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What I liked about my accommodation

In my first year of university, I lived in Grosvenor House, almost right in the middle of Exton Park (Parkgate Road). Grosvenor House is made up completely of studio rooms with their own kitchenettes in every room – which was one of the reasons I liked the place. Being lactose intolerant, having my own kitchen was one of the main things I was looking for considering types of accommodation, as I didn’t want to be limited to just university catering – just in case. As it turns out I didn’t really need to worry as everywhere I ate at the University that year had both food and drink options which didn’t include lactose. By the time I found this out, I was already living in Grosvenor and I personally didn’t see the point in moving, especially as I had already settled in. But at least I was able to do whatever I wanted with my own food!

Staying in Grosvenor House was also great because I had my own space. I didn’t have to worry about anyone else moving my stuff around or having a mini panic because I forgot where I left something, only to find that someone else has moved it. The rooms themselves in Grosvenor are lovely too. They’re nice and big with a wide window seat. My window happened to look out on to the football pitch – which was a great way to watch various games while also staying warm! And I even learned what Quidditch was from my window too (if you don’t know what the real game is, I suggest you watch at least one video or game of it – it’s good fun to watch, especially when they’re wearing fancy dress!).

Benefits of living on campus

I loved the idea of staying in University accommodation, especially for my first year – and looking back I’m still very glad I did! Being in the middle of campus made it so easy to get involved in loads of activities – sports clubs, societies, events put on at the bar and also just walking around and finding new things out about the University. It was from this wandering around that I ended up getting involved with the Chaplaincy and their baking group. I ended up making some great friends there, some of which I’m still in contact with.

Living on site also had the added benefit of being close to the library, to the gym and to the classrooms. Working out living in a new city, living away from home for the first time and trying to find my way around a new campus was all made so much easier because everything was in the same place. It also helps that Exton Park (Parkgate Road) is only a few minutes’ walk from Chester city centre, making it very easy to find your way round too.

My advice to you

If you’re looking at accommodation at university for the first time, one thing I would suggest is to take your time and really think about what you’d like. You’ll end up living there for about a whole year, no matter where it is or what type of accommodation it is, so it’s important that you like the place. That’s completely down to you though - everyone’s different and wants different things!

So, here are some tips I’ve got about how to choose which accommodation might be best for you:

  • If you like people around all the time, I would suggest you look at accommodation options with at least a shared kitchen.
  • If you prefer your own space or don’t want to share, then it sounds like a studio room is for you. 
  • All accommodation options have some form of social space, so there’s always somewhere to meet up, sit and chat with mates over a nice cuppa, no matter what type of accommodation you go for in the end

If you would like to find out more about the accommodation options available, we have an Accommodation Information Event on Tuesday 23rd March 4.30pm - 6pm on Microsoft Teams. You can book your place here


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