The pros and cons of living in a college residence

13 February 2017
Bellerbys students in their accommodation

What's it like to live in student accommodation? 

Travelling to study in a new country is a big change and that living in comfortable, secure accommodation is an important part of settling down to your studies and making friends. Bellerbys gives you a choice of places to stay at our schools in Brighton or London. You can live in a modern college residence, sometimes called dorms or a Homestay with a local family. The choice is yours.

The pros and cons of living in a college residence


  • Distance. When you live in a college residence everything is on your doorstep. You won’t have to wake up extra early to walk or take the bus to school each morning or spend money on bus fares or taxis too.
  • Make friends quickly. You’ll be living in a building filled with potential new friends from all over the world. It’s also comforting too know everyone around you is going through the same experience of settling into a new country as you are.
  • Finding a study partner is easy. Your classmates are also your neighbours. So as well as making new friends, you'll easily find study partners. Never underestimate the power of teamwork. Learning together is a great way to consolidate your learning and stay motivated. You won't have to struggle with homework or a concept you found hard to understand in class alone because there’ll always be someone nearby to help out.
  • Nicely cooked meals. Living on campus means you can eat for free in the on-site cafeteria. There's always a wide choice of delicious, freshly-prepared dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So you don't have spend time buying food, cooking it and doing the washing up unless you choose to stay in self-catering accommodation.
  • Modern and comfortable. Bellerbys modern college residences are designed for comfort with all the facilities you need, such as laundry rooms, WiFi and common areas where you can hang-out to watch TV with other students. Most bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms too. 
  • A sense of responsibility and independence. Your confidence will naturally grow as you learn to look after yourself, which will come in handy later in life.


  • Noise. You will be living in a building with other teenagers. The residence staff ensure peace and order but you can expect to hear noise from voices, slamming doors and music. This can sometimes be annoying when you need to sleep or concentrate on work. 
  • Hustle and bustle. You will be living side-by-side with your classmates which might feel strange if you're not used to being surrounded by so many people. And there will always be a drama going on somewhere around you. 
  • It's not a home from home. Although you're surrounded by friends, you will often be alone in your room which can sometimes feel lonely and increase homesickness. If you want the cosiness of a family home then a Homestay might be better for you.
  • Routine can become boring. It can be easy to slip into the same routine day-in, day-out. And because you're living so close to college you might get bored of seeing the same people each morning at the cafeteria, the same rooms and even the same walk across campus to class.
  • It can be isolating. In the same way, living and studying in the same place every day means you need to make the effort to explore the city and get to experience the local culture.