You know how in high school sometimes you wished you could start all over again? Sometimes you might have felt an overwhelming urge just to change everything- what you wear, who you talk to and how you act. Except you couldn’t because everyone at your school had seen you fumble your way through puberty, first kisses and failed exams and there was no escaping it. That’s where living on campus at uni comes in. Moving for uni gives you the do-over you need and you can finally start fresh with new people in a new place. It’s also a super important factor to consider when choosing a uni, so make sure you grab this guide so you can sus out what uni is going to give you the campus options you need.

1. New friends

While you may keep some of your mates from high school, starting uni is the perfect way to make some solid friends with people who are doing the same thing as you. Especially if you’re living on campus, you’re going to be able to find a heap of new people who will understand exactly what you’re going through with the added benefit of being so close to each other. Uni friends are the people who will stick around for the long haul and they’re going to want to be friends with you for you– not the person you were when you first started high school.

2. Try new things

Not only are you going to be able to go to a heap of on campus events but you’ll be able to sus out what clubs and societies work for you. You’ll get to try new things, some that you might not have even considered before, and find what you like. Plus, once you decide on something you want to do, you’ll be able to get involved as much as you want.

3. Better study habits

How many times have you promised yourself that this year was going to be your year as a student? You started the term with grand plans of binders full of colour coded notes, keeping on top of your study and starting assignments early only to have it all come crashing down by week 2. Living on campus gives you the chance to change all this for good. You’ll have easy access to facilities like the library and study spaces and be able to take full advantage of any study services the uni offers. Plus, you’ll be nice and close to your classrooms which means you’ll have a better chance of actually going to them. You’ll be able to roll out of bed at 8:45am for a 9am lecture while everyone else has been up since 6am.

4. Build a solid support network

Commuting to uni can be pretty isolating- especially if you’re travelling for hours on public transport and can’t seem to find anyone in your classes who lives even remotely near you. It also means that being able to use services like counsellors or chatting to tutors can be difficult because you’re constantly thinking of train time tables or traffic. Living on campus means you can avoid all this and build a solid support network around you- especially if you didn’t have one in high school.

Student accommodation and the option to live on campus is a super important factor when picking a uni. Our mates at the University of Canberra know that trying to weigh up all your options and all the opportunities from different universities can get super confusing, so they’ve made a guide to help you out. Basically, it tells you what you need to look for in a uni to make sure it’s right for you and includes a handy checklist so it’s literally a case of picking your faves and comparing them. It’s definitely worth a look at, so grab it here.

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