Living on a shoestring budget
Managing living costs on a student budget can be tricky business. It is estimated that a single university student living in Wollongong will need up to $12,000 per year to cover living expenses including accommodation, food and local transport.
An article published in the Sydney Morning Herald states that two thirds of university students living away from home are suffering from extreme rent stress, which occurs when rent accounts for 30 per cent of a person’s total income.
Boasting eight campus residences, and two affiliated accommodation facilities Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort and Rydges Hotel, UOW offers a range of accommodation options to cater for students living on a budget.
Amy Porritt, a part-time Campus East employee and former resident says living at UOW residences helps in the transition of moving out of home and living independently.
“Living at Campus East made managing living expenses easier because I didn’t have to pay for bills, all my expenses were included in one payment,” she said.
Le-Tisha Kable, a current Weerona College resident agrees. “Having all my accommodation and food expenses included in one payment is convenient,” she said. “Living at university residences is also a great way to meet people and make friends, especially in your first year.”
UOW residences hold a variety of social events and activities including inter-residence sports, movie nights, Sydney Harbour cruises, and annual inter-house events, such as this years Gangsters and Flappers Combined Residences Ball, which helps to build a sense of community among UOW residences.
However, some students consider living on campus to be quite expensive and availability is often problematic. Chad Maidmant, a third year law student says he used the UOW Property Listings service to find accommodation outside of UOW residences. “I needed more affordable accommodation, and I wanted a more independent lifestyle. Living off campus meets both of these criteria,” he said.