Living away from home can be scary and overwhelming, but once youíre here there are so many amazing people youíll meet that will make you feel like youíre right at home. I thought that living in Brantford would be a lot different from living in Brampton which is where Iím from, but it really isnít that different. Every city has the main components like the mall, the movies, places to go out and there is always something to do on campus.
During my first year here at Laurier Brantford I lived in Residence on Campus. It was so close and convenient to get to classes and everything else I needed, it was a great place for me to transition. Having so many people my age all in the same building meant that there was always someone to walk to class with, go out with or even just watch movies and make dinner with. I met so many wonderful people and now 3 out of my 4 roommates are people from my building in first year!
Going into second year seemed overwhelming with so many places to live available, and never having looked for a house before, it was an entirely new experience. It didnít take long to figure it out, and with the help of places4students.com, house hunting became easy. Keep in mind not to rush your decision! There are so many houses out there that are available, make sure you take a look at more then a few and donít feel pressure to sign a lease quickly. We found a place on Brant Ave and that year was full of many learning experience. It seemed like such a great place, but a tip from me is to ask for references from previous tenants of your Landlord and get to know them a bit. It really could make or break your year, so be careful. Most days getting to campus took a 10-15 minute walk, but we quickly realized it was on a bus route and took advantage of our bus passes in the winter. It was nice to be out of the downtown, but a 10 minute walk a few times a day, everyday, can add up so we decided to move closer the next year. Keep little details in mind when looking for a place. You might be able to find a place where rent is cheap but do you really want to make the 25 minute walk to school 4 times a day? Shop around, thereís a lot available.
In my third year I moved again, closer to the school because a great apartment became available. Living close means you are more likely to attend classes, go to meetings and get involved because everything happens in your Ďbackyardí. Also living close can mean eating out less, which helps tremendously on a budget. School is very expensive and eating out everyday, even if itís a coffee and a muffin, can add up quickly.
My biggest piece of advice to you as a new student is to make the most of your experience here. You get a fresh start. Reinvent yourself, get involved, put yourself out there and meet new people. Itís the experiences outside the classroom that create the happiest memories and lasting friendships.