What to look for in student accomodation
Before starting university, students are faced with numerous important decisions to make about their future life. Once you have decided what subject you plan to study, which university you will attend, and how you are going to pay for the next three years- the next question is where you are going to live.
There are numerous factors to consider when looking for student accommodation, but here are four most important factors you should consider before putting you sign on the dotted line and commit yourself to a place for the next year.
1. Location, location, location
Much of university is about the experience and so where you live matters. Maybe you want to be in the heart of a lively nightlife scene, or maybe you would prefer to be somewhere quieter and slightly further out. The first thing you should think about when looking for student accommodation is the area in which you want to live.
In first year, many students choose to live in university halls to be closest to the action and closest to all the other 18-year-olds that have started their university journey at the same time. Halls is often where life-long friendships are made and many fun evenings are enjoyed.
Meanwhile, in second and third years, students prefer to get away from the freshers and find a place to live with their friends – those very same friends they probably made in halls the year before. If you and your friends are looking for student accommodation in Liverpool you can share you might be looking at areas like Islington or Everton, whilst in Edinburgh you might be thinking of New Town. Wherever you choose, you will want easy access to the university campus and to be near you friends.
Not all areas are created equal. Every city has both upmarket areas that many will find out of budget and rougher areas that most might want to avoid. You want to live in an area where you feel safe coming home late at night, as let’s be honest – that will be most Tuesdays and Thursdays for your second year.
Beyond the area, you will want to make sure that any property you choose is safe and habitable, which means it has passed all the local council HMO checks, has secure locks on the doors and windows, and working fire and CO alarms.
Long gone are the days when all you need for university is a pen, some paper, and a library pass. Today, we are all utterly reliant on technology, and that means you want a strong internet connection at home. At a minimum you should expect to be able to get high speed broadband (50+ Mbps) at your property – with all of your streaming Netflix from bed on a Sunday morning, you will appreciate the extra speed.
WiFi calling technology means that even if you don’t get a good phone signal indoors, good WiFi will suffice, but ideally you should also get a few bars of 4G or even better 5G inside.
4. Green space
British cities are generally quite well represented with green spaces, such as parks and garden squares, but when looking for a place to live you should always think about having some green space nearby. Green spaces are great for walks to clear your mind, picnics, or just a football kick-about, and various studies have shown them to have a positive impact on mental wellbeing.
Where are you looking to live next year?