How to find accommodation during clearing

Posted in: Accommodation Help, University Life

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Written by Catalina Constantin (3rd year Journalism & Media student at DMU)

Your accommodation is a part of your student experience. Especially if it is your first time living away from home. It can be a bit scary if you don’t get into your top university choices and you find yourself out of your comfort zone. If you are wondering how to find student accommodation during clearing, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ve broken down everything you need to know.

When I started university, I was stubborn enough to think that I could commute from home every day. I started looking for a place to rent pretty soon after. The most important part? Don’t panic. There’s no need for it. I know it is easier said than done but trust me. You need to be able to focus and weigh your decisions wisely.

You could get fewer accommodation choices, especially if you have very strict and clear wishes towards it. Be prepared to make compromises and keep in mind what is really essential to you. To be truthful, I wasn’t thrilled with the room I was assigned in my first year, but the people in my flat made up for it. Having the best accommodation might not really contribute that much towards having an amazing first year.

If you are unsure when to start looking for accommodation or you are wondering what the process is for finding it, we have a lot of information on our website including How to Survive Clearing.

Once you’ve secured your place at the institution of your choice, it’s time to think about where you’ll be living for the next year. The sooner you look into it, the better your chances of meeting your needs. Consider these carefully. You don’t want to make a sudden decision and later come to regret it!

You have several factors you must consider when choosing the student accommodation for you including the location, the weekly rent, type of room and bills packages. If you’re in need of further guidance, check out our blog and especially the following posts:

How to find the right student accommodation for you

Why living on campus is better than living at home

Household bills for students

Leicester Student Studios

Private Student Accommodation in Leicester

Don’t dive headfirst into the accommodation search without an idea of what you are looking for. Join university-affiliated groups or start following the housing office on social media platforms for shout-outs to meet other students in the same situation.

We understand that this is a challenging time. To avoid feeling overwhelmed, it is important to remain relaxed despite the amount of research and preparation required. Take a peek at what we have to offer. See if we can assist you in making a decision.

If you would like to get in touch, you can do it by calling at 0116 467 0315, sending us an email to, or popping into our lettings office on the DMU campus.


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