Starting my studies in the second year direct entry on my course I was dubious as to what sort of accomodation was available to me, I didn't want to be in halls as I am a mature student and my days of loud music till all hours the night before exams didn't appeal, don't get me wrong I am no prude! I enjoy a good time like anyone else. I was delighted to discover that the house I had been allocated was wonderful, not at all like your usual student house. I live in a warm,cosy house with two other women and we have a great laugh. The rooms are well decorated,and the landlord and accomodation office are very friendly and nothing is too much trouble. The telephone installation bloke said it was one of the nicest student houses he had been too in Middlesbrough!. With a ten minute walk from both the town centre and the University it is in a prime location for any new or existing students. The cost of living in Middlesbrough is very low and the rent for the head tenancy properties is very reasonable, would be difficult to match from a private landlord.
Being a past student of the University of Teesside I know a fair bit about the accommodation. It has a variety of student residence. There's King Edwards square which is the cheapest. It's a bunch of houses which are in very bad shape, stay well away. There's Woodlands Halls which are quite nice, the building is sectioned off into little flats with about 6 bedrooms all en suite, kitchen/sitting room and bathroom. Quite nice but tight for space. There's Linthorpe Halls which are just rooms with a shared kitchen on each section. They're quite small and cold looking. The floors are not carpeted and I seem to remember thinking they more resembled concrete. There's Parkside houses which again are nice but small and last but not least there are Parkside Halls of Residence. These are the 2nd cheapest halls and in my opinion are also the nicest. It's a converted hospital so all the hallways and rooms are really spacious, there are shared rooms and single rooms. There are 4 cooking areas on each floor. I think halls are a good idea for first years to get to know people but I wouldn't recommend it for more than that. The private accommodation in Middlesbrough is varied but it's generally quite cheap. If you're looking for something cheap and cheerful, there are always a few of the not so good houses up for £20 a week. On average the paying rate is £30 a week for a decent house. The extremely nice ones are about £35-40. For private accommodation start looking early for the good ones.
The University has 3 halls of residences (Parkside, Linthorpe and Woodlands), some flats (also known as Parkside and right next to the halls) and a square right on campus surrounded by terraced houses (King Edwards Square). These are mainly restricted to first year students. Parkside halls is probably the cheapest its a converted hospital with big shared rooms. Linthorpe is the inermidiate halls of residence with individual rooms. Then there is woodlands halls which are in a league of their own, very new buildings and each room has an en-suite bathroom! The Parkside flats are also new buildings are there are about 6 people to a flat. Finally King Edwards Square, a number of terraced houses, around a grassy sqaure on the university campus, also backs onto the main road through town so can be noisy especially at the weekends. The houses are shared by about 10 people and there are individual and shared rooms. Middlesbrough also has plenty of very cheap student accomodation available to rent. Renting a room in a shared house is between 30-40 pounds a week.