Choosing whether to live on or off-campus for your second year is a big decision. If you need a bit of support to help you make your choice, keep on reading to find out more about why living off-campus could be a great decision.

Living off-campus helps you discover some of the best places in Lancaster, some of which you may not know about after a year of living on campus. This includes the Ashton memorial or Lancaster Castle. Living off-campus in Lancaster student accommodation has so many perks, for example, choosing a house off the university campus means you get to decide which part of the city you live in. It gives you the opportunity to prioritise what you want to be close to. Whether it’s the town centre, nightclubs, supermarkets, or high street shops – it’s all up to you!

Whilst being close to your lectures when living on campus is a big bonus, living off-campus in one of Lancaster’s many student houses is usually cheaper than living in halls. As students, it’s always a bonus to save your money to spend on the important things…. Such as nights out! Considering Lancaster isn’t the biggest city that means the commute from the city centre to the university will be a short one, no matter where you might live off-campus! If you don’t drive, there are also very regular busses that take you straight up to the university (every 10 minutes). If you have a local job in town, living in the city centre completely cuts out a long commute to and from work, and it will be within walking distance of your Lancaster student accommodation.

Some students feel that when living on campus they can never “escape” university and struggle to switch off as they live, eat, and attend classes there all day. Living off-campus provides you with the opportunity to separate your educational life and your personal life, and it allows the commute home as a switch off from being at university.

With IPM’s Lancaster student accommodation, you can choose your housemates. At the start of your first year, living in halls is a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. However, by your second year, you may have realised that you gel better with other people. That’s fine, we’re all different! That is why it’s so vital to your well-being that you live with people that you like and enjoy spending time with and living off-campus allows you the opportunity to do just that.

There are both pros and cons of living on campus, which is why it’s so important for you to make the best decision for yourself and your needs.

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