So you’re preparing for university life. You’ve picked a course and a place to study, the next decision is, where will you live?
Whilst most first-year students go straight into university halls, there are endless options when it comes to student accommodation – including private halls, rentals, and apartments, to name just a few. And to help you decide which is best for you, we thought we’d share a few tips on how to choose the perfect place to stay while studying…
5 tips for choosing student accommodation:
1. Choose your housemates wisely
Going to university is all about making new friends – don’t get us wrong. But you need to think logically when looking for student accommodation. Sure, living with that guy that seems like a good laugh and enjoys partying could be fun, but the chances are you won’t be saying that once he’s woken you up at 4 in the morning! Likewise, you don’t want to be clearing up after the messy housemates who leave their pots and pans piled around the sink every day.
2. Set yourself a budget
You want a great room, in a great environment and we’ll bet you want it for a great price, right? As much as we’d all love to live in a luxury penthouse suite in the city, a top tip when choosing accommodation is to keep within a realistic price bracket. Establish what your budget is – based on student finance allowance and any extra cash you may earn from a part-time job – so you can see what you can (and can’t) afford.
3. Pick a location
Typically, student housing is within the vicinity of the university and just a stone’s throw away from the supermarket and nightlife. Take student accommodation in Ormskirk, for instance. Although it may work out cheaper to live on the outskirts of town, you have to think about transportation costs – not to mention the daily commute which means you’ll have to get up earlier.
It’s for this reason that those studying at Edge Hill University, and other full-time students in the area, opt for more central student accommodation. Plus Ormskirk is well connected with Manchester and Liverpool, Preston and Chorley, which makes it convenient for students when going home for the weekend or holidays.
4. Keep connected
Whether it be to study from the comfort of your room – rather than the library where there are distractions left, right, and center – or to catch up with friends and family back home, a strong and reliable internet connection is essential. Though it’s probably not the first thing that springs to mind when choosing student accommodation, it’s certainly something to take into account. After all, you don’t want to miss the deadline for submitting your assignment because the internet went down, do you?
5. Arrange a viewing
Arguably the most important part of house-hunting is arranging a viewing before you book. Of course, you can flick through the images of the rooms online to see what it’s like, but it’s not the same as seeing it in person. Taking a tour of student accommodation will give you an idea of if it’s the ideal place for you or not. And you can speak to the current tenants and ask them any questions you have about the house/landlord.
Start your search for student accommodation today!
There’s no denying that living in uni halls, or on campus, is a great way to get to know people with who you may become good friends, but there is bound to be a lot of noise and mess.
Say goodbye to dingy student halls and fighting over the bathroom, and choose McComb Students for luxury student accommodation in Ormskirk. They offer some of the best rooms in the best locations – each within walking distance of Edge Hill University and Ormskirk town center. What’s more, all their rooms have an ensuite and come with mod-cons, such as a desk, flat-screen TV and mini-fridge.
To find out more about the cost of renting student accommodation in Ormskirk, or to book a viewing, get in touch with McComb Students today.