Differences Between PBSA and On-campus Accommodation

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Radwa Ragab

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30 April, 2021

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Going to college is going to be one of the most transformational experiences in your life. It can be the most exciting time in your life or the most stressful. During this transition, you will discover what true independence is; there’s no more pocket money from dad nor breakfast prepared by mom. It is a bit scary, but with the right preparation and planning, your studies at your new university will become a walk in the park!

One of the most important decisions you will have to make is choosing a student accommodation. Choose from either on-campus or off-campus accommodation options. Each option has its pros and cons, and we are here to help weigh up your options and make an informed decision.

If you’re a first-year student, your university could prioritize your stay at their on-campus university halls; ask around for the application rules.

What are the Differences Between On-Campus and off-Campus Accommodation?

1. Location 

     On-Campus student accommodation is located on the university campus; therefore, you will be living with other university colleagues sharing a particular chapter of your life with others in the same situation. On the other hand, Purpose-built student accommodation are located near the university but not on-campus. Most of them are close to transport links that ease transportation to and from university.

2. Facilities 

Both on-campus accommodation and PBSAs have pretty much the same facilities and services, including the on-site accommodation teams, laundry facilities, fitness centers, high-speed Wi-Fi, and much more. In addition to that, Some PBSAs offer game areas and cinemas which are rarely found on campus. 

3. Social Life

If you are a social butterfly, on-campus accommodation is less private with very little means of escaping people as they are surrounded by campus facilities, colleagues, and professors. On the other hand, If you're a quiet person who needs space and privacy, PBSAs are a good option for you as you can choose a quiet neighbourhood to live in. 

4. Rules

Both PBSAs and On-campus accommodation have their own set of rules. PBSAs usually have rules set by the company managing and on-campus accommodation usually follow the university rules and regulations. Generally, PBSAs are known to have more freedom than on-campus accommodation. Most campuses have policies that dictate behaviour in on-campus housing. Most schools regulate things like visitors and furnishings. Also, university rules vary from one to another and can be more conservative at private or religious universities. 

5. Affordability 

Generally, many people seem to believe that off-campus accommodation is more expensive than on-campus; however, PBSA rates differ according to the facilities provided and there are both expensive and affordable options. Moreover, many on-campus accommodation only accept semester payments while some PBSAs allow monthly payments.

6. Summer Stays

Many on-campus accommodation close during the summer and holidays, which means students who wish to continue in the country will need to make other arrangements during those times. On the other hand, off-campus allows students to stay the whole year. 

Whether you choose to live in on-campus halls or private accommodation, try to participate in the housing open days before moving in. Before making a decision, carefully investigate the costs and advantages of every option. 

Don’t forget to book your student accommodation with Casita. Best of luck! 


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