Going off to university? While there will certainly be plenty of exciting changes that will happen in your life, you still need to make a decision on where you will be staying for the next four years. To help you decide on the student accommodation which suit you best, here is the lowdown on your options.
University Halls or Dormitories
This type of accommodation is generally great for incoming freshmen. It’s very convenient in terms of distance and costs. As dormitories are often housed inside the campus, you can simply walk to your classes. It’s very cost-effective too, as cleaning and utilities are often included in the dorm fee.
Apart from these practical matters, university halls and dormitories are also a great way to meet people, who might turn out to be good friends later on. Also, RAs or resident assistants can guide and provide you with the support you need.
However, living with a lot of students cannot guarantee your privacy. Also, students often have no say on their roommates as they are randomly assigned.
Renting a private accommodation is the best choice if you want to try independent living. You can choose a private hall — which is similar to a university hall or dormitory, except it’s owned by a private company — or an apartment. Private halls offer a little more privacy and most may allow you to choose flatmates. Also, you can choose a location that’s either closer to downtown or to the campus.
Hostels are less expensive accommodation options. They are also great if you are just starting your adventure in the capital and you want to meet new friends. Lhalondon.com, student accommodation provider in London, says it’s best to consider hostels with CCTVs and lockable storage facilities.
On the other hand, if ultimate privacy is what you are after, renting an apartment is more suitable for you. There are no house rules — everything will be up to you. Of course, renting your own space will be more expensive, particularly if you decide not to have roommates. Also, you will have to worry about utilities, cleaning and transportation on top of your rent.
Renting an apartment is a better option if you prefer something private. While on-campus accommodations such as dormitories and hostels are best if you prefer something less expensive and if want a little more support.