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Student Housing | Help / Advice needed

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Not too long ago I got accepted into the Roosevelt Academy (http://www.roac.nl), which is a new and prestigious university in Middelburg, capital of the Dutch province of Zeeland. The city itself is really old and population is not dense whatsoever. Roosevelt Academy opened its doors for students just one year ago, which means I will be part of the second draft ever. It is the only educational institution in the city for students, meaning that student life, stores and what not have yet to be established or are currently being established.

So here I am, having to decide on what housing I want. The Academy itself provides the rooms for students, which means you don't have to go looking yourself. This is of course a major plus. But right now I find myself not sure of what option of housing I want to choose.

These are the four options I have to choose from (before July 1st!):

1. Student home for 10 people. This is a large student home with two bathrooms.
Advantages: I become more socially involved (I am rather introvert and not much of a people's person; living in this house means I will have to deal with people more frequently which is good for my people's skills), having other students around is a stimulus (I won't be tempted too easily to go do other things when other people are working hard). Within walking distance (+- 5 to 10 minutes) of the university and most other important buildings and facilities within the city. Microwave and fridge are provided. Cleaning service is included in the costs, meaning I only have to cleam my own room + kitchen and not the common area and bathroom.
Disadvantages: Many people so naturally it's rather noisy and crowded. And with many people there, the chance is bigger that you are put in a home with someone you really really can't stand (but also a bigger chance of finding a friend for life, I guess). Little space per person in the fridge. Have to share the kitchen and sanitary facilities with way too many people. No rent allowance possible.

2. Student home for 16 people. Located in the same street as the home for 10 people, but it has three bathrooms and naturally is more crowded and noisy, but also more people to bond with. Same advantages and disadvantages apply.

3. Single-room apartment in a former old people's home. Right now, the building consists of student units and rooms for elderly people who still live there.
Advantages: Rent allowance possible. It's nice and quiet. Everything in walking distance as well, though I think this building is slightly farther away than the other location.
Disadvantages: No stimulus from other students whatsoever, the likelihood of being isolated and not doing what you are expected to do (i.e. doing things like watching tv or chatting rather than doing assignments etc.). I have pretty much ruled this option out, cause I really don't think it will do me any good.

4. Twin-room apartment in the old people's home as well.
Advantages: If you get along with the other person, you can have a great time there. It's nice and quiet and you can support each other, plus split costs and household chores. Rent allowance possible, making this option considerably cheaper than options 1 and 2.
Disadvantages: No cleaning service included. If you don't get along with the other person, you are stuck there and have no one else to fall back on or to get along with. No fridge, microwave or other stuff provided, meaning this will have to be bought (costs can be split obviously). There is a risk of still becoming isolated from the group.

To be honest, I am currently focusing only on the student home for ten people and the twin-room apartment. I am really stuck right now though and I was hoping that maybe some of you could give me your penny's worth, personal experiences and advice.

And yes, I know I have to make up my mind myself, but I just want to know if I am forgetting certain sides to the story and if people talk from their own experiences, that definitely helps.

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The home in option 1 and 2:








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go for option 1

10 ppl, 2 bathrooms = 5 ppl a bathroom
16 ppl, 3 bathrooms = 5.33 ppl a bathroom

so that makes 1 better than 2

and you need the ppl skills!
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Personally I think I would go for option 3, but that's my social inadequacy. If you really want the people's skills, I think it's best to go for option 1. I can't top Mandy's brilliant analysis on that one.
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I'd choose 1 or 2. One of the best aspects of university is the social aspects. So don't isolate yourself. This year I stayed in a building with 170 people, you'd think the noise wouldn't be bearable but it's really not that bad.
Definitely not 3 and 4 could be risky if you don't get along with that person.

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In the first year you should get socially involved - the quiet time to study and get through follows afterwards and then you made your friends (and therefore social support system) already.

I'd take option 1.

But wait - what about the internet options to keep you on the board? Maybe just the old fellas got wireless ... than you need to rethink the logic above.
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4 sounds like a terrible idea. It's farther away (maybe), you still have to share your space, and if you don't like the person, it will be hard to escape them. I would go with 1 or 3. It sounds like 1 is the best choice for you.
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In the first year you should get socially involved - the quiet time to study and get through follows afterwards and then you made your friends (and therefore social support system) already.

I'd take option 1.

But wait - what about the internet options to keep you on the board? Maybe just the old fellas got wireless ... than you need to rethink the logic above.


The costs for both locations includes internet costs, so I guess I can access the board But I will be sure to focus on my studies and will cut the time I spend here drastically I also intend on being active when it comes to extracurricular activities: I hope to be part of the university's student magazine committee, set up something like a tennis team or whatever and maybe be part of the debating committee as well.

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I lived in my student flats for my first term. It was lots of fun and my flatmates will be friends for life. We went out alot so it wasnt good for studying and our kitchen and bathroom - 1 bathroom and kitchen for 6 peope were disgusting. Apart from the odd fire alarm at 3 in the morning the noise wasn't too bad. The bedrooms were a nice size.

I'd go for option 1. 4 also looks good but u dont really want to take the risk incase you end up with someone really horrible. Atleast if there ten of you you're bound to like someone.
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This should be enough to vent your ideas
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The costs for both locations includes internet costs, so I guess I can access the board But I will be sure to focus on my studies and will cut the time I spend here drastically I also intend on being active when it comes to extracurricular activities: I hope to be part of the university's student magazine committee, set up something like a tennis team or whatever and maybe be part of the debating committee as well.

Thanks a lot everyone for your take on this
meaning he wants to screw lots of people!
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meaning he wants to screw lots of people!
He might live with 9 other people, so there should be a chance he screws someone. Isn't that what student life is supposed to be about?

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meaning he wants to screw lots of people!


Mandy, I am not like you I don't go and try to screw every living creature that comes my way *

















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