How to pick the right hostel

Published December 10th, 2012

When it comes to picking a hostel, the cheapest isn’t always the best way to go. Sometimes it pays to spend a little bit more in order to get a good night’s sleep. While at Student Flights, we’re confident that the hostels we have on offer are amongst some of the best in the world, they won’t suit every travel style. So in order to find the best hostel for you, take a look at our checklist below and enjoy a comfortable holiday on a budget.


Location location

When choosing a hostel, location is everything. What you spend extra to stay in the city, you will inevitably save on transport.


Ensure your safety

If you’ve ever spent a night in a dodgy hostel you’ll know all too well that you don’t get much sleep. While you might be able to compromise on space and bedding, safety is one thing you should never comprise. Spend the extra couple of dollars to stay at hostels with proper locks, security codes, 24 hour counter service and in good areas.


Cairns City Backpackers Hostel One of our favourite: the Cairns City Backpackers Hostel

Read the reviews

Ahhh whatever did we do before the internet? Online reviews are a fantastic way to work out which hostel is best suited to you. Do your research and check out the percentage rating we’ve given to our hostels to help make choosing our accommodation easier.


Check out the check-out times

It might not sound like much but the difference between a 10am and an 11am check-out time will feel huge at the time. If you’re not a morning person, opt for the hostel with the later check-out time. Even better if you can find a hostel that will let you sleep in until midday.


Look for the lockers

It’s pretty standard these days but there are still some hostels around the world that don’t have lockers. Always check that they do before you opt to stay there and don’t forget to carry a lock with you.


Say no to shitty showers

A good shower is essential to staying sane, especially when travelling. A bad shower, whether it be dirty, a push-button shower or one that involves no hot water at all, can ruin your day and make you want to break down and cry – or am I the only one that feels this way? To avoid a bad-shower-induced meltdown, always ask about the hostel’s shower situation and throw a few more dollars at a place that will leave you feeling clean, warm and happy.


Wi-fi is a win

If you’re keen to catch up on internet business and make your friends jealous by posting your travel shots on Facebook while you’re travelling, hostels with wi-fi will make your life much easier. 



Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.