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University rooms

Cathy's verdict:

Swapping a hotel for a university room is the perfect way to find a quirky place to stay on a budget, with no chance of being penalised by single supplements. But it’s not just a bargain alternative, with rooms in historic university towns such as Oxford, Cambridge and Paris offering a unique experience as well.

Recommended company: UniversityRooms.com

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UniversityRooms.com says

We think we’ve found the best way for solo travellers to avoid being penalised by single supplements – we offer unique accommodation in 400 university colleges throughout the UK, Europe, the USA, Canada, South Africa and Australia.

  • choice of 75 cities
  • no single supplements
  • prices from £25

The large number of single rooms available means no single supplements and prices at a fraction of the cost of a hotel. A single room costs from as little as £25 per night and the rooms are spotlessly clean and comfortable with a decent mattress!

The advantages for solo travellers can be summed up in four words – value, location, safety and companionship, all of which are highly rated by our users, 98% of whom would recommend us to a friend.

With accommodation available in university colleges and halls of residence in 75 cities around the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, London, Edinburgh, Paris, Rome and Barcelona, there’s a wealth of choice. In the UK alone, we have 44 cities to choose from.

You can stay for one night, or up to three months. At some venues, breakfast is included or you can choose from some self-catering options.

UniversityRooms.com is part of the SpeedyBooker Network, a collection of sites which processes more than 50,000 bookings per year on behalf of bed and breakfasts, hotels, hostels, university residences and holiday rentals in 17 countries. Availability displays, prices and confirmation are almost instant.

The website was set up in 2007 by Charlie Ramsay, an Oxford Alumnus who noticed universities could create a much needed revenue stream by renting out student rooms out of term time. Whilst most rooms are available in the student holidays, there are a small number that can also be rented on a short and long term basis during the academic year.

Find out more about UniversityRooms.com.

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