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Discover your options
Choosing where you are going to live is one of the most exciting and important decisions you will make at university.’
You can usually start your accommodation search once you’ve accepted an offer of admission to study a course, but check with the university for details of the process.
‘It’s always wise to do a little research,’ and you should start this as early as possible. The university website is a great way to gather information and make sure you are well informed.’ Alternatively, get in touch with the university’s estate department.
In general, there are four main options: you can live in university-managed accommodation (typically GETFund Hall of residence), a Private Accredited Hostel, a Privately Rented House or Flat, or at home.
GETFund Hall of residence
This is managed by the university and is right on campus, the university guarantees a place in the hall for full-time first-year students and international students.
It is located on campus, living in Getfund puts you at the centre of student life. It’s a great way to make friends and easy to get involved in social activities. Ideal for fresh students
Private Accredited Hostel
Hostels are large blocks of flats housing hundreds of students, with individually furnished bedrooms organised around corridors or apartments with a shared kitchen. In some cases, bathrooms are also shared.
They are managed by the university private owners and regulated by the university and the quality is generally good as they have to comply with the university’s guidelines. Ideal for both fresh and continuing students
Privately Rented House
Private landlords and landladies around campus and koforidua township also offer their homes for rent, these are not regulated by the university, students rent at their own risk. Students are rent these homes should sign the landlord-tenant agreement form.
Living at home
For many people, leaving home – and the feeling of freedom that brings – is one of the key attractions of going to university.
But if you’ve chosen to study locally, staying at home can be a great alternative. It will save you money on rent and bills, it’s convenient, and you’ll avoid the stress of moving out of the family home to live with new people.
Don’t forget, though, that you’ll probably be further removed from student life, and it may be more difficult to make friends away from the social hub of halls or a student house. To make it work, you’ll need to take part in activities such as sports clubs and societies to feel involved.
Making your decision
This isn’t an easy choice to make, so get advice from as many sources as possible. Family and friends who have been to university before are a good starting point.
you shouldn’t be afraid to contact university staff if you have any questions on hostels or private accommodation.
Meanwhile, it’s never too early to start preparing financially. ‘If you intend to live in hostels or in private accommodation while studying, then you will need to save up some money,’ Most landlords/ladies will ask you to pay full payment of rent