26th March 2019
When is the best time to start looking for student accommodation in Chester?
Whether you have just been offered a place at Chester University, The Hammond or Cheshire College, or you are in your first and second year as a student, finding suitable student accommodation will always need to be on your radar. No sooner than you’ve settled in your new university halls, will you need to be thinking about your next move.
As experts in student accommodation in Chester, we strongly recommend starting your search as early on in the year as possible. This is so that you get a good feel for the city, discover what’s important to you, and find a good dynamic of friends that you can live harmoniously with.
To help with your search for student property in Chester, we’ve put together this guide to give you the key dates to secure the right accommodation.
Applications for Halls of Residence at Chester University open on Monday 1st April 2019 and close on Monday 24th June 2019 (deadlines may vary for different cohorts, so please check directly with Chester University). You can choose between Full Board, Semi-Catered and Self-Catered halls, as well as en-suite and shared facilities. Students are asked to select all seven options in order of preference in their application.
Halls of Residence are a popular choice for new starters and first year students because it’s a good way of getting to know new people who will all be new to the university as well.
Private house shares
Between December and April is the best time to start your search for private house shares. Usually by this time, you’ll have formed some nice friendship groups and you’ll start to plan who you’re going to live with in your second year. Although demand for private house shares is high during this time, it’s important to see as many houses as possible so you can make an informed choice.
During the summer months (particularly after results day), demand for student accommodation in Chester is very high. House shares get snapped up very quickly, so if you’re still debating who to live with, waiting till the summer won’t necessarily leave you homeless, it just means you’ll need to make decisions very quickly.
Finding your way through the maze of student accommodation is no easy task, especially as you need to focus on your studies. Remember that we’ve been doing this for over 30 years and can guide you through the process.
The best advice we can give is to make the time to do research, agree on the features that are important to you and your flatmates, book viewings to four or five different houses or flats, and ask as many questions as you can.
Contact our Student House Shares team for more information and to find out which properties are available to suit your needs and budget