Choosing where to live and who to live with are important decisions. Look at all the options and discuss your needs with the college or university housing/accommodation officer.
Some places offer a tour of the accommodation available.
Halls of residence
These can be pretty noisy places but they are usually close to lecture halls, the library and study rooms. You might want to request a room on the ground floor to conserve energy. Some places offer 'quiet halls.'
You also need to consider your dietary needs. Will you have the energy to shop and cook for yourself? Would you prefer to have your meals provided or self-cater? Will your hall cater for special diets if you let them know in advance?
Shared spaces, such as the kitchen, bathroom and corridors, will need to be cleaned as well, which is important to bear in mind if you have chemical sensitivities or allergies.
Other university-owned accommodation
Some universities have flats or houses close to campus that they rent out to students. Some may be adapted for people with visual, hearing or mobility impairments.
This could be a quieter option but places might be limited so you need to apply early.
Ask student services what equipment is provided.
Private rented sector
Your university or college may have a list of approved landlords to choose from, which you can request from the accommodation officer.
Always make sure you check out the condition of the property for yourself, including the distance to/from lectures and the implications of getting around when you're there.
Tenancy agreements need to be looked at carefully before you sign anything. If you are unsure or unhappy with the agreement, seek advice immediately by contacting your student housing officer.
The Citizens Advice Bureau or local authority will also be able to advise you on how you can protect your rights as a tenant.
You may be entitled to welfare benefits such as housing benefit or social care to help with daily living needs. However, these could affect other financial support you receive. Contact student services, our Welfare Rights helpline or your local Citizens Advice Bureau for more advice.