The 5 Types of Student Accommodation: Which Is Right for You?
Starting university is an exciting time in any young person’s life, but it’s not without its challenges. Learning to live independently, making friends, navigating a new city, and becoming responsible for your own finances can be daunting. However, making the right accommodation choice can set you on track for a successful university experience, so it’s important to do your research before you take the leap.
Your living situation will greatly influence your time at university; but with so many housing choices available, how do you know which is right for you? Read on to discover the five most common types of student accommodation, along with the pros and cons of each.
Halls of Residence
Living in halls of residence is an excellent way to adjust to living away from home. You’ll meet new friends and share experiences with other students, all while situated on-site or close to your university. This type of accommodation is usually on the cheaper end of the property spectrum, and most halls have bills and sometimes even catering included. The University of Exeter offers many different residences for undergraduate students, but you can also find privately owned buildings throughout the city.
House or Flat Share
If you decide not to live in halls or you miss out on a place, another option is to find a student house or flat share. You will have more space than if you were living in halls of residence, but your rent and bills will be more expensive. That said, finding the right house share could set you up for your entire three years at university, whereas halls are usually only available to first-year students.
If you have a slightly bigger budget, you may wish to upgrade to luxury student accommodation. Almero provides luxury Exeter student accommodation, complete with free Wi-Fi, first-class facilities, modern furnishings, security, and maintenance. The rent may be slightly more expensive than what you pay in halls, but all your bills and utilities are included in the price, meaning no one student has to shoulder the responsibility of being the bill-payer. The company also provides student properties in Bristol and Nottingham.
Renting a Room
Renting a room in a private house is one of the more affordable options out there for students. The upside is that you may get to live in a far more upmarket property than you could otherwise afford, but the downside is you’ll have to live with your landlord and share communal space. This arrangement can work out if you get on well with the family or individual who owns the house, but the solution is unlikely to be permanent.
Renting a private flat is an appealing option, especially if you’ve previously not enjoyed living with other students. However, if you’re moving away from home for the first time, private renting may come as a shock. Your rent will be higher than any other form of student accommodation, and you’ll be responsible for bills on top. You also may find the experience lonely without other students around you.
So, there you have it: the pros and cons of the five most common types of student accommodation. Spend time researching each option, and be sure to factor in price, convenience, and sociability when making your decision.