So you’re moving into 2nd year, and you’re not sure which type of student accommodation you want to move into. Well have no fear, we’ll go into the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed decision. You can find local Sheffield based businesses here: http://www.sheffield.org.uk/
The Benefits of Private Halls
For students looking for a hands-free, safe and secure accommodation that doesn’t require any management on their part, then private halls offer a great service.
You can concentrate fully on your studies, without worrying about bills, and they are often located within easy reach of your student accommodation.
They are purpose built for modern student lifestyles, with televisions and dishwashers among the perks. In lots of cases your bills and internet will be rolled into one weekly fee.
Some of the other features that these halls offer are:
- En-suite bedrooms – no need to share with anyone, good for people who value their privacy.
- Very good internet speeds
- Security on site – helping people to feel safe.
- Gym and games rooms.
- Washing machines and dryers on site.
- Kitchen appliances.
- Parking spaces.
Negatives of Private Halls
Some of the downsides of private halls of residents include:
- Lack of independence – when everything is done for you, you aren’t truly out on your own.
- Expensive – they will often charge much more than a student house.
- Less sociable – you can often get people who are living alone in these halls, and sometimes they may not socialise with the other students.
Shared Student Houses
This is by far the most popular choice among students after 1st year, as it represents the true University experience.
You will often be located in a more suburban area, which will be quieter than an inner city campus accommodation. It will feel like you’re “in the real world”, and most students find this very liberating.
Houses are also much more accessible, with one key to get in and out, instead of the multiple fobs and keys used in student halls.
And of course the main benefit of a student house is that it’s a lot cheaper, and allows you to negotiate your own energy and internet contracts to suit your budget.
Student House Tenancy Agreements
There are usually two types of tenancy agreement that you may end up signing, either Joint of Sole tenancy.
Joint Tenancy – this means that everyone who lives in the house signs the same agreement, and so everyone is equally responsible for paying bills and sharing facilities, with one payment made to the landlord each month (this may vary depending on your landlord).
Sole Tenancy – this means that each person living in the house signs a unique agreement, where they are responsible for a certain room, and share the other facilities. They will often pay individually too (again, landlord dependent).