by Chloe O’Keeffe
Photo by Alexander Zvir for Pexels
For most students, student digs isn’t exactly your first choice, when it comes to your choice of accommodation for your academic year. However, with the rising demand for accommodation – and dwindling availability of said accommodation. And the rising costs of rental for students houses, digs is becoming a far more considerable option.
Impartial to what some may think, I’m about to tell you just why living in digs is not that bad after all!
Ideal for first years
For my first year in college, I feel like student digs was actually the best option. My plan had been to try find accommodation for the second semester – and I even got offered a place on campus, but by this time I was more than adapted to this new lifestyle.
I made a great friend in the other girl, and I was nervous about starting afresh, in a new house full of strangers. Granted, I could have made friends in student housing, but the lodging was a more relaxed place, and my then housemate and I were confident in going into student housing together for our second year.
One of the key ‘pros’ when it came to living in student digs, particularly in my first year, is that though you aren’t exactly “bossed” around. Your house is obviously going to be completely off the list when it comes to everyone getting ready together and having a “few” drinks before they head out (if you decide to head out after all the craic that’s had at pre-drinks).
This was ideal, as house-parties can get messy, and I was always able to go back to my clean, tidy student dig.
Home from home
To some, this may not actually come across appetizing, and I’m on your same wavelength in one way. But when you’re a 17-year-old culchie that’s moved to another county (even if it’s only an hour and a bit away) this may appeal to you, somewhat.
Particularly, if you’re under the belief you may become homesick, which I had the absolute pleasure of experiencing in my first two weeks of college.
Secondly, there was only so long I was going to live off ‘pot- noodle’ for when I could tell my lovely landlady was keeping track. I definitely, enforced a proper dinner (if anything else!) routine, once I’d settled in, mainly to keep her happy, because I knew she was keeping track of how it was the fourth day in a row that I’d had the good ol’ faithful pot noodle for a dinner.
Student accommodation is so expensive, but living in digs for the first year, settled me in, and has made me aware of what would be expected for my second year of college. Most families don’t even expect you to pay for the weeks you’re not in, which saved me and my housemate so much in our first year.