Just when you thought hostels and camping were the only answer to an affordable holiday in the UK, a new travel trend emerges - and it's pretty awesome too. The new concept of accommodation in universities is taking off in Britain and offers the perfect way to stay in a city for the fraction of the price of a hotel. And you can remove that image of dingy student accommodation from your mind as many rooms are luxurious too.
UniversityRooms.com lists rooms that are available at universities all over the country, including in the likes of Oxford, Cambridge and Durham.
The rooms are of excellent quality with crisp white sheets, new en-suite bathrooms and often in beautiful historic buildings, so you can delve right into the city's past too.
Guests can stay in a college or hall of residence for as little as £35 per night out of term time, often in very central locations and in architecturally stunning surroundings - eating breakfast in the Hogwarts dining hall at Christ Church, for example.
In historic Oxford, the quirky accommodation allows you to follow in the footsteps of politicians and statesmen at the oldest university in the English speaking world, with a visit to the newly revamped Ashmolean Museum and a stroll around Christ Church Meadow followed by a drink at your college's bar. During a stay at Cambridge, you can visit the university town famous for poets and future kings, where a walk through the Backs and taking up punting are a must. Or in Durham, you can stay in a real castle, the perfect base for visiting the city's cathedral and UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Those looking for a cheap room in London, where hotel accommodation is both in short supply and often eye-wateringly expensive, should consider the impeccably refurbished Prince's Gardens in South Kensington or the University of London's rooms in Bloomsbury. UniversityRooms.com's diverse collection of rooms in the capital cost as little as £40 per night.
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