What facilities are available in student rooms?
The topic of student accommodation can open a whole can of worms. There’s a lot to think about, from questions about costs and kitchen essentials to proximity to the student union and considerations about what facilities are available.
In this blog post, we take you through everything there is to know about student housing, with an overview of all the features you can expect to find in typical university rooms.
Different types of student room
Single rooms are the most common option you’ll find in student accommodation. This is a private room designed to be a place where you can relax, sleep and study. If you choose a furnished option, a single room will typically come with a bed, desk and storage space including shelves, a wardrobe and a bedside table.
Your bedroom is completely private and in most rooms, the door will be fitted with a lock so you can scoot off to your seminars knowing your belongings are secure.
Double rooms tend to be slightly bigger in size as they come with a double bed. The extra wiggle room can make the space feel more comfortable and it’s ideal if you have friends or relatives to visit. Generally speaking, you’re allowed to bring a visitor into your student accommodation but you will need to sign your guest in and out at reception for security reasons.
If you like the idea of skipping the queue to the shower in the morning, choose a room with an en-suite. The addition of a private bathroom is becoming more popular among students, so you’ll find newer halls of residence might only have en-suite rooms available. Typically, an en-suite will have a shower, sink, toilet and room to store your toiletries.
Amenities usually included in a student room
Student rooms may vary in size but in all rooms, you’ll have a single or double bed, a desk and storage to keep your clothes, books and other belongings. All rooms will also come with a chair, plenty of lighting and plug sockets at easy reach to keep your devices fully juiced.
Depending on which type of student accommodation you choose, your room might include some other additional features.
Aside from en-suite bathrooms, rooms might also include a TV. It’s worth flagging that you’ll need to be covered by a TV licence to watch TV in your room or you can use the screen for streaming shows or for video games.
Some rooms or studios might also have the option of a kitchenette. Here, you’ll have an open-plan kitchen, equipped with a microwave and fridge.
Beyond your bedroom, you might find some halls of residence offer laundry services. This means no more taking heaps of dirty washing home for it to magically appear cleaned, pressed and ready to wear. Instead, look out for student accommodation options that have washers and dryers so you can do your laundry on-site. You will need to factor in the cost for laundry too.
Another feature that may sway your decision is an on-site gym or a studio. Some halls even offer classes so you can channel your inner zen before hitting the books or have a fast-paced rally after a day in the library.
Facilities may vary depending on your room
The choice of facilities available depends not only on the size of your room but also on what you prioritise as a tenant. Perhaps you want to live close to campus and have easy access into town but you don’t mind having a single bedroom? Or maybe you’re the type of person who prefers to nest in their own space and enjoys whipping up a storm in a communal kitchen? Whatever your preference, it’s worth considering which facilities matter most to you and your university experience.
You will find most student accommodation comes with basic facilities that will make your room feel welcoming and comfortable. If you’re looking for a space with additional features like an en-suite or kitchen, it’s worth considering the extra costs involved and how in demand these options are.
Above all, keep in mind that university life isn’t all about the facilities available in your student accommodation. You’ll be spending most of your time socialising, studying and being out and about in your city and hanging out with your friends.
Posted on February 2, 2023