Sustainable accommodation

Take climate action in your accommodation whilst at university.

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Learn, act & lead for sustainability

  1. Learn about the climate crisis and sustainability.
  2. Act by following our sustainability tips.
  3. Lead by joining our activities, creating your own and volunteering.

Each participating university runs an overall competition within their halls of residence to help build and mobilise the student community. Metrics used for the competitions often includes electricity data and student engagement figures. We are particularly helping to engage students who are at the beginning of their 'sustainability journey', as well as supporting students to become leaders on sustainability and introducing life-long sustainable living habits. Find out if your university is taking part and how the competition is run by visiting our university page.

If you are living in accommodation not provided by one of the participating universities, still take a look at our energy advice by selecting one of the options below.

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We're making university living more sustainable

Through the campaign, students are taking personal action on the climate crisis within their accommodation. We think this is important because:

  1. Halls of residence are energy and water intensive buildings.
  2. Electricity, heat and water are one of the largest contributors to the climate crisis, with the majority of Europe’s energy coming from fossil fuels.
  3. When bills are included in rent, we may not be as enticed to save energy and water.
  4. Reducing our energy, waste and water consumption is a great way to reduce our negative environmental and social impact.

However, we know universities and halls of residences have a responsibility to reduce carbon emissions, from sourcing renewable energy, to providing and managing waste facilities and so much more. As individuals, we can also change our behaviours and take actions, from volunteering and voting, to having climate conversations and reducing unnecessary energy use.  We can all do something about the climate crisis, some can do a lot more than others but our choices and individual actions can collectively help to influence systems change. Within halls of residences, students are starting with actions such as switching off lights and encouraging friends to change behaviours, as well as lobbying for improved facilities and completing sustainability audits to find areas for improvement.

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Find your residence

No matter where you live you can follow our advice for a more sustainable home. If you live in accommodation provided by one of the universities listed below, click on the logos to find out how your residence is doing and activities you can get involved in.