At Exeter, there are numerous types of accommodation available. For first years, most students choose to go for university halls: catered or self-catered. For second and third year students, it’s more common to live in a shared house or live in private student accommodation. Private accommodation includes: The Printworks, Unite Students (Northernhay, Northfield, and Trust House), Fresh Student Living (Cricket Field, Queen Street Studios), and so on. Such halls offer different types of rooms: en-suite rooms, studios, and flats. As I am currently living in a studio, this post will focus on what it’s like to live in a studio!
I decided to move into a studio in my second year for more independent living. I’m the type of person who enjoys their personal space, so a studio was perfect for me. There are different types of studios -some more premium than others, so make sure you take the time to find the one that suits you best. Studios are quite pricey, so it’s important to make sure you will enjoy the studio experience.
Since we all have different preferences, I have listed some questions that you should ask yourself if you are considering living in a studio:
Do I enjoy cooking?
Okay, you don’t have to enjoy cooking, but I think it’s really important to at least be able to cook if you live in a studio. As you will be the only person in your studio, it means you’ll be the one responsible for cooking! Unlike shared accommodation, you won’t be able to depend on flatmates to cook for you. If you don’t enjoy cooking, a studio might not be the best option for you.
Do I clean up after myself?
As with cooking, you will be responsible for cleaning your studio. Unlike your first year in halls, you may not have a cleaner who will come in to clean the kitchen for you. This is why you have to be responsible enough to ensure you will clean up after yourself.
How much personal space do I need?
One of the reasons why I chose to live in a studio is because I enjoy having personal space! I’m not saying you won’t have that in an en-suite room with a shared kitchen, but living in a studio really lets you take as much space as you want. Cooking is far more enjoyable for me now, as I’m able to use the entire kitchen for myself, instead of using a limited shared space.
Pros and Cons of Studio living
For more information, see the private housing for students webpage. Under the ‘private accommodation options’ tab, you will find information about the different types of purpose-built private halls, with links to the largest providers in Exeter.