If you are in the position of choosing between living in halls of residence or a shared student house, you might be finding it hard to decide which route to take. There can be a lot to think about from costs through to the best environment in which to feel happy, secure and relaxed.
Living in halls is a great way to find your tribe amongst a huge pool of potential friends when you first get to University. It’s also a good introduction to living away from home, with bills often included, cleaners to keep those communal areas vaguely hygienic and possibly catering options to mean you don’t yet have to fend for yourself in the cooking department.
However, the time will come when the next step of independence comes calling. You might want the challenge of learning to cook and the freedom to define what you eat and when or to learn how to budget, pay bills and how to clean a home. After all, once your time at university is over these things become a part of everyday life. Managing your own budget and bills can also give you more freedom and ability to save money, which is high on the wish list of many students. This might be the time when it feels right to look at living in a shared house.
A key factor in how people choose to live at University is having the choice of who you live with. Halls introduce you to a great selection of new people, although it comes with the risk of being alone in a crowd of people you don’t enjoy being with, which can make some people feel isolated. And whilst many people enjoy the busy vibe of halls, if you like peace and quiet it can be hard to come by.
Living in a shared house means you lose the hustle and bustle of a busy environment which many students enjoy, but it can encourage you to get involved in new aspects of university life. Living with fewer people often encourages you to meet other people by joining groups, nights out and choosing to expand your friendship group.
When it comes down to it, the choice to live in halls or a shared house is down to the type of person you are. Life in a student house is the quieter and often cheaper option which allows for much more independence. Halls on the other hand provide a great environment for the more gregarious or those who want more things taken care of things for them.
If you need some help weighting up the pros and cons, think about what is most important to you. Take a step back and look at how the two options suit different people.
Living in Halls
This option tends to suit students who wants things taken care of for them and they don’t mind paying a little extra for it. They want a busier living environment and don’t feel peace and quiet is high on the priority list.
Living in a Student House
This option tends to suit students who want more freedom and independence and a potentially more cost-effective option. They might also prefer more peace and quiet.
Prolet Student Homes have helped thousands of students make the transition from living at home or in halls to living in a shared home. If you are thinking of making the move and need advice or have questions, however trivial they may seem, speak to one of their Letting’s Advisors on 01603 763363.
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