Four things you need to consider when choosing student accommodation
Preparing for university life as a new student (or helping your child embark on the next stage in their life) means you’ll be faced with many important decisions.
And once you’ve chosen the main ones, like what course you’re going to be studying and where you’re going to study, it’s time to think about finding student accommodation.
Do you want to live in university-provided students halls of residence? Are private halls available that suit you better? Or perhaps you want to skip halls altogether and live in a shared student house?
There are several factors to bear in mind when deciding which student accommodation is right for you. Here are some of the main ones you need to consider.
Bear in mind that you’re going to be spending a lot of time at your student digs, so being comfortable should be a top priority.
Some student halls are more comfortable than others, so it’s a good idea have a look around during open days to see where you like best before deciding.
Consider all the options available – would you prefer a small double bed rather than a single, for example? Or would you rather have your own bathroom instead of sharing?
2) Internet connection
This is an important one – the last thing that you want is to have to go to the library to do all your work because the internet connection in your flat or room isn’t great.
You might not be able to test this properly before you decide which accommodation to go with, so it’s a good idea to get on social media and find other students who are already living there, to find out about their experience with things like this.
Many student halls have their own Facebook pages and groups which you can join to get honest opinions from current residents.
Think about everything that you’d want from student accommodation. If you go to the gym a lot, for example, you might want to find student halls that offer an on-site gym, like this accommodation from Collegiate which is based in Exeter.
Providing modern, comfortable student accommodation, it offers a wide range of on-site amenities such as a cinema, karaoke room, laundry facilities, breakfast buffet and quiet study spaces.
Another factor to consider is the distance from your student accommodation to the campus, especially if you are planning to walk to class.
The good news is that most student accommodation is within walking distance – but bear in mind that some university campuses can be spread out, so it’s a good idea to take some time beforehand to figure out which campus you’ll be based at so you can choose accommodation in close proximity.
It’s worth finding out if there is public transport available for students, too. Many universities offer a campus bus service or free bus journeys when you show your student card. If you plan to drive, make sure you know where the best car parking options are and how much it will cost you.
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