University Residence Homes Winchester

’Living in’ means living in housing owned or at least run by the university. As a wild and inaccurate generalisation, most traditional first years want to live in because it makes life so much simpler to start with. By the second year, they’re happy to move out.

Furness College Nursery
01229 829394
Bessermere Way
Barrow in Furness
 
Tresham College of Further and Higher Education
01536 410 252
Windmill Avenue
Kettering
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Northamptonshire
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Non-denominational

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Leek College of Further Education and School of Art
01538 398 866
Stockwell Street
Leek
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Staffordshire
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Non-denominational

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City College Brighton and Hove
01273 667 788
Pelham Street
Brighton
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Brighton and Hove
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Non-denominational

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Lakes College West Cumbria
01946 839300
Hallwood Road
Workington
 
University Of Northumbria Carlisle Campus
01228 592666
Paternoster Row
Carlisle
 
City of Westminster College
020 7723 8826
Paddington Basin Campus
London
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Westminster
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Non-denominational

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South Essex College of Further and Higher Education
01702 220 400
Luker Road
Southend-on-Sea
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Southend-On-Sea
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Non-denominational

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St Mary's College, Middlesbrough
01642 814 680
Saltersgill Avenue
Middlesbrough
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Middlesbrough
Religion
Roman Catholic

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Salford City College
0161 736 5074
Dronfield Road
Salford
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Salford
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Non-denominational

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Living In

’Living in’ means living in housing owned or at least run by the university. As a wild and inaccurate generalisation, most traditional first years want to live in because it makes life so much simpler to start with. By the second year, they’re happy to move out.

When it comes to the final year, they often wouldn’t mind coming back so that the university facilities are close by as they approach their final exams.

However, the choice is rarely entirely theirs.

While some universities like Exeter, Essex, Surrey, Stirling, and a few others, can house all their first years and most (if not all) of the finalists too, others (such as Bournemouth, Bristol West of England, Central Lancashire, Glamorgan, Glasgow Caledonian, London Metropolitan and plenty more besides) can’t even give a guarantee to every first year student who wants to live in. Depending on the availability of housing locally, that can be a real downer.

Generally, the pros of living in are reckoned to be as follows:
  • It works out cheaperusually — not just because rents tend to be lower than if you rent privately, but also because, apart from the phone, all the bills are included (which also means you’re less likely to have your heating cut off because you forgot to pay the gas bill). But, mostly, it’s cheaper because you only get charged for term-time (or lower rents during vacations anyway).
  • It’s more sociable, because you’re usually in housing shared with loads of other students.
  • It’s closer. If you’re in halls on campus, you may be able to roll out bed at 10.55am and still make it on time for an eleven o’clock lecture. This definitely isn’t always the case. Some universities’ accommodation is miles from anywhere useful to anyone. (London University has halls in Rotherhithe, for example. Okay, it’s more central than some students can find otherwise, but it’s not near any teaching or other facilities.)
  • It’s more convenient, because most basic facilities are laid on for you — such as kitchens and/or a cafeteria, launderettes, common rooms and furniture in your room. There’s also usually someone to empty the bins and clean the hallways (occasionally even your room).
  • It’s more reliable. In theory at least, if anything goes wrong, you don’t have to wait six months for your Rachmanite landlord to send round a bloke with a trouser cleavage who only ends up making it worse.
  • It’s safer. It’s not just the safety in numbers thing, but the university can generally afford precautions like entry-phones and CCTV.
The cons:
  • It’s noisier. By the time you’re knuckling down to your finals, you may not appreciate 14 verses of ‘Lily the Pink’ from your neighbours at three in the morning. During freshers’ week, on the other hand, it’s cool.
  • Rules. Some universities outl...

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