Whether you’re moving out of home for the first time or just wanting to be closer to your classes, university accommodation is a chance to enjoy university life to the fullest.
We caught up with two ‘experts’ on student accommodation: Belle Worrall, who lives at ECU Village Joondalup for the past four years and Leanne English, who manages student accommodation across ECU’s three campuses.
With their help we’ve put together five tips for you to get the most out of living on campus.
Meet new people
One of the best parts of being at university is making new friends from around the world.
“Many students are in the same boat at the beginning of the year in that they don’t know anyone. But there’s plenty of events to help you make friends and get used to uni life,” said Leanne.
Make the most of the facilities
Student accommodation is no longer just a bed and a desk. In fact you’ll be surprised how much is now available for residents.
For example, at the ECU Villages, high-speed internet, a swimming pool, student lounge, movie room and communal kitchens for dinner parties are just some of the facilities provided.
To get the most out of uni life, both socially and academically, it’s important to look after yourself. And that includes eating healthily.
At ECU Village you have modern kitchen and dining facilities in every apartment and access to regular cooking classes.
“There are Masterchef-style cook-off competitions where the residents show off their skills in the kitchen,” Belle said. “It’s also a handy chance for to have healthy, home-cooked food.”
Be an explorer
You may live on campus but it doesn’t mean you have to stay on campus. Western Australia’s great weather and beautiful beaches beckon.
“We regularly go on trips down to Fremantle, the City, and the Zoo,” Belle said. “We’re also just down the road from the beach so we go there all the time – I love living near the beach.”
Keep on top of your studies
With so much on offer to you living on campus, it’s important to remember why you’re at university.
“There are organised study groups throughout the year and study spaces where you can buckle down and finish off big assignments in peace,” Leanne said.
(Source: Edith Cowan University)