When planning the big move to university, insurance is often well down the list of 'must do's' - but we believe it's critical, both for students and their parents, that students not only cover themselves adequately, but also that they find a policy that will suit the requirements of the life they are about to lead.
Unfortunately it's a fact of life that theft rates are higher on university campuses or student digs than they are in parental homes and - not surprisingly given all the attractions on offer - students don't always pay the highest attention to protecting their belongings when living on their own for the first time. This is why student insurance is an essential to sort before you start at uni.
Compare Student Insurance
There are only a limited number of companies offering student insurance in the UK - we highly recommend getting a quote from each as both prices and the level of cover provided varies considerably.
Covers walk in theft, so ideal for shared accommodation where doors may not be locked at all times (front doors and windows do be to be secured though) and the low £10 excess. Standard cover includes £5000 of Tenant Liability Cover which is being required by an increasing number of landlords, Liability Insurance, Replacement Locks cover, Personal Money and Credit Cards and College property.
Walk in theft covered, as is Liability Insurance and Tenants Liability Cover of £2,500, which covers students liability to landlord if property in the accommodation is damaged. Standard excess is £25.
Very competitive initial quote, but be aware that this only covers accidental damage or theft of your contents and freezer cover. No cover for walk in theft, rented household equipment, accidental parental death or legal liability cover. Everything else, including Tenants Liability needs to be added as an option if required. Standard Policy Excess is £50.
As can be seen from the table below there is a great deal of inconsistency between the level of cover offered by different policies, which is why we suggest getting quotes from all and then comparing not just the prices, but whether the policy will cover your needs. The most important factor is that you will be covered if you need to claim.
|Company||Level of Contents Cover||Walk in Theft||Holiday Cover||Replacement Locks||College Property||Legal Liability Cover||Tenants Liability Insurance Inc||Standard Excess||More Info|
|£2000 - £14,000||£1m||£5000||£10|
Cover4Students also cover Rented Household Goods, Credit Cards and Personal Money within the standard premium charge.
|£2000 - £10,000||£1m||£2500||£25|
Endsleigh also cover Rented Household Goods, and Alternative Accommodation costs within the standard premium charge.
|Up to £5000||£1.25m - Extra Charge||£0||£50|
The Insurance Emporium also include Freezer Contents cover within their standard premium charge.
Where will you be living?
At home your belongings could still be covered by the current home insurance. In halls there may be a halls block policy in place. Universities and colleges use different providers for their halls of residence insurance.
What level of cover do you need?
The level in the block policy may be too low for your needs. They can be topped up either with the same company or by taking out an additional policy. Even if you are living at home, you may have purchased a new computer for your studies which could be added to the home insurance or covered through a separate policy.
Have you got any special items to cover?
Whether you have a bicycle, a musical instrument, sports equipment or gadgets such as tablets, phones or a laptop, you can tailor most policies to cover these items. Alternatively they can be protected under a standalone policy.
Will you need specific cover?
Most theft claims have to prove forcible entry. This can be difficult particularly in a shared residence where bedroom doors are not lockable. Look out for 'Walk in Theft' cover.
If you do sports or play in a music band, or even if you just want to take your laptop to the library, you might need to take an item out of your room. You may want to consider an 'Away from home' option.
Cover4insurance have developed a strong brand in the market through tailored cover from a panel of insurers including Royal & Sun Alliance and Aviva.
Up to £10,000 of accidental damage to landlords property which is often much cheaper than similar cover offered by commercial landlords.
Provision to add standalone cover through their Essentials Insurance. Handy if you are living at home and just want to insure extra items.
Cover4insurance can also cover international students. This insures tuition fees of up to £20,000 and repatriation cover.
Endsleigh, the NUS preferred brand, offer a comprehensive range of student insurance policies.
Cover is available for multiple gadgets as well as bicycles and musical instruments.
You can choose to add up to £1000 cover should you need to reproduce your coursework or resit an exam.
Possessions can be protected anywhere in the UK and for up to 30 days worldwide.
The Insurance Emporium student possessions product is developing year on year.
Unused tuition fees and rent if you are unable to continue your course due to your own or a relative's illness or redundancy.
Personal Accident including cover for clothing and spectacles if they are damaged as a result of an assault.
Protect library books or other university equipment with the College Property on Loan option.
All the major banks offer student policies, and extensions from some home insurance policies are also available. Do note that your home insurance may have a much higher excess than specialist student insurance.
Are you just looking to cover some of your computer equipment or high value items?
Protect Your Bubble offer gadget and jewellery insurance and are now offering 15% off these for students for a limited time.
Find insurance deals for your mobile phone, laptop, tablet, camera or other device. Multi-gadget polices are also available.
Whilst there are more features individual insurers will present you with, this guide will help you speed through a few quotations in no time at all. Remember to read the policy documents fully as well so you know what you will be covered for and what exclusions apply - every policy has them and it's far better to know up front rather than find out when you are making a claim!
This content was last reviewed on 10/07/2018