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    I am currently a final year student at Hull University. I have lived here all my life and lived independantly from being 16. When I came to Univesity I chose to live in private housing to make some friends, I lived in a 10 bed house in my first year (what a disaster that was!) and a 5 bed house for the remaining two years.

    The thing is, I have an offer of a place at Sheffield Hallam in September to do a PGCE. Because I would be doing a post-grad, I will be working pretty much all the time and won't have time for a job or much of a social life. However, I do like my social life, so I'm not going to be stuck in my room 24/h a day doing work.

    So this is the problem I have, I need the quiet to work, but I want a social life too (weekends probably!). It is a city that I don't know very well (if at all) and so I would like to make friends so for that reason, halls would be better for me, but for the quiet I would probably need private.

    So, what do you reccommend for me... halls or private? Also, are there any 'quieter' halls? i.e. places that most post grads go to, or ones that are generally more quiet?

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    I am aware that you may have already sorted this out by now, but I just wanted to let you know that iQ (which is private) would be a great base for you. We have dedicated flats for post graduate students, so you get the benefit of living with others and being able to socialise, but they are also in the same position as you and will respect any need for quiet. I hope that helped.

    Wow those IQ halls are a rip off!

    OP, Sheffield Hallam have a page about this on their website: http://www.shu.ac.uk/accommodation/postgradmature.html

    It suggests private accommodation, but some universities have halls dedicated to 3rd year undergrad and post grad students which tend to be quieter than normal halls. I don't think there's anything like that at SHU, but getting on campus accommodation will likely be good for convenience (getting to lectures/the library/the SU quickly) but you obviously will have to deal with the noise and the constant fire alarms. However, it would be a different experience from what you're used to and it may be your last opportunity to live in halls.

    Personally, I would go for a quiet house with other postgrad students, because no matter how important your social life is, I'm sure it can wait a year until you finish up. It's a lot of money to just throw down the pan, as I'm sure you know.

    Good luck!
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