8 Brilliant Tips to Ensure Student
Accommodation Placement in 2021
Student accommodation is big
business, but South Africa has a major shortage of university campus beds,
which has left many vulnerable youngsters homeless. Every year, thousands of students
flock to the big cities, like Pretoria and Johannesburg, to start their
education. Although there has been a significant increase in purpose-built student
accommodation, South Africa is very much behind the curve in terms of
supply versus demand. This year, thousands of applicants were once again left
homeless, forcing them to take shelter on friend’s couches or along the
corridors of university dormitories. To ensure this does not happen to you next
year, follow these useful tips.
- Start your search NOW! While
budget is often the master of choices, if you want to secure affordable student
accommodation in an area close to campus, you need to start your search
- Think about the convenience of location: Accommodation
should be within walking distance to the university campus, the local gym,
supermarket, and nightlife.
- Security is non-negotiable: It makes no difference where you live because crime is
everywhere. Whereas many high-end residences throughout Pretoria and
Johannesburg have excellent security in place, there are just as many that do
not. To ensure you and your possessions are safe, only shortlist places
equipped with burglar bars, security gates, electric fencing, CCTV cameras and
access control. You will sleep better at night – and so will your parents.
- Friendly and approachable staff: Your
house mother and resident staff can make a big difference to your stay. Your
parents will not be around, which means you will need someone to talk to when
there’s an issue on the property. Meet the house mother and any other staff on
the property and get some feedback from students about them.
- Entertainment and laundry facilities: Communal
areas are a great way to socialise and make new friends. Which is why the best
accommodation types are those that have a communal entertainment area, TV
lounge, communal kitchen, and laundry facilities.
- Furnished bedrooms: This will
be your home for the rest of the year, so it needs to be furnished with the basics
such as a bed, cupboards, study desk and chair. All you should bring is your
linen, lamp, and any additional home comforts that make you feel at home.
- Cleaning and regular maintenance: Many student
lodges include cleaning and maintenance services built into the monthly rental.
Do not overlook these.
- Wi-Fi is non-negotiable: A strong,
reliable Internet connection is essential as this can save you thousands of rands
each year in data.
At Varsity Lodge, we know all
about the struggles of finding the right place to sleep, study, and live. With
over 60 000 university enrolments each year throughout South Africa and with
only half that amount of beds available, getting a bed isnot guaranteed.
But if you start your search now, you will have the option of many high-end student
properties that are clean, well-maintained and within budget, like Varsity
Accommodation is limited, so
contact us immediately.