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Student accommodation options

When you’re considering where to live while you study, it’s important to know yourself and understand what you can afford. While no situation is perfect, often what you don’t have looks far better than what you do. Take the time to ask yourself the important questions before you make your decision.

  • How much can you afford to spend on rent?
  • Do you want to cook for yourself or live on campus, where meals are provided?
  • Do you want to walk to classes, drive and park, or take public transport?
  • Are you easy-going or fairly fussy about how you like to live?
  • Can you cope well with change?
  • Can you live with or near people you may not like?
  • Are you a ‘people person’ or do you prefer your own space?
  • How badly do you want to move out of your family home?
  • Will living away from home impact your grades?
  • What living situation will give you the best result from your course of study?
  • Is the money you save living at home worth sacrificing the independence you gain from moving out?

  • When it comes to saving costs, living at home is often cheapest
  • Some families expect nominal rent, but many don’t
  • You’ll need to decide between independence, saving money, stability and freedom

  • Campus living means you’re always a short walk from your classes
  • You have a choice of living on your own or sharing with others
  • Food is generally included in the price
  • You get maximum study time, since you won’t have to prepare meals, clean up the kitchen or clean house
  • You’ll live with other students, which is a good way to meet new people and it can be a great help if you forgot to take class notes
  • You may find the social life distracting
  • Costs for this option can add up
  • Waiting lists may apply, so you may not get the room, hall or house of your choice
  • You can share expenses so it’s a good way to save money
  • It’s a parent-free zone, so you’ll have complete freedom
  • It can be an affordable way to live in an area you want
  • You may end up sharing with people who won’t help keep the house clean or pay the bills
  • It can be cramped and noisy when you’re trying to study
  • You may not like partners or guests of your flatmates
  • Sharing bills and food can be a problem
  • You need to choose flatmates carefully, but you may not know what someone is like until you live together

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