Student accommodation can refer to a variety of housing options for students attending college or university. Dormitories, residence halls, and student apartments are all popular types of student accommodation. 

There are several types of student accommodation, each with its own set of pros and cons. Below is a rundown of the most popular types of student accommodation, as well as what to keep in mind when choosing one.

1) Shared Dormitories

Dormitories, also known as residence halls, are the most popular type of student accommodation. They are typically on-campus and offer a variety of amenities, such as laundry facilities, common areas, and study lounges. 

Dormitories are a great option for students who want to be close to campus and have access to all the amenities that come with on-campus living. However, they can be more expensive than other types of student accommodation, and they may have strict rules and regulations.

The typical accommodation for students studying abroad is a room in a shared flat. This means that you will have a kitchen, living space, and bathroom that you share with other students. There are usually between four and six students, including you, in each shared flat.

The main downside to university-owned halls of residence is that they are often quite basic in terms of facilities and decor. Some halls are nice and functional, but others can be run-down and shabby. Even if the halls look good in internet photos, it is always advisable to visit them in person before making a decision to live there – the difference between the photos and reality can be quite shocking.

2) Private Residence Halls

Private halls of residence offer luxurious, state-of-the-art facilities and more perks than you can imagine. These perks can include a gym, game room, cinema room, stylish communal areas, comfy study areas, and free on-site social events (like pizza nights, themed parties!).

A good provider will give you one monthly bill for all your living expenses, so you don’t have to worry about different bills for different things. Your rent, utilities, maintenance, and contents insurance will all be included, and you won’t have to do anything extra. It’s an easy way to make your life simpler!

Private halls are usually nicer and more stylishly furnished than dorms, which can make you happier and more productive.

3) Private Flat-Share

If you’re looking for student accommodation, you have a few different options to choose from. You could go with a Uni-owned hall, a private hall, or you could rent a regular apartment. If you share an apartment with other students, it’ll be more affordable, but you’ll have less privacy. If you live by yourself, it’ll be more expensive but you’ll have more privacy. It’s up to you to decide what’s more important to you.

Renting a private apartment or house gives you more independence than living in a dorm or with roommates. You can live how you want to, but you will be responsible for all the bills, paperwork, and cleaning. If you are confident that you can take care of yourself and your living space, then it is great to live on your own.


Now that you know the different types of student accommodation, you can start looking for a place to live that suits your needs. Just remember to take your time and do your research. There are a lot of options out there, so don’t feel like you have to settle for the first place you see.

Unipad can help you find the right place for you. We offer many student accommodations in our property listings. Take a look at our website to learn how.