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    For my first year of university I'm not planning on going into the university accommodation and I just wanted to know if anyone else is doing the same? It's not that I don't want to go into them it's just that I think I will prefer to rent a place as I think it will work better for me in the long-run.
    Any comments will be much appreciated!
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    I think that it would probably hinder your social life a fair bit, I can understand if you are mature student you may not want to be with a load of freshers though. Is there any particular reason you really don't want to live in halls?

    Edit: I see that you are potentially considering Hallam, I'm at uni in Sheffield and Hallam seems to have pretty good halls that are quite sociable! Sheffield does have 1 person flats but they are quite expensive as most of them are in the city centre in the big towers.
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    It's more the fact that I'm planning on living with a friend in private accommodation but the social life part is a big worry for me as I don't want to be isolated :/
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    It's good to talk to someone who has the experience with it to be honest do you think this will be lessened if I live somewhere with a friend?
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    (Original post by Chapeau Rouge)
    I think that it would probably hinder your social life a fair bit, I can understand if you are mature student you may not want to be with a load of freshers though. Is there any particular reason you really don't want to live in halls?

    Edit: I see that you are potentially considering Hallam, I'm at uni in Sheffield and Hallam seems to have pretty good halls that are quite sociable! Sheffield does have 1 person flats but they are quite expensive as most of them are in the city centre in the big towers.
    That's another thing, the process of finding somewhere in time! What is Sheffield like as a city? I went to the open days at Hallam and I really fell in love with how vibrant it seems to be
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    If you make the effort, then your social life will not suffer

    My boyfriend lives about 15 minutes drive away from Keele and his social life is far more active than mine is, even though he's lived at home. Uni is what you make of it!

    Another friend of mine lived in halls for her first year and then moved home for her final two years. You could do that to save some money and make a load of friends!
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    (Original post by Laurah5498)
    If you make the effort, then your social life will not suffer

    My boyfriend lives about 15 minutes drive away from Keele and his social life is far more active than mine is, even though he's lived at home. Uni is what you make of it!

    Another friend of mine lived in halls for her first year and then moved home for her final two years. You could do that to save some money and make a load of friends!
    Thanks for the support actually I'm considering putting Keele as my insurance choice, what's it like? As I haven't been to an open day so have no idea what it's like :/
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    (Original post by SS7514)
    Thanks for the support actually I'm considering putting Keele as my insurance choice, what's it like? As I haven't been to an open day so have no idea what it's like :/
    Keele is fantastic. I am heavily biased though

    The teaching I get is pretty good. You get the fantastic ones and the ones you want to punch in the face repeatedly but its the same everywhere I imagine.

    The campus is a bit of a bombsite at the moment cause of the bottom floor of the union and the Concourse being redone but that'll all be new and shiny for September. The campus is like a bubble but you can get more or less everywhere fairly easily. If Keele is your insurance, you will be living off campus in first year because we're really oversubscribed and the like.

    We're like Marmite, you either love us or hate us. You'll have to have a look around before results day, its an open campus so you can pretty much wander as you please. If its hot, you'll find virtually the whole uni out on the grass by Keele Hall and the lake. The nightlife is pretty good, I'm friends with this years Ents officer and she's really turned it around from last year. At our end of year festival we have Feeder, Run DMC and Get Cape Wear Cape Fly play!

    Exciting stuff We're also good if you like squirrels!
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    (Original post by Laurah5498)
    Keele is fantastic. I am heavily biased though

    The teaching I get is pretty good. You get the fantastic ones and the ones you want to punch in the face repeatedly but its the same everywhere I imagine.

    The campus is a bit of a bombsite at the moment cause of the bottom floor of the union and the Concourse being redone but that'll all be new and shiny for September. The campus is like a bubble but you can get more or less everywhere fairly easily. If Keele is your insurance, you will be living off campus in first year because we're really oversubscribed and the like.

    We're like Marmite, you either love us or hate us. You'll have to have a look around before results day, its an open campus so you can pretty much wander as you please. If its hot, you'll find virtually the whole uni out on the grass by Keele Hall and the lake. The nightlife is pretty good, I'm friends with this years Ents officer and she's really turned it around from last year. At our end of year festival we have Feeder, Run DMC and Get Cape Wear Cape Fly play!

    Exciting stuff We're also good if you like squirrels!
    Haha! That does sound like a good place and it's good to hear from someone who goes there what course are you studying? I've put down to study Psychology with Criminology and I need BBC but I'm seriously considering it for an insurance
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    (Original post by SS7514)
    It's good to talk to someone who has the experience with it to be honest do you think this will be lessened if I live somewhere with a friend?
    This was a slightly different situation but when I moved to Bristol for my PhD, a friend from my undergrad decided to move here at the same time, and I point blank refused to live with him. Now as a postgrad you don't have the everyone-else-is-in-halls thing, but I was still very much aware that if I lived with Jacob then we would just do a lot of stuff together and I wouldn't make much effort to meet other people.

    Your experience will vary hugely depending on the uni (as an undergrad the vast majority of my friends were from societies, but in Bristol this just doesn't seem to happen) but I would say you'll be massively shooting yourself in the foot renting privately in your first year. Even in terms of getting to know coursemates: you see people in lectures, bump into them in hall, figure out you live together, and suddenly you have the people you're gonna frantically pester for notes when you're revising :p: Or you want to join a society, and to start with you're a bit nervous about going alone... the people who you faintly recognise from hall are the people who make it a bit more bearable.

    For lots of unis every big night is arranged individually by halls and people not in halls really miss out. It's fine once you make other friends, but it's quite hard to do that in the first place if everyone else is frantically bonding and you're not. Plus, what happens if you and your one friend fall out?

    What's your motivation for wanting to live alone anyway?
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    (Original post by SS7514)
    Haha! That does sound like a good place and it's good to hear from someone who goes there what course are you studying? I've put down to study Psychology with Criminology and I need BBC but I'm seriously considering it for an insurance
    I'm studying International Relations I have less than a month left though. Keele was my insurance too and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!

    I've heard good things about Psychology and Criminology, I've got a few friends that study it
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    (Original post by Cirsium)
    This was a slightly different situation but when I moved to Bristol for my PhD, a friend from my undergrad decided to move here at the same time, and I point blank refused to live with him. Now as a postgrad you don't have the everyone-else-is-in-halls thing, but I was still very much aware that if I lived with Jacob then we would just do a lot of stuff together and I wouldn't make much effort to meet other people.

    Your experience will vary hugely depending on the uni (as an undergrad the vast majority of my friends were from societies, but in Bristol this just doesn't seem to happen) but I would say you'll be massively shooting yourself in the foot renting privately in your first year. Even in terms of getting to know coursemates: you see people in lectures, bump into them in hall, figure out you live together, and suddenly you have the people you're gonna frantically pester for notes when you're revising :p: Or you want to join a society, and to start with you're a bit nervous about going alone... the people who you faintly recognise from hall are the people who make it a bit more bearable.

    For lots of unis every big night is arranged individually by halls and people not in halls really miss out. It's fine once you make other friends, but it's quite hard to do that in the first place if everyone else is frantically bonding and you're not. Plus, what happens if you and your one friend fall out?

    What's your motivation for wanting to live alone anyway?

    To a certain extent I like my own space (I'm not anti-social at all and I love going on nights out with friends etc too) but I think that I would probably work a lot better if I wasn't in halls, however I completely take your point about meeting people and I guess I'm kind of hoping that there will be other people who choose not to live on campus too and are in a similar situation that I am, as I'm not sure what Hallam is like for accommodation but I'm thinking there may not be enough for everyone?
    I suppose I'm going to be taking a risk if I don't go into Uni Accommodation but I'm hoping that through things like societies and work etc that it won't affect my social life too much
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    (Original post by SS7514)
    That's another thing, the process of finding somewhere in time! What is Sheffield like as a city? I went to the open days at Hallam and I really fell in love with how vibrant it seems to be
    Sheffield is amazing, it always seems to get a bad rep from people who haven't been as they've seen the Full Monty and know that its industry has declined so expect it to be horrible but it's such a great city! I would love to stay after I graduate but there are very few graduate jobs here
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    (Original post by Chapeau Rouge)
    Sheffield is amazing, it always seems to get a bad rep from people who haven't been as they've seen the Full Monty and know that its industry has declined so expect it to be horrible but it's such a great city! I would love to stay after I graduate but there are very few graduate jobs here
    Aww that's a shame, it seems like a really great place so I'm looking forward to going there, just got to get the grades now!
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    If you like socialising, drinking excessively, don't mind noise throughout the day and being woken up at 4am when everyone gets back from clubbing (or indeed, staying up till 4am if you're the one out clubbing) and are OK with mess, then you'll be fine in halls.

    If, however, you aren't any of the above, then I would reconsider going into halls.

    You might have figured out that I'm not a great advocate of halls of residence.
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    (Original post by SS7514)
    For my first year of university I'm not planning on going into the university accommodation and I just wanted to know if anyone else is doing the same? It's not that I don't want to go into them it's just that I think I will prefer to rent a place as I think it will work better for me in the long-run.
    Any comments will be much appreciated!
    Don't worry if you don't go in university accommodation. I was in university accommodation for one semester and moved out with friends to live with. I prefer it that way because our university accommodation is built in fire alarm meaning if one idiot does something, everyone has to evacuate as the people search the premises.

    You can join clubs and societies, host your own party in your own accommodation with sound speakers. It's a same thing really, just moving to another location, really.

    If your natural at talking to people and making friends, it should not be a problem, if it is. Like I said, there are societies and clubs.

    Join for University president if you must.
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    Thankyou for both of those replies
    See that's what I figured about joining societies and stuff, I'm not like anti-social but I'm one of those people who needs their own space, especially with studying and stuff.
    Hahaa the fire alarms would drive me mad, and unless I'm out clubbing then there's no way I would appreciate being woken up at 4am!
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    (Original post by SS7514)
    For my first year of university I'm not planning on going into the university accommodation and I just wanted to know if anyone else is doing the same? It's not that I don't want to go into them it's just that I think I will prefer to rent a place as I think it will work better for me in the long-run.
    Any comments will be much appreciated!
    I don't think this will be a major problem. Personally I chose to live at home as it's a much cheaper option and you don't have problems with noisy flatmates or people staggering back at 3am in the morning. I still lead an active social life through various societies and after the first few weeks people forget who lives where (the important thing is to make some close friends you know will remember to ask you along to events). In addition if you make close friends and live too far from campus you can always stay in their flat on the occasional night.
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    Private Accommodation over University Accommodation any day!!!

    I'm Doing it myself. I mean its better to have your own place tbh, social life and your own life should not be the same, think about it, you have more freedom and less disturbance when you are resting, If u wanna socialized then just go to the university halls or go to clubs whatever haha, but yeah imo private accommodation are better than university accommodation.

    Fact: All my friends who stayed at university halls for their first year moved out on their second year and stayed at private halls.

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