Living on Residence vs. Sharing House

One of the most important parts of coming to uni is figuring out where are we going to live. If you already happen to live in the area, you’re too lucky! But unfortunately, a good chunk of us have to leave home to come to university. Finding accommodation can be really stressful and confusing and we usually do not know what’s the best option to take. Living on residence or sharing a house? The decision is not too obvious. I’m hoping to make this decision a little bit easier with this post!

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University Residence

Residence is usually the go-to option for first year, international and exchange students, and living on residence has a lot of advantages! Waking up 10 minutes before class and still make it is one of the perks. I have lived in res during all of my time at uni and it has been the best time ever. Here are some of the aspects about living on campus.

Meeting lots of new people

One of the coolest aspects of living on res is meeting a ton of new people. You’ll be living with a lot of students and chances are that you will become friends very quickly! The social aspect is one of the highlights of living on res and I think it makes the transition into uni a whole lot easier.

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Social events and parties

Continuing on the social aspect, Accommodation Services is continuously running cool events for university residents! Sports tournaments, live bands and parties, there are plenty of things running so you never get bored. Also, most of these events involve free food! What could be better than that?

Also, parties and gatherings are happening on residence almost every weekend and some weekdays, so it’s really a lot of fun. Keep in mind that there are a lot of party animals in res and it can get a little bit noisy sometimes, so that may be an inconvenience for some.

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Facilities

Residence is equipped with cool facilities for you to use. Kitchen, bathrooms and laundry are there for when you need them. Also, all colleges have common areas with pool tables, ping pong and other entertainment for when you need to take a break. Chisholm College even has a cinema room! Also, cleaners come regularly every week to clean every floor and keep the common areas tidy.

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Price

One of the downsides is that residence tends to be a ¬†little bit pricey, and maybe you could find some cheaper options when looking to live off campus. But then again, when living on campus, you don’t have to deal with getting your own services as internet, water and electricity, as they are provided and included in your monthly rent. Also, commuting costs are off the equation as well.

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Shared House

Sharing a house is usually an option for people that have already started university and get a group of friend together to move in. Although, it is not unusual to find some first years living in a shared house.

Closer bond with friends

When you live on a house with a group of people, all of you will form a strong friendship. This doesn’t mean that you won’t want to kill each other from time to time though. But sharing many moments of the day with them will definitely bring you closer together, they’ll become your new family!

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Dealing with tenancy contracts and paperwork

One of the disadvantages of renting a house is having to deal with all the paperwork and contracts. Moving into residence is pretty straight forward. You just apply, accept your offer, pay your bond and you’re done. Moving into an actual house takes a little bit more of work and thought. You have to register the condition in which the house is, thoroughly read and fill up a contract, and stick to your contract until it ends.

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Getting and paying your own utilities

Another one of the aspects of getting you own house is getting the services and utilities for it. When searching for a place to rent, many house come with services included, but a lot of them don’t. This requires a little bit of research and budgeting to find the best options for you and your housemates. Also, depending on the group, getting to decide on even the smallest things can take forever. On top of that, many rooms and houses come unfurnished, so you may have to buy your own furniture.

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Becoming more independent

Dealing with all the aspects of renting your first house will give you a big sense of independence, you are finally a functioning adult (almost)! Besides, you have to learn how to rent and deal with a house eventually, so you might as well do it now. Also, you have the independence of people staying at your place if you want them to, which is a little bit difficult when you live at res.

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Usually cheaper than residence

When sharing the costs of a house, you’ll probably spend less than you would on residence. This of course depends on the size of the house you are getting, the suburb, how many people are sharing, and many other factors.

Finding the best option for accommodation can be difficult sometimes, so I hope this article can help you out in your decision. All the info on accommodation is available on the uni’s website. They have information about living on and off campus. They also have a database of shared houses that are near La Trobe, so that might help you narrow your choices! Whatever the option you choose, you’ll still have the best time at uni. Good luck with your house search and exams.! See you in another post!

Alejandro