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Student finance: everything you need to be ready for university

So you’ve made it through the coronavirus crisis (so far), you’ve survived the chaotic U-turn on A-level grades and the mad scramble for university places, and you’ve ruled out deferring for a year. You have secured a place for this autumn and you are going to uni. After navigating that assault course, some of the…

Desk decoration: how to turn your room into a joyful study...

When you applied to university, you probably imagined spending hours in the library surrounded by friends, or rocking up to your halls late at night and falling into bed. Chances are you’re going to be spending more time in your own room than you first thought, so it’s essential to make sure your study space…

Student housing: should I stay at home or live in the...

Mitch Chambers wants to live at home when he goes to university this year. Chambers, who hopes to study maths at the University of Birmingham, considered staying in halls, but decided against it. “I chose to stay at home because it’s easier financially, and is probably a more stable option during the pandemic,” he says.…

If more students choose home over halls, it’s time to celebrate...

The Covid-19 pandemic is causing many young people in the UK to re-evaluate their educational choices. While it seems would-be students are not being deterred from university as much as was feared, it is likely many will opt to commute from home, shunning the challenges – and the cost – of sharing kitchens and bathrooms…

Student housing: do I still need to pay if I’ve left?

The coronavirus lockdown has caused major disruption to students, driving many back home as universities have been forced to close, leaving their rented halls of residence or privately rented rooms empty. Some accommodation providers have agreed to waive or cut fees, but others have refused to release students from their contracts. Students in privately run…

Campus lockdown: how to cope alone in university halls

When it looked like the UK would go on lockdown, final year student Jia Wei Lee knew she had to stay in her student house in Wales, away from her home country of Malaysia. It was a difficult decision, but with a dissertation to write and a student visa to worry about, Lee decided to…

Hundreds of thousands of UK students call for tuition fee refunds

Hundreds of thousands of students whose lives have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic have signed a petition calling for tuition fee refunds. Many students are also facing demands from landlords on many UK campuses for ongoing rent on their vacated rooms. An online petition to parliament for reimbursement of this year’s fees, posted this…

Bugs and pesky flatmates: trainee tenants’ worst issues– and how to...

Good housing – safe, affordable and properly managed – is a basic need, but student renters aren’t guaranteed an easy ride. Save the Student’s latest National Student Accommodation survey reveals many struggle with excessive costs and face widespread issues. Here are the most common problems uncovered by the survey, and the steps students can take…

Personal trainee real estate is stopping working trainees. The federal government...

Settling in at university can be difficult for students – so the last thing they need is to arrive and find they have nowhere to live. Unfortunately, that is exactly what has happened up and down the country this year, not least for more than 200 University of Portsmouth students. Two days before our students…

King’s Faculty London strikes college students from corridor of residence over...

A leading university is facing questions after hundreds of students were told they were being relocated to alternative accommodation as a result of unspecified “fire safety concerns”. Authorities at King’s College London sent out emails and letters on Monday to students living in halls of residence in the centre of the city, informing them that…

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