You’re probably thinking your dilemmas of ranking decisions were over after getting an acceptance from your chosen uni. Bursting that bubble – now you’ve got to decide where you want to live in your first year in a new city.
The good news? You’re so close to being done with the seemingly never-ending decision-making. The bad news? Another round of contemplation. Here are some tips to lessen that burden:
This would probably be the most important aspect as a first year. Fortunately, Newcastle University is in the most prominent location: City Centre. Picking halls on campus or near town would mean getting to school easily and being able to access any needs such as groceries or food efficiently.
Not had the chance to visit the accommodation and unsure of its location? Thanks to technology, I used Google Maps to gauge my walking distance from my choice of accommodation to campus. Do bear in mind the cost of travelling if your decision is not the closest to campus, although some accommodation sites provide a courtesy bus into campus during term time.
Using a student loan or not, every student would love the option of saving some money on a long-term cost. Spending £150+/week for a premium apartment might seem like a great choice at the moment but when the accommodation bill lands – the savings you could have made staying in a similar apartment may hurt your bank account.
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(Liberty Plaza interior) Photography by www.idene.co.uk
Not open to the idea of sharing toilet facilities with people you have yet to meet? Go for the en-suite option and narrow down your list of options from there. Prefer catered meals, or don’t want to walk all the way to the gym? Research your halls using your preference – it will help getting your list shorter!
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Most importantly: None of us are guaranteed our 1st, 2nd, 3rd or even 4th options. Make sure your choices are all halls that you really wouldn’t mind living in for the first year of your brand new adventure!