Top five: Questions about student halls
A lot of students will move into student halls or residence when they head to university. Because they usually have shared kitchens and living areas, they are a great way to make new friends. They sometimes cheaper than renting a room in private accommodation and bills are included in the price, so there is no having to worry about keeping up with lots of payments.
The largest student halls for Middlesex students, Unite Olympic Way, has over 630 rooms. With so many students considering student accommodation we had lots of questions to answer. On this page you'll find the top five questions that students thinking about moving into student accommodation were asking before they arrived, along with their answers:
What is a room like?
Rooms have a three quarter bed (a bit smaller than a double bed, but bigger than a single). There is a private bathroom with a shower, and a space to study with a desk. Some of our other student halls are slightly smaller, and have single beds, and some are slightly larger. The studio rooms at Unite also include a small kitchen area.
What about communal areas?
Living in halls of residence usually involves sharing a kitchen and dining space, and there are sometimes shared living spaces. Our new halls also have some amazing spaces to relax and work in, like the chill out rooms (with big televisions and lots of beanbags) and spaces to study in. There are even ping-pong and pool tables available to students living at Unite Wembley, so there is always a space to relax and unwind in.
Did you know?
Most student halls have washing machines and dryers on site alongside all the other basics like wifi internet, bike storage and a fridge in the kitchen. Some will even have a cleaner for communal areas. What you will not get in student accommodation is someone to wash your clothes and tidy your bedroom for you!
What if I need help?
One of the best things about student accommodation is that unlike private accommodation, there is always someone on hand to help. At Unite there is 24 hour security to make sure everyone is safe, but there is also support available at all times for everything from a broken washing machine, to feeling homesick.
What about the area?
Our Unite halls are in Wembley, right next to the stadium which hosts football, NFL and rugby games alongside concerts and other large sporting events. As well as the stadium, Wembley is also home to the London designer outlet, home to a huge range of shops and restaurants, as well as a 12 screen cinema. Students who want to explore further afield need only jump on the underground (the station is a five-minute walk from Unite) to access central London. It is a fifteen minute journey on the Metropolitan line to Regents park, or a 20 minute journey on the Jubilee line to South Bank. This means all of London’s museums, night life, theatres and shops are just a short journey away.
"The best thing about living at home and commuting to uni is that I don't have to suffer from home sickness. I get to eat home-cooked food and I save a lot of money that would have otherwise been spent on accommodation."
How much does it cost?
En-suite rooms (rooms with a bathroom attached) cost £174.51 per week. There are also studio rooms available, these have a bathroom and a small kitchen area. They cost a little more at £250.53 a week. Middlesex also has four other halls of residence available to students, which all cost slightly different amounts per week (for instance, a room in our Platt Halls costs £143.43 a week) so there is something for all budgets. Most students pay for their accommodation with their student loan. To learn more about these check out our money pages.