|Expert: Nick Butler, Education Exports Manager, Education UK (British Council)
How do I find accommodation?
Although you are responsible for arranging your own accommodation, all universities and colleges offer assistance with finding somewhere to live.
The most common form of accommodation is in halls of residence and many institutions guarantee accommodation in halls for first-year international students. In halls, you live in a study bedroom, either by yourself or with another student. Bathrooms are usually shared but many institutions have en-suite rooms for postgraduate and mature students.
Some halls provide breakfast and evening meals and others are 'self-catering': you buy and prepare your own food, sharing a kitchen with other students.
Some institutions also have houses for small groups of students or flats for couples or families. Other options include private flats or houses (where you share the cost of renting with other students), lodgings (where you rent a room in someone's home) and bed-sits (single rented rooms with living, sleeping and sometimes cooking facilities).
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