Things to consider about accommodation after first year

In this blog I would like to give you an insight into how to choose the finest accommodation in Plymouth to meet all the requirements for an awesome student life after leaving halls.

Getting the right type of accommodation is so important as you will be spending time living here, studying here and most likely socialising here too. Fortunately Plymouth University has a variety of student halls to offer first year students. But if you’re going into your second year or simply prefer the idea of renting your own place, then read on....

Don’t leave it until the last minute!
There's more involved than you might think to organising your own place. It doesn't have to be stressful but you want to make sure you sort out all the paperwork, finances, any bills you might need to pay and acquire any furniture or pots and pans etc that are not included in your tenancy. Plus there are plenty of other things to sort out before you start your next year of university, hence the last thing you want to worry about is your accommodation.

How far away do you want to be from university?
Distance is a very important factor to consider when deciding on the location of your accommodation. It can be a struggle to wake up early in the morning and to leave yourself enough time to get to lectures. Public transport is available but on a student's budget walking is usually the preferred option. So when choosing a place check if it is within walking distance of the campus as it will save you a lot of money, effort and most importantly that sweet morning extra few hours’ in bed. 

Do you have a car?
If you are planning to take your car with you when moving into student accommodation, make sure you find out if there is a car park included or if you can get a permit to park on the street. As in most cities there is limited free parking n Plymouth and it is normally only for a couple of hours before you'll need to move your car.

Food Shopping! 
If you don’t have a car you need to think about things like if there is a good grocery store nearby. The last thing you want is to have no food in the fridge and realise it is a long walk to the nearest food shop. As a student you'll find there is lots to occupy your time so having easy access to food is essential when you want to grab a quick meal in-between lectures and an evening at the Student Union or Library if a deadline is looming!   

In other words, when it comes to location you probably want to stay central and as close to university as possible. The campus is located in the city centre where everything is accessible within a walking distance.

All in all, don't worry too much about finding the right place as there are loads to choose from, just give yourself enough time to find the perfect place for you.