“Home Stay, Student Accomodation and House Renting. Home Stay is a good option for younger students who are coming to the UK for high school or are underage. Students can apply through their school’s International Office. Alternatively, students can apply for a homestay through the UK website. It is important to note that certain requirements must be met when applying for a homestay: firstly, the minor student must have a guarantor. Secondly, when applying for a homestay you need to check the requirements carefully to avoid unnecessary problems later.
Tips: Homestay families usually provide two meals: breakfast and dinner. You will need to take care of your own lunch. As homestay accommodation is all inclusive, it is the most expensive of these types of Leeds student accommodation. Homestay families in the UK are very popular with Chinese students as they allow them to live with local British people, which not only improves their English but also allows them to adapt to life in the UK more quickly.
Homestay accommodation in the UK is generally provided with meals, so that you can experience the local life in the UK, but this type of Leeds student accommodation is generally for students studying undergraduate and foundation programmes.
There are three types of dormitories:
Standard (common bathroom, common kitchen), En-suite (own bathroom, common kitchen), Studio (own bathroom, own kitchen) Standard is the most basic standard room, equipped with the most basic single bed, desk, chair, wardrobe. However, you will need to share the bathroom and kitchen with other people.
If you share the kitchen, it depends on your roommate’s personality, as he/she may use your cooking utensils and “”borrow”” your burger without telling you. If you share toilets and bathrooms, you may have to look the other way, as many of the facilities are shared, so Standard rooms are slightly cheaper.
Living in student accommodation offers a unique and transformative experience. By fostering a sense of belonging, practicing digital etiquette, creating a healthy meal plan, developing interpersonal skills, and utilizing study and academic resources, you can create a supportive and enriching living environment that enhances your university journey.
The En-suite is the most popular room in China with its own bathroom and bath, but you have to share the kitchen and living room with your friends. The living room is equipped with a sofa and a TV. The kitchen has several stoves and the fridge is a large one. The En-suite has an en-suite bathroom, which is much more convenient and clean for those who prefer a more private room. In summary, this is a good value for money room type.
The Studio has a separate bathroom and private kitchenette in addition to the standard bedroom, making it one of the most comfortable and luxurious rooms in the on-campus dormitory. The bedrooms are fully equipped with all the amenities, including a TV, oven, fridge and even a private safe. Of course, the price of a Studio is also very high, the most expensive of the three.
Tips: 1) Keep your school dormitory keys safe and don’t even think about getting another pair. The English letters on the top of the school key are legally required in the UK and no place that dispenses locks has the right to copy such keys, which also ensures the safety of the dormitory. If a key is lost or damaged, you will normally have to pay around 50 pounds, and the price will vary depending on the requirements of each school.
You should take your key with you when you go to the kitchen. 2) Once you have booked your place, you will normally be required to live in the room you have been allocated (randomly assigned). Some students may be unhappy with their allocated room and ask to change it, but generally speaking, you cannot do this if the dormitory is full. Unless someone is willing to swap rooms with you, or swap accommodation areas. 3) As UK university halls of residence are relatively safe, but rooms are limited, it is important to apply for university halls of residence at the right time, so it is important to get started.
Private Renting Generally speaking, most of the houses in the UK are what our countrymen call townhouses or small detached villas, which are rented out by the landlord and entrusted to an agency to manage. The houses look very nice from the outside, but most of them are quite old inside. Some children may choose to live with a few friends for cheaper rent, or for more freedom and cosiness. But there are still many hidden dangers in renting off-campus, such as encountering bad landlords who don’t fix things when they break, withdrawing from a room without giving a refund of the deposit or encountering noisy neighbours who make a lot of noise every day next door to your room; and shady agents who charge large amounts of agency fees and so on. This is why finding a reliable agent and property is the most important thing for you to do when renting off-campus.”