Posted in: Student BlogFebruary 26, 2016 9:02 am
While many young people who go away to university choose to live in student areas once they move into their second year and beyond, an increasing number are now opting to live within the city centre.
In a lot of cities, student areas are made up of terraced houses with varying standards of living to be found inside.
The clichéd vision of a student home is of a shared house that is somewhat grotty, with tattered carpets, unpredictable appliances and the occasional mould problem.
Whereas students who are choosing to live in apartments in the centres of Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester are instead being greeted with far more appealing, yet still affordable living quarters.
Based within buildings that often come with luxury extras such as a concierge, gym and parking, city centre flats are available in sizes to suit individuals, couples, or even groups as in traditional house shares.
With double glazing and insulation as standard within these apartment complexes, coupled with mod-cons such as power showers, there are considerable savings to be made on energy bills.
You may choose to spend the money you save on student essentials such as broadband, or even invest in satellite TV.
Many city centre apartments offered by agents such as City Living Leeds Estate Agents even come furnished with flat screen televisions – perfect for watching those educational programmes (or sporting events).
Another perk common to flats and apartments is that many come with the use of a private balcony, some with excellent views out over the city.
A balcony is a great addition in any flat or apartment and for students they serve as an excellent spot to unwind after a hard day of study in the library.
Aside from the aesthetic benefits of living in up-to-date modern accommodation, there are a huge range of advantages to living in the heart of a city. Where university campuses are based near or in the city centre, students can make substantial savings on travels costs.
With no need to invest in a bus pass to get to the library or the shops cash can instead be saved for nights out.
By living in the hub of the cities bars, clubs and restaurants you will also cut back on money spent on taxis after those nights out too.
In addition to saving money, students can also save time – grabbing valuable extra moments in bed.
Living in the midst of a city also gives a great base for exploration and enjoyment of the culture and community around you.
Unlike student areas which often give a ‘bubble’ type experience of living in a city, residing in the heart of a city will give you much more of a hands on opportunity to take in what the city has to offer.
Art galleries, museums, shops, music venues and cinemas all tend to be situated around the core area of development, giving you plenty of activities right on your doorstep.
In turn, living near these commodities will also provide a wealth of opportunities for part time employment.
Finally, although students usually relish the time they spend in their university cities, sometimes it’s important to know you can head home quickly and easily should you need to.
With transport links such as coach stations and train stations situated at the heart of cities, city living allows for quick transport links for both students and their potential visitors alike.
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