If you, like thousands of students every year have chosen to live away from home during your time at University, there’s a lot to think about. You have got to decide how you’re going to go about it, as well as juggling your studies with every day living arrangements. Where you’re going, you won’t have someone to cook your food or wash your dishes, that’s for sure. Though, that being said, there’s a lot to look forward to as well, like the fact you’ll be getting a taste of independent life. But first, we’ve got to get organised, get your note pad and pen out, class is in session.
Before you start your course, you’ll have to choose which kind of housing you’re going to go for. In essence, there’s three types; University Halls, Student Flats and Private Housing. Here is a quick summary of each;
University Halls – On campus flats, where you’ll be living alongside your peers with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. They’re best suited to first years, as they’re easy to sort out, and campus adjacent.
Student Flats – Like University Halls, but off campus. Generally offers a more personal and private life, as each room comes with bathroom facilities. Again, best suited to first years, but for those who want more privacy.
Private Housing – Basically a rented flat, water, gas and electric will all have to be paid for, like in a normal house. Only recommended for second years and up, and only with a circle of trusted friends to act as room mates.
Those three are your choices, if you need more specific information, visit your University’s accommodation office or web site. It’s crucial you make this decision before your course starts, to avoid complications and the hassle of moving while studying.
In terms of costs, University Halls and Student Flats are basically the same – all the costs are covered in your rent, aside from your television licence, Internet and food. Utilities are included. As for the housing, well, as I said it’s all on you. If you’re living in a house with at least two non-students, you at least don’t have to pay council tax. In every place you’ll be paying rent, be sure to look over your tenancy agreement, and make sure you agree with everything before signing on the dotted line.
In terms of the actual moving experience, you can treat it like a smaller version of a normal move. Pack everything away, taking care with your valuables as you would usually, and load them up. Naturally, the best thing about a single person move is that you don’t need a lot of space. Your dads saloon car will most likely be able to transport all of your things. Though, for added safety, still make sure the boxes are all securely fastened down.
So, that is pretty much all you need to know. Now that you’ve moved in, it is time for the real learning to begin, no matter how long your course is, it’s best to knuckle down when you need to, and unwind when you feel you have to. Don’t party every night though, you’ll want to get that passing grade …
Karen Pierce is a 33-years-old blogger from London. Her big loves are her family and her dog. Karen has great flair for home improvement and garden design projects. Currently, Karen writes about removals in the W8 area.