Why I’ve stayed with Unite Students throughout uni

03 Feb 2022
By Isobel C, Student at Liverpool John Moores University
Most people associate purpose-built student accommodation with just first year students. But that’s not the case with Unite Students - you can stay for your second and third year too. I’ve been there, done that, and loved every minute. Here’s why.

When I received my conditional offer to study in Liverpool my heart was set on moving in with Unite Students. From viewing it on open day I knew it was the student home for me, especially because it’s just a 5-minute walk from my lecture building. 

Living so close meant I could cherish extra minutes in bed - and we all know how important that is after a heavy night out! So much so I am now in my final year living there.

People were surprised I was able to stay on and renew my tenancy. In my second year flat, I lived with both second and third years. Even though some have graduated, we keep in touch and are still close friends. Without staying here, I wouldn’t have made these friends and memories.

Unite Students look after their tenants extremely well, and did especially throughout the pandemic. Having to move out early due to the first lockdown, Unite ensured tenants would receive a rent refund pay out, if eligible. Then, last year, I had to self-isolate with my flatmates for two weeks. After ordering an online food shop for the flat, a Unite employee dropped off our delivery in a giant tub outside our front door as well as delivering parcels and removing full bin bags of rubbish for us.

Purpose-built student accommodation has suited me better than committing to a house tenancy, and I stayed at the same property for convenience. I find the cost of living here reasonable, especially considering the game and cinema room, outdoor space, and the cost of living in such a central location.

City living can be expensive and with private student housing it is usually out of the city centre, leaving you to commute in which can eat into your loan. Living in central blocks like mine definitely saves money on Uber journeys!

For me, the benefits of living in student accommodation outweighed that of private student housing - with location and security being major factors. Being able to lock your bedroom door, have all bills included within the rent costs, and a reception team on hand for any queries or maintenance issues is important to me - something I wouldn’t get in a house share.

Stay with Unite Students and get the best benefits if you book early. Find out more here.

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I am a third year Media, Culture and Communication student at LJMU. In my spare time, I like reading books and fashion magazines.