The best university accommodation UK announced

The winners of the best university accommodation UK 2018 announced, from the National Student Housing Awards student accommodation survey.

The winners were announced at a recent online awards event with accommodation and marketing teams watching from across the UK and Ireland. The winners were drawn from the results of the National Student Housing Survey (UK) and the National Student Housing Survey (Ireland) the largest student accommodation survey programme of students, which this year received an impressive 32,000 student responses.

Tim Daplyn, Managing Director of Red Brick Research, said; “Congratulations to all the winners of the National Student Housing Awards 2018. These awards are based 100% on student feedback, so the winners really do represent the best in service provision. These providers are surpassing expectations and provide a truly excellent accommodation experience. The NSHS helps universities to track, benchmark and improve, it is encouraging to see that winners have maximised this student feedback to implement meaningful change.”


Best university accommodation UK

Best Student Community
Prime Student Living
“Prime Student Living (PSL) is exceptionally proud to be voted by students as providing the ‘Best Student Community’, reflecting our dedication in providing residents with the best possible experience whilst living with us. Moving beyond ‘just somewhere to live’, PSL properties offer a welcoming home and supportive community that students can call their own.

Best Learning Environment
John Bell House, Belfast (Fresh Student Living)
“We are delighted to have won the award for Best Learning Environment for John Bell House – Belfast’s first PBSA scheme that we managed during its mobilisation and for the first 18 months of operation. The award shows the thought that went in to the renovation of this fantastic building, incorporating flexible learning spaces that were brought to life by the service from our on site Accommodation Team.”

Best Individual Accommodation
Grizedale Townhouses (Lancaster University)
Lancaster University is The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018 as well as being top 10 in all three major UK league tables. The University boasts a beautiful 560-acre self-contained site. In recent years over £500m has been invested in the campus buildings, facilities and infrastructure, and we are now designing accommodation and facilities for a whole new undergraduate college. “This award is a testament to the combined efforts and dedication of the university’s Accommodation, Facilities and College teams that work tirelessly each year to deliver an experience the University can be proud of.”

Best Student Broadband
Bangor University
“Bangor University is delighted to have won in the category Best Student Broadband. The University has invested over £300K in the last two years to upgrade its Wi-Fi capacity in our residences and in all students areas across campus. Additionally, the University has just completed a project to double its connection speed to JANET (the Network provider to UK HE) to 10 Gbit/sec connection. This results in excellent connection speeds to the end user.”

Best Specialist Accommodation
Goodenough College, London
“Goodenough College is delighted to have won the award of Best Specialist Accommodation Provider. This is the sixth year that we have won an award and that is testament to the dedication of our staff who go all-out to do the best for our members. They love us and we love them right back!”

The headline winners for the NSHS Ireland

Best University Halls
Dublin City University
DCU is a young, dynamic and ambitious university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation. DCU is recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of academic excellence with over 16,000 students. DCU has purpose-built residences over three campuses, providing more than 1,400 rooms for undergraduates and postgraduates. “Dublin City University is delighted to take part in the NSHS Ireland. We absolutely prioritise understanding our students’ needs and want to create the best possible student living experience. By taking part in the NSHS we hope to further refine our accommodation offer and understand our wider market position.”

Best Value for Money
Uninest Student Residences
Uninest Student Residences strives to provide the best living experience for students in Cork and Dublin, offering stylish, secure and sociable student living. Uninest Student Residences are clear and upfront in their communications and costs, listening to residents, their families and educational partners.

Best Private Halls Provider
“Aparto is a student housing group in UK and Ireland who are focused on creating student homes not student rooms. We believe that home is not just about your room, but your overall experience.”

The top UK Headline Award Winners:

Best University Halls
Edge Hill University
“Edge Hill University provides students with the best university experience possible and high-quality accommodation is a key part of that. The fact that our students love where they live, and have expressed that by voting for us, makes winning this award extra special.”

Best Private Halls Provider
“Host Students is delighted to have received the award for Best Private Halls Provider. It reflects the excellent standards of accommodation and customer service provided by Host and reflects what Host is all about; providing students with hassle-free accommodation and a welcoming, happy, reassuring and stress-free experience while at university or college.”

Host: Best Private Hall Provider

Best Value for Money
Edge Hill University
“Edge Hill University is delighted to win this award as it reflects our belief that high-quality accommodation doesn’t have to be expensive. Providing an excellent environment in which to live and learn, that doesn’t break the bank, is part of our commitment to giving our students the best possible university experience, so it’s extremely gratifying to know that our students recognise and appreciate that.”

International Accommodation Quality Mark (IAQM) Top 5 Winners
● Bangor University
● CityBlock
● Fresh Student Living
● Goodenough College


Student Accommodation Survey

Moving away to university is a big decision, choosing the best university accommodation can make a massive difference in how students spend their first semester settling in. When viewing universities and choosing their options, students will have opportunities to view halls of residence and other student accommodation, judging it on the following criteria; value, location and communal areas.

To help students make this decision, StudentCrowd carried out a student accommodation survey with students and graduates on their halls of residence and student accommodation throughout their university
experience. StudentCrowd used the following criteria for their student accommodation survey:

Value for money
Social Space/Communal Areas
Social Activity/Events

Top 15 best university accommodation UK:

1. Falkner Eggington – Loughborough University
2. St Regulus Hall – University of St Andrews
3. Nightingale Hall – University of Nottingham
4. Josephine Butler – College Durham University
5. McIntosh Hall – University of St Andrews
6. John Burnet Hall – University of St Andrews
7. Grizedale College – Lancaster University
8. Harry French Hall – Loughborough University
9. Stephenson Hall – University of Sheffield
10. Park Terrace – Newcastle University
11. Langwith College – University of York
12. University College – Durham University
13. St Salvator’s Hall – University of St Andrews
14. John Snow College – Durham University
15. Stephenson College – Durham University



Student accommodation Dublin

Ireland holds the world rankings for eight of its universities, based on extensive course options, facilities and availability of places to study. Dublin is also one of the biggest and most popular cities, therefore making it a demanding city to study. Student accommodation Dublin is known for being ideally situated close to university campuses, with easy options of transports, it also boasts being able to cater to any budget with all-inclusive shared apartments.

Dublin City University students share their opinion of student accommodation Dublin and what criteria to follow when looking at residence options.

The Best Student Accommodation Dublin:

Highlight Thomas Street
Highlight Parkgate
Blackhall Place
Arcadian House
Dominick Place
New Mill


Best accommodation at Manchester University

The best university accommodation UK league table used nearly 650 student scores from 22 university hall of residence and 38 private halls to determine the best accommodation at Manchester University is. There were seven different criteria these accommodations were marked against: value for money, hall management, cleanliness, location, communal spaces, social experience and WiFi. The average score for the best accommodation at manchester university is 3.44.

Here are some of the top residences:

iQ Lambert & Fairfield House
iQ Warehouse Two
Daisybank Villas
Vita Student Circle Square
Kerria Apartments
Hulme Hall
Denmark Road


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