Should you live close to the university campus? | Proximity considerations to make when choosing student accommodation


Choosing the right student accommodation is a crucial decision, one that can significantly impact your academic success, social life, and overall well-being. Among the myriad of factors to consider, proximity to the university campus stands out as a pivotal consideration. From convenience to cost-effectiveness, social opportunities to personal preferences, there are numerous factors to weigh up when deciding whether to live close to the university campus or further away.

This guide will explore the pros and cons of living close to the university campus, why some students may want to live away, and how Mansion Student can help.

What are the different types of student accommodation available near campus?

It is important to consider certain factors when choosing student accommodation, including its amenities and transport links. If you are considering student accommodation near the university campus, there are different types available:

·        University halls of residence: Managed by the university, halls of residence typically offer standard rooms and communal facilities. Depending on the university size, these halls may be spread across differing campuses, and might be close to certain academic areas.

·        Private student halls: These are purpose-built student accommodations managed by private companies. They offer similar facilities to university halls of residence, and vary in their proximity to campuses.

·        Privately rented accommodation: These are typically further away from campus, and include student housing, houses, flats, or rooms rented directly from a private landlord. 

Mansion Student provides a range of purpose-built student accommodations in some of the most popular UK student cities, conveniently located in various amenities depending on the city. 

Our Leeds student accommodation properties vary in their proximity to university resources, with Austin Hall and Asquith House a 15-minute walk away and our Woodhouse Flats practically on the University of Leeds doorstep.

Student accomodation offer for Leeds

If you are interested in one of our Leeds student accommodations, arrange a viewing today.

Who may benefit from student accommodation near the university campus?

Living in student accommodation near the university campus offers a range of advantages, particularly for certain groups of students:

First years

First-year students often find it beneficial to live near campus as it allows them to immerse themselves fully in university life. Being close to lecture halls, libraries, and student services can ease the transition from school to university and facilitate social interactions with peers.

Living on or near campus is also a great way to meet similar students and form early friendships, essential for anyone living away from home for the first time.  

International students

For an international student, particularly unfamiliar with the local area, living near the university campus can offer a sense of security and convenience. Proximity to campus means easy access to academic buildings, student services, and campus facilities, reducing the stress of navigating an unfamiliar city.

Find out more about the accommodation considerations for international students with our expert guide here.

Which types of students may want to live further away?

While living near the university campus has its perks, certain types of students may find greater advantages in seeking accommodation further away. These include:


Postgraduate students, who may have different priorities and commitments than undergraduates, might live further away from campus. They may prefer quieter and more private accommodation options conducive to focused study and research.

Mature students

Mature students, who may have family or work responsibilities, might opt for accommodation further away from campus to accommodate their lifestyle needs. If they decide to live in student accommodation, they may choose who they live with and away from the university campus, typically populated with 18- to 20-year-olds.

Second or third years

As students progress through their university journey, they may prefer to explore living further away from campus. This can give them a sense of independence and the opportunity to experience different living environments outside the immediate university community.

Read our guides on student accommodation for second years, and accommodation considerations for third years here.

What are the pros and cons of living in student accommodation near campus?

Advantages of living on or near campus

Living close to university resources such as libraries and classes means easy access to academic facilities, making it convenient to attend classes and utilise study resources. Additionally, being near campus saves time on commuting, allowing for more efficient use of time for studying, extracurricular activities, or socialising.

Particularly for first years and freshers, campus living (or closely located student housing) is ideal because it is convenient for student events and opportunities for social engagement.

Disadvantages of living on or near campus

However, living near campus may come at a higher cost than options further away. The proximity to campus may also lead to a lack of privacy, as students may be surrounded by fellow residents, resulting in potential noise disturbances. While university facilities are nearby, other amenities such as supermarkets, gyms, or entertainment venues may require a longer journey.

Some students may also feel confined to the university environment and miss out on experiencing life beyond campus. When considering accommodation near campus, it is essential to weigh these factors against individual needs and preferences, considering factors such as budget, lifestyle, and included amenities.

Close to university resourcesMore expensive
Solcial and student oppotunitiesLack of privacy
Safety and securityDistance from other amenities
Live with similar peopleLimited independence
Save time commutingNoise and distractions

Are there any benefits to living away from the university campus?

Though there are many advantages to living near the university, for certain students, it may be more convenient for certain students to live further away. Distance from campus fosters independence, allowing students to explore different neighbourhoods, manage their own schedules, and develop life skills. Housing options further away may also offer more spacious living arrangements, including larger bedrooms, shared common areas, or outdoor spaces.

Newly built or renovated accommodations are often found further away from campus. They offer modern amenities, stylish furnishings, and updated facilities.

IndependenceMay need to commute
More modern featuresIncreased responsibility
Variety of room types and sizesDistance to university resources
More privacyPotentially not as secure
Closer to other amenitiesIsolated

As mentioned above, consider what is important for you and what will best serve your needs. Ultimately, the decision should align with personal priorities and lifestyle preferences.

At Mansion Student, we are here to help you find your perfect accommodation. We provide purpose-built and modern student housing across the UK, in cities including Nottingham and Leeds.

Browse our student accommodation locations here.

For more information on a particular property, or to book student accommodation, contact Mansion Student today.

Frequently asked questions

Can you choose who you live with at your student housing?

Yes, in many cases, students can choose who they live with or express preferences for flatmates when applying for student accommodation. However, the process's specifics may vary depending on the university, student accommodation or housing provider's policies.

Mansion Student provides student accommodation that offers more choices for who you live with, whether you want to share with friends or live comfortably alone.

For more information, read our guide on student accommodation considerations for undergraduates here.

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