10 Things You Need To Know Before Living In Private Halls In Glasgow
If you’re thinking about staying in private halls whilst at university in Glasgow, consider the following…
1. The majority of them are swanky af.
Double rooms are standard, with walk-in shower rooms, deep baths, and fabulous kitchens. It’s pure heaven.
2. Whereas some are not.
The pictures on the website look great until you actually go and view it. The surrounding area is horrible, it permanently smells… You might be getting a bigger room, but at what cost? Remember to always go and see the room before you put down a deposit!
3. They’re super expensive.
It’s no secret that uni halls are priced high, but you can expect to pay even more by going private. Your average uni halls at Glasgow Caledonian University cost around £100 per week compared to a possible starting point of at least £125 for a room in private student accommodation. And that isn’t even including the additional pricing of laundry or other features!
Right so I'm in private halls paying shit loads of money to live here, yet I have to pay to wash my clothes? 😒
— Jodie Danielle Smith (@Jodie_Daniellee) September 29, 2013
4. Meaning you won’t have as much of your SAAS left to spend on other things.
Like takeaways or clothes or partying.
can i buy alcohol? yes im legal
will i buy alcohol? no im a poor student
— bee gurl (@cathhmorrison) November 26, 2016
5. There may be some travelling involved.
Unless they’re exclusive to a particular university, private accommodation is often nowhere near your campus. One of the only plus sides is that there will always be good transport links to get you there. But who really wants to give up even more of that sweet SAAS money to the bus company? I sure as hell don’t.
— Sarah Watt (@SarrWx) October 10, 2013
6. Variety is the spice of life.
Because most private halls are open to anyone, you’ll be living with people from different years, universities, and countries. Unlike uni halls, who try to bunch students from the same year together so they’re more likely to have things in common with each other, you could end up living with anyone. Overall though, you’re likely to end up with a diverse group of friends.
7. However, this means a fresher could get grouped with a postgraduate student.
This doesn’t always work out well, especially if the postgrad doesn’t go out as much because of their workload compared to an undergrad. They’ll often shout at you for coming home drunk or screaming loudly. Things can get awkward…
8. You could be lucky enough to have access to a gym.
A lot of private halls have their own gyms that are completely free for all inhabitants. You’ll end up saving some bucks and have absolutely no excuse not to get fit. Win-win.
9. And maybe even a mini cinema room.
For instance, I lived in Newton House on Sauchiehall Street that had its own cinema room. It obviously isn’t like a real cinema, but you can plug your laptop into the projector and watch whatever you like. All you need to do is stream the latest blockbuster and you’ll feel like Kim and Kanye in their mansion, watching movies that haven’t even been released yet. No paparazzi, please.
10. At the end of the day, the final decision is completely yours.
If you’re looking for total luxury, private halls are for you. If you’re interested in making as many friends as you can and just having a good time, then university halls of residence would be more up your alley. A word of advice from myself to all students moving away from home for the first time – try uni halls in first year! If you end up making a great group of mates, you can all move in to a student house or private halls. But if you feel like you haven’t gotten to know your uni halls flatmates that well, you can always try again in private halls the following year. Good luck out there!