First Accommodation of a Student: How to Find It
Wednesday, 13 November 2019

 Congratulations! You decided to go live by yourself. Now you are looking for your first accommodation. Of course, you want to find a nice place you can call home. 

 A peaceful island to study, write, and relax. You want to avoid too much stress. That’s normal. A carload of tasks and assignments are awaiting, and that’s worse than suffering from wisdom toothache. Getting relief from the avalanche of essays isn’t a big deal btw. Your essay can be written for you. Just risk  buying an argumentative essay. This is a good news show. Online writing services introduce you to a legion of professional essay writers for every domain you can think of. There is always someone that can help you out. 

The same goes for finding accommodation. Help is available. Some tips will be welcome, right? And don’t worry, you will have time for a great house-warming party! 

So, let’s get started. How is it like to live by yourself, and how do you get there in the first place…

 Where to live?

You need somebody that will make sure your first-year accommodation is sorted out. Same as you like assistance with your essays. Living by yourself means being independent.
But that doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed tips to help you find the perfect spot, and on which steps to take to find your first accommodation. 
The best options for housing: dormitories and rooms/apartments off-campus.

Option one: On-campus dormitories. 

Before you start scratching your hair, also known as Dorms. Think about it as a student flat, but included is a vibrant social life. Finding this kind of accommodation isn’t solving a brain breaker puzzle. 

Dorms are usually large complexes. They are nothing like prison cells, don’t worry. The facilities are brilliant. You get your own bed, study table, wardrobe. But, as said before, you need to be a bit social. If sharing a bathroom, kitchen, relaxation is no problem for you, all fine. 

The advantages of staying in a dorm are:
  • Walking distance to classrooms
  • Furnished and ready to move in
  • All-in-one cost, tuition fee included. No unpleasant surprises, or ‘end of year bills’
  • Cozy. No loneliness. 
Some disadvantages:
  • It can get noisy. Annoying when an exam the next day
  • Sharing your room with a roommate. Not necessarily a someone you become ‘BFF’ with
  • No luxuries. Basic living.
Option two: Private apartment.

If you prefer your own small island, renting an apartment or a studio is a way to go. You will have more quiet and peace to study, and more privacy of course. It’s a popular option, so don’t prolong your search. And do visit the place before you decide and start to pay. It may look great on Craigslist, but better visit it to avoid unpleasant surprises.

The look of the apartment is important to you. It’s must be a cool home. But also pay attention to more boring ‘details’. Plumping, electricity installation, elevator, rental costs, and extra monthly costs. 

Try to find a place that’s not miles away from campus. Nobody likes to lose too much time, “commuting”. Unless you adore mister Neeson in the movie with the same title and feel bored. 

Don’t restrict your search to online. Often walking in the streets, or asking people, gets plenty of results.
Costs. Tuition fee excluded
  • This will be costlier, but you get what you pay for. Your lease will be for 1 year. You will pay the equivalent of one month's rent as a deposit (which is a security for the owner, to state the obvious). When you return the keys at the end of the rent, you will get that money back. That is, as long as you took care of the place as a good housefather. 
  • You will be responsible to take care of and pay your utility bills. Only the sunlight and the facilities on campus are for free. 
  • Extra expenses may come in the shape of maintenance costs. The cleaner, the valet vetching your car, the pool guy, the fitness instructor. Ignore this if you weren’t raised in Rockefeller Center. But on a serious note: there might be some shared maintenance fee.
  • Ending the lease contract prematurely isn’t fast forward. Changing colleges, and thus relocating, isn’t a freebie to get out without a penalty. If your uninvited landlady shows up in your kitchen to make an inventory of the broken cups, that’s the time to ask for her spare key. Or to terminate … the contract. 

An early termination clause will make you two month’s rent poorer. If there is no clause in the contract, you must pay the remaining months. Or your parents, who won’t be dancing on the coffee table. As an alternative, you may opt for saying farewell to the deposit. A way out of this predicament is to find a new tenant asap. Notice is due 30 to 60 days on forehand. 
No intention to frighten you, but it’s better to know all the consequences.

Of course, many students choose to share an apartment with other students. This way you can share the costs. And a student’s life must be fun. How to have more fun than to live with friends?
This is an exciting time. And no doubt you will find accommodation for your liking.

Living with other students is different from living with your parents. You are more free, but also have more responsibilities (mum won’t be there to hoover your room). Your social life will skyrocket. Studying together, sharing concerns and tips, togetherness during ups and downs. A friend is never far away. Real conversations replace chatting apps.
Well, go hand in hand.

You won’t be the only one facing books and notes, tasks, preparing and writing essays. The relatively cheap dorms and the sharing costs apartments will save you money in case you want to pay a little for an essay writing service. Dope!


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