There has been a trend in recent years for students to forego the traditional route of renting a shared house and instead opt for purpose-built student accommodation, which includes all bills and often many extras including gym memberships and socialising areas.
Here is a list of the five main differences between these two options, to help student decide what type of accommodation to live in.
Traditional rented accommodation for students typically does not include any bills, therefore students must organise all their own suppliers for utilities. This can be a stressful process for students, who have not had to deal with this before, making living in accommodation which is all inclusive a much more attractive option, as it allows them to manage their finances more easily.
In these purpose-built student accommodations, it is rare that students will be able to select their housemates entirely, however there are options to request to be with a certain person/people. This often means that students living together are meeting for the first time in this type of accommodation compared to traditional student houses, where students usually plan who they want to live with meticulously before they make the commitment.
There are vast amounts of complaints from students saying that the price they pay for their traditional rented house is not worth the quality of the accommodation, with complaints of damp, breakages, and heating being commonplace. However, purpose-built accommodation, often being newer, has less of these problems and has a much higher standard of living. With en-suite facilities in most rooms, as well as a quick response from the management to deal with any problems that the students may face, students no longer have to wait for a response from unreliable landlords.
As well as having a higher quality of living, these purpose-built properties are often well equipped with a security firm on hand to deal with any safety issues and monitor the students quietly. This can give worried parents peace of mind after their child leaves home for the first time.
Traditional student homes can fall victim to burglaries, as students are not as cautious with home security, making them an easier target for would-be thieves.
Although traditional rented student houses are often not as luxurious as purpose-built, they are indeed cheaper when it comes to rent, costing the average student £125 a week, whereas purpose built is often closer to £160. However, with the inclusion of the bills in this price as well as the added security, quality and even gyms and social areas, it may be the better option for some students looking to move. This Luton student accommodation has all of the above and offers rooms from £135pw.
Considering all these valuable points, for students looking for somewhere to live in the next academic year, there is no better option than purpose-built accommodation.