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Does everyone live in halls?

For the majority of people, coming to uni means moving away from home for the first time. That also means you’ll need somewhere to live, and in first year that means uni halls. Or does it? In this week’s Mythbuster we take a look to see if that really is the only choice.

HALLS vs. PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION

You might not have even thought about looking into private accommodation for your first year at uni, but you’d be surprised at how many students take the option. Here are some of the reasons why private might be the right choice for you.

COST

For all those financially savvy students out there, renting private accommodation can work out significantly cheaper than uni halls if you get a good deal. There’s the potential to find low weekly rent, but make sure you consider the associated added costs – bills and travel expenses do add up!

FLATMATES

Both halls and private accommodation play the flatmate lottery. Not really knowing who you’re going to live with is part of the fun, and a great way to meet people of different backgrounds and interests. But with private accommodation, if you’re searching for flatmates online you could get more of a heads up and introduction to the people you’ll be spending the year with.

MAKING FRIENDS

You think halls, and you think meeting loads of new people, but living in private accommodation doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on that too! Joining societies and clubs is a great way to meet new people with common interests, just take a look at what we have to offer here at Newcastle University.

PERSONAL SPACE

Halls can get pretty noisy at times, so private accommodation can be the perfect option if you’re after a bit more peace and quiet. With a wider choice of places to stay in, you might also end up with a lot more space (no need to leave that drum kit behind).

RESPONSIBILITY

Depending on your personality, the responsibilities associated with private accommodation may make or break your decision. There’s gas, electricity, Wi-Fi, water and your TV license to pay, bins to empty and put out on the right day, and on top of that, the fear of losing that deposit. Sounds like hard work but it does teach you what it’s like to live in the real world (quite a valuable skill).

Whether you choose halls or private accommodation, be sure to utilise the Accommodation Services available to you at Newcastle Uni, for advice and information on your options.

And if you’ve got any questions about living in Newcastle and the choices available to you, get in touch using the contact form below.

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