Accommodation for non-students: studio flats

Studio flat with wardrobe, bed and kitchen space

When it comes to finding somewhere to live, you have a plethora of choices as a young professional or a new graduate. You may want to go into a shared flat or live on your own. In your early career you may be able to afford to live on your own, but luxury may be off the cards. In this case you may want to look for an affordable studio apartment to suit your needs.

This guide will cover the advantages and disadvantages of private studio flats and how they compare to other types of accommodation. You will need to be aware of certain considerations before choosing a studio flat to rent and Mansion Student may be able to help you find what you are looking for.

Beige student accommodation room with breakfast bar, kitchen and bed

What is a studio flat?

You will want to know exactly what you can expect from a studio flat. A studio flat, is an apartment which is usually designed for just one resident. The space is open plan, with the bedroom, kitchen space and living room combined into one room; it is entirely self-contained. Studios usually have a separate, private bathroom.

A studio flat can be especially attractive to those looking for private living on a lower budget. They are well suited for young, single professionals who spend a lot of time out and about, at work or with friends. While couples do sometimes share studio flats, most are recommended for single occupancy due to the limited room.

Studio accommodation flat, with tv, bed, kitchen and wardrobe

Studio flats compared to other accommodation options

One-bed flat

Studio apartments aren’t your only choice as a non-student. You may wish to consider a one-bedroom flat if you are looking for privacy and you can afford the extra rooms. A one-bed flat will have a living space and kitchen that are separate from the bedroom, and the bathroom. These usually offer more square footage but tend to have a higher rent and bills to match. One-bed flats are more appealing to couples and young professionals with joint or higher incomes.

Flat share or house share

You can also choose to live in a shared apartment with others to gain the benefits of larger communal areas at a lower cost. While there is less privacy when sharing, you will have a shared bathroom, kitchen and living space, which can reduce utility bills and it may also be a more social choice – you can even share subscriptions to streaming services. This option is especially good for those who have moved to a new city. A downside is that you may not be able to be selective about who you share with. Read about flat shares here.

One thing to consider for non-students looking to house share is that you will want to avoid living with students in student flats, as this will result in unexpectedly large council tax bills. Your entire flat/house will be required to pay council tax if a non-student lives there and students, being exempt from paying council tax may not choose to contribute to the bill.

Considerations for a studio flat

A studio apartment could be the best choice for those who are beginning a career, as the affordable accommodation option tends to attract young professionals and single people. It is important to think about the kind of lifestyle you are looking for when deliberating a studio flat; they are perfect for those seeking a private home life, while also being surrounded by young neighbours who may enjoy late nights and socialising.

If you are looking to live with a partner, sharing such a limited space can be challenging. You might even find the lack of space difficult if, for instance, you work from home or you enjoy entertaining.

Studio flats also work best for those with minimal belongings – if you have a lot of furniture and personal items, you might not be able to accommodate them in a small space. If you are willing to pare down your possessions, you can take advantage of central locations and affordable rent and bills that often come with studio flats.

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Renting privately with Mansion Student

As a non-student, it can be difficult to get your head around your options for renting, especially as many familiar student accommodation options are no longer available or desirable renting options.

For non-students and professionals looking for a high-quality but affordable place to live, we offer studio apartments in Newcastle. We also offer a range of private accommodation types for students including studios one-bed apartments, and shared flats in many of the UKs major cities, including Nottingham, Leeds and Durham.

Our fully furnished accommodation comes with benefits such as all-inclusive bills, high-speed WiFi and robust security for all residents. They can be a fantastic choice for those looking for reliable accommodation in the city centre. Our newly renovated studio flats, and our hospitality/maintenance teams will make sure you avoid headaches over finding property that isn’t up to standard.

If you want to discuss your options of studio flats or can’t decide what you need as a non-student get in touch with our or call on 08006527844 to find your perfect living space.

How Mansion Student can help

Since 2007, Mansion Student has acquired, developed and maintained modern student accommodations throughout some of the most popular student cities in the United Kingdom. We prioritise your welfare during your stay, and will help you through every stage of the booking and tenancy period. Browse through our different student accommodation locations below:

If you are interested in staying at any of our student accommodations, arrange a viewing here to ensure you are completely happy with the property before booking.

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Contact Mansion Student today for more information about booking accommodation, or call us at 0800 652 7844

Frequently asked questions

Can two people live in a studio?

Couples may want to choose a larger studio and you will need a double bed. However, for non-couples you can choose a studio designed for two people, called a twodio which gives you the option of two separate beds in a semi-open plan apartment.

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