to make sure students can enjoy the ultimate student living experience at Nido and in London. The team organises weekly and monthly events - from movie nights to daytrips, parties, sporting events, BBQ's and fitness classes – all to strengthen the social bonds within the community. The Team are not only there for fun but are also a main point of contact for any concerns and pastoral care in general.

 

What makes London specifically a great place to live and study in as an international student?

London is a great place to get to know people from all over the world as well as exploring a hub of amazing cultural activities. The city offers something for everyone, whether you’re an art lover or foodie, shopaholic or bookworm. Living in the capital you are well-connected to all transport links so you can explore England and Europe by train or short plane trip.

 

What kind of relationship do you have with parents of residents, who are in other countries?

We realise that when students leave home for the first time and head to university is a big change for both parents and students, even more so for students studying oversees. To help with this, we aim to provide as much information as possible. We have a dedicated section on our website with useful information for parents on the support we provide at Nido. Parents are informed of the level of service and guidance Nido offers to their most precious sons and daughters. Our reservations team and onsite staff assist residents with any questions they may have. 

 

Nido Student Living offers you the perfect environment to live, study and socialise in the heart of London. 

 

You may also be interested in the following article: 'International student accommodation questions...answered!'.

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Paul Ellett is the editor for Hotcourses Abroad. His role is to plan, produce and share editorial, videos, infographics, eBooks and any other content to inform prospective and current international students about their study abroad experience. When he's not thinking about student visas in Sweden and application deadlines, Paul is an avid fan of comedy podcasts and Nicolas Cage films.

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