Choosing the right people to share your new home is very important, often just as important as deciding where to live.
Where should you live?
It can be both an exciting and stressful experience to find your new house location. Often the best student houses are chosen very quickly by organised groups, and so you may be limited with the areas you can choose if you leave it too late.
The majority of student cities have traditional set areas where students tend to rent accommodation. You can ask senior staff at your University for the specifics in your area, but for Sheffield it is Crookes, Broomhall, Broomhill, Endcliffe, and Ecclesall Road that are the main areas.
There are many benefits to living in one of these popular areas, including:
- Often lots of things going on.
- Usually close to uni campus.
- Lots of shops to choose from.
- Great public transport is usually easy to come by.
- You will be around lots of your friends and course colleagues.
There are however some downsides to these areas, which include:
- Everyone wants to live here, so it’s often a scramble for the best properties!
- There is always someone going out, so it can get noisy.
- As thieves know these areas, there can be an increase risk of crime.
How to Choose Your House Mates
As you move into second year you will most likely be living with a group of friends, and it’s a lot cheaper to rent in a nice big group than it is to have your own place.
You want to make sure you’re choosing your friends wisely though, as when you sign the contract you are locked in to living with them for the whole term, and if they become a liability there is little you can do.
Here are some useful tips for choosing a house mate:
- Do they do their fair share of chores?
- Do they stay up very late and make lots of noise?
- Do they have annoying habits or ones you don’t agree with?
- How much do you have in common?
- Are they as sociable / quiet as you? Can you live with that?
In these situations it’s better to be tough and pick friends who you know you can live with. Some friends are best kept outside the front door!