So you’re going to be studying in Pretoria in 2021. Time to learn and grow your mind. Oh, and party like only a student can. But you’re going to need a place to live. And you want it to be good. Choosing the right student accommodation can make or break your university experience.
We’ve drawn up some key tips to help you choose the finest student accommodation that Pretoria has to offer.
Sounds a bit basic? After all, good internet is nice to have, but is it essential? If you’re a student, consistent internet access is no trivial matter. You’re going to be away from home, so you’ll want to stay in touch with family and friends outside of Pretoria. Then there’s your academic work.
Good WiFi is crucial for your research and for submitting assignments on time. You definitely don’t want your academics to suffer just because you live in a place with dodgy internet.
Being a student is books, lab work and crunching numbers But let’s not kid, it’s also partying and meeting new people. It’s a time when many students make friends for life. Finding the right balance isn’t always easy. You need student accommodation that gives you privacy and a space to work and think or just chill out when you need to.
But you don’t want to be isolated. The social element is one of the most important parts of your student years. Keep an eye out for student accommodation that offers welcoming communal spaces and access to the places your fellow students hang out – but that also offers you a secure space to focus on your studies.
Pretoria is a big place. As a student, convenient access to campus is going to make your life a whole lot easier (especially if you are relying on public transport). Ideally, you’ll want easy access to shops, restaurants and places to socialise. When you’re a student, being able to take a short stroll to the party can be a game changer. Don’t settle for a residence halfway across town. It may not seem like a big deal at first, but it will come to seem like a drag over time. You’re going to want to be where the action is.
No need to be paranoid, but when you’re living in a big South African city like Pretoria, security is not a factor you should ignore. No one wants the stress of a stolen laptop in the middle of exams. Make sure there are good basic security measures in place. Features like CCTV and secure access protocols will give you added peace of mind.
Consider this scenario: You move into your shiny new student accommodation. Everything looks great. It’s neat and secure and your neighbours are friendly. But you notice a couple of minor problems. After a heavy storm, you notice a small leak. The hallway light flickers.
The communal fridge has stopped working. No big deal, you’ll just wait for the management team to quickly sort everything out. Except they don’t … and soon minor inconveniences turn into major issues. You want to ensure the building is managed and serviced by a reputable firm, with a proven track record.
Otherwise you might find you don’t get what you thought you signed up for.
The Fields is an exciting student accommodation development situated in Hatfield, Pretoria. Backed by City Property, one of South Africa’s most trusted property developers, The Fields is perfectly located, providing students with safe and convenient living space – and a great vibe.
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