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    hi
    I was seeing some accomodation for glasgow uni and the only one I "like" is queen margaret but I started seeing some private accomodation and it seems sooooo much nicer.

    what will be the drawbacks of private halls?? any experiences?? thnkss
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    (Original post by tyson69)
    hi
    I was seeing some accomodation for glasgow uni and the only one I "like" is queen margaret but I started seeing some private accomodation and it seems sooooo much nicer.

    what will be the drawbacks of private halls?? any experiences?? thnkss
    Sometimes there's much less Freshers in private halls but otherwise no other drawbacks really
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    (Original post by tyson69)
    hi
    I was seeing some accomodation for glasgow uni and the only one I "like" is queen margaret but I started seeing some private accomodation and it seems sooooo much nicer.

    what will be the drawbacks of private halls?? any experiences?? thnkss
    Drawbacks:
    Possibly fewer events/less of a 'cohesive' atmosphere compared to university-owned halls.
    Fewer first-years to bond with
    No access to face-to-face university support in reception as it's run by a private company
    POSSIBLY more expensive as contracts tend to be a few weeks longer than the standard academic year
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    Sometimes there's much less Freshers in private halls but otherwise no other drawbacks really

    but wont I be invited to the freshers event organized by the uni??
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    (Original post by Blue_Cow)
    Drawbacks:
    Possibly fewer events/less of a 'cohesive' atmosphere compared to university-owned halls.
    Fewer first-years to bond with
    No access to face-to-face university support in reception as it's run by a private company
    POSSIBLY more expensive as contracts tend to be a few weeks longer than the standard academic year
    so then would u reccommend me taking the queen margaret one even though the place is worse, 20-25mins walking etc?
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    (Original post by tyson69)
    so then would u reccommend me taking the queen margaret one even though the place is worse, 20-25mins walking etc?
    I'd always opt for university-owned accommodation in the first-year.

    Ultimately, it's up to you.
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    (Original post by tyson69)
    but wont I be invited to the freshers event organized by the uni??
    You would but generally less Freshers chose to live in private halls. I lived in private halls for first year and I didn't meet many people there but it saved me a fair bit of money and I met people in other ways.
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    Many disadvantages of private is that their is far less support and help for first years in terms of wardens and onsite nurses etc. There is often fewer freshers and more 2nd to 3rd year students, so socialising can be more challenging.
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    You would but generally less Freshers chose to live in private halls. I lived in private halls for first year and I didn't meet many people there but it saved me a fair bit of money and I met people in other ways.
    where did you study? Im a student from Spain and so I will already have difficulties integrating so that is a mayor drawback
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    Many disadvantages of private is that their is far less support and help for first years in terms of wardens and onsite nurses etc. There is often fewer freshers and more 2nd to 3rd year students, so socialising can be more challenging.
    oh okey thanks
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    What theyve all pointed out: Fewer freshers. You can make friends in other ways.

    Prices tend to be more.
    Uni owned accommodation has the better land lord as well. Private halls are businesses. They might be newer and have better facilities for more money.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    What theyve all pointed out: Fewer freshers. You can make friends in other ways.

    Prices tend to be more.
    Uni owned accommodation has the better land lord as well. Private halls are businesses. They might be newer and have better facilities for more money.
    okey, If i had to choose between good hall but far away or not as good hall but closer to the uni whuch one would u choose and why? (both owned by the uni)
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    (Original post by tyson69)
    okey, If i had to choose between good hall but far away or not as good hall but closer to the uni whuch one would u choose and why? (both owned by the uni)
    It helps if you go there and do the journey. the other way is use google streetmap and do the walk that way.

    Your money and your joirney.

    If you have two halls in mind, then maybe see if you can contact any students living or who have lived there. Look at buses and a bike.

    You can still go private, but imo better if 90% if your hall are first years who you can make friends with rather than 2nd or 3rd years with their own social groups.

    Another way is to look on youtube if you want a video of inside the halls. Common for students to put them up these days..

    Quality of accommodation seems important for you, so dont rule out private. Its your life and money.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    It helps if you go there and do the journey. the other way is use google streetmap and do the walk that way.

    Your money and your joirney.

    If you have two halls in mind, then maybe see if you can contact any students living or who have lived there. Look at buses and a bike.

    You can still go private, but imo better if 90% if your hall are first years who you can make friends with rather than 2nd or 3rd years with their own social groups.
    yes it makes sense that way. im going to contact the private agency to see the percentage of first years and if its too low then i will have to go uni owned accomodation.
    thankss
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    My first year will be in private accommodation. For where I am located, private is actually cheaper by anywhere from £10- £60/70, that is why I chose private. Luckily, I will be with 3 other mates so settling in at the house should be fairly easy. My accommodation includes £6/week electricity, £4 gas/week and £16/month water per person so for me, its pretty good value. I guess the downside would be that there is absolutely no leeway with regards to the deposit or rent. I have heard that a University can delay your first month rent until your student finance arrives in some circumstances, this almost definitely isn't possible with private accommodation. Also, as mentioned, my contract is 52 weeks as opposed to the slightly shorter University accommodation contract.
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    My first year will be in private accommodation. For where I am located, private is actually cheaper by anywhere from £10- £60/70, that is why I chose private. Luckily, I will be with 3 other mates so settling in at the house should be fairly easy. My accommodation includes £6/week electricity, £4 gas/week and £16/month water per person so for me, its pretty good value. I guess the downside would be that there is absolutely no leeway with regards to the deposit or rent. I have heard that a University can delay your first month rent until your student finance arrives in some circumstances, this almost definitely isn't possible with private accommodation. Also, as mentioned, my contract is 52 weeks as opposed to the slightly shorter University accommodation contract.
    You are comparing a house with a hall. Theres also the fact student accommodation is only a 38 week contract etc. It might well be cheaper but you need to compare like with like.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    You are comparing a house with a hall. Theres also the fact student accommodation is only a 38 week contract etc. It might well be cheaper but you need to compare like with like.
    I did mention the contract length in my message... even with my extended contract, mine still works out cheaper.

    But yeah I know I am comparing house vs halls but there's nothing saying you have to stay in halls so its worth mentioning.
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    (Original post by tyson69)
    where did you study? Im a student from Spain and so I will already have difficulties integrating so that is a mayor drawback
    Definitely uni halls. Everyone I know who was in private halls regretted it. Yes the rooms are nicer and the location is better but it doesn't make up for the fact that there is so much less socialising in private halls. If you already have difficulties integrating then go into normal uni halls, preferably one of the ones with the most rooms and you'll find way more opportunities to integrate. First year is about sacrificing nice accommodation and good location to be with as many freshers as you can so you can make lots of friends and be with sociable students.
    If you're not as interested in partying and making lots of friends then private is fine but I would strongly recommend uni halls if you do want a great first year.
    Second year is when you can look for a place with nicer rooms and closer to uni, when you've already made some friends to live with.
 
 
 

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