What to expect living off-campus?
It is very strange to think that I have soon completed my second year at university. I cannot stress enough of incredibly fast time has passed ! I remember feeling sad and even a bit nervous when I left my on-campus accommodation for the last time. I did not know what to expect from off-campus living and I am guessing that a lot of you are in a similar situation ! However, do not worry, off-campus living was a really great experience !
Firstly, I hope you have, by now, figured out your living situation for next year. I decided to move to Leamington Spa with my flatmates of the on-campus accommodation. A big benefit that comes with that is that you already know what to expect for the house situation. You know who is going to clean their dishes, who is not. You know who is going to take the trash out, who is not. You know who is going to come home in the middle of the night with a bit too much to drink, and wake every body up, and who is not !
Anyway, lets get to the point. Here are a few things to expect with off-campus living:
- University accommodations are notoriously small. It will feel really nice to have a bit more place in your room. A place for decorations, pictures, all the little bits from home that you were not able to bring to your campus room ! Also, you will have a genuine living space again. We all loved the kitchen hang outs, and funny moments, but now you will be able to have that without smelling like cooked food afterwards !
- Something to expect about living off-campus is that you are really going to grow up. There is a whole new list of responsibilities; budgeting for rent and bills, cleaning everything yourself, arranging repairs in your house/apartment, signing your first ever lease…
- With budgeting of rent and bills you have to think about the fact that living in a town is a completely different situation. You have many stores, restaurants, etc. You will definitely be tempted to go to a restaurant instead of cooking, so thats one more expense to think about. However, you do have lots of restaurant options, and deliveroo, so there’s that !
- You will miss the convenience of living on campus to get to your lessons. If you do not have a car, this means getting the bus to university. This can take a long time as there are tons of students taking the bus in the morning. Little tip: leave the house extra early to make sure you manage to get on an earlier bus.
- Personally, I have found it a lot easier to be productive living off-campus rather than on. On campus it is so easily to be tempted to go check out the party you hear from upstairs, or go see your best friend who lives down the hall. Off-campus, there are fewer distractions meaning more efficiency when working. Nevertheless, when you do want to have fun, you’ve got lots of various options compared to the campus !
To summarise everything, living off-campus is definitely a new experience, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have been enjoying it the last couple of months !