Moving away from home for the first time is a big step in a lot of people’s lives, so you want to make sure that you’re making a decision that’s right for you. There are so many factors to take into consideration that stretch far beyond the academic ability and teaching aspects of your chosen institution, from the location in regards to proximity to family and friends (whether you want to be nearby and far away is up to you!) to the security of the the surrounding area..
The East Midlands is a popular choice for students looking for their first home away home. Here are a few reasons why:
1. Top universities in the UK
The East Midlands is home to some of the best universitie in the UK. Loughborough University, located in the central region of the East Midlands, was recently ranked number 7 in the Complete University Guide League Table for 2017 and is also known for having the largest single site green campus. De Montfort, University of Leicester, University of Derby, University of Northampton are also among the fine options from which to choose..
2. Safe accommodation
The student accommodation you move into is one of the biggest parts of leaving home. You’ll be immersed in a new environment with people you probably haven’t met before, so having peace of mind that your new acquaintances are trustworthy people is important. A recent survey by Data Label revealed that the East Midlands is the place in the UK where you are least likely to see your food go missing from a shared student fridge – only 14% of respondents had this problem in the East Midlands compared to 37% in Yorkshire and the Humber! Sharing student accommodation with people you get along with and trust is the best way to have a good university experience.
3. Good location
You’re in one of the best positions to explore the UK, being fairly central and only a few hours away by car or by train from most of the sights in England and further afield. The East Midlands has its own vast stretch of coastline and the Peak District nearby to explore. The area is also home to the Leicestershire Wolds, the Charnwood Forest (ideal for Geology and History students with some of the oldest rocks and fossils found in Britain) and cities such as Nottingham, Leicester and Derby.
4. Range of courses
With such a range of universities specialising in various different departments, from De Montfort to Lincoln, these institutions offer a vast range of courses including everything from Footwear Design to Architecture. Whether you’re an undergraduate just starting your life at university, or a postgraduate furthering your academic career, you’ll find at least one university in the East Midlands offering your course of choice with some of the best tutors the UK has to offer.
5. Variety of student accommodation
Homes for Students offers a variety of different student accommodation types in several East Midlands locations, including Nottingham, home to some of the best nightlife in the UK with living spaces in central locations, and Lincoln, with modern studios and waterside positions. That concludes five of the many reasons that the East Midlands might be the perfect area for your first home away from home!