There’s nothing more exciting than getting the grades you need and getting into the university of your dreams. The only thing you have to worry about now is studying hard to get through your degree – oh, and making the move into your new student accommodation!
We all know moving is one of the most stressful experiences, no matter how many times you do so. So there’s nothing more helpful than being as prepared as possible to reduce the stress and anxiety involved. That’s why we’ve developed this checklist for moving into your new student accommodation. We hope it’ll make the transition a seamless one!
Student accommodation: know what expenses you need to cover
A budget is a super helpful tool to set up before choosing your student accomodation. Make time to sit down and go over all needed expenses such as how much you need to spend on groceries, travel, textbooks, any medical expenses, and other essentials. Compare these costs to how much money you have to spend, whether you’re receiving an income or form of financial support, and see how much you have left to afford on accommodation. This will help you narrow down your options and ensure you make the right choice for you.
Remember, you’ll also need to consider electricity, gas, and internet expenses, but most student accommodation includes at least some if not all of these in rental costs, so explore these options where possible. Most importantly, try to give yourself some wiggle room in terms of your budget. That way, if any surprises come up, you won’t be thrown into the deep end.
Student accommodation: explore the on-site facilities
When looking for the perfect accommodation for you, it’s a good idea to explore all the on-site facilities available to help you make the right choice. Things like transportation access, all-inclusive bills, insurance, Wi-Fi access, security, laundry facilities, on-site maintenance, communal spaces, study spaces and, if you’re interested, the fitness facilities, will all help you in choosing the perfect place. It’ll also help you with your budget to get an idea on what exactly you have on offer. For example, if the laundry facilities at the student accommodation you’re looking at are coin-operated, you’ll need to work out whether your budget can support that or if you need to look for a location with free laundry services. It’s a great idea to look for accommodation options that will cut as many costs as possible.
Student accommodation: get to know your local area
Outside of budget and facilities, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the local area surrounding your potential student accommodation. We’re not just talking about transport hubs or grocery stores either. Look into nearby parks, for study or downtime, bars, restaurants, and even libraries that might aid in your research assignments. Look into how safe the area is and where the nearest emergency services are located. Get a general grasp of what the area will have to offer and how you’ll be able to best spend your days. It’ll help make your transition an easy one, as well as help you narrow down your options.
Student accommodation: optimise your space to focus on your studies
The most important part of your student accommodation is making sure it’s best suited to your studies. Most student accommodation offers ample study space, but it’s also about making sure the environment itself is perfect for focusing.
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Here are 10 ways to optimise your space, to give you an idea of what to look for and how to make the most of your accommodation:
- Find privacy and space. Your brain needs to concentrate to learn and interruptions/distractions will disturb this. Look for a place you can fly solo, opt for noise-cancelling headphones, or even look into your local library.
- Lose your phone. If you must use it, switch off notifications and consider using a focus app.
- Use functional lighting. Visual light levels actually affect your brain-wave patterns. Natural lighting is best, but a well lit room is perfect for keeping you alert and productive during those evening study sessions.
- Clear your vision. Cluttered workplace = cluttered mind. Only keep the essentials at your desk to reduce visual distraction and encourage concentration.
- Get some air flow. Fresh air is great for alertness and calm, so let it all in! If you can’t, studying outdoors on occasion or in a more open space can help improve your mindset.
- Consider ergonomics. Aches and pains do not make study easier and can easily distract you from your work. Good posture can actually improve cognitive performance so don’t overlook this factor – create a comfortable, sustainable place for your body’s needs and it’ll return the favour.
- Colour matters! Colour theory can actually guide your mental state. Red increases energy, blue keeps you calm, yellow will stimulate your mind and you can even wear orange whilst writing essays as it can help you communicate and express yourself!