Generally the cost of finding somewhere to live is much cheaper in Yorkshire than elsewhere in the UK. Accommodation costs range from £3,000 to £6,000 a year, depending on the type of accommodation you choose.
The amount of rent you pay depends on how many weeks you need your accommodation for. Most universities rent out rooms for 39.6 weeks per year. Private landlords may ask you to sign a contract for 52 weeks. Contracts for homestay accommodation range from 3 weeks to a year. When you sign a contract, make sure you know how many weeks you're going to be paying for, so you can budget accordingly.
On top of basic accommodation costs, you may also be asked to pay for utilities, telephone and internet access. Most university halls include services and utilities, such as energy, water, internet and insurance, meaning it's more cost effective than renting a private home, where you need to cover all these costs yourself. If you rent privately, you'll need to allow around £1,734 a year for utility bills. If you choose to stay with a host family in homestay accommodation, the cost of utilities will usually be included in your rent.
Most university halls will ask for a deposit (typically around £250) before you move in, in case you break or damage anything during your stay. Private landlords will expect a larger deposit of one month’s rent before you move in. If there’s no damage to the property, you will get this back when you move out.