Student Housing – What Options Are Available to Students
For college and university students that will be moving away from home, it’s important to find a residence that meets their needs. Their accommodations need to be budget-friendly, close to the school, close to amenities and services in the town/city, located near to public transportation, and provide them with the space they need not just to live, but also to study. Here we’ll take a look at the various types of student residences available in the hopes that you’ll be able to find one that best matches your specific needs.
On-Campus Student Residence
Perhaps one of the most convenient options available to post-secondary students is on-campus student residences. These are accommodations that are located right on the school campus. These residences typically offer shared or single accommodation, plus a common space where students will find a cafeteria, laundry services, shopping, and more.
Take for example the York University housing option, which is called the Quad. This particular residence contains heaps of amenities, including high speed internet, an on-site gym, public lounges, laundry services, 24-hour business centres, and fully equipped rooms with modern features such as smart TVs and cooktops.
The big benefit to living on-campus is that you won’t have to go far in order to get to class, so transportation is not a worry. As well, you’ll be living with other students, which allows you to meet people right from the start. If you’re new to the town/city this can be extremely helpful in fighting any feelings of homesickness.
This type of housing accommodation is usually the most popular with first year students, but it isn’t limited to them.
Shared Housing Off-Campus
For many towns that are seen as university or college towns, there is usually a collection of houses located near the campus that are meant for student rentals. Now you won’t likely be renting a whole house yourself, unless you’ve got a big budget to work with, so instead you’ll want to look into shared housing. You’ll have your own room, and then there will be common spaces in the house such as the living area and kitchen.
The benefit of this type of accommodation is the fact you get a whole house, so you have a lot of space. As well, it can offer more privacy since you are only sharing it with a couple of people.
A Room in a Private House
Another option is to look for a house that has one room for rent. This could be being rented out by a family who is just looking to rent out a bedroom to a student, or perhaps by a working couple who have extra space in the home. If you’re on a tight budget, this may be the best option out there. Just be sure to ask if you will have access to the kitchen, laundry, and living space in the home or if you will just have access to one room.
Finding the Perfect Housing Solution
In order to find the perfect student housing solution, it’s necessary to do some research and look into all the options out there. Because everyone’s “must-have” list is different, there is no one-size fits all approach.