Many of the new DMU students get put in halls for their first year. If you are really lucky you will get a place in New Wharf, decent accomodation overlooking the canal, or the fairly new William Rowlett halls, which are expensive but very well equipped, 1min away from the union and above a bar and a small supermarket syle store ( what more could a student need) . I however was put in accomodation 3 miles from uni called Hospital Close, it was pretty crap, overpriced and we had to get a bus in to uni everyday( luckily for new students this is no longer used ). The advantage of this however, was that the 100 or so students there formed a small community, lots of parties, relationships (and fueds) most of my best friends were made at those halls. The first year in halls is the best time you'll have at uni - it is also the time when you'll meet the people you'll share a house with in the 2nd year. ( 1st years will get to go to a 'find a house' day where they will meet others who haven't got a hall place and find a house!) The most popular place for students to live in rented houses is Narborough Road - its very close to the uni, and full of cheap shops, ideal for a student budget. There's also a couple of trendy bars - Lunar Blu and Nine Bar for instance. Houses are often 4 bedrooms ( with 3 large and 1 tiny room) and generally cost between £35-40 per week , exclusive of bills. Deposits are usually £150-200 , and you'll be very lucky to get all of this back. Landlords can claim all sorts of reasons, such as the freezer needed defrosting, to take money from the deposit. Private landlords often provide a better service than agencies, but it can be a gamble. The best way to find a house is to inherit a good one from some 3rds who are leaving - meeting 3rd years is easy if you're a member of any clubs or societies. DMU housing association (found in the Fletcher building) can p
rovide you with more housing advice.
The accommodation of the university is extremely widespread and diverse throughout the Leicester region. As you would expect there are catered halls, self-catered and other private accommodation. Halls are usually quite cheap, starting from £30 up to around £45-50 for catered halls, this drops to around £40 to about £50 for self catering-this is dependent on whether your room is sharing with a kitchen a bathroom with a dozen others. Plus this also includes parking space for cars where appropriate. Halls are usually within 30mins of the main campus (slightly more for Scraptoft). For the outer-most places consider using a bike/car or the cheap-rate student bus passes which are available. There are two halls within walking distance, say about 5mins max and these are ok. There are people who clean the common area once a week- kitchen and hallways, although you have to take out the rubbish on your floor yourself. They have washers and driers on the ground floor, so there's no need to go anywhere else. Private accommodation starts at £30. There are two types: One is by renting out (a) room(s) from a landlord, Two is by renting from housing association. Most of the houses within 5-20 mins walk are owned by landlords, these can be 3-bedroomed to 12-bedroomed houses and rent will depend either on number of people sharing or the size of the room. They usually start form about £28 and the majority often ask for a group-because asking for one often means that the landlord has to continue advertising for the rest and in most cases they tend to think that it is too much work. Bills are separate from rent. Housing Association rental is preferred, if you can get it. In this case you will be asked to fill out forms, so they can get an ideal of your preferred housing needs, for example whether you are a non-smoker or have children etc. This is usually the best because you can get a room and all the bills (minus the
phone bill) is included with the rental charge. For a student I would say that this is the best deal around, because let's face it, if you are on student budget it would make sense to tie up your bills somehow, without worrying about any debts that may incure because of it.
De montfort Accomodation is too far away. It is very nice though and offers a variety of different types of accomodation for you to chose from. The are halls that are at least 3 miles away in Oadby and it takes about three hours walk to get to the uni itself. After the first year you can live in the private sector and the choice here is alot better with good quality accomodation being available close by. The overall standard of accomadation is good, but try and stay at freemans common where it is closer.