My time at University is soon to be coming to an end, my third and final year is one that I want to make the best of and cherish for the rest of my life as one of the most fun, stressful and hardworking challenges I’ve had to overcome and hopefully succeed with a decent grade in the bag. So I decided to write about my living experience within my time of study.
So let’s get the tough stuff out the way first shall we.
Living in University Halls as a whole
Living in halls has been a complete down side to my three years. First year was a massive whirlwind and I felt like I didn’t belong, in many respects my flat mates had completely different personalities to one another and second year I had two third year boys living with me that liked to be in their rooms at all times alone.
You might question ‘if you had such a bad experience first year then why didn’t you live with friends or commute from home’?
Well, all of my course friends were either close to their flat mates they started out with or already luckily lived with one another so it was hard for me to come up with a suggestion.
So for my final year I decided to ask a friend I’ve known for many years back home to live with me, someone who’s currently in her second year and also had a negative experience living in halls with random people her first year.
It does get better. Yet this experience doesn’t happen to everyone and most people are incredibly lucky to become BFF’S with their flat mates it doesn’t always work out like that. I had high expectations from mature friends that university life would be so easy and so fun straight from the word go, and for me that was misleading.
2. Halls can be crazy expensive
You may find it expensive for what is on offer and there is a huge difference within high and low end accommodation based on terms of comfort. Privacy can be shattered with thin walls.
However it may be more expensive than private living but you have all the facilities included such as heating and water expenses along with accommodation maintenance staff on hand if anything needs to be repaired straight away.
3. Might not get the cleanest flat mates
Pot luck can be a thing and it has been averagely okay for me this year to be honest (apart from having a slice of kebab clinging to the floor for days) but the last two years not so. Prepare for the filthiest things your eyes will ever see, no jokes it can be grim.
Do yourself a favor and be that nagging clean freak, nothing worse than not being able to sit and watch tv on a sofa with your mates and having to seclude yourself in a tiny room because someone has made it a hell hole. Stand your ground when needed.
1. Freedom and easing into independent living
Although there might be down sides to university life such as badly picked flat mates, yucky floors and dishes… it’s so great having your own independence and having the fun of cooking your own meals everyday, creating another bedroom for you to live in, having the freedom and going out whenever you want to.
Social life is great and with freshers at the beginning of each year it’s best to just go and break the ice with everyone and see what your community has to offer. Whether that be making friends with your neighbours, joining a society or even just pushing yourself out there with something you wouldn’t normally do. My aim is to join the gym this year.
2. Location for most Halls is great
Halls can be so close into the heart of the city, highstreet shopping galore and a doorstep away from your local supermarket. No more daily struggles carrying those hefty bags.
Another positive is no dodgy nights out in taxis when all the pubs and clubs are super close you can just be a minute walk away.
This is one of my favorite things about living in halls, nothing is better than having a catch up with friends or family and be a corner away from your flat.
3. The chance to meet different types of people
Freshers is important for this, you need to get yourself out there and meet as many different people as you can, for social skills and to just prove to yourself that you can have confidence.
Also through the course, I have met many incredible people during my time at University and I know that some will be friends for life and have been there since day one of starting and I’m so grateful to have met them, others have taught me lessons in life to just grab what I can and just go for it.
I’ve never been this happy in my final year to finally find that I’m having a great experience and it really is what you make it, nobody can change it for you, you have to do these things by yourself.
I hope you liked my post about the pros and cons of university life, feel free to comment and check out the images above.