I am from Pakistan, beginning this Sep at Leeds Met City Campus for an Master in Public Health- Health Promotion.
I'm very very confused about accommodation. I am a Commonwealth Shared Scholar so as such the Uni is my guarantor for any accommodation I choose. I will be provided a stipend monthly and can only pay for accommodation monthly.
I chose Liberty Park ensuites as my first choice but the Uni insists i change to Opal 1/2 as its easier for them to arrange for monthly payments for me there as opposed to Liberty Park.
I've been trawling TRS religiously and have come across mixed reviews for the Opals and next to nothing about Liberty Park. Which makes me nervous.
Can anyone suggest something for me? Not just Opal or LP but generally which accommodation to go for?
Ensuite - I CANNOT share my washroom. Even if it's dinky its fine because I dont clean my washroom at home (princess, much?) so it'll be less work for me generally, but no sharing.
Heat and Light Included- This is my first time living away from home so I would prefer to not be fighting over bills and freezing in the cold over unpaid heating.
Short Walk to Campus - Nobody really walks to places here in Pak (upto 50 degree heat in the Summers) so can't say I'm used to long walks and can't say I can't get used to it either. But would prefer a short distance for that 9Am lecture. The closest I have seen are Carlton House, LP and the Opals
Diversity - Being and international student myself, I'd like to meet people from international backgrounds as well. So weird food and different languages is a plus :P I am pretty social in that I like to go out at least 4 times a week (is it even quantifiable?)
No Fresher Noise - Being as it is a postgrad and an 89-year old when it comes to dealing with "the young" I don't think I'd appreciate noise till 7 Am in the morning. Would prefer to be housed with other postgrads.
Laundry - Again a novelty for me is washing my own clothes so prefer not to sell my body to afford the cleaners and just be able to do it on my own.
I just can't decide