5 university halls of residence that will make you swoon (and wish you were still a student)

Not your typical student digs! These swanky halls of residence will having your wishing you were still a student...

Is a member of your family heading off to university this September? Worried about the sort of accomodation they'll be living in? Gone are the days of dull dorm rooms featuring uncomfortable beds, a rickety desk and a super slow internet connection. Now students are offered hotel-style check-in services with a concierge, underfloor heating, Wi-Fi, en-suites, pool tables and so much more.

Architectural website DesignCurial has compiled a list of the most luxurious student halls in the UK and, trust us, they're gorgeous! Here's the top five...

1. Vita Student Village, Manchester

Heading the list as the UK's most luxurious student residences is the oh
so stylish Vita Student in Manchester, offering students of the city
en-suite studio apartments, state-of-the-art gym facilities, a 32" flat
screen Smart TV, free cleaning services, high-gloss kitchens and a movie
room to name a few of the perks.

With six impressive locations across the UK and four more to come, Vita is leading the way for stylish student digs.

bedroom with wooden flooring and double bed

(Image credit: TBC)

living room with grey sofa set with cushions

(Image credit: Vita Student)

2. The Nido Collection, West Hampstead

The Nido Collection located in West Hampstead came in a close second - easily accessed by students at Central St Martins, London Business School and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

With the option of an en suite apartment or private studio, students are very much spoilt for choice. The sustainability-driven residence offers underfloor heating, cinema screening room, housekeeping, 24/7 concierge and gym facilities.

white study desk platform

(Image credit: The Nido Collection)

3. Vita Student Village, Liverpool

Liverpool students at University of Liverpool, John Moores University and Hope University have access to the third most luxurious accommodation in UK with Vita Student again featuring on the list.

The hotel-worthy rooms include a plush double bed, desk, a bookcase, two wardrobes, a dining table and chairs.

bedroom with desk with laptop and lamp

(Image credit: Vita Student)

4. Paris Gardens, London

Completing the top five were Paris Gardens, London, in fourth and Dean Clarke Lofts, Exeter, in fifth.

Paris Gardens, situated on the glorious Southbank, offers a roof terrace with landscaped gardens, penthouse lounge and views of the London eye.

paris gardens interior

(Image credit: Paris Gardens)

penthouse lounge

(Image credit: Paris Gardens)

5. Dean Clarke Lofts, Exeter

Sitting pretty in fifth, Exeter presents students with Dean Clarke Lofts; the once hospital now plush living quarters features multiple-level apartments sporting spacious interiors, double beds and flat screen TVs.

The sophisticated and fully-equipped kitchens feature polished wooden worktops and plenty of cupboard space.

kitchen with cabinets and white dining table

(Image credit: Dean Clarke Lofts)
Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.