Finding the cheapest student accommodation in Chester starts with counting all the expenses you will have during the semester. Remember that there is more than just tuition, rent and food that you will be paying for while studying. It is helpful to write down a list of all the posts you need to include in your budget by category. E.g.:
1) Write down the expenses related to your studies, i.e.; tuition, cost of study materials and transport to and from class.
2) Then write down the monthly costs related to your accommodation, including; rent, utility bills, WiFi subscription, content insurance, etc.
NB: Note that depending on your utility provider and contract you might have to set some savings aside in case you use more water, heating electricity, etc., and have to pay an extra recalculation bill at the end of the semester.
3) Write down the other costs related to your accommodation, incl. installation and activation fees for your contracts and, e.g., WiFi equipment. You can also include other varying expenses here like food and clothing for the sake of simplicity.
4) And finally, write down all expenses you expect to need for social activities, such as going out, going to the cinema, etc., and don’t forget to include transport fees if your room or studio requires you to take the bus home. Public transport in the UK are quite high and will run up over the course of a semester if you are not careful.
Once you have this list down, you can start looking for your Chester student accommodation, and compare offers more realistically than if you ONLY looked at the price of rent. — Why? Because if you compare two similar studios, one slightly more expensive, but with all utilities included, this will likely be cheaper for you in the end, than having to pay rent plus separate utility bills.
The same is true when you compare a studio right next to campus with a cheaper option outside the city centre. Even if the rent is cheaper, the price of public transport for your daily commutes to class and social activities, often make that option more expensive than you planned.
Opt for a higher price of rent if it can save you on other costs
Your best (and cheapest) option will most likely be to find a studio that includes as many of the cost on your list as possible, because it will keep your total costs down. Take for example the almost 300 studios offered by Northgate Point and Northgate Studios and Trafford Street. The price of rent here starts at £140/week, but include ALL utilities (water, heating, electricity, etc.), content insurance, TV Licence, WiFi connection, etc.
Because all your utility contracts are negotiated for you by a professional management team, you get the best prices included in your rent, so you are able to afford brand new student accommodation at an even lower price than a small, less comfortable student rental.
To learn more about the cheapest brand-new Chester student accommodation at Northgate Point and Northgate Studios and secure yourself the cheapest student accommodation in Chester, visit https://studentfm.co.uk/student-accommodation-in-chester/.