Student accommodation halls: What to expect and learn before you move

Dec 28, 2018 by

If you are reading this, it means you have confirmed your place at university, so congratulations! You will soon embark on a new and exciting journey onward to becoming a true citizen of the world. But with university life chances are you will be moving away from home for the first time in your life and an extended period as well. It is okay to be nervous before such a big move.

In this article, we answer most of the usual questions about a student accommodation place to bring back the ease of your mind. Just remember that many of us had been there as well, and survived to tell the tale. So, read on!

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To start, a few words of advice!

  • Label everything in your new apartment or accommodation. This will make sure of keeping tabs on items
  • Invest in communal cutlery, pots and pans to avoid arguments and complaints
  • Do things together; cooking, buying of utensils and paying bills
  • Invest in earplugs to drown out noisy student halls
  • And finally remember, you will be surrounded by lots of people, all around the clock. It needs some getting used to!

The options

There are various options to choose from when it comes to student accommodation halls. First and foremost are the university accommodation halls which are economical but with a lot of students crammed into a building. On the upside, these are located on campus, and a network of friends is always around for any emergency, but on the flip side, it is messy and noisy.

There is the second option of privately owned student accommodations halls which cost more than university halls but cheaper than rented apartments. The rented apartments can, however, be shared by likeminded individuals to share the expenditure and cooking. And quite obviously the more expensive the option, the better are the facilities. But one thing is for certain, and there is something for every student. All you have to make sure is that you do not overshoot your budget with expenses for student accommodation.

The inventory

Well, this one can be a full article by itself. But make sure to pack all the essentials that you will need starting from the documents of your academic records and government certificates of birth, age and address proof to clothing items and beddings. Your electrical gadgets come next. Some accommodation facilities provide for kitchen appliances, but you need to bring your kettles, pots and pans. Chances are you will get a checklist by your accommodation facility so make sure you are aware of it.

Getting to know people

If you are too shy, here is a trick for you! Leave the door open for someone to pop in and say hi! This always works. It is important to remember that most of the freshers will be in the same boat as you and the cool seniors? They were there too only a year back. Making an effort always counts, so get down to knowing people.

There are a few miscellaneous tips as well which include no exception to the house rules, paying up of the rent on time and being aware of the contract clauses and duration. Make sure you dot all the I’s and cross all the t’s before signing the dotted line. 

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