University Life - Accommodation - Off-campus living | Harper Adams University

Off-campus living

Most students live off campus in their second and final years and begin looking for somewhere to live as early as the second term of their first year. The vast majority of off-site student housing is within a six-mile radius of Harper Adams, mostly in the nearby town of Newport or the village of Edgmond.

Accommodation ranges from single occupant residences or lodging with a family to shared houses for up to nine people. These include apartments, houses, bungalows, cottages, and even converted barns.

Landlords of off-site student accommodation are monitored by the local authority, Telford and Wrekin Council. Our Accommodation Officer is happy to support students searching for appropriate accommodation. Whilst the contractual agreement lies between the landlord and the tenants and does not directly involve the University, we can advise on what to look out for, questions to ask landlords, advice on tenancy agreements, and a range of issues once you are in residence. This support is offered to all students during their time at Harper Adams.

A list of local accredited accommodation along with property details and availability is available on our Property Search pages (internal site) from around January, when we also hold information workshops and publish off-campus accommodation advice literature.

Most of the accommodation has been visited by Student Services to ensure that legal standards are being upheld, and we can give you help and advice on agreements, landlord and tenant obligations, etc. To help us continually review the suitability of advertised properties for student accommodation, we welcome feedback from current and previous tenants on properties and landlords.

Further projects to be undertaken by the Accommodation office include a full review of properties available in the area with updated information portfolios and further development of the existing accreditation scheme in partnership with Telford & Wrekin Council.

If you are an overseas student, Student Services will usually assist you in securing accommodation for you before you arrive in Britain.

Comparison of average student living costs - off-campus

Expense Birmingham  Harper Adams
Rent (private accommodation) £50-90 p/wk £55-75
Utilities £16-20 p/wk £12-20
Food £40 p/wk £30
Travel expenses £20 £20
Newspapers 50p-£1 ea 50p-£1 ea
Sports (session) £4 £3
Inexpensive restaurant £12 p/p £10
Drinks (in a cafe or bar)    
Wine (glass) £2.70 £2.20
Coffee £1.50 £1.00
Tea £1 80p
Soft drinks 90p 60p
Beer (pint) £2.80 £2.50

 

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