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Student Accommodation With Own Gym

Written by Sam | November 20, 2020

If a student accommodation has it’s own gym then this is or can be a great asset because it can save you a gym membership, walking in the cold and all the hassle because it is literally downstairs.

What To Look For: Student Accommodation & Gyms

If the gym is downstairs, make sure you look at the size of the gym because what can happen is that it is stuffed in to a corner and then filled with mirrors to make it look bigger and that’s when you realise you should of looked at the gym before booking a room because it had a gym!

What to look for:

  • Size – Make sure that is a good size and not squeezed into a corridor that can only fit 5 people in
  • Equipment – The equipment doesn’t need to be first-class, state of the art, but make sure that it is good and it will do the job you want it to do
  • Space – This will go hand in hand with size but make sure machines are given enough space and there is an area where you can do other activities like a stretch, foam roll, resistance bands, etc.
  • Serious Gym Goers – Unfortunately these gyms are less likely to be for you, these are more health-related gyms and won’t have the heavyweights or machinery that you require.
  • Cleanliness – Sometimes they can be the last thought of the accommodation, not very often, but gyms require a bit more cleaning than other areas, because of the sweat and touchpoints it has. Make sure that it is cleaned regularly and doesn’t smell!
  • Quality of the room – By this I mean the environment, make sure that it’s bright, ventilated, air con in summer, and motivational.

Cost of Having a Gym in Your Student Accommodation

There will be many student accommodations that have and don’t have a gym, if prices is something you are conscious about then you need to weigh up the price.

A gym membership in a local gym combined with living in a student house is likely to be cheaper than living in student accommodation, however, it is less convenient because it is not in the place that you live, however, it is likely to have more machines, heavier weights and changing rooms with showers.

You could also choose to live in a cheaper room or have less facilities and opt to go to a local gym because that would be cheaper. There is no right answer, only what is right for you!

Student Accommodation & Gyms: Mental Health

As mentioned before they have them for convenience and also because exercise is great for mental health. Doing a bit of exercise a day does wonders for your mind and body and many student accommodation providers have taken it upon themselves to offer a gym to make it easier for students to exercise with the overall effect being happiness.

If student accommodation can make students happy through the gyms, support, study areas, environment, quality rooms and everything else they do, the student is more likely to have a good experience and recommend it to friends and future students. This means that they don’t have put as much in to marketing because students who have had a good time will do it for them.

Exercising has these benefits (Taken From Mind):

  • better sleep – by making you feel more tired at the end of the day
  • happier moods – physical activity releases feel-good hormones that make you feel better in yourself and give you more energy
  • managing stressanxiety or intrusive and racing thoughts – doing something physical releases cortisol which helps us manage stress. Being physically active also gives your brain something to focus on and can be a positive coping strategy for difficult time
  • better self-esteem – being more active can make you feel better about yourself as you improve and meet your goals
  • reducing the risk of depression – studies have shown that doing regular physical activity can reduce the likelihood of experiencing a period of depression
  • connecting with people – doing group or team activities can help you meet new and like-minded people, and make new friends.

Should You Live in Student Accommodation With a Gym or Student House Without a Gym and Get a Local Membership

If you like convenience, good quality rooms and prefer to go to a gym for health reasons over building muscle then living in student accommodation would be better for you providing you can afford the rent.

It makes everything easier because it’s all in one payment, bills, gym, rent & WiFi. However, it can be costly.

If you prefer to go to the gym to build muscle and more of a body builder, are conscious about the cost of living in student accommodation then I would recommend you look at the type of room in student accommodation, however, you will most likely want a gym that is local because the membership will be cheaper, the weights will be higher and they will have more equipment for you to train on.

Student accommodation will have the basics for health and only a handful will have weights that go above a certain amount because very few people use them.

Summary

Gyms are great in student accommodation, you won’t find them in student housing, however, before you book anything, make sure that you look at some of the aspects of the gym because some will advertise the fact that they have gyms but they are a far cry from what a gym should look like!

Look at these aspects:

  • Size
  • Equipment
  • Space
  • Cleanliness
  • Quality of the room

Finally, gyms are great for a students mental health, but only if they are good quality, make sure it’s an environment you can train in and make a better version of you.