Student accommodation edinburgh University is a relatively modern institution, gaining its uni status back in 1992. Located in the heart of the edinburgh city centre, there are a range of subjects and qualifications to choose from in art and design, business and law, engineering and computing, and the life sciences.

As well as the main grounds in edinburgh’s city centre, there’s a small campus based in London which opened in 2010 and caters to international students and students on business-related courses.

Perhaps the most distinctive landmark on edinburgh’s campus is the Lanchester Library, which was built in 2000 and has a unique turreted exterior and specially designed interior which makes the most of the natural light within the building. You won’t find yourself squinting over a book in a dusty old corner here!

http://studentaccommodationedinburgh.co.uk/

 

Student Accommodation is one of the biggest fixed costs travelers have and reducing that cost can lead to big savings! I’m sure many backpackers would sleep in a barn if it was the cheapest accommodation they could find!

No matter what your accommodation tastes may be, one thing everyone has in common is that no one wants to pay a fortune for it. In fact, one of the best ways to take a cheap holiday is to cut down on accommodation costs. Since you have to stay somewhere every night, reducing this expense can save you a lot of money off the total cost of your trip. Next to finding a cheap flight, finding free or inexpensive lodging will have the biggest impact on your budget.

Luckily, there are a number of ways travelers can find a decent place to stay without forking over their entire vacation fund:

Hospitality Exchanges

couchsurfing is cheap accommodation
One of the best ways to get free student accommodation is by staying with someone who lives where you’re going. Stay with a local who will give you a free place to rest your head, local information, and someone to hang out with! There are a few websites that make this happen:

Couchsurfing
Global Freeloaders
Hospitality Club
Stay4Free

Couchsurfing is my favorite. The goal of the site is to help travelers not only save money on accommodation but also learn about the local culture by being able to stay and interact with a local.

I use this site all the time, and I think it’s one of the greatest things to happen in travel. While I love the fact I can get out of hostels and hotels and save money, what draws me to the site over and over again is that I get to see the local side of a city. I get taken to parties, and restaurants, and sites that aren’t in any guidebook.

A lot of times, people are scared to couchsurf because they wonder if it’s safe. I was nervous about it at first, too. There you are, in a new city, with all your stuff — in a stranger’s home. What if they try to murder you in your sleep? What if they steal your stuff? However, I’ve found that people who are willing to open their homes to strangers tend to be very open-minded people, and are also usually former travelers. They know what you are going through. They want to help. Couchsurfing is aware of this and take many steps to provide security. It offers various levels of verification and allows users to rate and leave comments on people’s profiles.

When I am looking for a Couchsurfing host, I use the following criteria:

  • There has to be a picture with the profile. This just shows me that it’s a real person.
  • The profile has to be filled out - It shows they are interested and involved. Most people aren’t going to spend the time to fill this out if they aren’t going to be comfortable with strangers in their home. If someone hasn’t bothered to fill out the profile, they probably don’t use the site and I simply move on.
  • They should have reviews - If other people have stayed with or have at least traveled with the host and had a good experience, you and your stuff will probably be fine. You might not get along with the host but at least you know they aren’t a creep. The more positive reviews, the better.
  • Verification helps - Couchsurfing offers different levels of verification. People can be verified by other travelers, with a mailing address, or with a credit card. Knowing that a person has been verified reduces the likelihood that they are going to be a crazy psycho killer. However, if someone isn’t verified but has a lot of reviews, that’s O.K. with me.

No matter what, you need to use your own judgment but I haven’t heard of any really bad couchsurfing experiences, besides the host being a jerk or a little anti-social. Usually, you end up talking with hosts over e-mail to get a feel for them and what they expect. If it doesn’t seem right, don’t do it! But once you couchsurf for the first time, you see that it really isn’t that bad. If you do it frequently, you’ll end up saving hundreds upon hundreds of dollars on accommodation and making friends around the world.

Hostels

hostels are cheap accommodation
Hostels are another option for budget travelers. In hostels, rooms are dormitory-style with all the facilities shared. Many people think of hostels as a “young thing” and are not interested in sleeping in a dormitory. Yet people do not often realize that many hostels offer small rooms, singles, and doubles designed for solo travelers or couples. I have met people in hostels in their 50s and 60s. The myth they are dirty, gross places to stay designed for young people is wrong. Many hostels offer more amenities than hotels, the new ones are really clean, and as young people expect more comfort, hostels are cleaning up their ways. These aren’t the hostels you see in movies.

I think hostel dorms are the best value for budget travelers. The bigger the room, the cheaper the cost. Yes, you have to share a room with a lot of people, but if you are on a budget, it is your best way to save money. If you are traveling in a group, you could get one of the dorms for your entire group and not have to share with strangers.

While many hostels are geared toward young travelers, and set age limits, some of the bigger international chains such as YHA and Hostelling International focus more on older or group travelers. But I’ve seen families, tour groups, and older travelers in hostels all over the world. A hostel is really for anyone who wants to meet other travelers, regardless of age.

Hostels are safe, secure, and cheap. Don’t overlook them — even if you’re not part of the young backpacker set.

My favorite hostel booking website is Hostelworld. They have the best inventory, deals, and interface.

Home Exchange

a nice house
Another good way to get cheap student accommodation is a home exchange program. This probably works best for older travelers who already own a home. These programs have been around for a long time but are growing in popularity due to good marketing and word-of-mouth on the Internet. Home exchanges are just like they sound — for a set amount of time, you swap homes with a family from another country. It’s a great way to live cheaply abroad.

Most people don’t do this because they worry about security — but remember that the other family is trusting you with their home, too. Sites that facilitate home exchanges usually have various levels of verification and security similar to Couchsurfing. Families talk to each other over phone and e-mail, and there’s no commitment if you find that it’s not right for you. Most people who do this are like-minded, so the chances of something going wrong are slim. Moreover, the family sends a few people to check up on you when you arrive. You can get all the comforts of home (hot water, laundry, etc.) while in another city, without paying for it.

For more information on home exchange, check out Home Exchange. This website was featured in the movie “The Holiday,” which did a lot to alleviate people’s fears over home exchange and bring this travel option into the mainstream. Some of the other home exchange websites are: Seniors Home Exchange, IHEN, and Home for Exchange.

If swapping homes isn’t your thing, then consider house-sitting as an alternative. In exchange for watching and cleaning someone’s home while they are away, you’ll get a place to stay in the area you are visiting. Good house-sitting sites include: Mind My HouseHouse CarersLuxury House Sitting

Short Term Rentals

apartment rentals is a good form cheap accommodation
Similar to home exchanges, rentals allow people to stay in furnished apartments while traveling. These apartments can sometimes be cheaper than hotels and provide many more amenities. They are great if you plan to spend a week or more in one place. You’ll get all the comforts of home without spending a fortune.

You can find a lot of rentals in Europe and Australia, where apartments tend to be rented on a week-by-week basis. These apartments are a nice bridge between a hostel and hotel, though they can get a bit expensive if you are a solo traveler. They are roughly double the cost (if not more) than a hostel dorm room. However, if you are part of a group or a couple and are looking for a respite from the dorms and hordes of travelers but don’t want a hotel room, this is your ideal accommodation option. Another reason to use this method? You get a kitchen, allowing you to cook and reduce your food costs.

My favorite rental websites are:
Wimdu
Airbnb
Roomorama

Farm Stays

Want to live on a farm but not work like you would with WWOOFing? Try a farm stay. Farm stays allow you to stay on working farms, learn how a farm works, possibly get involved in the workings of the farm (milk that cow!), and enjoy a number of organized outdoor activities. Facilities range from basic camping to luxury rooms depending on the farm, but in general it’s like you’re staying at a bed and breakfast. Prices vary widely depending on where you are in the world but generally, expect to pay the price of a budget hotel (so at least $40 USD per night).

Here’s a list of resources to find a farm stay:

Farm Stay UK
Farm Stay Accommodation
Farm Stay US
Farm Stay Australia

Monastery Stays

Want something totally off the beaten track? Stay in a monastery. Student Accommodation in these monasteries is often very spartan, containing no more than a bed and desk, with simple meals prepared by the monks and nuns. Monasteries are very family-friendly and quiet (most also have curfews). While many monasteries cost at least $50 USD a night per person (many have dorms for half that price), most simply ask for donations or are free, making them an amazing budget option too.

Resources for finding a monastery stay:

Monastery Stays Locations
How to Stay in a Monastery
15 great Monastery Stays
Monastery Stays Around the World (CNN)

The next time you head out on the road, consider one these options to lower your student accommodation costs. Get out of the hotel mindset! They will help you reduce your expenses, freeing up more money so you can do activities, eat out, drink more, and overall, experience the destination you saved so long to visit.

Get the best student accommodation edinburgh! Your university time is very important so don’t let it be ruined by making bad choices when it comes to deciding where to live.
There are many things that can go wrong: bad accommodation, paying rip off rents, having to deal with dodgy landlords. Your time at uni is about studying and these problems could negatively impact on your studies and future career if you are not careful.

We have gone to the trouble of searching for the best and most reputable student accommodation providers in edinburgh so that you can find the right balance between quality of accommodation and price as well as be assured that the landlord is professional and responsible. We hope you find this resource useful and wish you luck with your studies.

Determining where to live is the next step for those whose A-level results have secured them a place at university in edinburgh.

Student accommodation in Euston, London

What choice is on offer when it comes to student accommodation edinburgh and what will it cost?

If Thursday’s A-level results mean your child has a confirmed place at university, the next task is to make sure their first-year accommodation is sorted out.

Those with the right grades to secure their first choice offer may already have fixed up where they are going to live; new students can apply for accommodation once they have accepted an offer of a university place as their first choice before they get their A-level results.

Others who have missed out on their first choice and are accepting a second choice or clearing place offer will need to contact the relevant university’s accommodation services department swiftly and see what is left.

Many universities offer a guarantee that first-year students can get a place in a hall of residence, rather than having to search for a room in private rented accommodation on the open market. But these guarantees can come with certain limits. They may not apply, for example, if a student’s parental address is within a certain radius of the university, which is normally the case with certain London universities.

So what choice is on offer when it comes to purpose-built student accommodation nowadays and what will it cost?

 

Rent costs

The average rent for a room in purpose-built student accommodation has gone up by 25% over the past three years to just under £123.96 a week, according to the latest figures from the National Union of Students (NUS). That is £5,244 a year, 95% of the maximum available student maintenance loan.

But there is a big variation in weekly rents charged by different provider types. Purpose-built accommodation is divided into three broad categories. The average weekly rent is £118.49 in university-owned halls of residence, compared with £119.83 in privately owned halls of residence linked to universities through a “nomination” agreement and £140.07 in halls operated by private suppliers without institutional links.

Rents also vary depending on where in the country a student is studying and on the category of accommodation chosen. Predictably, London is the area with the most expensive rents overall, averaging £157.48 a week. This largely attributable to the increasing number of expensive privately run student studio flats in the capital, some of which cost more than £300 a week. The east of England has the second-highest rents for purpose-built student accommodation overall at £134.18 a week and Northern Ireland the cheapest at £83.01.

Ensuite self-catered rooms, the most common type of accommodation accounting for 55% of the purpose-built market, costs an average of £121.71 per week for a single room, compared with an average of £97.48 for a single room with shared bathroom facilities. But, while shared non-ensuite cluster flats have historically been at the more affordable end of student accommodation edinburgh offerings, this cheaper provision type is shrinking as a proportion of the market. It is not evenly spread among all universities so is not on offer to all students. Though the number of bed spaces in catered accommodation is declining, students at institutions where they are available pay an average of £139.99 a week for a full-board single room or £165.36 for full-board ensuite.

Contract length

A key factor in the overall price of accommodation is the length of contract offered, meaning the number of weeks in the year rent is charged. The average contract length for insititution-owned halls is 41 weeks, while those for privately provided and nomination accommodation, which may house students from multiple institutions with differing term times, average 44 weeks and 45 weeks respectively. In these cases, students will on average pay an extra three or four weeks’ rent which they may not make use of.

When the weekly rents for each accommodation type are multiplied by their contract length to give the annual amount paid by students, the impact of the longer contract length, combined with higher average rent levels becomes more pronounced. The mean annual rent for institutions is £4,799.77, whereas private providers will require a mean of £6,411.25.

Expenses included in the rent

Always check what is included in your hall costs. Extras can include, for example, a university bus pass, access to a gym or a regular cleaner. The vast majority of student accommodation rents include gas and electricity costs. In contrast, car parking is nearly always an add-on cost with 16% of institutions provide parking within the rent compared with only 3% of private providers. Internet costs are included in the rents of 91% of private providers and 82% of institutions.

Additional costs

To secure an accommodation place, you may have to pay extras in the form of booking fees and deposits.

Overall, 43% of accommodation providers charge an administration fee to cover cancellation, which is effectively a booking fee. For institutional providers, the average fee is £108.86 and for private providers £131.25.

Deposits are increasingly used and are getting higher, according to the NUS, which reports that 65% of providers require a deposit or substantial upfront payment. The average deposit required by a private provider is £300 and by an education institution £288.

Average student accommodation edinburgh costs at individual institutions can be found on the Unistats website unistats.direct.gov.uk/

 

Where do university students live during term-time?

38% in privately rented house or flat

27% in parental home

19% in halls, flat or house run by university of college

6% in own home

4% in privately owned halls of residence

3% in property rented from council or housing association

2% in other property owned by student or their family

1% in property owned by a friend

Source: NUS