Student accommodation in first year – do it!!!
Hello friends, it’s been a while! Pretty much over two months – I do apologise. But I’m here to tell you guys something every up and coming first year should be made aware of.
Now, full disclaimer, I understand that university accommodation isn’t within everyone’s price range. Some of the uni colleges are approx. $30 000 a year, which comes out to be around $600 a week – big yikes. There are of course more affordable options – some are actually cheaper than living in a share house, what with Internet and utilities covered in the price, and should definitely be considered as a viable option.
To start with, you meet and make so many friends living in one of these complexes. So many people, in so many different courses!!! It’s wild. Whether you go to a big or small university, it’s easy to become lost in the crowd, and living on res or in student housing allows you to be an individual and make friends this way. The events most of them hold are a social hub, and everyone’s in the same boat as you.
Second, affordability. Like I mentioned, everything’s covered, and you usually don’t have to buy a TV, fridge, or anything like that – it’s all already there. Things are so stressful when you’re moving away from home into a new environment, and having everything covered for you is a burden taken off your shoulders.
If you’re thinking about living in Melbourne to study, most universities (uni melb for example) are located in the CBD, and so are the accommodations and apartment buildings. The last thing you want to worry about is navigating public transport and potential fines when you’re on your way to the first lecture, and again it takes a very heavy burden off your already tense shoulders.
To put it simply, you make friends at accommodations that you won’t make in giant lecture halls. It’s easy to be lost in the crowd, and living somewhere where everyone else knows what you’re going through?? Priceless.
303 Royal Parade is the apartment complex I’m currently at – have a look at it, or the many other options like University of Melbourne colleges, Atira, Student Housing company….just do it.