A home away from home: 7 reasons why Sanctuary Students is the perfect choice for international students

18th January 2021
International Students

The UK is one of the most popular places to study at university, attracting students from far and wide. Here at Sanctuary Students, we’re proud of our community of international students – did you know that we’re home to students from 160 countries?

Studying in the UK offers you the chance to explore new places, experience a new culture, meet new people and, of course, get qualified in your subject of interest – and we’re here to support you every step of the way!

Our student halls and flats are communities, making you feel welcome, supported and, above all, safe. But that’s not all!

Here are seven reasons why Sanctuary Students is a brilliant choice for international students.

1. Location, location, location

We have lots of student accommodation options in the UK’s most exciting cities to make sure you have the best possible living experience. And, when thinking about where to study, you really are spoilt for choice! We have a rich diversity of cultures, languages and faiths, with cities that proudly view their range of cultures as part of their identity. Wherever you choose, you really can’t go wrong with a UK university – after all, 500,000 international students can’t be wrong!

2. The choice is yours

We’re here to make your transition to student living in the UK as smooth as possible. You'll find plenty of fellow international students at all UK universities, and we’ll allocate you a room with fellow international students to help you settle into your new home.

All of our halls and flats are ideally located for studying and for experiencing all that the local area has to offer – we have a range of accommodation to suit all tastes. All of our rooms are single occupancy and many of our properties offer studios with your own kitchen and bathroom. We also offer a large number of en-suite bedrooms, and many of our properties offer state-of-the-art shared kitchen and living areas, as well as common rooms where you can meet up with friends and relax in your free time.

3. We’re here for you

We recognise the unique challenges faced by international students, and our friendly teams are on hand to help with any issues you may have. We pride ourselves on offering more than just a room, and our locations have an on-site team, 24 hours a day, to make sure everyone in our student community is happy, healthy and safe.

We have a wealth of knowledge about the local areas, and will tell you everything you need to know, from using the laundry to the best way to get to university. We’ll also offer advice about local public transport and where to find the nearest supermarket – as well as the best takeaways!

4. All your bills are taken care of

To help ease your transition to living in a new country, we offer all-inclusive bills (including electricity, water and heating), free contents insurance and Wi-Fi, making it easier to manage your money. Paying your rent is quick and convenient, as you can use a Recurring Card Payment (RCP) or your debit or credit card. Our longer tenancies are ideal for those looking to stay in the UK over the holidays.

5. You’ll feel safe and secure

At Sanctuary Students, we specialise in delivering quality student accommodation in a safe and supportive living environment – giving you and your family back home peace of mind. We have 24-hour security staff and emergency helplines, secure entry and CCTV. You’ll also receive round-the-clock support from our maintenance teams to make sure everything runs smoothly.

We understand that moving away from home can be daunting, and any feelings of anxiety have been exacerbated by the current pandemic. We’re doing everything we can to help and reassure our students during this time. Our accommodation has dedicated cleaners, plus sanitising stations and protective screens throughout the properties to help keep staff and students safe. Not only that – we offer additional support for anyone who is self-isolating – for example, bringing your food deliveries directly to your door via a contactless drop-off.

6. Community spirit

Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to meet new people and make life-long connections. But we understand that meeting people for the first time can be a daunting experience, especially if you’re moving to a new country!

Most universities will have societies and events to help you meet like-minded people (even if that means ‘meeting’ virtually, at the moment!), but at Sanctuary Students, we also hold regular social activities to create a sense of community with your flatmates and neighbours, helping you settle in quickly. These events don’t end after Freshers’ Week – we hold regular social activities and cultural events throughout the year.

 While socialising looks a bit different this year, we’ve still been creating fun events for our student communities to (safely) take part in to help you make new friends across the halls community. Check out our Big Night In to see what our students have been up to recently!

7. Specialist support

Throughout your stay, our teams are available to listen and give advice in confidence on everything from financial matters to making friends.

We also offer professional support to help you with any problems you may face – our Student Advice Line from our partners at Health Assured is open day and night, 365 days a year, and is available in many languages. Everything you discuss is kept confidential, so there’s nothing to worry about. Call the freephone number on 0800 030 5182 – we’re here as often as you need us, for as long as you like. Learn more about Sanctuary Students well-being services here.

We can’t wait to meet you!

Here at Sanctuary Students, we’re here to help our international students enjoy the best university experience possible while living a happy and healthy life. We look forward to welcoming you to your new home-away-from-home soon!