Aside from tuition fees, living costs like rent and bills are often the biggest cost during university.
Many students choose to spend at least the first year in halls of residence. This can help simplify your budgeting as all the costs; rent, heating, and lighting – are combined and paid for in advance. Some halls even offer the option of meal allocations as well.
Alternatively, some students choose shared housing rented from private landlords. If you choose this option, make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant before you sign a contract, and check your landlord understands their legal duties like gas safety, fire safety, and protecting your deposit in a government-approved scheme.
To avoid any unpleasant surprises you could look for a rent that includes bills. For more information on private renting visit the: National Landlord’s Association.