So you’ve decided to go to university and you know what you want to study. Great! But where are you going to live?
There are many options for housing to choose from depending on many different factors: How many people do you want to live with? How big do you want your garden? But perhaps the most important question you should ask yourself is where in relation to your university do you want to live? Near or close? On campus or in town?
There are both good and bad factors to think about for either option. There are better options for certain people than others. If you love peace and quiet or consider yourself a bit more mature than the rest of the student population and love a bit of culture, living in town for university away from campus may be the right choice for you. Here’s why:
Closer to civilization:
Shops and bars at your fingertips
If you’re living in town, you’re living with all the other non-student residents too. This means that there are a lot of shops and things to do there; to entertain you both. Restaurants, clubs, bars, museums and many more are in large supply.
This means you’ll rarely run out of things to do if you look in the right places. Living in town is therefore also a great way to get in touch with British culture and history if you are coming to study from abroad. If you’re living like a local with the locals, you’ll find all the great authentic places to eat and sights to see by the time you leave.
Loads of housing choices
Housing wise, you’ve got a lot to choose from. In fact, you have your pick of the entire city or town provided that houses are up for sale or rent. Whether you are interested in flat-sharing or a single person apartment there is guaranteed to be something for you because of the sheer amount of places available in a town in terms of size and location of property.
You can live near or close to the train station, have a house with two floors or three floors; there’s so much possibility. Most university towns and cities also have good transport links to the campus, so you shouldn’t worry about not being able to get to your lectures.
More quiet and private
Within the student population, older and more mature students tend to live in town. You can expect residential areas to be quieter and less bustling, although this depends on who you choose to live with.
Make a house a home
This establishes a place in town as a sanctuary of peace and quiet. If work and the university atmosphere are stressing you out, it can be nice to go home and get away from it. No-one walking and talking outside of your window 24/7 is nice. Houses in town are more homely compared to the arguably prison like flats and cells of university accommodation.
Furthermore, with no security staff patrolling past your door every day there won’t be anyone bursting in to tell you to turn your music down. So, if you do want to through a party you can be rest assured that you won’t be disciplined from all the university rules and regulations. However, you might make enemies of your neighbours.
It’s cheaper too!
Generally, in student towns rents are low. This is so that students can afford to live there and also to attract people who may not want to live in a student town. This works in your favour. Saving money on rent means you have more disposable income. You’ll have more money for food, nights out, travel and are less likely to need a part-time job to help you financially.
Furthermore, most in town houses have washing machines, saving you money from the very expensive Laundromats they have on campus.
Of course, the best way to decide where you want to live is to go to your desired university campus. You should examine the accommodation options yourself, and ask questions to the appropriate faculty where would be right for you to live to suit your lifestyle. For more questions on university accommodation options, you can contact Study Britannia and book a consolation.