13 November 2018

Choosing your accommodation is a big consideration when you move to Edinburgh for the first time. I opted for student accommodation. Here's how it has worked out for me.
Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh

For the past four years, I’ve lived alone in a one-bedroom apartment in NYC. When I was accepted to the University of Edinburgh, I signed up to live in student accommodation because it was more convenient and financially cheaper than living in private accommodation. Having already experienced the stress and anxiety of finding an apartment in a competitive market, I didn’t want to go through that again, especially in a different country. I also liked the idea of meeting other postgraduates from outside my programme, and the accommodation seemed to be conveniently located.

While I’ve lived in very small spaces for the past six years, it’s been quite the adjustment to live in a dorm again. To be honest, the small space of my room doesn’t bother me—although, sleeping on a twin bed again has been quite comical and I'll not comment on whether I’ve fallen off a time or two. For me, one of the biggest transitions has been going from living under my rules, to living under someone else’s rules. That said, the rules are there for a reason, mainly for your safety. By bearing that in mind, it’s been easy for me to respect and follow those rules.

The other major transition has been cooking. In my own apartment, I was used to cooking by myself with the TV on in the background. Living in student accommodation, such as O’Shea North, allows you to cook with many, many other fellow postgrads. While it can be frustrating at times, as not everyone cooks and cleans the way you do, it’s been far more interesting to see different cuisines cooked and friendships formed over food. The MBA cohort actually puts on several pot luck dinners in the dining room as a way of getting to know one another more.

As with any transition, there are some bumps along the way. However, there are also positives in almost every situation. If you focus on those—the friendships, saving money, and easing the transition of moving—then living in student accommodation will be easy for you. It will be what you make it.

Plus, it’s only a year—you can do anything for one year!

Cori Schwabe, MBA 2019