If you live outside Dundee and it's too far to commute, we strongly recommend that your student try living in student accommodation for the first year.
It's a great way to get to know other people, learn about the city and the kind of living environment they prefer. Some people like house sharing, some prefer to live alone. Often they won’t know that until they’ve tried it. Once they've been in halls, they may meet friends they share with afterwards.
If you live locally, they can also stay in halls if they want (and can afford) to, though living at home can work too.
If you can make it, it's always worth coming to an Open Day. As well as seeing the university in person, we have accommodation tours designed to give you/your child a flavour of what's available.
We also have another page about our accommodation for parents and carers which may help answer some more of your questions.
Choosing a room - this can be daunting, so we've written a guide about how to choose your room. The most expensive may not be the best choice in the end.
Also, and just for fun, there's a lot to be learned from living in student halls.
We partner with four halls of residence with different types of rooms.
We 'hold' up to 500 rooms so even if the site says it's fully booked, that's likely to be because they are being held specifically for Abertay students. And often you'll get a discounted rate too.
We send out emails when the accommodation booking opens, usually in June. The halls we partner with can only be booked after our offer to study here has been accepted.
There are four halls and lots of room types - from en suites to doubles, single rooms to bedsits. All of them are 10 minutes walk or less from the Abertay Campus. None of them are catered but there are plenty of supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and takeaways nearby.
The rent they pay entirely depends on the room they choose, length of the lease and the hall they decide to live in. Rent is paid monthly directly to halls. This also covers wifi, heating, electricity and gas. See the Abertay Student rent costs here.
They can only apply once they've confirmed their Abertay offer, so check out the Accommodation section for full details.
See all our rooms on the Student Residences and Rooms page and there is a parent's guide in the Accommodation section too.
This is a tough one because it depends entirely on the person and a number of factors including finances.
If you live away from Dundee, staying at home may not even be an option. But for local students, living at home can be a significant money saver. It saves money on rent, is convenient, and is a way to avoid moving in with new people and put off flat sharing for a while.
Sometimes it's not just about saving money. Many will want to move out even if they live locally. As they are making steps towards becoming an independent adult, it may be the right thing for them if they can afford it. Some won't want to, and that's okay too. Often local students move out at some point during their time at university, but not necessarily in their first year.
Making a pros/cons list can really help you both work your way through the issues. And it's important to discuss what's best for everyone, personally as well as financially.
The UniGuide has a great article about it.
The good news is that Dundee is one of the cheapest UK cities to live in, and rents is reasonable depending on what they want and where they want to live.
We can’t help your student rent a room or a flat or apartment, but there is a lot of sites out there to help them decide on the pros and cons of sharing v living alone, student accommodation v private renting.
The Student Room also has a lot of forums devoted to accommodation
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