The Truth About Uni | Accommodation

The Truth About Uni | Accommodation

So it’s time for the second instalment of the Truth About Uni Collab I’m doing with a bunch of other student bloggers, revealing our open and honest opinions about different aspects of University.  This weeks topic: Accommodation.
So, the way that it works in most UK Universities is that you are given the priority option to stay in “Halls” – accommodation provided in association with the University – during your first year, and then you have to find accommodation for the rest of your time there.  Therefore, as a first year student I currently live in halls.
I had so many worries before I first came…

What if I didn’t get on with my flatmates?  

What if they were all really messy?  

What if they all hated me?

However, when I first got to Uni those all went away.  You find that during Freshers everyone is in the same sort of position; they all know no one, are away for home, and are just as desperate as you are so make friends, so everyone tends to start off nice, making it easier to adjust to the new surroundings.
This year I got put in a flat of 6 (so 5 people other than me): 2 International girls who were best friends from home, 2 guys, and another girl (who also came with her friend from home, however they lived in different flats).  The initial bonding was a lot smoother than I thought it would be; we shared info about our lives and funny stories (with the help of a little alcohol) and everything looked peachy.  However, I feel like you learn quickly in Uni that the friends you start off with are not always the friends that you end with.  Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t had any real arguments or big fall-outs but you learn who you fit in with and who you don’t, so make sure to make friends both in and outside of your flat as you never know what’s going to happen.
I was very lucky to be given an ensuite accommodation where I have to share a kitchen but get my own room and bathroom, which worked for me because I wasn’t prepared to share a bathroom with complete strangers, both for their sake and for my own.  However, sharing a kitchen has worked out pretty well for me, no one (in my flat at least) really steals food or plates/cutlery and if they do, you have the right to (politely) draw attention to it.  My only issue is that as much as I love to socialise, I also love my alone time and I’ve learnt that not all people are like that… Some people like to have people around 24/7 which I also enjoy from time to time but it can be a little tricky sometimes trying not to come off as rude when you just want to keep to yourself.  However, I was very lucky to quickly find people who loved me for me and completely understood (yet still check up on me if I disappear for too many days in a row), making life a whole lot easier.
I guess my main advice for moving in with a bunch of strangers is that keep an open mind – you never know the kind of people you’ll end up with, so remember that not everybody is going to like you/gel with you.  There are sooooo many people in your Uni that you can meet through your course, your building, clubs, societies… If you don’t find your people straight away you’ll find them somewhere.
Hope this helped in some way – I feel like it was incredibly rambly… Feel free to share your own accommodation stories in the comments, maybe we can start a little bit of a discussion! And don’t forget to check out Becky, Kate, Tori, Sophie, Saffron, Anna and Jen‘s blogs to find out why they chose their accommodation!
Lots of love,
Jas xx
 
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  1. April 2, 2017 / 10:15 am

    Brought back memories Jas… 😁

      • April 2, 2017 / 10:22 am

        Wonderful ones!!! I’ll have to post about those days… over 20 years ago… someday!!!

          • April 2, 2017 / 10:23 am

            I’ll be sure to write… from a Indian girl free from home’s perspective!!!!

  2. April 2, 2017 / 10:27 am

    Super glad someone did a post like this because I have those usual worries about uni and the people there. It sounds like you had a good welcome though and I’m less anxious about my first year! Xx
    Itsallzara.blogspot.co.uk

    • April 2, 2017 / 10:29 am

      Awwww Im glad you liked it! It’s part of a series I’m doing with some student bloggers and we give our honest opinions of different aspects of uni every week, so stay tuned if you want more honest advice!
      Jas xx

  3. April 2, 2017 / 10:36 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this personal information! I still need to get the hang of sharing more personal stuff 😛 I recognise so much you described!!! Can’t wait for the next post in two weeks :):)
    xoxo Annaleid

    • April 2, 2017 / 10:38 am

      Thanks Anna! Gonna read your take on accommodation later!
      Jas xx

  4. April 2, 2017 / 10:42 am

    You’re so right about the worries just going away. In my first year, my flatmates and I had little contact, there were 5 of us in total and we didn’t really interact at all but that was ok because we just made friendship groups outside of the flat. In my final year, I chose to stay in Private Halls and I met some wonderful people. Our flat was only 4 people and I had flat mats from India, Spain and Korea. I learnt so much from them and we used to host Great British Bake Off nights and Pizza nights and have had such a nice time. It helped that we were all a bit older, they were actually post grads and we all had stuff in common. If your accommodation allows you to input a bit of info about yourself then that’s really helpful in pairing you with like-minded people.
    Sophia xx http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

    • April 2, 2017 / 10:45 am

      Awwww glad you found people you got along with! It’s so true though you find friends everywhere, so if you don’t get along with your flatmates it’s not the end of the world!
      Jas xx

  5. April 2, 2017 / 11:48 am

    Very interesting for me to read this, as I`m a student too! Hope you`re enjoying this Sunday. 🙂

  6. April 2, 2017 / 11:59 am

    It’s good to hear from someone in halls! I missed out (maybe for the better but who knows!) and a lot of my friends at uni lived in houses from first year, and my school friends lived at home.
    I think halls without your own bathroom sound grim! I’ve only lived with maximum of three other people (and occasionally boyfriends of my housemates) so it’s not too bad if you have a couple of toilets too!
    Saffron x

    • April 2, 2017 / 12:16 pm

      Thanks! Yeah I definitely couldn’t have done halls without a bathroom… can’t wait to read about your uni living experience later!
      Jas cx

  7. enyiie
    April 2, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    Hi Jas,
    I loved this post – it was really insightful. Honestly, I’ve never lived away from home for an extended period of time so it was really interesting to read about it from another perspective. I am, however in the process of applying for study abroad in the UK, so if I get confirmed, I’m going to refer to this haha because I’ll finally be living away from home then 😀 It’s so true what you said about friends that you start off with not being the ones you end up with! I hate the feeling of drifting apart from people but sometimes it’s inevitable 🙁
    xx Enyiie

    • April 2, 2017 / 12:52 pm

      Thank you! Studying abroad sounds so exciting I hope you get it and im glad you see this as a point of reference haha! Up until now I’d never lived away from home, so it was a nice new experience!
      Jas xx

  8. April 2, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    Even though I’m a second year, this made me so nostalgic for what accommodation was like for me last year! I had the same worried as you in all honesty, it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I did live with 6 other girls, so there was a bit of tension at times, but it wasn’t too bad!
    – Chloe
    chloetommo.co.uk
    xoxo

    • April 2, 2017 / 6:37 pm

      Awwwww haha I’m looking forward to second year next year, I’m living with 4 other girls next year, hopefully it won’t be too bad!
      Jas xx

  9. April 2, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    I mean I can’t relate because I commute to uni but I did think about how it would be if I stayed in halls. Love this post and it’s nice to see other people’s takes and views on uni and accommodation! x
    sami | possiblysami.com

    • April 2, 2017 / 8:28 pm

      Thank you! What’s commuting like? I’ve always wondered about that
      Jas xx

      • April 2, 2017 / 9:30 pm

        Oh god, expensive and can be stressful. However, at the same time I feel good coming back home everyday because it’d just feel so strange for me in a place that isn’t home aha x

  10. April 2, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Awww it’s nice to hear that you’re enjoying your time in halls & it sounds like you have some great flat mates, great post I enjoyed reading xxx

  11. April 2, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    Great post, I definitely would worry about that whenever and if I go to Uni and live on campus. I always worry about coming across crazy people, but I’m sure it’s best to always keep an open mind!

    • April 2, 2017 / 8:44 pm

      I was definitely worried about that too, but it’s so much easier than you’d first think!
      Jas xx

  12. April 2, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    This is a great post. I plan on going to uni in the future and this is definitely something that worries me. It’s always best to keep an open mind!

  13. April 2, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    I chose to stay at home whilst at uni purely because the thought of halls freaked me out, but seeing how well my friends got on with it I kinda regret it. Great advice for anyone starting out!
    C x
    http://Www.atartanrose.com

    • April 2, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      Haha I wouldn’t worry about it, you probably saved a looooot of money staying home for uni haha
      Jas xx

  14. April 2, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    This is so great to read about your university hall experience! I’m starting university in September and I have got an ensuite accomdation too, I was so nervous about not liking my flat mates but luckily enough I have actually found who my other 8 flat mates are and they are all so lovely! 😀 xx

    • April 2, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      That’s so great, finding out in advance should make things so much easier! Have fun in September, I’ve got a bunch of other honest uni related posts coming up soon, so stay tuned!
      Jas xx

      • April 2, 2017 / 9:16 pm

        Yeah it’s such a relief knowing who I’m sharing with! Thankyou very much, and yes I have followed your blog and I will definitely watch out for these posts!
        Chelsey xx

  15. April 2, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    I never went to Uni, partially because of the reasons and worries you’ve got listed there! But I’m so glad that it was all okay straight from the start!

  16. April 3, 2017 / 12:07 am

    Great post Jas.. This is exactly what I needed to read! I’m starting university this year and you’ve made me feel a lot better tbh haha! I’m excited now 🤗🤗🤗x

    • April 3, 2017 / 12:11 am

      Awwwww so glad you liked it! I’m doing a whole series on my honest opinion of different aspects of uni, so stay tuned 😉
      Jas xx

      • April 3, 2017 / 12:22 am

        Ah that will be great actually, I will do thank you! ☺️! Xx

  17. April 12, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    Your blog and Twitter make me so nostalgic for uni! Saying that, my accommodation experiences were awful so If I’d’ve written something like this I think I’d’ve scared a lot of people away 😂 I’m still salty about the teaspoons that never made it til the end 😭 ensuites are the best though amirite!!!
    PS. You’ve probably gathered by the likes and comments that I’m having a cheeky lil’ stalk/catch-up of your blog 😂

    • April 12, 2017 / 4:51 pm

      😂😂😂 thanks for the stalking sesh, sorry your living experience was so awful!
      Jas xx

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