Where you stay while you’re studying makes all the difference, both to how well you’re able to study and how good a time you have. So it’s well worth finding out enough about your options to help you make a good decision about your accommodation. Things to bear in mind include:
Are the basics provided?
Check that your basic necessities, such as a bed, bathroom and a place to cook and/or eat, are in place. Take note of how comfortable, clean and well maintained they are, and find out whether you will be involved in keeping them that way.
Who will you be sharing with?
If you’re sharing a house, try to meet your potential house-mates beforehand so you know what you’re in for – after all, you’ll be spending a lot of time in the same space. They could become some of your best friends, but if there is someone that you’re not comfortable with when you meet them, it might be best to keep looking.
Does it feel safe?
It’s a fact of life, especially in our country, that safety and security need to be a priority when you consider your accommodation.
If you’re staying in a shared house, are there at least basic security precautions such as burglar guards, and who has a key to the property? If you’re staying in more formal accommodation, like that provided by Studentdigz, access control and other security measures should be in place.
How close will you be to your campus?
If you have to travel far to get to your classes every day, it’s quickly going to become annoying. Also check out your transport options, especially if you don’t have your own. Is there a bus or taxi stop nearby, and how regular is the service at that stop?
What other facilities are provided?
Some accommodation provides great extras such as:
- Communal areas where you can study or interact with other students
- An onsite convenience store
- The opportunity to take part in organised sports
- Personal support for when times are tough
What’s the vibe like?
And last, but by no means least, how does it feel to you? What does your instinct tell you? Are people friendly and welcoming, and does it seem like they’re having fun?
Making the right choice in your accommodation is critical when you’re studying. If you feel comfortable, safe and happy, it bodes well for the rest of the year