Accommodation probably isn’t too high up on your list of things when it comes to university: sure, you’ll have a look around on the open day but don’t really think about again. However, it’s important to think about these things. Yes, the course content is one of the most important things, but where you’re going to live is too.

You need to decide if you want to live in halls in your first year (a cheaper option and a good way of meeting people), live at home (home cooked meals are always a bonus) or find a flat (a bit more expensive). Do you want an en-suit?  Catered or uncatered? How much will it cost?

All universities will have a range of accommodation for all price ranges, but don’t expect any of them to be particularly cheap. Have a look online at the different accommodation if you forgot to have a look when you were there or if you just need a reminder. If you plan to go to an open day remember to look at the accommodation, you could even take a few pictures of the open rooms (after all any pictures the unis have on their sites are going to be the best side).

Also, take a look at when you can start applying for accommodation: for some universities you can do this once you’ve accepted an offer, others you have to wait for a certain date.

If it helps make a list of all the things you’re going to have to get sorted for university: which course, accommodation, student finance, the things you’ll need to take: you don’t want to turn up to freshers with no pots and pan, no money and hating the place you plan to spend the next 3 years!