Budget and student accommodation options in Britain

Hostel and Campus

Low-cost accommodation options

Hostels are ideal for all types of travellers looking for fun low-cost accommodation, while campus accommodation offers extensive facilities and great value for money.


Great for those on the move. Hostels offer simple accommodation at a budget price, and are ideal whether you’re travelling on your own or as part of a group.

Youth hostels are relatively low-cost and traveller-friendly. They’re very popular in large cities, but you can also find many delightful village hostels in rural areas.

They generally provide private and shared rooms for individuals, couples or groups. Hostels are usually self-catering, although they sometimes provide hot meals and refreshments.

There are a number of large hostel associations such as the Youth Hostel Association and the Scottish Youth Hostel Association , which operate quality accommodation throughout Britain, but there are also thousands of great independent hostels around the country.

Most hostels allow member and non-member guests, although members and owners of an International Hostelling Card may enjoy more benefits. Check with the individual hostel and the international hostelling organisation in your country for further details.

Whether you're backpacking all over Britain, or taking a short city break, youth hostels are a great way to travel on a budget and have a fantastic social experience at the same time.


Britain is scattered with historic and well-known universities. During holiday periods many open their campus doors offering good value comfortable accommodation for every type of visitor.

Britain’s university cities are famous for their historic architecture, spectacular cathedrals, soaring towers and well-mannered locals. There are dozens of Campus locations throughout Britain and wherever you go you’ll find countless interesting places to visit and things to do nearby.

You’ll also benefit from the fact that most universities have an excellent range of services including shops, banks, laundries, bars, lounges, TV rooms and sports facilities. These are designed for students, so will be either on campus, or conveniently located in the surrounding area.

There’s a choice of bed and breakfast, half-board or self-catering accommodation available. Whatever you choose, campus accommodation is an excellent way to discover a local area while keeping to a budget.