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Moving to halls as a postgraduate student

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When beginning a masters it often feels like there’s a million things to try to remember all at once; new names, faces, buildings, tutors, assignments – the list feels endless. Anything to shorten this mental list and save time is a godsend and luckily Liberty Living’s student accommodation at Liberty House in London has everything you need literally on your doorstep so you don’t have to hunt around for gym membership, a reliable laundry and a relaxing courtyard. Having friendly receptionists to give you advice or directions around the area, help you print assignments and sign for any packages delivered to you also helps ease the transition and make it all feel less daunting. And, of course the added bonus of avoiding tricky and tedious things like dealing with landlords and sorting bills out means you can focus on getting stuck into your new course and socialising.

At first I was worried that moving back to halls would feel like going back to square one as a first year fresher. I wanted the social side and the convenience of living in halls but, as a postgraduate, I knew I couldn’t live like a first year undergraduate again. Despite fond memories of living in halls as an undergraduate with late nights, messy kitchens and lots of parties, I realised that, sadly, this would no longer work with the earlier starts and bigger workload. I wanted to have my own space and a quiet place to study but I also didn’t want to feel isolated so I went for halls. I’ve found that Liberty House gives you the best of both worlds; when you feel like socialising there’s the common room, courtyard and gym where you can meet new people, but the studio flats give you peace and quiet when you need to get work done, especially living on the postgraduate floor with minimal disruptions.

Although it felt strange moving back to halls as a postgraduate at first, I love that it gives you the option to feel independent and ‘all grown-up’ in the studio flats when you want to but also gives you the reassurance of knowing any support and advice you need is just downstairs. Staying with Liberty Living has definitely made moving to London for the first time and starting as a postgraduate a far less daunting prospect.

Liberty Living provides student accommodation in 17 university cities across the UK, including student accommodation in Manchester, student accommodation in Newcastle, student accommodation in Preston plus many more.

Posted on 30th September 2014 by Elinore Court.

Elinore Court lives at Liberty House in London, she is currently beginning a masters degree in Magazine Journalism at City University.

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