Don’t let your university student accommodation take a back seat

With the known shortage of beds in university residences, and the debate around public and private partnerships to serve the needs of students, Respublica offers an alternative to ensure your child has the perfect place to stay when they kick off their 2017 academic year.

Matric pupils face tough choices from which tertiary institution to attend and selecting a faculty or degree – their choice of student accommodation should not create additional stress in the process.

Finding the perfect accommodation is vital as a student’s living environment plays a big role in the success of their studies.

According to Craig McMurray, CEO of Respublica, for many first years, this is their first experience living away from home. Students need to learn to manage their time, relationships and dedication to their studies without the supervision of their parents. For parents, knowing their children are safe and that their belongings are secure will put their minds at rest.

Don’t let preparing for tertiary education overwhelm you, Respublica offers these four tips to consider when selecting where to stay in 2017:

When do you start looking?
For peace of mind and to make sure you find something that is the right fit, it’s important to start looking early.

Location, location, location!
Close proximity to your campus or transport routes will save time and money – find something that allows you to walk or catch a short commute.

Value for money
A cheap find is not always a good find. A fully inclusive monthly rate means you know what you’re in for with no surprises at the end of the month. A clean, well-kept environment with water, electricity, Wi-Fi access and study facilities that are maintained by a professional may cost a little more but will ensure most expenses are accounted for.

Striking a balance
Choose a residence that has an active and involved student community. The perfect student environment ensures the best of university life, allowing students to feel that they’re part of a community. It’s also important that the chosen accommodation has quiet spaces for students to hit the books.

“It’s important to work with your child in finding their accommodation for when they’re at university. Ensure that their first home away from home contributes to academic success, and they’ll be all the happier if they feel like they’ve had a say in choosing it,” says McMurray.