Your choice of halls will influence your overall experience and happiness at uni, so it's something you should give a lot of consideration.
Here's a checklist of things to consider when choosing your halls:
- Type of accommodation
Perhaps the most important thing to consider is the type of accommodation you want. Would you like catered or self-catered, ensuite or shared facilities, full kitchen or just a microwave?
- Car parking
If you're bringing a car to uni, does it have parking facilities? Would this come at an extra cost?
Most halls are on or close to campus, so deciding how close you would like to be is crucial. Do you want to walk 2 minutes to your lectures or 15? Would you want to catch a bus?
- Support and security
Halls are safe and will have security personnel and support services on campus, but it's always best to be aware of what's available.
How much are you willing to pay for your 'perfect' halls? Does your student loan cover this?
- Students per building
Do the halls house 800 or 100 students? This can greatly influence your experience as you may be a private person or want to meet as many people as possible!
Does it have an on-site laundry? Is there a common room to watch films/spend time with mates?
Make sure you're asking all the right questions and figuring out what will work best for you...
Your experience depends on it!