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Would it be rude or inappropriate for me to ask to be placed with only UK students?

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    So, I am technically an international student because I currently live in California, but I am actually from England. I was talking to my mum about accommodation next year, and she proposed that I ask on the accommodation form to be placed with only UK students. Her logic behind that is that because I am considered an international student, they are likely to place me in the same flat as a bunch of other international students, and I won't get an "authentic" experience...I agree with her. I want to feel like I am actually experiencing Scotland/the UK.
    Do you think they for the most part put international students together? And also, how can I politely mention that I want to be placed with solely UK students on my accommodation form? Thank you!

    Just to make it clear I am going to University in the UK next year..
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    No it wouldn't be rude, a lot internationals tend to not socialise for the most part with British people anyway. Being in a flat with 4/7 internationals has almost ruined uni so far.
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    I think you will get a raised eyebrow or two about it. If you want the UK experience so badly, why aren't you studying at one of our universities? I can't wait for my year abroad, so I can immerse myself in another country's culture. It's sad that you don't feel the same way
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    Not true! A lot of unis won't put international students together because they're aware that the whole university experience is about meeting new people, and new kinds of people you won't have met before. That's not to say you won't get put with any international students, but they shouldn't put you in accommodation with only internationals.
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    "and I won't get an "authentic" experience"
    What does that mean?
    Anyway, you are more used to people from your country, so I don't think it's racist to ask to be with people from your country.
    Just tell them you are used to your people, so you want to be with them. To me, it totally makes sense.
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    (Original post by gagaslilmonsteruk)
    I can't wait for my year abroad, so I can immerse myself in another country's culture. It's sad that you don't feel the same way
    I have been immersing myself in another country's culture for the past 6 years, and for the past 3 I have been at boarding school and therefore have met a lot of people from many different cultures. I just want to immerse myself back in my own culture now..
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    Do as you like, just remember that every piece of correspondence you have with the university itself (not the professors, or what have you) is kept on file. That could reasonably be on your file, without the benefit of your explanation, for quite awhile.
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    university residences tend to mix people up.
    but i guess there's no harm in asking.

    (Original post by DwightSchrute)
    So, I am technically an international student because I currently live in California, but I am actually from England. I was talking to my mum about accommodation next year, and she proposed that I ask on the accommodation form to be placed with only UK students. Her logic behind that is that because I am considered an international student, they are likely to place me in the same flat as a bunch of other international students, and I won't get an "authentic" experience...I agree with her. I want to feel like I am actually experiencing Scotland/the UK.
    Do you think they for the most part put international students together? And also, how can I politely mention that I want to be placed with solely UK students on my accommodation form? Thank you!

    Just to make it clear I am going to University in the UK next year..
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    (Original post by gagaslilmonsteruk)
    I think you will get a raised eyebrow or two about it. If you want the UK experience so badly, why aren't you studying at one of our universities? I can't wait for my year abroad, so I can immerse myself in another country's culture. It's sad that you don't feel the same way
    :facepalm2: why do people never read threads properly? They ARE going to a university in the UK, they want to be staying with people from the UK because they're originally from England. What is so hard to understand here?
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    (Original post by gagaslilmonsteruk)
    I think you will get a raised eyebrow or two about it. If you want the UK experience so badly, why aren't you studying at one of our universities? I can't wait for my year abroad, so I can immerse myself in another country's culture. It's sad that you don't feel the same way
    Dude. Read the freaking thread.
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    I doubt there's any way the uni could do that anyway.

    I've never heard of any accommodation that is given out to purely international/home students, so it probably just wouldn't even be possible.
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    (Original post by DwightSchrute)
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    From what I've seen most universities try to mix up students of different nationalities and from different courses in order to encourage socialising- it would be unusual for your uni to put a flat together of all international students (unless you were on a specific scheme where you lived with other internationals).

    You can probably find out the most about their policy by asking on here about the specific uni (it may have a forum of its own) or contacting the accomm office/uni website.

    Also at the end of the day, if you don't strike good friendships with your flat members there are many other ways to make friends, not least popping in to the flat down the hall If you did make a request I can only imagine they would say they can't do specific ones for non-medical reasons and they'll do their best to mix everyone.

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    Thanks for the responses everyone Do you guys think I could just ask if I can be placed with "mainly" home students instead of "only"? Even if there's a chance they won't even take it into consideration, I don't want to end up regretting not putting it next year if I don't like my flatmates.
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    ...you're going to St Andrews, aren't you? If so, 1/6 of the university is American so you'll find other internationals pretty difficult to avoid :-p
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    As the person above said, hard to avoid Americans at St Andrews
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    It is clear from reading your post that you are racist. Shame on you. Typical british racism.
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    Bit of a strange question....

    To my knowledge uni's don't seperate students into international and local...although there MAY be certain sections of uni accommodation that would be more likely to be international or local, due to issues like price etc.

    You're living in the UK - therefore you'll get the real "home" experience. You'll have food, events etc all around your campus which will continually remind you of a UK experience. Being on a flat won't really change that. Also there's no guarantee that you'll necessarily bond well with others on your flat just because they're "local"

    While I understand your question, I DO think you should open yourself to the University experience in its entirety as opposed to just on a local identity. I TOTALLY understand a need to identify with your roots, but I think it would be a bit detrimental to FOCUS too much on it
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    ultimately accomodation is just somewhere to sleep, yes it's nice if you can socialise with your flatmates but unless you are placed in a head lease miles away from anywhere and anyone else , there's always someone next door, upstairs / downstairs / across the landing -also to be honest you are also likely to be spending time with your coursemates and people in any clubs or societies you are in ...

    I'd be interested to know what the OP considers to be the 'authentic British university experience' - because if you go by the standards of the collegiate universities it's almost Hogwarts with vast communal dining halls presided over by academic Fellows ...

    self catering accommodation is a relatively recent i.e. <40 years development in UK universities, look at accommodation built between 1900s and 1970 it's predominatly catered halls - then you see the move to self catered accommodation slowly gathering pace with the development of accommodation like Richardson Road for Newcastle University in the 1970s which starts to set the 'flat' structure of UG accomodation into it;s current form ...
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    Okay guys I sent in the form with no special requests. I really hope I like my flatmates! Btw, I'm not going to St. Andrews haha
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    (Original post by Sharri5)
    It is clear from reading your post that you are racist. Shame on you. Typical british racism.
    At first I thought you were being serious, which, also would have made you an idiot.
    Then I saw your warning points, and -12 rep, and realised you're just a troll.

    Why even bother?

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