Student Halls VS House Shares


Should I choose student halls or a house share?

We know there are lots of options for student accommodation these days, which is why we have tried to make it as easy as possible for you! We have pulled together the pros and cons for each to help you make your decision. 

Living in Student Halls

The Pros:

  • Living in student halls will be extremely sociable and fun, especially during Freshers Week. It will be a great way to make new friends.
  • If you're living in student halls, you're either right on campus or very close to campus. This means you can roll out of bed and head to your lectures without getting lost.
  • This is probably your first time away from home. It's a great way to get a taste of independent living.

The Cons:

  • Living in student halls is generally more expensive than private rentals. If you're on a tighter budget, you may want to look elsewhere.
  • Whilst you do get your own room, it can be tricky to get some time and space to yourself.
  • Unlike private renting, you won't get to choose or meet your flatmates before you move in. 

House Shares  

The Pros:

  • Living in a shared house means you share the costs of your utility bills too, which means cheaper living for everyone.
  • Whilst you'll be responsible for keeping your own room clean and tidy, it will be a joint effort to take care of the communal areas.
  • Living in a house share means new friends and constant company should you need it. You'll always have a lunch buddy or TV binge partner!

The Cons:

  • If there are a few of you, you may have different tastes in décor. Putting a personal stamp on your home might be a little difficult to do when you need to take into account everyone's preferences.
  • You'll always need to consider your other housemates when you are planning on hosting an event at the house.
  • Although you have your own room for privacy, everywhere and everything else in the house is shared.

If you would like to speak to one of our lettings team regarding your property needs please call 0191 243 1000 or email

Walton Robinson