Are you a new student looking for a new place to live once you go to university? Looking for a place to live can be stressful, there’s no getting around that. Choosing what to pack and what to leave, making sure you have all your electronics and more. It’s quite a process.
In Leeds, you’ll find a wide variety of places that accommodate students. Which one should you choose? You’ll have to consider things like the cost, and if it’s conveniently located to the university campus. When you find a place, then you’ll need to fill out an application, inquire about the rent and other costs, etc. That’s a lot to manage when you’re heading off to uni.
What if there was a place you could easily afford, where you didn’t need to worry about paying bills, etc.? Have you heard of all-inclusive student accommodation? Are you familiar with this type of housing for students?
Why Should You Consider All-Inclusive Student Accommodation?
There are many benefits for students when it comes to all-inclusive accommodation. One of the main benefits will be to your budget. You won’t have to worry about paying utility bills. For instance, consider how the price of gas and electricity fluctuate from month to month. The more energy you use, the higher your bills will be. And consider that in winter, you’ll have to stay warm, which can be expensive. Staying cool in the summer also means you’ll have higher utility bills. It can be challenging to budget for these types of ups and downs each month.
When you live in an all-inclusive facility, you won’t have to worry about bills fluctuating and the need to make sure you have enough money to cover them each month. Gas, water, and electricity are all included in the rent you pay, making it much easier to set aside money each month, along with budgeting for transportation costs, textbooks and more.
What about an Internet connection? If you live in a flat, you’ll also be responsible for paying for Internet service (in most cases). An Internet connection is also necessary. You’ll need to research, stay in touch with everyone back home and have some relaxation time with social media, stream videos and music, and more. If you choose an all-inclusive property, Internet service will be included in the rent.
Additional Benefits of Living in an All-Inclusive Accommodation
Along with the benefits we just mentioned, all-inclusive student accommodation has even more benefits that will help you out.
Location: this is one of the most important benefits for students. Many all-inclusive properties for students are located near the university. You’ll save time and money on transportation by living closer to the campus.
No shopping around: you’ll also save time trying to find the best place to live for your budget—you won’t have to shop around for a place to live or utility service providers.
With all-inclusive student accommodation, you’ll get everything you need included in the deal. It will be much easier to figure out a budget and you can count on the budget staying the same each month. In addition, you won’t have the challenge of finding service providers for gas, electricity, Internet, etc.
One more note on utilities—most all-inclusive accommodations for students do have a fair use policy. This means you shouldn’t use more energy or water than you need. Some properties will have a cap on usage, and if you go over that cap, you may face extra charges. Be sure to check on this when choosing your housing facility.
You won’t have to shop around at all with an all-inclusive accommodation. Everything will be ready and in place. All you have to do is move in!
No waiting: if you choose to live in another type of housing, then you’ll face wait times for connecting to the service providers you’ve chosen. Waiting for a connection can take days, and sometimes weeks. When you’re a student, time is important. You need the utilities to be ready to go when you move in.
You’ll find everything you need ready when you move into all-inclusive student housing. You know how those first days in class are—you often receive the first assignment even before the first day of class. With an all-inclusive accommodation, all the utilities and services will be running when you move in. You can get started on those early assignments once you’ve settled in.
Fewer Contracts: choosing an alternative housing arrangement, such as a flat, can work, but don’t forget all the forms you’ll have to fill out. Paperwork takes a lot of time and effort, especially if you make a mistake and have to do it all over again!
You may be facing a mountain of paperwork and forms with alternative housing. There will be forms to fill out for each utility service provider, insurance to protect your belongings, maintenance contracts and more.
By opting for an all-inclusive property for students, you’ll only have to fill in one form! That will be a rental agreement, and everything else will be included. There’s no need to worry about insurance, utilities, water or Internet!
Completely furnished: if you choose to rent a flat or another type housing, generally you’ll have to supply the furniture, etc. yourself. Think of the cost of furniture, appliances and more.
With an all-inclusive accommodation, this will all be taken care of for you. They’ll supply everything you’ll need including:
- All appliances (freezer, fridge, oven, a hob and a washing machine)
- Bed—single or double
- Chair, sofa and tables
- Storage units (such as shelves)
- Wardrobe and drawers
You won’t have to worry about budgeting for furnishings—it’s all provided! You’ll also save time by not having to run around and shop for all these items. It’s all there waiting for you!
When it comes to small appliances, bedding, kitchen items, etc. these are not supplied, so you’ll need to bring your own on move in day.
Student Council Tax: in Leeds, if you’re a full-time student living at an all-inclusive accommodation, you will not be required to pay council tax. If, however, you study on a part-time basis, it’s a good idea to contact the count.
In order to be exempted from the council tax, and you’re studying at any of the three universities in Leeds, be sure to have your student ID number ready when contacting the council by phone.
Leeds City Council has information about the council tax for students here.
Paperwork: we said there’s not much to fill out when you choose an all-inclusive accommodation. However, if depending on the hours you study each week, it may be necessary to fill out a council tax form, just in case. You’ll need to fill out the following for sure:
- A direct debit order for weekly/monthly rental payments
- A tenancy agreement, which you’ll need to read be signing
If any other paperwork is needed, you’ll be notified. Otherwise, that’s about it!
Look at all the benefits that an all-inclusive student accommodation property has to offer! It will make your life so much easier! After doing the little bit of paperwork, all you need to do is move in and get settled. Then you’re ready to start classes!