Once the course is booked and your place at university is confirmed, it may seem like the tricky bit is out of the way. However, deciding on and finding the right place to live can be a tough decision to make in its own right.
A huge question that you need to consider in this process is whether you’d like to live on your university campus or in the adjacent area or city that your university is based in. Both have pros and cons to take into account. However, those looking for an academically immersive and easy means of accommodation should consider living on campus, for these reasons:
If you don’t have the time to organise aspects of your accommodation such as general upkeep, bills or actually finding the type of accommodation you want to live in, campus accommodation usually sorts these problems for you. For starters, most institutions offer a variety of kinds of rooms for you to stay in. These range from 11-person flat shares to individual studio apartments. All you would have to do is decide which type of housing best suited your needs.
No commute, no cleaning; no worries!
In addition, on campus housing usually accounts for or gets rid of many of the daily processes that would retract from your study on the day to day. Firstly, as you would be living on campus, there would be no need for a commute as you are already there, saving you time, money, sleep and energy which could be directed to more important things. Living on campus also delimits your access to on-campus facilities.
These include: the library, computer labs, residence hall dining halls and other campus eateries, the health centre, recreational facilities, and student organizations. You can access these pretty much any time they are open with a short walk.
Meet people easily
In a similar vein, it is also easier to access campus staff for academic help at a moment’s notice; as you would live close to your offices. This applies to additional help from campus security and maintenance staff if something in your flat is broken or if you are in danger. As campus acts as the academic hub for the university community, it would also be easier and faster for you to meet other students to revise or work on group projects if you lived there.
If that isn’t enough, optional catering and/or flat cleaning is widely available at most university accommodation. They are usually included in the rent or cost only slightly more than they would without. Utility bills such as electricity, water and Wi-Fi are also included in the rent and are accounted for in practically boundless quantities. Overall, living on campus means you have to worry about a lot less things, so you can spend your free time studying or relaxing as opposed to worrying about the heating.
Opportunities to develop life-long friendships:
It is highly likely that you will make important, if not significant, friendships throughout your time at university regardless of where you stay. Even so, due to the fact that university houses or flats are usually in such close proximity to each other you are more likely to meet more people and form friendships with like-minded people.
This is particularly true if you are sharing a house, as these types of accommodation sometimes house up to 12-15 people from different backgrounds and cities. Staying in on-campus accommodation means spending a whole year in a kind of bubble with many other students. Most of them would be around your age and all in the same situation of living away from home as you.
This gives you a unique opportunity. Not only would you learn about different cultures and lifestyles from your new acquaintances as living with them will show you, but also form long-lasting and worthwhile relationships with them.
More included in university events/social life:
University isn’t just about studying, and so alongside the chance to make new friends whilst staying on campus, university events as well as society and club meetings are also easier to access so you will have something to do together. Career fairs, sports competitions and try-outs, and student union run parties and shows would be on your doorstep, to keep your entertained and happy when coursework stress has gotten too much. Campus also tends to act as a meeting place for many students, as it is a recognisable landmark. Therefore, engagement in activities outside of the university organisation is also made more possible by living on campus.
Do better academically
Interestingly, scientific studies have also found that those who remain on campus for the majority of their studies have been found to receive better final university grades. They have always been found to be more likely to remain on their course as opposed to dropping out. This could possibly be due to the sustained academic environment on-campus residents are in for most of term time.
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.