These were words I uttered shortly after discovering I didn’t get accommodation on campus at QM. After days of speaking to QM’s accommodation office, constantly checking my e-mails and considering deferring my entry to 2014 out of desperation, I was at boiling point…and I wasn’t alone. The prospect of being homeless, in the most expensive city in the country, during my first year of university was absolutely terrifying. I’m hoping that this blog post will put you at ease and prepare you for the other “what if…?” you may not be expecting on results day!
Luckily for me, and many others, QM struck up a deal with Unite Students, a private accommodation provider for students in a halls environment, at a more affordable deal than what they were initially offering; to be exact, my rent at Sherren House for an ensuite room, all bills included, was £165 pw from the initial price of £199 pw (However, I’d definitely advise you to ask about prices as they may be cheaper this year considering there are more rooms reserved for QM first years).
Living with Unite was actually fantastic. I didn’t feel like I was left out of the freshers’ experience as I was living with five other first year, QM students becoming good friends with all of them. I’ll remember my time with them in Flat 107 fondly. Although Unite accommodation is off campus, which can seem daunting, I found it quite a pleasant experience being out of the campus bubble; it encouraged me to explore the local area more than I would’ve done had I got accommodation on campus by finding the local supermarkets, the best ATMs to use and the quickest route to university (which wasn’t walking down Mile End Rd!).
So, my advice to you if worse comes to worst, and you haven’t got QM accommodation, is to ask the accommodation office about QM’s partnership with Unite Students. Once you’ve acknowledged an interest, your contact details will be forwarded to Unite and you’ll be able to choose your preferred accommodation. If this is what you decide to go for, feel free to ask Unite for particular preferences to put you at ease; for me, I wanted to make sure I was in a flat with other first year, QM students.
I’ve attached links for you to have a look at one of the residences that is definitely on offer to you, so you can prepare if you don’t get on-campus accommodation:
If you have any questions about living off-campus, in particular at Sherren House, I’ll be more than happy to help!
Hope you’re enjoying the remainder of your holidays.
Fingers-crossed for Results day!