Well, you have got the grades that you needed and secured your place at your chosen university. Life is good. Now, for the majority of young adults, comes that right of passage we all have to take – leaving home for the first time. Hooray!
However, this means that you are going to have to find some kind of accommodation.
The term ‘student accommodation’, or ‘student’ digs, conjures up an image of living the high life. Student parties, flat mates or room mates, the Student Union, Fresher’s week, social clubs and, oh yes, somewhere in all of this you are going to need to fit in some study.
Finding the right kind of accommodation is really important. For most new students, halls are the first ports of call. Often they will be on campus, or near to the heart of your college or university. Also, often living in halls will mean sharing either your room and or, all the other facilities with say, six or more other students. Halls will give a great opportunity to socialise and meet new friends, some of whom will last a lifetime. It all sounds really good.
What is sometimes forgotten is the real reason that you have gone to university. This is to study! Living in halls can be a real distraction away from the true purpose of being at college or university. Also, the ‘student life’ doesn’t always suit everybody. Sharing living with your family is one thing but sharing with complete strangers is quite another.
However, there are alternatives. Many private landlords make a living by renting rooms to students. This can be a room in their family home, or a house divided into bed-sits. Very few of these rooms will have any proper facilities such as en-suite bathrooms or cooking facilities. The facilities for cleaning and washing and drying clothes can sometimes be far from ideal. There are privacy considerations to be taken into account and where can you study in peace and quiet? The location of this type of accommodation can often mean the need for transport to and from campus. Public transport is not always available and services can be erratic.
By the way of other alternatives to living in halls or student digs, I am aware that some parents have contributed to purchasing their child a flat or house to live in. Sometimes parents will club together to purchase a house for their children. This is great if it can be afforded.
What we find now is that some companies are actually purpose building good quality, or even luxury accommodation for students. This is often conveniently situated close to the campus and offers quality student living.
One such company is My Pad, who offer student accommodation in Southampton. My Pad offers luxury self contained studio apartments providing the feel of living in a boutique hotel with all the comforts of home.
All their studios have their own kitchen, en suite shower room, bedroom and desk workstation.
Getting your accommodation right can make the difference so it’s worth doing some detailed research and careful thinking before you commit yourself to something you might later regent. Having to move digs mid-term can be very disruptive and whilst it sounds fun to live in halls or share a house, these options can often prove expensive in more ways than one.