Students heading off to university for the first time have a lot of important decisions to make. If you rush into them or don't give them the consideration that they deserve, it can end up harming the overall experience that you have. Below are 4 things that every female student needs to consider when looking for the best accommodation for her and her friends.
Who Does Your University Recommend?
Every university will maintain a list of approved providers that it has vetted and can recommend to students. These options should be the first ones that you consider as they are the most reliable choices available to you. Whenever you rent from private business, whether a student or not, there is always a risk that they will be one of the bad ones.
For women especially, it is important that you rent your property from someone that you trust, at least on a professional level. Thankfully, the number of rogue landlords out there is small and most students won't have any problems with their accommodation at all. However, there is always a risk when you rent from a private landlord that they will try and fleece you. If you do start looking beyond your uni's approved list, make sure to thoroughly investigate anyone you might rent from.
What Kind of Amenities Will You Require?
Different people will have different requirements for their properties. Some people are happy with the bare minimum; all they want is a roof over their heads. Other people will be aiming for a greater level of style and will be willing to spend more to get it.
If you fall into the latter category, businesses like Collegiate will provide you with luxurious lodgings up and down the country. For an example of what they offer, check out the Newcastle Uni accommodation from Newcastle Collegiate. Collegiate's student accommodation is a step up from what most others are offering.
How Will You Get Back After a Night Out?
Socialising is just as much a part of the university experience as the learning. If you are doing lots of one and not much of the other, you aren't going to be getting the most out of your university course. However, it is important to consider your safety and ensure that you have an easy path to and from your front door and wherever you will be spending your nights out.
Most university towns and cities will have decent public transport infrastructure, but this can vary, especially with more remote or rural universities. Even if the centre of town is only a short walk away, you should avoid walking home alone at night whenever possible, especially if you have been drinking.
Can You Afford It?
There's no sense in allowing yourself to fall head over heels in love with a property that you aren't realistically going to be able to afford. Remember, you need to be able to cover the costs of renting the property as well as your living costs. That means that you need to leave enough room in your budget for your food, utility bills, and other expenses on top of your rent.
Finding the right accommodation is important. Where you live and who you live with will have a significant impact on the kind of experience that you have at university.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist