Finding the right place to live is vital. Welsh universities offer a range of accommodation options, and will do their best to help you feel at home from day one.

University housing

There are great advantages to living in university-owned accommodation. You can be sure it’s safe, well maintained and geared to students and their needs. All our universities offer a range of options to suit individual preferences and budgets.

Almost all new students are guaranteed a single-occupancy room, and wherever possible will be allocated accommodation alongside other first-years. Halls of residence are popular, as they’re an excellent way to meet new friends and make the most of your social life at university. Some provide meals, while others are let on a self-catering basis, with shared kitchens.

On many campuses, you’ll find residences adapted to suit disabled students, couples and families with children. Some universities also have women-only halls, and accommodation aimed at Welsh speakers, LGBT+ students and those who prefer a quieter living environment.

You should start to think about where you’re going to live as soon as you accept an offer of study: your university will send the relevant details, and you’ll be able to look at the housing options on its website. Accommodation fees vary according to the type of residence and its location.

Private rentals

If you want to live off campus, you’ll find no shortage of private rentals within easy travelling distance of your university. These range from purpose-built student complexes, offering study bedrooms, studios and apartments, to landlord-owned houses, flats and lodgings.

At every Welsh university, you’ll be able to consult an approved list of properties maintained by the accommodation office or the student union. These are regularly checked to ensure that each property is properly accredited and licensed. You’ll also receive tips and guidance to help you navigate practicalities such as tenancy agreements, deposits and council-tax exemption.

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