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Living in a Condo While in College

ByDave Stopher

Jun 9, 2020

Studying in Manila is a challenge in and of itself. On top of your actual studies, there’s also the traffic, pollution, and safety issues that you should worry about. Fortunately, choosing good off-campus housing, such as condominium properties near Ateneo in Katipunan, can address many, if not all, of the plights of Manila college students.

If you’re not sure if living in a condo is the right choice, here are some advantages of condo living that should convince you:

  1. No curfew

On-campus dorms and even some student housing off-campus set curfews with the goal of keeping students safe. However, a curfew can prove to be inconvenient when you have to go to late-night study sessions or attend an event that will end past curfew. By living in a condo, which, of course, has no curfew but has 24/7 security, you can live your college years to the fullest without having to worry about going home on time.

  1. Amenities

A major selling point of condominiums is the availability of various amenities on-site, such as a gym, pool, and clubhouse, among many others. When you live in a condo, you have unlimited access to these amenities, which will help you save money on a gym membership and motivate you to avoid going out. As a college student, every centavo saved counts, and having these amenities close by will definitely help you save money on your entertainment and lifestyle needs.

  1. Home cooking

Dormitories rarely allow residents to cook, and even some studio apartments don’t have enough space for cooking. In comparison, most condos have built-in stoves and range hoods that are ready to be used as soon as you move in. More importantly, there is ample space for both cooking and dining areas.

Aside from saving money, cooking at home allows you to choose healthier foods while avoiding junk food, fast food, and convenience foods for your daily meals. It will also help you stave off homesickness by preparing your favorite meals from home.

  1. Peace and quiet

Many dorm rooms and apartment units in Manila are built with only thin walls between them to maximize space. As a result, you can almost always hear your neighbors from the other rooms. That is not the case in a condominium. Condos are built with thicker walls to soundproof the room as much as possible, and as a student, this will help you study and rest with little to no distractions from other people in the building.

  1. Proximity

Condos are placed in strategic locations that are within a reasonable distance of schools, hospitals, malls, public transportation, and other basic and lifestyle needs. Hence, condo dwellers often find it easier to drive or commute to their destinations. Moreover, most condos are surrounded by malls, restaurants, entertainment, and other establishments that keep both fun and convenience within reach.

As it is apparent by now, a condo is the best housing option you should consider if you are studying in the metropolitan area. Aside from its exclusivity and prime location, a condo makes it easier for you, as a college student, to focus on your studies without worrying about curfews, tight living spaces, and noise from other students, among many other issues.