Every student (including their parents) wants an affordable place to stay in while studying at a university/college that is situated far away from home. Affordability, however, is not the sole factor in choosing a boarding house or dormitory.
Both parents and students want to ensure that the premises are safe, secure, clean and well-maintained. Safety and comfort, after all, ensures that the student will have a conducive environment for learning or studying during the whole school year.
Indeed, there are several lodging options for student accommodations in Dubai. This makes it the perfect education and study hub even for students who are from Abu Dhabi, India, and Sri Lanka. Students can choose to stay on or off-campus. Some would choose apartments, independent housing providers, while some would rather choose school dormitories.
Lately, the government has teamed up with property developers to build mega residences that are purposely built for students in and around Dubai. This aims to address the growing population of Dubai students which includes both locals and expats from nearby countries. So, what’s in it for students who choose these purpose-built accommodations?
Fully-furnished and well-equipped living spaces
Purpose-built student accommodations are already furnished with beds, sofas, tables, bathrooms and kitchens so that students don’t have to spend for additional furniture. It is also more convenient and worry-free, because students can simply move in whenever they’re ready – bringing only clothes and personal belongings with them. This perk is not usually present in independent housing, because in some cases, although the rent is cheap, the place still needs furniture to be even considered livable.
Aside from furniture, purpose-built student accommodations are also complete with basic utilities such as water, electricity, and Wi-Fi – of course!
Provides lifestyle and leisure areas
Aside from living quarters, purpose-built student accommodations offer common lounging areas, study areas and accessible lifestyle areas such as gyms, tennis courts, jogging tracks, and cafes. This is not common among independent housing providers which usually just assures a decent living space (additional amenities will just depend on the surrounding neighborhood).
Lifestyle and leisure areas may vary, depending on the property developer that built the purpose-built student accommodation. Uninest Student Residencesfor example, which is located near the Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), has a fully equipped gym, rooftop swimming pool, shared lounging areas, and amenities that include WiFi, laundry, shuttle bus, gas, electricity and water services. Uninest Residences aims to provide a multi-purpose urban community for student residents in Dubai.
Secure and professionally managed
Being a purpose-built student accommodation that houses thousands of students each month, it is required that each provider professionally manages the whole premises. That goes from the admission itself, the maintenance and upkeep of the property, establishment of house rules and installment of security measures for the safety of all student residents. Each student accommodation is also required to have separate quarters and segregated areas for female and male students.
This does not necessarily mean that independent housings are not secure or safe, but in terms of proper monitoring and supervision, most landlords are not very hands-on compared to housing managers in student accommodations.
Offers a supportive and student-friendly environment
Sure, some independent housing providers could match the facilities, equipment, management and security of purpose-built student accommodations, but the actual student-friendly environment is hard to replicate.
In student accommodations, every student gets the support, friendship and mentorship from student leaders and seniors. The managers of the property themselves also ensure that student residents can enjoy cultural and recreational activities while they are at the premises. More than that, a healthy and conducive environment for learning and studying is always a topmost priority.
Established student residences like Uninest also partner with educational institutions to facilitate a smooth transition for its students. These partnerships span through Dubai-based universities that include internationally accredited institutions. This includes Curtin University, Murdoch University, Esmod Dubai, the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) and many more.
Access to more opportunities
Companies and organisations usually approach purpose-built student accommodations to look for new interns and employees. Students residents can then have easy access to these new opportunities.
Graduate students can also help coach or mentor student residents about which career path to take, and what options are readily available to them in the real world. Establishing connections and networks with professional alumni is easier in this type of community. This of course, is not readily available in independent housing, because like other boarders in the property, students are usually just left to fend for their own.
A great environment is one of the best features that every purpose-built student accommodation can provide. Accessibility to the school and classroom is also another. As for amenities however, that could vary depending on the property. On that end, it is best to inquire and conduct an ocular inspection of the property first (if you prefer certain amenities and facilities in a student accommodation).