Why students prefer off-campus accommodation 

February 25, 2021

What’s the best place for a university student to live?

Why students prefer off-campus accommodation

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. Many students enjoy the convenience of living on their university’s campus, in student dorms. Some prefer the privacy of a private home, away from their fellow students.

There is a third way. It’s an option many students prefer because it balances privacy and comfort with sociability and convenience. Off-site accommodation especially designed for students is the best of both worlds.

Here’s why.

The rules are there are no rules

Ok that’s not strictly true. Any well-run residence will have rules designed to enhance residents’ privacy and safety and to keep facilities in tip-top shape.

Being treated like a boarding school student, with the strict regulations governing on-campus residences will not be everyone’s cup of tea. You will have more independence when you choose off-site accommodation.

Meet students from other universities

On-campus living is a nice opportunity to meet new people. But you’re limited to just the people on your campus. If you live in off-campus student accommodation in a big city, chances are you’ll meet students from various backgrounds, who go to different universities, and who study a range of subjects. It’s an excellent way to broaden your horizons.

A kitchen of your own 

Do you want to eat campus cafeteria food for four years? A nice kitchen of your own will let you recreate your favourite meals from back home and learn new cooking skills. If you choose to live with flatmates, you can prepare the food you really enjoy, without breaking the bank at restaurants.

And while we’re at it, a nice clean private bathroom is nothing to sneeze at, either.

Privacy and fun 

When you’re on campus, you’re never really alone (unless you find a good hiding place in the rare books section of the library).

That’s not a bad thing. University is a sociable time. But it’s nice to have a private space to retreat to when you want to chill on your own.

At the same time, living in a private home or flat can get lonely. It’s one reason residential communities designed specifically for students are so appealing. You can hang out in the common rooms or set up a study session in the work centres.

Choose your ideal neighbourhood

Just because you study on campus doesn’t mean you have to live there. Living off-campus, you get to choose a neighbourhood that suits your lifestyle.

All things being equal, you’ll probably want to be reasonably close to campus. Why add extra time to your commute if you don’t need to? But many students also like to live right by restaurants, cafes, bars and other urban conveniences.

The hottest student address in Pretoria

The Fields student accommodation is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to live off-campus, in the heart of Hatfield. Situated close to the University of Pretoria campus, The Fields is optimally positioned for work and play.

Choose from a range of rooms to suit every student’s taste, from bachelor apartments to three bedroom flats. You even have a choice between furnished and unfurnished apartments.

You get a modern kitchen, private bathroom, uncapped free WiFi and space to socialise. Find out why more students are choosing The Fields.

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