Many students prefer to live close to their place of study, but this may not always be the best choice. You may need to balance cost, quality and convenience, especially in larger cities. Issues to think about include the following:
Where is the housing located?
It may be on campus; it may be near your place of study; or it may be some distance away. If it is not on campus, check that the locality offers you what you need and what you want: for instance shops, friends living nearby, places for meeting friends and socialising, good transport links, parking provision (if needed), a safe environment.
What are the transport links and what are the costs?
This is particularly important if your housing is not on campus or if you can’t reasonably walk (or cycle) to your place of study or to other places that you need or want to get to frequently. In some towns living further out, away from college, shops etc, can save money, as housing may be cheaper. If you are thinking of living further out, try and check that possible extra travel costs do not outweigh your savings on rent.