NB: You should be careful when deciding on your UCLan student accommodation — there are a few traps that you should avoid to not end up paying much higher living expenses than you budgeted for.
The University of Central Lancashire is a great place to study, with both a high international academic level and a great student environment that will ensure that you have the time of your life while studying here. The city of Preston, similarly has a lot to offer, regardless of where you like beautiful outdoors areas, —perfect for sport and exercise as well as social activities, or pubs, cafés, restaurants or cultural activities in the city.
But to get all the benefits from living and studying in Preston — that includes getting the lowest possible living costs, so you can spend your time and student budget on having fun — you should think about the following points as you search for Student lets in Preston:
Remember to budget for ALL your monthly expenses
To live and study in the UK you will not only have to pay rent and tuition, there are a list of other costs you need to count when you make your budget. Food and study materials are the most obvious, but there are other costs like utility bills (water, electricity, and heating), content insurance, internet subscription, etc., that other ISN’T included in the price of rent you see when browsing studios online. Because many new students forget to count these costs they often end up renting an expensive apartment, room or studio, because it looked cheap in the listing.
So to get the TRUE price of the rentals you are comparing, remember to include the cost of utilities in the area in the offers that do not include all utilities in the rent.
Bonus tip: Since it can be difficult to find out exactly how much you will be paying for utilities and whether you will have to pay recalculation bills at the end of the year/semester, a rental contract that includes as many costs in the rent will be the easiest to budget and often the cheapest option for students.
Don’t forget the extra expenses related to activating contracts
If you decide to rent a studio or student apartment that requires you to sign your own utility contracts, then don’t forget that there will be some extra costs you have to pay to initiate the contract. These include installation of WiFi equipment, activation fees for water/heating/gas/electricity/etc.
Rent student accommodation close to UCLan
Finally you should not forget to think about the cost of public transport, in case you live in a place that requires you to commute to class every day. Paying a little bit extra to live within walking distance from campus will save you a lot of time and money on transport over the course of the semester.
To learn more about the cheapest and most transparent places to rent your registered UCLan student accommodation, check out Warehouse Apartments and Canterbury Hall on https://studentfm.co.uk/student-accommodation-in-preston/.