My Student Home: a look at private rented accommodation just outside the city centre
Welcome to My Student Home, our blog series on renting private accommodation while studying in Norwich, written by students for students.
This blog series aims to highlight the ease and affordability of living in Norwich, which has been rated the tenth most affordable city in the UK for students.
In this blog post, we meet third year student Beth Unsworth. Here, she shows us around her three-storey house, 15 minutes from campus.
What is your name and what course are you on?
My name is Beth Unsworth and I study BA (Hons) Photography.
Where did you live during your first year at NUA?
I went straight into private accommodation as I couldn’t afford halls at the time. I am happy I did!
It gave me the independence I wanted, without having to share a kitchen with 9 others. I lived in the Unthank area of Norwich, which is full of other students, so it was easy to meet others at the local pubs and cafes and have someone to walk home with.
How much is your rent and what do you get for that cost?
Living in private accommodation costs me £390 a month: £360 rent and the rest on bills.
I think it’s a very reasonable amount as we live in a spacious three storey house with private study rooms, a big garden and conservatory. We decided to go to different providers for our utilities as it was far more cost effective than going to student bundle providers.
How many people do you live with?
I live with 3 housemates. Two from NUA and one from UEA.
How did you find your housemates?
I met one on my course in first year and we’ve lived together ever since. The others I found through social media on the NUA/UEA Student Housing Facebook page.
Facebook is a great place to find short lettings, housemates, and Wi-Fi deals. We all spoke on FaceTime a few times as well as met up in person to make sure we all got along prior to moving in, which helped to break the ice!
How far away from campus do you live?
Living a little further out has given me the opportunity to explore the city a little more as I walk to and from uni. It has also given me the chance to find lots of hidden treasures I wouldn’t have found otherwise.
What’s the area like?
I absolutely love the area I live in! There are so many great places to go and things to do, but it’s tucked away enough in a residential area to not be too noisy of an evening.
What’s your favourite spot near your house?
My favourite spot nearby is The Reindeer pub. My housemates and I go down there often to finish the week off with a drink or even go for dinner. They have an amazing pizza oven with vegan options and student deals as well.
How have you made your house homely?
Making our house homely was one of my favourite things to do together with my housemates.
We decorated our shared areas with blankets and pillows and of course fairy lights and lots of plants. We added some rugs well as our famous disco ball that lives in the conservatory. The house feels more like a home than it did when we first moved in!