5 must-haves on any hostel check-list before move-in day
Whether you’re male or female, safety is the most important thing you should look out for when you’re searching for student accommodation. How is the area around you? Often, the most affordable student accommodation, especially when you’re on a budget, will compromise on the area, meaning that you have to think twice when you’ve spent time or a night out with your friends, or when you’re even coming back from dinner. Conversely, you also don’t want to live in a hostel or shared accommodation where there is no provision for you and your belongings. Often, shared accommodation can mean that anyone can venture in or out of your hostel, leaving your belongings – particularly laptops and other electronics, vulnerable.
You want to check that your accommodation has guards, proper locks and safety measures, especially at night-time.
Especially if you’re female, security is of the utmost importance. You need to know and be assured of your safety at all times. At Tribe, however, that is never a concern! With safety and security measures for all of our residents, we ensure a smooth, worry-free stay!
- Location, location, location!
Proximity is one of the key factors in selecting your student accommodation. You want to be close enough to your educational institution that you don’t have to spend half your time travelling, or in transit from home to college and back again. An added plus: that gives you more time to sleep in, to exercise, and to balance your social life and your education.
You could be in student accommodation that may be enticing for the price, but the area may not be safe, may not be accessible, and travel times may be extremely long.
You also want to be in a location that provides you access to that social life. With restaurants, eateries and pubs around, Tribe affords you the balance between attending your classes, minimizing travel, and being able to enjoy time with your friends and peers stress-free!
Food is always a big consideration when you’re moving into student accommodation. Dietary requirements and restrictions can come in the way, and meal prepping and cooking for yourself, although ideal, are not always feasible in terms of time and budget.
While some student accommodations – even some PG arrangements, do provide meals, these are often unpalatable, unhealthy or repetitive. Ordering in every day might be easy on the taste buds, but is not always so on the wallet.
At Tribe, our catered accommodation and cafeteria ensure that meals – and planning for food – are not something you need to worry about, especially when there are so many things already on your mind!
One of the most important factors in picking your accommodation is budget. Most importantly, you do not want to focus on just the number, but what you’re getting for your money’s worth. For the amount of money you’re paying for your student accommodation, you want to ensure that every other factor in your consideration: the time it takes you to travel to your college or institution, whether or not the cost of meals will be included, for starters. This is one of the key aspects of student accommodation, and something you should do even before shortlisting! At every student accommodation you visit, you should have a checklist of each of these factors before you make your final decision.
What facilities does your student accommodation have? Amenities are very important. Does your accommodation provide you furniture, or a place to revise, study and make notes? For daily tasks: does your accommodation provide shared showers or individual, ensuite facilities? While some students may be comfortable with shared facilities, personal preferences do vary, and that is something that one must take into consideration before picking a student accommodation.
For the fitness conscious, access to fitness facilities may be a must. Accommodations with communal and social areas, sports facilities and open space are also ideal – not just for physical fitness, but for mental health, too!
Remember – your student accommodation is your home for at least a year – so pick only the best!