Tips for Student Accommodation in Stoke on Trent: Which is Best?
Updated: May 15
Everything You Need to Know about student accommodation in Stoke on Trent for Staffordshire and Keele University
In this blog we give you the complete pros and cons of student housing in Stoke on Trent vs student halls of residence in Stoke. Choosing your student accommodation in Stoke on Trent and where to live can be difficult when you have to take into account all student life factors.
At Staffordshire University most first-year students decide to live either in University Halls or private student accommodation, with many students opting to move into private housing in their second and third years, such as Stoke Student Properties, which provides the highest levels of private student accommodation in Stoke on Trent. I have been a student in my life and also have two children at university now, I wanted to take this time to try to help other students at University, with the choices and options that you have.
Private student accommodation and university student halls share a lot of similarities. The main difference is that private student accommodation is owned privately by either student landlords or larger companies.
At Stoke Student Properties, in our student houses in Stoke on Trent, we boast modern facilities and enviable luxuries than compared to traditional university halls with more basic facilities.
Both student halls and private student accommodation in Staffordshire are a great way to meet new people, but depending on location and length of tenancy, there can be variation in prices between the two. The social life also has to be taken into account and your living conditions.
To make its easier in this blog we will outline the pros and cons of these two types of student accommodation, so that you can make a more informed choice.
Tips for Student accommodation in Stoke on Trent : Why Is This So Important?
Student halls of residence owned by Universities can be on campus such as Keele University. Keele university is a campus university, which means that it's further from town centres and has student accommodation on site. However, this accommodation is more expensive than compared to non-campus accommodation, such as Stoke Student Properties. The main advantage is it’s on site, you will not have to travel far to get to your lectures in the morning and there is also a readymade night life on campus and it's easy to make new friends, but this can also be a disadvantage, depending on your personality. The downside to this type of accommodation is that you will be living on campus mainly and will have to travel into town. In general, the further the student accommodation is from University the cheaper it will be, the condition of the house also has a huge impact of the price you will pay for your student house.
With Stoke Student Properties, student housing is next to Staffordshire University on Leek Road and College Road. All our houses are within 2 minutes’ walk to Staffordshire University, so you get the best of both worlds and it's near Stoke mainline railway station, so it's easy to travel to other parts of the UK, such as London, Liverpool and Manchester.
Cost of accommodation in Stoke on Trent
Typically, student halls of residence are more expensive than private student accommodation on a weekly basis, but they do offer a 40-44 week contracts. So, you have to work out the overall cost for your accommodation on an annual basis. Still, after doing this, private accommodation costs are less when compared to halls of residence, even though they have 48 week or 50 week contracts. Stoke Student Properties offer discounts to students not staying over the summer. It is important when you're doing your calculations to bear these factors in mind. Student housing usually does work out less expensive when all factors are taken into account.
To work out the overall cost : take the cost per week of the accommodation x number of weeks of the tenancy. Remember in Halls you will have to pay extra for laundry, using washing machines and dryers
Typically living in student halls will mean that you will have more interaction with a different range of students. One of the main complaints that we hear from a lot of students who move into our student houses, when asked why they are moving out of halls is due to how untidy their other flat mates are and the cost. Student halls do provide studios, which are the most expensive, and if your budget can accommodate this , then it can be a good option. You will have a range of prices and options to choose from when you are looking for Student accommodation.
Other factors and considerations:
Factors to also bare in mind is your WIFI and broadband speeds. In student halls of residence, speeds can be very slow, due to the number of students sharing the same connections. In private student accommodation, it's very much like the WIFI that you will experience in your own homes, as the WIFI and broadband is typically only shared by smaller groups. So if you are a games student, this will be a distinct advantage of staying in private student accommodation. Stoke Student Properties provide 350MB superfast broadband as standard in all our student houses, they also have ethernet ports in all the rooms.
Student halls generally have single beds and the size of the rooms is much smaller, compared to private student accommodation, where you usually get a double bed and large double rooms. This is what we provide at Stoke Student Properties.
Student halls of residence can quite often have onsite gyms and onsite activities in most cases, but not all. Private student accommodation prepares you more for the world, as you will have to find local gyms, there are many gyms close to our student houses. Student halls of residence will have washing machines on site but these will all have to be paid for and can work out expensive if you have a lot of washing to do, whereas in private student housing, washing machines and tumble dryers are all inclusive in your price. Stoke Student Properties provide you with all the facilities.
We hope you have found this information useful and it helps you in making your decision on where to stay at university. If we can be of service, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us either by phone on 07956515249 or by email : firstname.lastname@example.org or Visit our website : http://www.stokestudentproperties.co.uk