It seems so early in the year, yet my friends seem to be house hunting again for their final year, next September, so I thought I’d do a quick blog about housing options at university. After one year in halls and one in a house with friends there are certainly advantages and disadvantages to both, so I thought I’d have a look at both.
- Everyone moves into halls knowing nobody else, so it’s the easiest way to make friends in your first year.
- Virtually all of your friends live within a five minute walk away so there’s always someone to meet up with.
- In my first year, I was catered which makes a lot of things so much easier. No matter how much work you have to do in the evening, you know there will always be a freshly cooked meal prepared for you, and (better still) no washing up.
- You don’t get to choose with so you’re not necessarily living with all people that you really like.
- They can be a little more expensive than private accommodation- but at least you don’t pay at all in the holidays.
- You choose the people you live with – so there’s no excuse for not getting on with your housemates!
- In Leicester, most of the private houses are much closer to the university, so you can have a little bit of a longer lie in.
- Paying for your own food and bills means you can spend a little less money, if you’re careful with your shopping.
- It’s much more homely to live with a smaller group and have your own living room to spend time together in.
- It’s really really cold. Nobody puts the heating on in a student house- I’m writing this in a fleece jacket and uni hoody, and it’ s only November.
- Organising paying bills can be really difficult to make sure that everybody pays equal amounts.
- You start to argue with your friends over really petty things, such as washing up or cleaning the bathroom.