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Accommodation

If you thought choosing a university was hard…wait until you have to choose somewhere to live.

One of the most important aspects of university life is choosing where to live and who to live with. Once you have chosen a university, the next biggest thing is to choose somewhere to live and this is not always an easy choice.

If you are studying close to home, living at home is a good option as not only will you save a lot of money, you will have the emotional support behind you that is useful when taking such a big step. It is a myth that EVERYONE moves away from home when they go to university. The fact is, if they are studying close to home, a lot of people choose to stay there.

If you are moving away, there are a lot of things you need to consider. It will be the one place you will spend most of your time so it is important that you choose somewhere you are comfortable in, sharing with people you get along with. Most first year students tend to choose halls of residence, moving into shared accommodation in the second year with people they have made friends with. Other people however move straight into shared houses with either people they have met prior to the start of their course or with people they do not know yet. There tends to be neighbourhoods close to universities that are dominated by students living in shared housing.

Either way there are a few things you must consider before you sign on the dotted line. How much money do you have to spend on accommodation? Are you going to spend every last penny on a flash house, only to find you have no money to do anything else but stay in it? Or, do you choose somewhere really cheap, only to find that the shower and central heating doesn’t work? You also need to consider where your home is in relation to university.

If you do decide to move away from home, it is an amazing learning experience and is the only way to become truly independent. Chances are, if you move out you will never want to live back at home. Just ensure you do the research before you settle down to have the most rewarding university experience.