Halls, Student Housing
or Home?

Written by Callum P., Maddie and Marthe


Starting university can be really daunting and choosing where to live can be a bit of a dilemma. Don’t worry though, we’ve got it covered with our handy list of pros and cons when choosing to live in halls, a house, or commute from home.

 

Q and A

If you live just a hop, skip or bus ride away from Huddersfield then deciding whether to stay at home or move into halls can be a real dilemma. Take our fun quiz to find out which one suits you…

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1# DISTANCE

Distance

I need a lie in and it’s important that I can roll into lectures from my bed.

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2# FOOD

Food

I love to cook for myself and try new recipes

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3# LIFE SKILLS

Life Skills

I hate dirty clothes and actually quite like doing the washing!

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4# FACILITIES

Facilities

I need quick access to University facilities, especially the library and Students’ Union

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5# MONEY

Money

I like to keep on top of finances so I’m happy to pay rent and bills

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6# PERSONAL HABITS

Personal Habits

It won’t annoy me too much if other people leave dirty pots in the kitchen

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7# STUDY

Study

There are lots of distractions at home like my annoying sister!

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8# NIGHTS OUT

Nights Out

I don’t want to catch a taxi home after a night out in town

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9# ROOMATES

Roomates

I'm happy to move in with strangers - it's good meeting new people from different places

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10# EXPERIENCE

Experience

I don’t like to think that I might be missing out on something exciting going on

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YOUR RESULTS

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It sounds like you’re used to your creature comforts - maybe staying at home is more for you
Although you might miss your Sunday dinner, you’d be happy moving away or staying at home
You are definitely ready to take the plunge, meet new people and get involved - living away is for you

 

Living in halls

Pros

  • It’s a great way to meet new friends for life especially in your first year.
  • At Storthes Hall Park Student Village owned by DIGS. There are great onsite facilities such as a gym, launderette, mini market and even a bar called The Venue. They even host Freshers' events such as HudLive and Bonfire Night.
  • There is onsite maintenance to help make sure things go smoothly.
  • It’s really safe. Security and staff are onsite 24/7 to give you peace of mind.
  • It gives you a chance to grow up and gain independence. Managing your time, finances and meals are all now down to you.

Cons

  • Feeling homesick can be hard - but just remember friends and family are only a phone call away.
  • Having to tidy up after yourself and your flatmates!
  • Budgeting. Being able to blissfully throw money down the drain will be a thing of the past! Paying rent and buying food will now have to come before that new wardrobe.
  • Getting to know people by moving in with them can be tough and it may take some time to work out boundaries before you get into a routine that suits you.

Living at home

Pros

  • Food will always be available.
  • Family, friends and pets are always around so you’ll never feel homesick.
  • You can keep your part-time job you had before Uni.
  • You don’t have to worry about running a house as things like cooking, shopping and chores will be split between you and your family.
  • It's a lot cheaper than living in halls or a student house as your parents will most likely charge you a lot less in rent.

Cons

  • The commute to and from Uni can take a long time and it can mean getting up much earlier than your classmates, depending on where you live.
  • Getting hassled by your parents about study deadlines and being messy can be stressful, especially around exam times.
  • Living far away from the Library means it isn’t easy to pop in for a quick study session.
  • You won’t feel as independent as you would living on your own.
  • Unless you have a strong social circle at home you might feel a little isolated. Most people at Uni will be bonding with flatmates and are able to stay out late for a night out or society meeting without having to worry about finding a place to stay or getting the last train home.

Living in a student house

Pros

  • It gives you the feeling of home but you still have your own independence and freedom.
  • You have more freedom to choose where you want to live and get a chance at bagging the biggest bedroom.
  • You can throw parties and host events with more space than in halls.
  • You can make your own rules.

Cons

  • You have to budget for necessities like bills or the food shop.
  • Having to keep communal areas clean and tidy when your housemates are messy can be frustrating.
  • Being disturbed by your noisy housemate when you’ve got a deadline looming.
  • No 24/7 maintenance and security.

 

Want to find out more about accommodation at Huddersfield? Take a look at our student blogs here.

What do our students think?

Eleanor talks about the transition from living in student accommodation at Storthes Hall Park compared to living in private housing in the town. She talks about making friends at Storthes and all the great facilities for students living there.

Brandon is an international student from the USA. He chose to live in private accommodation just outside the town and talks about what Huddersfield has to offer, the friendly people as well as the benefits of walking to Uni every day!