Pros and Cons of Student Halls
Moving out from home to a student hall? Congrats! You’ve made a giant step towards the independent adult life. Your uni experience will be massively affected by where you live and if you’ve chosen student halls – fear not, we will make sure you are well prepared and know what to expect.
All-inclusive accommodation – the words that every student wants to hear when moving out of their parent’s house. As you have just begun a journey to an independent life, living in a student hall makes it a little bit easier because the bills for electricity, water and heating are included in the price. However, you will be asked to pay a deposit but this is a standard requirement for any type of accommodation out there.
Ready or not, it’s time to learn to take control of your life. The good thing is, you are thrown into this position with students of the same age, so you are all in the same boat.
Many students grew up not having to cook, do household chores or repairs so living in a student hall is a good opportunity to become less dependent on your family. Plus, living with other students makes it more interesting to learn from each other and discover how exciting (or not really) the adult life is.
Easier to make friends
There’s never a dull day when you live with other students in one place. Party animals, trouble makers, night owls, early risers, foreign students and best friends – be prepared to meet them all and widen your circle of friends. Living in a hall, you’ll definitely feel the sense of community and will end up making long lasting friendships – just be open to it and accept people who are different from you. Overall, student halls is the first step of making friendships and establish connections, which is particularly important for the first year students.
Close to university
This literally means that you can just roll out of the bed straight into your lectures. Students halls are always conveniently located close to universities, making early mornings much easier to handle. Not only that – student halls are also close to supermarkets, gyms and other uni facilities, so you are saving your time and money.
Some may consider it as a CON but for us is a total PRO of student halls. Why? If you live in a studio or share a flat with another person, you have a separate room and a lot of space for yourself. On another hand, living in student halls means that your room (or bed) is the only truly private space you can have (but it’s still YOUR personal space, right?) There’s nothing wrong with detaching yourself and spending some time alone (it’s even recommended for mental wellbeing). Living in halls gives you an opportunity to meet new people, make new connections and, eventually, make friends that may potentially become your life-long friends or colleagues. However, if you’re still not convinced that living with a bunch of strangers is not a bad idea – you know what to expect when moving into a shared accommodation so you’d better to be prepared – buy a good pair of headphones or earplugs, consider studying in a library or find a cozy coffee shop nearby where you can concentrate and focus on your work.
Student halls are more expensive than private accommodation – but there’s a reason for that. Student halls include all the bills into the final price and accommodation staff are always there if any repairs are needed. Some students find it difficult to deal with bills and sort out other practical things like paying tax, so the best way to transition from home comforts would be to live in a student hall. However, if you are not into the “uni life” and much prefer having your own space without other students walking around, consider looking for a shared flat or private accommodation.
Noisy and messy people
Be prepared to be woken up at 3 am in the morning, students buzz here and there, floor vs floor competitions, pranks and much more distractions. You can’t choose your neighbours and you can end up sharing your space with people who don’t care about the tidiness or your needs to study. No doubt, student halls are sociable and rarely a quiet place to live at. However, there’s nothing a genuine communication cannot do – if you are bothered by the noise from your neighbour’s room, give them a knock on the door and politely ask them to keep the noise down.
Students say that the best part of the university is living in halls to experience the real uni life. It may not be true to all of us but as it is a “once in a lifetime” opportunity, consider it carefully and make a final decision. If you need any help finding an accommodation near your university, check out our listings on Best Student Halls – you will be surprised how fancy, cozy and affordable student rooms can be. Need any help? Contact us now or send your enquiry via live chat on our website – we are here for you.