Congratulations! You have successfully navigated your first year at university. You’ve managed to scrape by on that student loan, you’ve cohabited in student halls and you’ve got to know a whole new city (including the best spots in town for cheesy chips!) But now, second-year is looming and that brings a whole new set of challenges such as, where to live? Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered. In fact, we’re here to answer all of your second and third-year accommodation queries! And if you are asking- can I live in halls for second year: you most definitely can. Read on to find out how.

Can I live in halls for second year?

When it comes to second or third year at university, many students opt to move into private rented accommodation. This is usually with friends made in student halls or from their course. However, a house share isn’t your only option- and if you feel like you don’t have that group to move into a house with or if you’re student halls are conveniently close to campus, don’t stress- you can probably stay!

Can I live in halls for second year?
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What is it like to live in student halls for second or third year?

Like everything in life, living in student halls after first year has its pros and cons. First of all, it’s important to note that age isn’t a factor you need to worry about as students start university at all different times in life. However, don’t expect your next flatmates to tone down their enthusiasm for freshers down, just because you’ve done it already. Therefore, if you’re not up for socialising (and the occasional night out) then halls probably won’t be the right choice for you moving forwards.

Having said that, there are plenty of benefits of living in halls for the right person. For example, living in halls is generally easier, as you don’t have to worry about bills. Likewise, there’s usually a cleaner that comes in every week or so meaning that you don’t have to spend time or money on buying cleaning products or making a cleaning rota. In fact, if you are doing a subject that is pretty intense, staying on in halls may help to take some of the pressure off of your uni experience. Read about the 10 things you’ll relate to if you’ve lived in student halls, here. 

Becoming a senior resident in student halls 

Another upside of staying on in student halls is that you have the opportunity to become a senior resident. These are students who help provide peer support to other students, support events and community-wide campaigns in their halls and work on the reception in the Student Support Centre. Senior residents are paid for the time (usually around 10 hours a week) and are guaranteed a place in student accommodation. They often get discounted rent too. In fact, being a senior resident in student halls is a fantastic way to save money while living in halls, as well as getting some good leadership experience for your CV.

When should you apply for student halls as a second or third year?
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When should you apply for student halls as a second or third year?

Each university has its own deadlines when it comes to applying for accommodation but in general, the earlier you start looking, the better. This is generally between December and February. However, if you are a little late to get the ball rolling then it’s always worth asking if there are any spaces left or failing that, to discuss what your options are.

What happens if my university doesn’t offer student halls to first or second years?

The bad news is that some universities only allocate student halls to first years. This is generally so that all new students are guaranteed a place in student halls. If this is the case for you,  then be sure to discuss the alternatives with your university. If houseshares aren’t your thing, then there are plenty of private student halls in most cities, that you may want to consider instead. Some student letting agencies also provide affordable ensuite rooms. You might want to take a look at the most Instagrammable student accommodation in the UK for some inspiration. 

What happens if my university doesn't offer student halls to first or second years?
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So, we hope that this has answered some of your questions about staying in student halls for second or third year. If you’re still feeling a little bit lost, don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the comments section so that we or fellow students can help you out!

Last Updated on May 21, 2024