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5 ways university accommodation will surprise you

If you went to university a decade or more ago, you might have rather dim expectations of a night spent in a student bedroom.

But if you’re picturing a thin lumpy bed in a chilly featureless room, think again.

University accommodation has changed dramatically in recent times, as student expectations have risen and universities have prioritised high-spec new developments. Far from slumming it, student accommodation is increasingly the ideal city alternative to a hotel.

Great location

Train speeding past

When you’re an institution that regularly welcomes an influx of new residents from all over the world, a convenient location is essential.

A city centre university can offer great amenities on the doorstep, from authentic local food to nightlife. For more of a village feel, a campus typically provides a quieter experience. And of course, both will be easy to reach, with great transport links.

Hassle-free amenities

Person pouring tea

The modern traveller expects certain options built in to their travel. While larger hotel chains are coming around to free Wi-Fi and parking as standard, it’s certainly not universal – and the standard of internet provision often leaves a lot to be desired.

A university, however, needs a robust infrastructure year-round. Visit in the summer, and you’ll enjoy the same high-speed Wi-Fi as students and academics. Breakfast options too tend to be packed with choice, easy to reach and economical.

Genuine living

Person sitting in flat

A hotel room might be charming, but it’s designed for temporary overnight stays, not for real life.

Choose a university room, and you’ll find unexpected perks come with a space meant to be lived in. A hotel ‘workstation’ is sometimes barely large enough for a laptop: a student desk and chair is bound to be more comfortable. You may find a lounge area comes with your room; perhaps even a small kitchen-diner, where you can make tea and relax away.

An immersive experience

Staying on a campus places you in a unique environment. You’re surrounded by a setting that’s dedicated to inspiring young minds and pursuing groundbreaking research.

If you’re lucky, you’ll also find striking architecture and historic buildings; maybe even a museum or two.

Perfect for conferences

Friends walking through the Vale village

Travelling for work means you want to stay somewhere comfortable, practical and easy to reach.

When you’re away at a conference, you also want to be able to network effectively, and socialise with your fellow delegates. University accommodation offers flexibility for large groups, especially when the conference is held on-site too. Attending all your events just a stroll away from where you’re staying that night means you can really focus on the day’s work – and enjoy your evening’s entertainment too.

The University of Birmingham offers an extensive range of modern, stylish en-suite bedrooms for group stays and conference guests during the summer months, set in lakeside parkland. It’s an easy walk to all campus venues, and just a 7-minute train journey to Birmingham New Street from University station. To find out more, get in touch with the Conferences & events team.

Looking for bed and breakfast stays, or a hotel? Choose from our two on-campus hotels.

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