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City Centre Living For Students

Posted last March 6, 2012, 10:24 am in Real Estate report article


When young adults move away from home to university, they often dream of living in the city centre, surrounded by bars, clubs and shops. In fact, when most students first go to university, distance from lecture theatres is rarely on their mind. Living in a city centre can be a brilliant opportunity as everything is on your doorstep, but it also has drawbacks. In some cities, such as Sheffield, there is more than one university and they are in different places. Sheffield Hallam University is mostly in the city centre while the University of Sheffield is a little bit further away. However, both are easily reachable from a city centre location.

One benefit of living in city student accommodation is that a student will have very good transport links. In Sheffield, the train station and the bus station are next to the Hallam university buildings and the University of Sheffield buildings are only a 20 minute walk away. There are also tram stops throughout the city centre which not only go to both campuses but also go to places like Meadowhall and Hillsborough so students can explore other areas of the city. Bus links to the city centre are also excellent and can take students to other towns such as Doncaster and Barnsley.

If students are looking for university accommodation where they can have a good nightlife, they should think carefully about where they want to live. While at first they may think it is a good idea to live on West Street in Sheffield because it is where all the clubs are, they will soon realise that these clubs are open almost every night to students and non-students alike. This means that even in exam periods it can be noisy until two or three o’clock in the morning. A better idea is to live slightly further back from the main nightclub district so it is still within walking distance but you can’t hear the noise every night.

In Sheffield, many students tend to live in the Crookesmoor or Ecclesall Road areas. While these are not directly in the city centre, both areas have their own extensive high street with supermarkets, butchers, bakeries and anything else you could need, meaning you do not have to go into city centre every day. Both areas are at most half an hour away from university buildings, depending on where you live, and are predominantly student areas. Both areas have pubs, cafes and restaurants that are usually much cheaper than in the city centre because they are slightly further out.

Some people adore living in the city centre and want the noise that it brings. Some places in the city centre won’t be noisy all the time but will give students a chance to experience living in an urban setting. When choosing University City accommodation, make sure you ask previous tenants or neighbours about the noise before you decide if it’s right for you.

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