There are certain factors that students should take into consideration when they are in the decision-making process of where they might want to live. Some of these factors that students must keep in mind are-
- The length of the accommodation contract: The contract period for undergraduate students are shorter since they have more vacation days. As such, undergraduate students usually have a contract period of 44-47 weeks whereas post-graduate students have a contract period for 51-52 weeks.
- Proximity to the university: What is the distance of your place of accommodation from your university? Remember that you have a number of assignments and dissertation days to work through for which you might have to stay up late nights. Hence, it is recommended that students try and find accommodation that is as close to the university as possible in order to avoid any hassles, especially while commuting.
- Bookings: Students must be aware that certain accommodation types get booked much faster than others. For instance, bookings for ensuite accommodations get filled as most students prefer to have their own private bathrooms. Hence, students must ensure to make their choice and selection accordingly.
- Meals: Would you like to have your meals inside your accommodated space or prefer cooking your own meals? In the first case, students can choose catered accommodations, wherein they need to make additional payment upfront, to receive meals inside your accommodation. Non-catered accommodations give students an option to cook their own meals and eat at their preferred time.
Cost of living: When researching keep in mind that incidentals like electricity, internet and other costs that are not part of your rent and have to be paid separately. In cases of private accommodation the cost of living will be higher as compared to living on the campus, where all utilities and bills are included in the weekly rent.