I prefer hostel. I’ve stayed in hostel throughout my secondary school and university and then stayed alone during my NYSC. Staying in the hostel was more fun.
In the hostel, you meet new people, make friends, learn to accommodate others, be motivated to read when you have others around you studying, not having to bother about water and light and security as it is provided.
I still had my space because I had my bed and spacious corner. I don’t like cooking so it was just perfect for me. My school didn’t allow cooking in the hostel.
Of course there were fights and quarrels but it was part of fun. And some annoying roommates that will always beg or scatter your corner or make noise.
Then having people to hang out with, take your pictures, help you in deciding what to wear, and then those days of menstrual cramps, having people to help me bath and feed me and take care of me.