Photo courtesy of Carr Mills
Northern School of Contemporary Dance does not have student accommodation connected to the school but we do use the services of Unipol, a student housing charity, who accredit our recommended student housing. Together, NSCD and Unipol provide support and useful contacts for you to use when arranging your accommodation.
Due to the intensive programme that students follow at NSCD we do recommend that you carefully consider the distance you live from the School.
As the majority of our students live in shared housing, NSCD uses the services of Unipol, a student housing charity, who accredit all our recommended student housing using the Unipol code. This code aims to ensure that landlords meet and go beyond their legal minimum requirements in providing good quality, safe and well managed housing for students. NSCD recommends all students live in Unipol coded accommodation. New NSCD students will be directed to Unipol to assist with finding shared accommodation. For further information, please visit www.unipol.org.uk.
Should you prefer not to live in shared housing, there are many halls of residence in Leeds available due to the number of Universities and colleges in the city. Several NSCD students do take this route, though it is likely you will live alongside students from these other Universities or colleges.
Carr Mills are halls of residence located just a 15 minute walk away from NSCD and they arrange for NSCD students to be grouped together. Visit their website for current costs of their accommodation.
If you are interested you just need to go to their website and book a room, making it clear you are an NSCD student on the application so that they can place you together.
iQ Student Accommodation are also located very close to NSCD, just 20 minutes’ walk away and have a range of room options at various prices.
The accommodation for students.com website lists many other private halls of residence which may be of interest to you. Visit their website for current costs of their accommodation. Please ensure you check their distance from NSCD, as they may require public transport to enable you to get to the school. It is also important to note that not all of these halls of residence are Unipol coded.
Some additional halls of residence websites that may be useful are:
Unipol can also coordinate home stays – there are several hosts in the area and Unipol can arrange introductions. If this is of interest, please get in contact with Unipol using the contact details on their website: www.unipol.org.uk.
Throughout May each year Unipol collate information from local landlords and current NSCD students to produce a list of properties and rooms that will be available from September for the new intake of NSCD students. They will then provide details of these properties in late May/June* both on their website and via the NSCD New Starters Accommodation Facebook pages (new students will be invited to join these). By this point in time you will have had opportunity to get to know the other new starters on the Facebook pages and begun to consider who you may wish to share a house with.
*There will be very few properties available on a search of the Unipol site for our area prior to this date; please do not worry as there will be a plentiful supply.
Of course, you can arrange to view properties at any time that suits you but Unipol and NSCD hold a ‘House Hunting Event’ for new students where they can find out further information about student living, meet local landlords and view properties. This event usually takes place in June, after all offers have been made and accepted, and will be held either at NSCD or as a virtual event.
NSCD is part of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama which is ranked number one amongst UK performing arts conservatoires for overall student satisfaction (90%).
NSCD’s Student Services department is a one stop shop for all students, and aims to be students’ first point of call for all enquiries. These enquiries may range from timetabling, accommodation, safeguarding and attendance.