Student accommodation is often the default for first years, but it’s not your only option when you’re starting university. Equally, moving into a house for second year doesn’t have to be your pathway either, even if it’s the most popular option. There are valid reasons to select either option. Regardless of where you are in your university journey, here’s how to figure out which choice is best for you – student accommodation or house.
Student accommodation offers a level of support as you transition into living independently. You can consult with the office staff about a range of issues you may be facing, and they can help you out. Most accommodations also have a student team who will welcome you and answer any questions you may have throughout the year.
Some accommodations offer catering as part of the package, which can be handy if you’re not used to cooking regularly. Quiet living suites are a great option if you have noise concerns or trouble sleeping. With a house, there is no built-in support system.
Student accommodation means living in close proximity to many different people, which can be a pro or a con. It’s a great way to meet friends, and the social atmosphere is built in from the get-go. Some accommodations hold socials and events in the common areas. However, the more people you live with, the greater chance that you’ll encounter someone you don’t get along with. For more introverted people, living with a large number of fellow students can be overwhelming.
In a house, you will usually live with a smaller number of people. Housemates are often more close-knit than hallmates. It is important to choose people that you trust and can communicate with, because you will have to share responsibilities such as paying bills. There is also no enforcement of cleaning in the common areas like there is in an accommodation, so this is something you will have to tackle amongst yourselves.
Depending on where you live, housing and accommodations can vary in price. Typically, rent on a house will be cheaper than paying for accommodation, especially if you have a meal plan. But if living in an accommodation is an important part of the university experience for you, it can be well worth the extra money.
A house is likely to offer you more space than university accommodation. It is also easier to arrange the use of the common areas in a house for things like storing furniture, music or sports equipment, or other belongings. Houses will also give you access to a garden, which enables you easy access to the outdoors.
The choice of student accommodation or house isn’t an easy one to make, but we hope this makes things a bit easier.