UNILAG: 5 Hostels To Avoid
By Obawola Damilola
University of Lagos (UNILAG) is regarded as the first choice of many Nigerian young people seeking admission into tertiary institutions. The reason is not far-fetched. Founded in 1962, the school provides a conducive environment for teaching and learning. It is also a place where students of all tribes, races, ethnics, culture and subculture can interact. UNILAG, a Federal institution has its main campus in Yaba, somewhere at the heart of the state.
University of Lagos has twelve faculties which are Faculty of Arts, Basic Medical Science, Clinical Science, and Dental science, Education, Engineering, Environmental Science, Pharmacy, Law, Sciences, Social Science and Management Science.
Every year thousands of aspiring undergraduates apply to the university because of its elevated social life and the rich cosmopolitan experience. Unfortunately, only few are chosen. Personally I have lived in different hostels in UNILAG in my years of being a student there (I am still one there). I have lived in Moremi Hall, Amina Hall, Kofo Ademola Hall and have had dealings in several others hostels.
As a student of UNILAG, securing a good accommodation is necessary for a rewarding 4 or more year stay. Some students prefer to live on campus where accommodation is cheaper, even though relatively difficult to acquire. There are various hostels on campus. But the advantages and disadvantages are what determine the decisions undergraduates make in the end.
All the hostels cannot be said to be at their best however. Below are hostels which are not advisable for students to stay while on campus:
1. Kofo Ademola Hall – This hostel was built specifically for female students. Located at the far end of the school, getting to lecture on time may be a challenge. It also means those staying in the hostel patronize the school cabs more, which eat into their allowance. The fact that the hostel is mostly dirty is discouraging and bad enough for students’ health.
2. Honours Hall -The hostel is situated in a deserted part of the campus. While it mainly houses female students, it can be said to be dangerous as the frail female students can be easily attacked or robbed. This is why the hostel is known for theft and rape. Apparently it is not a great place for fresh students.
3. Biobaku Hall – This male residence seats opposite Kofo Ademola Hall. Like many of the hostels, it is also located at the far end of the campus. The hostel is always left unkempt, stinking, and noisy. Waste and brawl are common around the hostel.
4. Makama Bida Hall – This female hostel is located at the centre of the campus. Even though it’s known for its strictness, as a student who cannot secure bed space always finds it difficult to squat with friends. The hostel management forbids squatting. However according to a report in Pulse, to get a Makama girl all you need are 2 hot meat pies and a chilled bottle of fanta and she’s all yours. The report suggests that the ladies there are apparently gullible, and may be easily influenced into negative attitudes.
5. Moremi Hall – This female residence is known as a high class hostel for posh ladies. Young ladies who live around this hostel may be influenced or under pressure to turn out as ‘runs-girls’ before completing their degrees. Clubbing and theft are other vices identified with those living in this hostel. Fresh students are advised to keep off.
As I said earlier, each of the hostels has its advantages and disadvantages. It is therefore up to undergraduates or new entrants to choose wisely where they stay during their academic years in UNILAG. It is certain that where any student chooses to live will rub off on his or her lifestyle.