Private Accommodation vs On Campus University Accommodation

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Which would be better for first year? I’ve been looking at private accommodation as it’s usually cheaper and is more modern but I’m worried that I would lose out on the social aspect in private accommodation.
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Usually people will live in uni accommodation for first year because it better enables them to meet new people so they can live out in second year.

What sort of difference are we looking at regarding costs?
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Usually people will live in uni accommodation for first year because it better enables them to meet new people so they can live out in second year.

What sort of difference are we looking at regarding costs?
The difference is about £50 a week with the ones I’m looking at. I just can’t see myself staying in an accommodation that isn’t modern..
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The difference is about £50 a week with the ones I’m looking at. I just can’t see myself staying in an accommodation that isn’t modern..
I'd be wary of any pictures you've seen. I've found more modern accommodation tends to look more ratty if you're moving into it after the first year of it's use.

What exactly do you mean by modern? Most uni accom is not that out of date. Showing pics of what you're thinking about might help.
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I'd be wary of any pictures you've seen. I've found more modern accommodation tends to look more ratty if you're moving into it after the first year of it's use.

What exactly do you mean by modern? Most uni accom is not that out of date. Showing pics of what you're thinking about might help.
Sounds silly but the furniture being white over brown. An example of out of date accommodation would be the ziggurats at UEA

https://youtu.be/-1VJYtHg6z4
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Thank about the proximity of the private accommodation to the campus and other facilities. I stayed in private the whole time in Lincoln, and it was literally next door to campus but didn’t have breezeblock walls 🤣. There were lots of 1st years each year.
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Sounds silly but the furniture being white over brown. An example of out of date accommodation would be the ziggurats at UEA

https://youtu.be/-1VJYtHg6z4
Or Castle Leazes in Newcastle
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Thank about the proximity of the private accommodation to the campus and other facilities. I stayed in private the whole time in Lincoln, and it was literally next door to campus but didn’t have breezeblock walls 🤣. There were lots of 1st years each year.
Hey, may I ask how did you find the social aspect such as making friends being in private accommodation? Many thanks, Sumina
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It depends on your budget and lifestyle.
As an undergrad, I always lived off-campus in private houseshares with professionals, students and dogs.
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Hey, may I ask how did you find the social aspect such as making friends being in private accommodation? Many thanks, Sumina
We didn’t find it an issue. I decided to go for a studio as I wanted to live with my fiancé who was also studying there. That way we didn’t have to share kitchen etc with others (and I heard a lot of stories from others!). We made enough friends on our courses to give us the social aspect, as well as a place to call our own.

There were shared flats in our blocks too and they didn’t seem to have a problem with the social side, there were just as many parties going as the on-campus accommodation.
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Living in student accommodation is a great way to meet people (even if your housemates aren't perfect). The chances are you'll make friends with people you can walk back to halls with and it gives you the chance to socialise with students who aren't on your course.

When it comes to money, the price varies. Self-catered is predictably cheaper and catered/meal plan accommodation often works out to be more than the cost of groceries. Living out tends to work out to be similar to self-catered cost-wise but the social aspect of uni halls shouldn't be underestimated.

Besides, most move out of halls into private accommodation with friends after their first year so there's a chance you can experience both.
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I'm staying in private halls in Coventry (codestudents.co/code-cov) and they've made a big thing about how they support students well-being, run events to help meet friends etc. So I guess you need to check if the private provider you are thinking about does that. Also, I'm not sure how much we're going to be able to gather in groups because of Covid :-( So I've also been looking at places that did a lot already.
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In my first year at UEL which is in London, I lived on campus and I lived with my friend during my second year in private accommodation. Personally, I enjoyed living on campus during my first year because as an international student from America I did not know anyone and it was a great way to meet people. Although living in uni accommodation has its social perks there are also a few downsides as I couldn't choose my flatmates so I didn't know if I would get along with everyone. In private accommodation, I didn't have to keep all of my belongings in my room and we had a common room and a garden as well! We could also light candles in our flat in private accommodation whereas some items were restricted in halls. Hope that helps!
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