What kind of accommodation will I get?
Often first year students get offered a room in accommodation that the university owns. This is often on campus, in halls of residence, where students will have their own room, but share a kitchen and sometimes a bathroom with other students. If you go to an open day, ask to see the types of accommodation that the university has.
Second and third year students (and some first years) often have to find accommodation off-site, with private landlords, in a house or flat share. Some universities help with this, either by having a list of available accommodation or recommended places to go to find accommodation. In this type of accommodation, you will often be responsible for paying bills, like gas, electricity and water.
Some universities offer care leavers the opportunity to stay in university-owned accommodation all year - have a chat to the named contact at the university you're thinking of applying to to find out the support that they offer.
The Unite Foundation offers scholarships in partnership with 28 universities which includes free university accommodation for the duration of your degree. Applications normally open in January for each year of entry. Find out more, including which universities offer the scholarship, on their website.
If you are living in independent accommodation and are studying locally, you will have the option of staying in your own home. Where you live will be an important factor in your decision-making, so make sure you chat to people you trust to help you make your decision.Some universities offer care leavers the opportunity to stay in university-owned accommodation all year - have a chat to the named contact at the university you're thinking of applying to to find out the support that they offer.
Where can I live in the holidays?
Some universities provide accommodation all year round, although not all do. If they don't, they might be able to offer support to find accommodation in the holidays.
Even if their page on this website says that they don’t offer 365 day accommodation, don’t be put off without speaking to them first! They might be able to offer support or contacts to help you find a room for the holidays.
English, Northern Irish and Welsh Students
Your local authority has to support you to find accommodation in the holidays, if your term time accommodation isn’t available, so contact them to let them know about this and ask for help planning for it. The local authority will either give you somewhere suitable to stay during the holidays, or will give you enough money to pay for suitable accommodation that you find yourself. This may help you stay in the accommodation you have during term time (such as a shared house), for example.
If your term time accommodation isn’t available in the holidays, your local authority has to support you to find alternative accommodation. Contact them to let them know you’ll need this support, and ask for help planning for it. You can also ask for help with your accommodation costs during the summer holiday by claiming the vacation grant for care leavers from SAAS (Student Awards Agency Scotland). They can’t pay the money directly to you, but can pay it to the person providing the accommodation – it could be your halls of residence and you can still apply if you’re living with friends or relatives, or your foster carer. You can find out more information, and if you’re eligible here.Even if their page on this website says that they don’t offer 365 day accommodation, don’t be put off without speaking to them first!
How do I get support?
Support is available to help you find a place to live while you study.