Looking for student housing can be exciting when you’re just beginning your first term! And you don’t just have to move into the halls. There are other options out there. It may be a little challenging, but you’ll find the right place by using these tips.
Types of Student Housing
In this section, we’ll take a look at the types of student housing available and explain a bit about each one.
This is where most first-year students choose to live. This is housing managed by the university. Some university halls are based on campus, while others may be located in the town.
Living in a hall can be a great experience. For instance, it’s a great place to make new friends. And the university housing may have location advantages. These include good transportation links, being close to the library, and more.
University halls are also a great option if you’re living away from home for the first time. In fact, this is a great way to learn about living in a private rental property sometime in the future.
Pros of living in university halls:
- You’re not living alone and can easily make new friends
- You’ll learn how to live away from for the first time
- The university may offer support for any issues when you need it
- You won’t be able to choose who to live with
- You may not get to live in your preferred university hall
- Living in a hall can be quite noisy, which can make it more difficult to study and sleep
Private Student Halls
Another option (not always available) is to choose a private student hall, also known as a “purpose-built student living complex.” This is similar to living in the halls managed by the university. You’ll have your own room, and share communal areas such as the TV room, the kitchen, and more.
The main difference is that these facilities are owned by a private company. Be sure to research the facilities, as well as what your rental fee covers. Some facilities may offer all-inclusive rent, as well as access to on-site facilities.
You can check with the university to see if they offer an approved list of private accommodations.
- These facilities are built for students, so you’ll have the same benefits as those offered by the university hall
- Your facility might even through in some free WiFi, which will save you a lot of money.
- These facilities may come with extra costs, such as up-front costs.
- Studio rentals may be more expensive
- They may also include unnecessary perks such as a sauna, cinema rooms, and more. Look for a place that offers what you’ll actually use
- They can be noisy and you may not be able to choose who you live with
Here, you can choose to rent a flat or even a house. You’ll probably need housemates and may need to use a letting agent or a landlord.
This may be a tempting way to live because you’ll have more choices. These can include where you live and who you live with. Plus, you won’t have to put up with all the noise of student accommodations.
It can be challenging to find private accommodations, but you can use letting agents that specialise in housing for students or use a site such as Unihomes, which can help you find a place to live.
- More independence with where and whom you live with
- Can choose to live out in the town, and feel more a part of the community
- Flexibility to find housing that meets your needs
- May be further away from campus, which means you’ll need transportation
- Difficult to manage the bills, which means you’ll need to learn how to budget
- You’ll be dealing directly with a letting agent or a landlord
Living at Home
This is a great way to save money and be with your family at the same time. You also won’t have to worry about packing up and moving your things.
While it can be a little more challenging to make connections at the university, you’ll have plenty of chances to meet people in between lectures, in societies, clubs, and more.
- No need to mess with packing and moving
- Someone else will be taking care of all the chores (but it’s nice to pitch in when you can!)
- Save money over living on your own
- You’ll be farther away from other students, but you can find other ways to meet people
- You’ll still have to follow the house rules (hint—parents or others)
There are some additional things to keep in mind when choosing your student accommodations.
1). Look for an Internet Connection
Look for accommodations that include WiFi as part of the package. This way you can study and research from home, while not being responsible for the Internet bill.
Here, you’ll need to consider where your student housing is located. Does the location provide quick, easy access to your university? This can be crucial on those days you accidentally oversleep! Plus, living closer to campus means you may not have to deal with transportation costs. If you can walk to campus, all the better.
3). Choose a Safe Place to Live
Looking for properties that offer security systems, which can include staff on-site and alarm systems.
4). Look for Accommodation That’s Friendly for Students
It’s best to choose a student housing option where students are readily accepted. You want to feel comfortable and happy in your new home.
Choose accommodations that provide a team to support you, as well as a place that has events and icebreakers to make socialising a little easier.
Summing It Up
Remember to look for places you can afford, which include the perks you’ll actually use. Consider the location, too, so you don’t end up an impossible distance from the campus.
Use these tips to find the best student accommodations and remember never to make a rushed decision on where to live. Take your time and work through the process, then you’re sure to find the best place to live! And if you do choose to live at home, remember to pitch in with chores when you can!