Going to college or the university is one of the most exciting yet challenging time in every student’s life, this is when one is expected to pack their stuff and move away from home. Therefore, finding the right student accommodation is very important.
There are so many options available when it comes to student accommodation, here is a look at each and the pros and cons of each option.
· University halls
Living in the university managed halls allow you to make friends and it places you conveniently for any on-campus going which means you do not have to worry about travelling a long distance to attend campus events.
If you have just joined college or university, living in the university managed halls is a good option as it allows you to be independent without worrying about landlords and bills. You are also well supported by the university.
· It gives you a good opportunity to meet with different people
· You receive extra support from the university in case of anything.
· You have no choice of who to live with or the hall to stay in
· The halls are sometimes messy and noisy
· Private student halls
Another student accommodation option is living in areas with rooms built purposely for students. They are almost similar to university halls, but they are owned by private people. If you would like to stay in private student halls, then ensure you confirm what is included in the cost; the facilities available, the bills included as well as space.
· Since they are built in for students, the advantages of living in university halls apply
· Some have added packages such as Wi-Fi
· They are located close to the University
· They are more costly compared to university managed halls
· They may be noisy and messy.
· Private accommodation
Private accommodation is for students who may not like to live in student halls. If you like living in your own space without much disturbance, then this option is for you. Sometimes, you can miss out on university and private halls, leaving you with no option but to look for private accommodation.
Private accommodation is more appealing as you choose where to live and who to live with but you should do your research to avoid some the landlord pitfalls.
· You are in charge of where to live and who to live with
· There are so many packages to choose from
· They are located far away from the campus
· They are more expensive
· You need to budget and manage your bills.
· Living at home
Living at home is the only option that does not involve packing, and it significantly cuts the accommodation cost. However, this has an impact on your social life as you will not be able to meet with many students.
· It is hassle free, does not require moving, and someone else will be taking care of the laundry, cleaning and cooking.
· It is quite cheap
· You need to put more effort to get a social life and meet with new students