“Co-living” is a buzzword that has been thrown around quite a bit in recent times, but what does it mean exactly?
Is this something that university students who are trying to figure out their housing situation can consider? In this article we try to explain a little bit about what co-living means, and why it’s increasingly becoming a coveted option for postgraduate students.
Perfect blend of privacy and community
Co-living spaces are accommodation that typically allow tenants access to private spaces as well as shared coworking spaces and planned group leisure activities. While you can opt for a private bedroom with an attached bathroom, you typically also have access to designated co-working spaces, game and movie rooms, gyms and a variety of other amenities. If you’re a postgraduate student, you’ve had the university experience at least once before. This time around, you may want to have more space to yourself, but not give up social activities entirely. A co-living set-up provides more of a balance between having to yourself to focus on your academic work, while ensuring you don’t miss out on interacting with your fellow students. In fact, student accommodation provider Fresh offers the perfect type of living experience for those interested in this concept.
How’s a co-living space different from a student dormitory?
Co-living is often considered a step-up from the traditional concept of dormitories because social activities are a built-in and are key aspect of the co-living experience – this enables the students to make the most out of their free time. This means that there are plenty of scheduled leisure activities planned regularly that you can dip in and out of depending on your interests. It’s also a safe and secure environment to make new friends, especially if you’re studying in a new city or an entirely new country. People who join co-living spaces usually sign up with the desire to meet new people, so you can rest assured that you’re going to meet like-minded people and maybe make some close friends along the way.
Extra facilities and services
Some student living spaces – such as the accommodation offered by Fresh – even include cleaning services as part of your package, so you can always come back to a tidy flat after a long day of lectures and seminars. Plus, with accommodation providers Fresh, there are other benefits for example, you won’t need to sign up for insurance for your belongings, as it’s all covered in the rent!
Ever ready mental well-being support
Being accepted into a graduate program is no easy feat, but staying the course can be even harder. For many postgraduate students, the journey in academia is a challenge and a little extra support can go a long way to helping look after mental health and wellbeing. Student accommodation spaces like Fresh have dedicated mentors and programmes to help students manage their emotional well-being, to ensure you don’t get too bogged down by life’s challenges. If you're an international student especially, it is really comforting to know that you have people who are looking out for you even when you’re a long way from home.
A financially savvier option
Co-living accommodation typically come almost-fully furnished and allow tenants flexible lease terms that can be hard to come by with regular private renting. This makes it an attractive option for students who may be considering taking a “study-cation” abroad, while they write their dissertations and who don’t want to be tied down by a long-term housing contract. Also, an all-inclusive one-stop bill payment option will allow students to plan and budget right at the start of the month, which is a great way to alleviate financial stress.
How do I choose a co-living space provider?
By this point in the article, co-living certainly sounds like a viable option, which begs the question: how do you go about finding a suitable co-living space? As with any other type of student housing, It’s important to find a trustworthy provider so that your living situation doesn’t become another worry on top of your coursework. That’s why it’s key to go with a reputable organisation like Fresh, who has strong tie-ups with established insurance and telecommunication vendors, so that you never have to worry about things like safety or WIFI when you move into a co-living space. It’s also key to check if a co-living space has been accredited by any governing bodies that monitors student accommodation providers.
If you want a comfortable and secure living space and the chance to build a strong community, co-living is an option to consider. Take the necessary steps to ensure you’ve signed up with a reliable provider, so that you can focus on the rest of your postgraduate life without a worry.
Fresh is one of many potential private accommodation options for international postgraduate students. Other private student accommodation options are available and Postgrad.com advises you to research all your options thoroughly before making such a commitment. Postgrad Solutions accepts no responsibility for your choice of student accommodation and does not endorse or support Fresh. Fresh Student Living Ltd is registered in England and Wales under company number 07268209. The VAT number is 142920528.
Writer: Alisa Maya is a graduate student at the UCL Institute of Education.
She is passionate about improving learning experiences for all through EdTech.
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