The year is almost over, which means it’s time to focus on 2021. Like many students throughout South Africa, you will leave home to move closer to your university of choice. If you’re like most young South Africans, it’s your first time moving out of home, so you want to make sure you choose quality accommodation. Here’s how to choose the right digs for you.
One of the most important things that you need to consider when choosing accommodation for students is the location. However, rentals are high in many popular neighbourhoods, forcing many students to find cheaper accommodation miles away from campus. As a result, this can cost students more money down the line in travel costs. If you want to avoid public transport, you need a spot that’s close to campus and student restaurants and nightlife. Simply put; paying a little extra means less time on the road, and more time spent on your studies.
Over the past few years, South Africa’s crime rate has escalated, provoking the need for indoor and outdoor cameras, electric fencing, and panic alarms. Today, it’s rare to find a student apartment building in Gauteng without a security system. If you want to ensure your safety, choose a residence that has 24-hour security, CCTV cameras, and even fingerprint access for students.
If you’re looking for good value for money, look for residences that provide dormitory-style rooms, single rooms, and en-suite rooms, furnished with a bed, cupboard, study desk, and chair. All you should bring is your bedside lamp, linen, bar fridge (optional), and all your essentials. Also, quality student lodging will have furnished communal areas with chairs and tables for entertaining visitors. There should also be a spacious kitchen and an entertainment area with a flat-screen and satellite for entertainment. Bonus Tip: laundry facilities will save you a fortune in time and money, and Wi-Fi is essential these days, so include both in your monthly rental.
Playing a big role in your studies, your choice of accommodation will either benefit your education or harm it, so make sure you choose wisely. For more advice and tips on student living or for information on our several properties for students in Johannesburg and Pretoria, chat with us now.