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What accommodation should you opt for in the UK?

We spoke to Nigerian students to find out what the best accomodation options are in the UK


With so many students jostling for accommodation in the UK, it can be quite confusing for a new student. Factors you should take into consideration include location, price and facilities and conditions. We gathered some tips from other Nigerian students about how to get the best accommodation in the UK.


On-campus Residence Halls


Housing is one of the most expensive parts of British living. An economic approach is possible by taking advantage of lower prices for students. Campus living is a great place to start. It’s fun and convenient and you no longer need to worry about traffic when getting to a morning lecture. At the University of Leeds campus hall living starts from £160 per week for an ensuite room, at the University of Bath similar rooms will cost from £122 per week.


In London prices are higher but students say that convenience and location are totally worth it. Regent’s University London offers twin rooms from £294 which come with 24-hour on campus security and reception as well as off campus accommodation which can beat any non-school options. Many colleges will offer a meal plan with a room, which can free your hands for extra studies and research.


Insider Tips


Nigerian student, Chekwube E Okoye, received his BEng in Computer Networks from University of Essex, PgDip in International Management from University of Loughborough and is now working as a Network Engineer at BT. He shares his experience of living on campus.

“I have lived on campus throughout my education and I enjoyed it,” says Chekwube. “It was within walking distance to lecture rooms, labs and all facilities.”

Campus accommodation can be a bit pricey depending on the type of room you get, but it saves you from any stress as in most cases comes with all bills included. Living off campus can be less expensive but the location wouldn’t be as close to university and you will have to deal with the bills separately.”


Off-campus housing


This option is very similar to campus living in terms of the service and facilities. Your student accommodation department can also advise you about off-campus living at their partner hostels. You can choose to live near your classmates and get together for project work and assignments. Bear in mind that hostels are often located much further than on-campus housing and travelling to school will take longer.




Living with a British family can make you feel at home and welcome in a new country as well as providing endless cultural experiences. First of all, enquire with your university accommodation department. They are your immediate help point when it comes to organising any homestay options, unless you already have someone to stay with. There is no better way to learn the culture and traditions of the UK than a homestay. Many students make lifetime friendships with people who open the doors of their houses and hearts for them. 




Apart from offering a greater choice of facilities, location and neighbours, a flatshare means a lot of responsibility for paying the bills and resolving any issues, all of which is normally included at halls of residence. If you do decide to handle the challenge of contracts, landlords and deposit schemes, check the instructions on UKCISA. Once you are ready to find that ideal lodging, you can search on the websites like Spareroom and Easy Roommate, or Gumtree. Always remember to get professional paperwork from the landlord or your agency and if unsure about the legal side, turn to the Citizens Advice Bureau.


Insider Tips


Martin Temitayo came to the UK from Nigeria to study Business Administration and then Marketing at Regent’s University London. He now works in advertising and recalls his housing adventure, “The ultimate accommodation to me is a flatshare independent from all student websites and services,” says Martin. “From my experience, it is best to live with a few flatmates that aren't all necessarily fellow students.”

Notting Hill Gate is a great area to live in, Kilburn is also affordable and relatively safe. There's a Nigerian restaurant on Finchley Road called Faaji. It's a very good place for both home meals and living.”


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Elena Sikorsky is an entrepreneur in e-commerce and digital marketing. She has degrees in Entrepreneurial Management and PR and Broadcast Journalism. Elena is a contributing writer on culture, art, education, fashion, business and travel in British and international media.


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