It’s common for many students to live away from their parent’s homes during term time in various forms of student accommodation. This could be the official accommodation for students Birmingham University in the halls of residence or student flats in Birmingham. That was before we had the coronavirus pandemic causing upheaval in all areas of our life. Even student life has been impacted by social distancing restrictions and various lockdowns we have endured over the last couple of years.

When the college campuses and university campuses were closed up and down the country, many students did not have access to social spaces, study spaces and libraries as well as other important facilities that offer a more fulfilling student experience.

Although online teaching and lectures were possible, meaning students could work anywhere, studying in the home environment is a lot harder than it sounds. While it may mean students save money and can be closer to their friends and family, a busy household is not necessarily the best place to study for college or university. For online education to be effective, you need to have a stable and secure internet connection, the right technical equipment, and a quiet area. For the majority of students, it was better for them to move back to reopened campuses when that became possible again.

Looking for Student Accommodation During the Pandemic

As of 17 May 2021, any students that had not yet returned to in-person teaching at university were allowed to do so. With fewer restrictions in place, normal student life becomes more possible, even if we are not quite there yet. Many more universities are offering in-person classes and teaching. The good, and bad news is that this means both existing and prospective students can start making plans to move into their own place.

It’s important to remember, though, that as has been proven time and time again over the last couple of years, things change very quickly and with little to no warning as the pandemic carries on.

Although the rules on things like social distancing and wearing masks have changed, it is vital that you continue the good hygiene practices we have all been encouraged to follow. You also need to make sure that you follow the specific guidelines and rules set out by your landlord or student accommodation provider.

Remember, even if they seem a little over the top and out of step with other places, it’s not your property, you are merely renting the place temporarily.