STUDENTS REPORT BETTER WELLBEING IN PBSAs

11 Sep 2019 | Student Advice, Wellbeing

Gone are the days of just thinking only about the distance between your accommodation and your lectures. While many people continue to opt for University halls, the last few years have seen an increased demand for purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA).

Life as a student is full of options, opportunities and choices. While some decisions are simple, others can have big impacts on our health and wellbeing without us even realising. One of the first decisions you are faced with as a student is where you should live. Research has shown that “those living in PBSA in their first year are almost twice as likely to be ‘very satisfied’ with their physical health (60%) than those living in halls (32%). In addition, they are 26% more likely to achieve top grades than those living in halls of residence, and 15% more likely than those living at home.”, (Michael Lloyd, Mortgage Introducer). With this in mind PBSAs seem to be the way forward. University halls will always provide the basics, but do students need more than a bed and an age-old shower to succeed?

When picking accommodation, whether this is University halls or a PBSA, you need to consider what makes you happy. Are you able to focus with slow internet? Do you like having a gym nearby? Do you need assigned working spaces? How much do you like organised events? There is so much more to think about than whether the room has a double bed or an ensuite bathroom. Living in student accommodation is like no other experience. It is messy, loud and eventful, making it important to consider what living situation would best suit you and help you to combat the stresses of exam week.

Having not had the greatest experience in University halls myself, looking at every inch of your life and how it will fit into your accommodation will save you a lot of heartache longterm This might seem like an overkill now, but your accommodation will become much more than where you store your food and sleep at night. It will be the place you study, socialise and destress after a bad day. I’m confident that by finding the most suitable setting for you during times of stress, you will also find the best setting for you during times of enjoyment.

By Rebecca Hodson

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