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HOSTEL & OFF CAMPUS Accommodation which is more better?" FRESHER

“I have been offered a Provisional Admission into Unizik, my next target now is Accommodation,”Accommodation, HOSTEL & OFF CAMPUS Accommodation which is more better?”

I’ve received countless messages from both parents/Newly admitted students in regards to accommodation.
Some asked; which is better between Unizik hostel accommodation and off campus accommodation? .
Some parents/students prefer hostel because of its nearness to class, while some other parents/
students prefer off campus because of convenience.
Let’s look into details, in this article I shall examine the merit and demerit of staying in both Unizik hostel/off campus, read carefully.
To me life is all about CHOICE, “I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.”, also "one man's meat is another man's poison" that's to say that things enjoyed by one person maybe distasteful to another.
On hostel Accommodation;
Hostel accommodation refers to accommodation inside a school campus/compound. Hostels are built and managed by the school authority. Hostel fees are yearly and not monthly nor per semester. At the worst level, a hostel can accommodate six students in a single room with six lockers and six bed space. However, at best, we can have self contains for about one or two students. In unical however, The normal hostel contains six students in each room.

  1. with every passing day, we hear gists about how arm robbers attack students who live outside hostels and take most valuable properties from them, am a victim, 2 consecutive time . I have not heard or experienced gun attack inside campus hostels. It’s rare!
  2. You Will Learn To Tolerate People:
    Some species of persons and behaviours you will find in school hostels will make you wonder whether those guys were made in the image of God. However, you would be able to cope with and tolerate them.
    Before now, you always feel that everyone has to think and act the way you do; but you are wrong. Just the way our faces differ, so also does our hearts and characters differ. Meeting different persons makes you understand and begin to take them for who they are.
    Hostel fosters relationship building.
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    There is a common belief that you can stay anywhere in the world if you can survive in school hostels. That’s because the school hostel has exposed you and able to make you solve compatibility issues.
  3. You, Will Have Broader Knowledge:
    You will be surrounded by students across various faculties and departments. Interacting with them will help you know more about other fields of study. Meeting different persons will also make you know more about life.
    In one way or the other, you will always meet amazing people that you would love to be like.
    Every minute, you will see persons going to night classes to read. There are times you won’t find anyone left in your room and you will be like, “na me come dull pass?”. The next thing is for you to also take your things and rush to night class or reading room.
    No matter how good you are at reading, you will find persons who read far more than you in the school hostel. The school hostel has a way of boosting your reading habit and enthusiasm.
  4. First Hand Information:
    Information is what puts you at the right position and it is what you have in your head that takes you ahead. The school hostel gives you first hand information about what recent happenings in school and what may likely happen next.
    You would be the first to know whether the class would hold or not, whether there would be attendance, what the lecturer is planning, the new materials to read for the text and exams, the Students Union Government newsletter and many information you need to come out in flying colours.
  5. Proximity To Classes:
    You will be able to rush to class in case of emergency tests and attendance. It would also be easy for you to go back and pick anything you might have forgotten in the hostel.
    Apart from the instances above, it is good to walk to class just in few minutes. You don’t have to be exhausted anytime you trek to class. It would also save you the transport you would have been burning daily to come to class plus possible hold ups on the road.
  6. Stable Water And Power Supply:
    There is always electricity at night when the public electricity power supply interrupts supply.
    Every student needs electricity at night to cook, read, and do other stuffs. The presence of alternative source of power supply makes hostel better.
  7. School Hostels Are Affordable:
    You pay as low as #16,500 per session, if you don’t have much money to waste on rent and other properties you need to live comfortably outside campus then try the school hostels.
    Another benefit is that you will always find persons to help you when you are stranded in the hostel.
    -DEMERITS
    Reasons Why You Should Not Stay In School Hostel:
  8. You Will Continue To reApply Every Session:
    Your hostel feel only lasts for one session. The school sends every student packing at the end of each session. You will always have to reapply for hostel and you may not be lucky to secure a space the next time. The condition to reapply is that you must first pay your school fees.
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    This switch will make you meet different room mates who may not be as nice as those in your first room.
  9. Bad Habits And Privacy:
    You may be wondering how many persons stay per room in the school hostel. The number could be lesser than five. However, the number generally ranges from 8 to 10 persons per room (I am not exaggerating).
    In unizik hostels, you have so many persons living in one room. This will really result to privacy issue. You can’t have personal private life or private property. Your things could be taken without permission and you could meet random persons “crashing” in your bed space.
    Hostel is very annoying since you will see persons with different philosophies and raw behaviours. You will come across fellow students who may seem psychopathic schizophrenic. The habits displayed there is something else.
    Dirty School Toilets And Hostel Environment:
    The School hostel toilets are generally dirty and smell bad… Some students defecate without flushing while other leave faeces behind on the floor. It is very disgusting that I won’t want to dwell on that.
    Many students living in the hostel are dirty and as such mess up the school hostel environment. You will notice different odours in the hostels.
  10. Bad Influence And Robbery Issues:
    With such a number of persons in the hostel, there will certainly be bad eggs. Remember, evil communication corrupts good manners.
    You can change from good, amazing, soft and God-fearing boy/girl to a bad girl/boy overnight. You are not immune, it can happen to many persons. This influence can begin from the music, chat, and interactions that happen in the hostel.
    Another bad thing in the school hostel is that students steal a lot. People steal clothes, boxers, pants, laptops, phones, slippers, bucket, shoes, headset, pot, and many other properties in the hostel.
  11. Heat And Bed Bugs:
    Unizik and many other hostels are breeding environments for bed bugs. With that number in the room and everyone cooking simultaneously, you could imagine the heat that would be generated. The hostel is not a place of comfort at all.
    6.Dirty School Toilets And Hostel Environment:
    The School hostel toilets are generally dirty and smell bad… Some students defecate without flushing while other leave faeces behind on the floor. It is very disgusting that I won’t want to dwell on that.
    Many students living in the hostel are dirty and as such mess up the school hostel environment. You will notice different odours in the hostels.
  12. Bad Influence And Robbery Issues:
    With such a number of persons in the hostel, there will certainly be bad eggs. Remember, evil communication corrupts good manners.
    You can change from good, amazing, soft and God-fearing boy/girl to a bad girl/boy overnight. You are not immune, it can happen to many persons. This influence can begin from the music, chat, and interactions that happen in the hostel.
    Another bad thing in the school hostel is that students steal a lot. People steal clothes, boxers, pants, laptops, phones, slippers, bucket, shoes, headset, pot, and many other properties in the hostel.
    Although people could break into your house to steal when you stay off campus, however, little domestic stealing is rare.
    ON OFF CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION
    -MERITS
  13. ALONE TIME
    In a changing world, where there is a high level of inconsistency in things that matter, you start to think of how to make a difference at some points in the university.
    At this point, all you need is alone time. This is because you can’t think properly or in this direction in the school hostel. In the school hostel, the number of students in your hostel room and the noise they make, ampers your ability to reason.
    It scares more to think about the labour market and the responsibility waiting for you will you finally graduate from the university.
    This is why getting your own alone time cannot be overemphasized. You don’t get the opportunity to think or reason in this direction when you stay in the school hostel.
    When you start having great ideas and plans for doing something, you don’t need to stay in the school hostel anymore.
    There are some things you can’t buy or make use of when you stay in the school hostel. Imagine you are into beat production, you can’t make or do this in the school hostel.
  14. FREEDOM
    Living off-campus can truly be liberating. There is basically no one to tell you how you can act or what time you should be at your hostel as compared to staying in the school hostel.
    This is a major reason why you should stay off-campus. If you want to sleep with the light turned off, no one will turn in on at night.
    When you want to do whatever pleases you, you don’t have to worry about your roommates at all. You don’t have to worry about the immature or the over-matured roommates you have.
  15. IT MAKES YOU MORE MATURE
    In your course of study, I don’t think there is any class called “Adult 211” or “Adult 222,” it’s just a way of life that you will learn on your own.
    Be faced with the reality of the real world after school is definitely a scary thought, but what if you could ease into it during your university days?
    Living off-campus, whether it’s in an apartment or a house, with roommates or by yourself, allows you to practice independence while you prepare for your career.
    Even if your parents or relatives checks on you to make sure your needs are met which is very unlikely for some students, but you are still on your own.
    You’ll be responsible for paying bills, buying groceries, and keeping your room clean. This is one thing I personally have noticed, it’s hard for some persons to face the new reality of handling responsibility.
    It’s so hard for some persons to grow up to maturity in the school hostel. Instead of most of them to buy what they need even when they have the money to, they borrow.
    When you stay off-campus, you man up to responsibility and get everything you need. At some point, you realise that whatever you don’t get done in your room, will never be done.
  16. YOU WON’T GET EASILY SICK OR INFECTED
    Sharing toilets or bathroom with a lot of persons you don’t know their medical stand could be really dangerous especially for a girl. This is one of the disadvantages of staying in the school hostel. Students get easily infected.
    So many students get infected through such sharing. When you stay off campus, you have your own privacy, your own toilet and bathroom.
    Also, when you live in a school hostel, you’re likely to be a foot away from your roommates. Yes, you will make lifelong friends which is one of the advantages of staying in school hostel but you can also get sick.
  17. SECURITY OF YOUR THINGS
    Honestly, the rate at which some persons make you us other people’s things with little or no maintainers plan is alarming.
    The life span of your things is drastically reduced because of the high level of misuse in the school hostel.
  18. HAVING TO EAT GOOD FOOD
    When you live in the school hostel, there is virtually nothing you will do that you won’t put your roommates into considerations.
    You can’t even cook or eat good food without putting your roommates into consideration otherwise, you won’t have peace of mind.
    When you stay off-campus, you get to eat what you want because you can always cook what you want and can.
    -DEMERIT
    Accommodation on the other hand refers to any lodge rented outside the school community. In Awka, there are several types accommodation outside school. We have single rooms and self-cons. Single rooms have toilet, bathrooms and kitchen outside. While Self-contains have all these facilities inside. From single rooms to self contains, the cost range from N40,000 to N200,000.
  19. May be far from school (distance):
    Accommodation may be far from school. Even if it is near to school, the distance from gate to the class is always a consideration.
  20. Information may be scarce:
    Information may be difficult to get unless you have a good friend who shares quick info with you or you are in the class whatsapp group. Else, “them fit even write exam leave you self, you go dey house dey flex”.
    Life may be more expensive: In off campus, you may be thinking of having a nice wallpaper painting, television, decoders, subscriptions, light bills, etc. Again, looking soft is another issue in some hostels. It is like competition. China lodge, etc are examples.
  21. May decrease the rate of performance:
    Soft boy no dey loss. You dom fine finish, next thing na friends, girlfriends etc go come full everywhere. Party here and there. Before you remember yourself na when you see your first semester year one result.
  22. Possible robbery cases :
    Awka is a paradise as well as a dangerous place,, Omo robbery na their name, am a victim though But staying off k may attract more possibility for robbery than living in the campus.
  23. Possibility for rape cases:
    Rape cases are often heard of inside town than in the hostel.
  24. Undulated power supply: I can hear somebori shouting admin have started. Which one come be undulation? Well undulated power supply means unsteady (off and on) nepa light. In awka, the light is being rationed. Even on top that, it is not steady. As at the time of this report, you can actually go a day without light. But as the month ends, duting light bill collection, the light will appear like wiliwili. As we speak, there is light after weeks of no light. Guess what? It is month end already. Chai! NEPA, I hail thee!
  25. Fosters individualized learning:
    Since you are alone in the house, the extent you learn depends on your knowledge. No one to ask for contribution or assistance unless you go out for night reading.
  26. Insecurity:
    Although in-house robbery cases has been minimized in the past few years, robbery is more possible in the off campus than in hostels. In fact, walking around the roadside is another trouble.
    It is absolutely difficult to say which one is better. For any position I give will be one-sided. It will surely reflect my personality. So, what we are doing here is aiding you to decide. Read through the post again and make your decision. However, if you are an elaborative person who needs comfort, take off campus . Then, if you care about performance and can manage a public life, then take hostel. This is not to say offcampus students do not perform well. This is just a discussion. You can still live offCampus and do better. But the convenience of living alone may influence you.
    however, the above points should be enough for you to decide whether to stay in hostel or no Off campus.

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