So, you’ve applied to university and you’re now thinking about where you’re going to live and the different types of accommodation that’s available to you. It can be quite an overwhelming time and it’s easy to see why. But, don’t worry we’ve put together some handy tips to help you choose your halls.
Living close to lectures vs Commuting
The majority of university’s have more than one campus, so potentially you could end up living and learning in different locations. For you, this might not be a bad thing and you might like the idea of keeping the two separate. But if you’re not a morning person you may want to think about staying at the accommodation that’s closest to your lectures. That way you can have a bit more sleep in the mornings!
Budget vs Reality
Creating a budget and planning ahead for the costs of student accommodation throughout the year can really help you make a decision on which halls to choose. Generally, universities have a range of accommodation that vary in price, so it makes living within your means a bit more manageable. Another great tip is to make sure you know what’s included in the price of your accommodation, and if you’re in contact with your new flatmates, try to organise who’s bringing what to your new flat. This way you don’t end up with 5 of everything!
En suite vs Shared facilities
Do you like your own space or are you happy to share? This is an important question to ask yourself before choosing your accommodation. Shared halls tend to be a bit cheaper, but that obviously means you have to share a bathroom with your flatmates. If you don’t mind that, then that’s great! But if you’d prefer your own bathroom then an en suite is probably the way forward for you.
Applying early vs Hoping for the best
Some universities (like Liverpool Hope) guarantee on-campus accommodation for all 1st year students, so there’s no need to worry about not having somewhere to live. It’s best to apply as early as you can so that you’ve got the best chance of getting your first choice.
Instagram vs Reality
The best way to see student accommodation is to go and see it for yourself, and don’t be fooled by the beautifully filtered photos! Most universities have Applicant and Open Days, where you’ll have the chance to visit the different halls. Once you’re there try and imagine yourself living there.