For many years, the phrase “student accommodation” conjured up images of dirty carpets, grimy kitchens and cramped communal spaces. Oh, how times have changed! Now, instagram is filled with grids of student living spaces more akin to luxury hotels. We’ve had a trawl through and picked out some of our favourites from across the UK:
John Bell House
Positioned in the centre of Belfast, the old Belfast Metropolitan College building has been transformed into beautiful student accommodation. With 413 en suite rooms and studios, Student Roost’s John Bell House provides a stunning home for students in Northern Ireland’s vibrant capital city. What sets it apart from other accommodation is that not only can students enjoy free high-speed Wi-Fi at 100Mbps, all utility bills included and 24-hour security, but they can hang out in the beautiful Grand Hall which has been converted into an amazing communal area, or the oak-panelled drawing room which houses a quiet study room. Almost like living in your own stately mansion!
With their own dedicated nightclub and private cinema on site, student residents at Cardiff’s Eclipse could be forgiven for never stepping over the threshold in the evenings. Not only that, but the building also boasts a gym and fitness suite, study facilities and a dinner party room for special dining occasions, in addition to 24-hour concierge staff, on-site laundry and free 200Mbps Wi-Fi. With so much to do, it’s a wonder the residents get any studying done!
Glasgow West End
Situated in the heart of Glasgow’s West End, True Student has something for everyone. Students can keep fit in the on site gym and fitness zone with the support of a dedicated personal trainer (virtual or reality), study in the library, relax in the cinema room (with a 4k screen) or by hosting friends in the dinner party room (there are even cookery lessons available for those less confident chefs).
And that’s even before the main attraction: a 15ft slide into the communal areas which boast a music caravan, gaming stations, pool tables, table tennis, table football and Oaka, an Asian cafe and supermarket. With free high-speed Wi-Fi at 100Mbps, all utility bills included and 24-hour security, it’s no wonder this residence won UK Private Halls of Residence at the 2018 Student Accommodation awards...
Perfect for sociable students, Nova has a party room with state of the art sound system, lighting, DJ booth, bar with ice-wells and dance floor - and karaoke. For those quieter moments, there’s ping pong, table football, air hockey and other table games dotted around the building - as well as a special cinema room. With a gym, piano, 24-hour concierge staff, free 200Mbps Wi-Fi, study facilities and a private cold store for grocery deliveries, every need is catered for in this luxury residence. And did we mention there’s a special karaoke room?
The Stay Club
With an interior that looks more like a hip boutique hotel than a student residence, The Stay Club in Colindale is the epitome of London living. With a restaurant, 24 hour concierge, shops and laundry, everything is taken care of. Like most residences on this list, it also boasts a private cinema to chill out with friends, but the thing that sets it apart is the gloriously airy roof terrace and bar area.
With its neutral colours and muted lighting, the communal spaces at Redvers Towers are perfect for relaxing. Residents can also chill out in the cinema room or use the private dinner party room to host friends for special occasions. There’s also a gym and a study area on-site for exercising body and mind.
Students have everything at their fingertips - including the power to control the temperature and lighting in their rooms from their phones thanks to smart home technology available free of charge. But best of all? The view! Situated in the heart of Sheffield, Redvers Towers has incredible views across the city.
Students who choose to stay at Newcastle’s Strawberry Place will never find themselves at a loss for things to do. Not only does the residence contain a games room, a coffee lounge, a cinema room, study areas, dining room for parties and a gym, but there’s also the option of yoga classes, craft workshops, PT sessions and even cocktail lessons! Paired with an excellent location, 24/7 on-site teams and 250Mbps Wi-Fi, it’s no wonder this well-equipped residence is one of our favourites.
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