Que pasa guys,
A few people are curious about the benefits of being in halls over private accommodation and vice versa. There are many pros and cons for both, and it all depends on what you want out of your university experience. I have thrown together a list of both pros and cons for each:
- Social Aspect – Getting to know lots of people is one of the major pros of being in halls.
- Security – All doors in halls of residence are operated by key cards, 24 hour security personnel on campus, traffic barriers to prevent unauthorised access and CCTV throughout campus.
- Close proximity to the union and other facilities – Not far to walk to all the social events held in the students union
- All bills included – Water, Electric, Internet, and rent of course are all included in the cost per week.
- Contents insurance is included too!
- Accommodation staff on hand 24/7 – any problems it’s just a small walk up the hill to get some help.
- Quality – All halls are refurbished and kept up-to-date to look modern and feel comfortable.
- Deliveries – There isn’t really a need to go to the huge supermarkets as they can be delivered right to your door after a quick signing in up at the Accommodation lodge.
- Overall cost per week – If you are after halls prices can be up in the region of £110 a week which can be pretty pricey, but you are paying for quality, and the majority of you will probably have student finance.
- Distance from Glyntaff Campus, Sport’s park and the shops – It is a little trek from halls to Glyntaff campus if you are located there, and the shops in Treforest, but what’s wrong with a little exercise.
- Limited car parking – You need a parking permit to be able to keep your car parked up by the halls of residence, which is additional costs, on top of accommodation fees, but there is a car park just outside the Treforest campus which charges a small fee for the day; as well as other side roads to park on.
- The occasional feeling of claustrophobia – There is obviously no living room like in a house, so being confined to your own room a lot can make you feel a little lonely or claustrophobic at times, there’s only a certain amount of space that can be provided.
- The “Inception” Hill – Right next to the first halls of residence there is a massive hill which can be a pain to walk up when going to and from lectures, and when you’re on your way back from a night out at the union it feels like something out of inception – but that is just due to the location, just prepare to have your fitness tested.
- Cost of food on campus – Prices can be pretty hefty when used on a regular basis.
- Lack of catered accommodation – It’s all about getting your own food I’m afraid. (**Update: Since this blog was written, there are now catered options available for some of our halls of residence. See our accommodation webpage for more details.**)
- Cost – Much cheaper than living at halls each week, but you do have to add on internet, tv, and a couple of other expenses, so is there much difference?
- Quiet living – If you are one for less noise and more you-time, then private accommodation in numerous areas may be for you.
- Nearer the shops!
- Proximity to both campuses – dependent on where you live, you are usually smack bang in the middle, if not closer to where you need to be!
- Closer to Cardiff – If you live in Treforest, the train line is so close, Cardiff is literally at your door; well, 25 minutes by train.
- The ‘homely’ feeling – You are living in a proper house and so have space to stretch out and be away from the four walls of your room, yet away from others should you need some time.
- Parking – There is so much more space to park, and although some roads still need a permit, it is far cheaper than that required for halls.
- Cost of food in some local gaffs – certain pubs and restaurants cater for students as Treforest is a pretty student-oriented town compared to the fixed prices on campus.
- Bills are not included – so try and work out expenses and what you can afford, however, some landlords include certain bills and give you some money back at the end of the year even.
- Less of a social life – This can be a massive issue for some people; well, it all depends on who you are living with really but on the whole there are less people in close proximity than having say 100 people just steps away. You can see a friendly face wherever you go in halls of residence.
- Security – So there are still doors, windows and keys, obviously that doesn’t change, but there lacks the CCTV and barriers found at halls.
- Lack of support – There are no accommodation staff on hand to call upon if there are any issues.
- Not as nice as halls – some properties in the private accommodation sector will not be as nice as halls of residence, no matter how much they try – that is the good thing about halls it’s catered towards modern student living.
I may sound biased towards halls, but I think it is important to get the real ‘Fresher’s Experience’ and it helps fuel your soical circle.
Apologies for the long blog this time, but there is not much I can shorten on a subject like this. Hope it helps!
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Until next time!