Are these the most Instagram-friendly student halls EVER?

Are these the most Instagram-friendly student halls EVER? Plush accommodation boasts roof terraces, games rooms and SLIDES (and there’s not a cold shower or draughty cafeteria in sight)

  • Student accommodation website revealed the 10 most Instagram-worthy halls
  • Ernest Place, in Durham, topped the list with its rooftop terrace and cinema
  • Other residences offer state-of-the-art gyms and private dining rooms to hire
  • Durham and Cardiff are the most well-represented with two halls each on the list
  • Do YOU live in Instagram-worthy accommodation? Email [email protected]

Most students have to live with sputtering showers, shared kitchens and communal dining rooms in university halls. 

But there is no such hardship for the well-heeled residents of these private university residences.

Instead they can enjoy drinks on their rooftop terraces, kick back in a plush living rooms and host dinner parties in the comfort of their own reception rooms.

The list of the 10 ‘most Instagram-worthy’ university halls was released today by student accommodation website, whose experts trawled online listings to find the very best accommodation from around the country.

Ernest Place, in Durham, tops the list with its glass-walled Sky Bar, cinema, sauna and roof terrace, while Vita Student in Edinburgh comes in second place. Durham and Cardiff are the most well-represented, both bagging too spots on the list. 

Scroll down to see what it would be like to live like a student who enjoys the finer things in life – and how much it would cost… 

1. Ernest Place, Durham

Breathtaking views: Ernest Place, in Durham, tops the list of the 10 most Instagram-worthy student halls. The property boasts a stunning rooftop terrace for students to use, pictured

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Sophisticated: The glass-fronted Sky Bar, pictured, where students can unwind from studying 

Luxury living: An example of the studios available, complete with study and living areas

Social hub: The Sky Bar gives residents a place to relax and get to know each other

Universities: Durham University 

Room amenities: A standard suite comes with a 32in flat screen TV, a fridge, double wardrobe, en-suite bathroom.

Added extras: Glass-walled Sky Lounge, roof terrace, sauna, onsite cinema, private gym, two private dinner party rooms and a 24/7 concierge service. 

How much does it cost: A room in a six-bedroom ensuite costs 139.50 per week or £6,138.00 for 51 weeks. A Luxury Studio is £10,348.00 for 51 weeks (£199 a week).

2. Vita Student, Edinburgh

Plush: The inviting sprawling sofas at the Vita Student accommodation in Edinburgh

Universities: University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Herriot-Watt University are among the universities in Edinburgh 

Room amenities: 40in SMART TV, super-fast Wi-Fi, microwave grill, a ceramic hob, students can opt for their bed to be fully made on arrival.

Added extras: 24/7 security with key fob entry, housekeeping service, weekday grab-and-go breakfast, career tools, free-to-use bikes, large social hubs, all-inclusive bills & contents insurance.

How much does it cost: A suite with a canal view costs from £216 per week.

3. true Student, Glasgow

Sense of fun: The slide in the Festival Zone at true Glasgow in the city’s West End

Universities: University of Glasgow, University of Strathcylde, Glasgow Caledonian University and Glasgow School of Art are among the institutions in Glasgow

Room amenities: Suite comes with a double bed, en suite bathroom, and a fitted kitchen with a cooker, hob, oven, fridge, and microwave. Rooms in the shared apartments come with an en suite and have access to a shared kitchen and lounge.

Added extras: Complimentary gym membership, on site cafe, complimentary cooking classes, a ‘festival room’ complete with slide, and a Picture House – with a 4K screen and trendy cinema style seats made of wooden palettes.

How much does it cost: The true club suites and shared apartments are both priced from £150 a week, or £7,650 a year. 

4. Hox Park, Surrey

Keeping busy: Hox Haus, a state-of-the-art study and relaxation hub for university students

Universities: Royal Holloway is just minutes away

Room amenities: A luxury studio boasts a kitchenette with ceramic hobs, combi oven and fridge/freezer, Double wardrobe, book shelves and under-bed storage

Added extras: Hox Haus, a state-of-the-art study hub combined with café area, pool table, ping pong and gaming area; access to a private private gym and spinning studio. 

How much does it cost: Luxury studio for £285 a week or £12,540 a year. 

5. Crown Place, Cardiff

On trend: A tonal grey colour scheme makes this room perfect for students with exacting taste

Universities: Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and University of Wales are all in Cardiff.

Room amenities: Stylish en-suite bathroom complete with power shower, built in desks, facilities to cook in room or in apartment.

Added extras: Private on-site gym, games room, cinema room and study room. Landscaped outdoor space, on-site security and bicycle storage. 

How much does it cost: A club studio costs £145 a week or £7,395 a year. A standard one-bedroom apartment costs £321 a week or £14,124 a year.

6. Nova, Nottingham

Hotel living: Nova, in Nottingham, looks more like a 5-star hotel than university halls

Attention to detail: Rooms at Nova, pictured, come complete with double beds, 42in televisions, ample storage (including a double wardrobe), desk and study areas

Universities: University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University are both in Nottingham

Room amenities: Rooms at Nova come complete with double beds, 42in televisions, ample storage (including a double wardrobe), desk and study areas and USB sockets

Added extras: Nova has the feel of a boutique hotel as you walk through the doors. Pass the grand piano on entry and be greeted by the friendly concierge, on hand to welcome you and offer assistance 24/7. The four floors of social and work areas are reminiscent of a private members club. Other services/features include a private cinema, gym, 24/7 concierge, and party room.

How much does it cost: An Ultra Studio costs £11,628.00 for 51 weeks, or £228 per week. The cheapest option is a six-bed en suite room for £145.00 per week or £7,395.00 a year. 

7. iQ Shoreditch, London

Expensive: The most luxurious room option is the Platinum Super Plus, pictured, which costs £436 for 51 weeks, or £22,236 for the academic year

Universities: The accommodation is within walking distance of City University, The University of Law, London Metropolitan University and London College of Fashion. University College London and London School of Economics are also in the city. 

Room amenities: iQ Shoreditch consists of a range of self-contained studio flats, from the Bronze Studio up to the Platinum Super Plus. Every flat contains a comfortable double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, induction hob, microwave oven, fridge, ice box and plenty more mod-cons.

Added extras: Gym, laundery room, concierge, onsite cycle storage, cinema.

How much does it cost: The most luxurious room option is the Platinum Super Plus, which costs £436 for 51 weeks, or £22,236 for the academic year.

8. Eclipse, Cardiff

Space to entertain: Private dining rooms complete with velvet chairs are available to use

Universities: Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and University of South Wales are all in Cardiff. 

Room amenities: Rooms at Eclipse come complete with double beds with Hypnos mattresses, 40in televisions, ample storage (including a large wardrobe), desk and study areas and USB charging sockets. All rooms have been interior designed to offer elegant and spacious student living.

Added extras: Eclipse boasts its own dedicated nightclub for community events a themed private dining room to entertain friends, a private cinema, gym, and 24/7 concierge. 

How much does it cost: The most expensive room is a one-bedroom apartment,  which will set you back £237 per week or £12,087 for the academic year.

9. Dun Holm House, Durham

Stylish: One of the living and study spaces at Dun Holm House, on the outskirts of Durham

Universities: Durham University 

Room amenities: Double bed, en-suite shower room, mini kitchen in all studios, dedicated work space.

Added extras: Table tennis, pool and table football, a TV lounge area and a communal kitchen and dining area for dinner parties with friends. There’s also a gym, cinema room and a separate quiet study room.

How much does it cost: The most expensive option is the Platinum Studio River View, which costs £215 a week. The most affordable is the bronze en-suite for £145 a week.

10. Vita Student, Sheffield 

Personal palace: An example of a studio available for students at Vita Student in Sheffield

Universities: The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University are both in the city.

Room amenities: 32in flat screen SMART TV and an interior designed room makes it the perfect place for a student who likes the finer things in life.

Added extras: Super-fast Wi-Fi, En-suite shower room, Housekeeping service, Weekday grab & go breakfast, VIP exclusive store and restaurant discounts

How much does it cost: For those looking to splash out there is a studio with a city view for £205pw.    


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