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Students who aren't going to be living in halls

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    Sadly, I'm going to move in with family in birmingham. Hopefully I won't miss out on to much.

    Created this thread for all the students who aren't going to live in halls but have firmed aston

    I've applied for Psychology and no idea how long the commute is. I think 30 mins

    What about you guys?
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    I also am going to be living at home as I only live approximately 15mins from Aston
    I am quite worried about the prospect of not being invited to hall parties etc and not having a proper student life experienc, anyone else feel this way?
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    Same I've firmed aston, live about 20 mins away on the bus Bit worried if it'll be difficult making friends or getting invited to stuff D:
    We'll just have to see how it goes!
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    I was a home student at Aston, it was fine. You're a 5-10 minute walk away from the main bus route through the city centre, and a 10 minute walk away from three major train stations, so the commute is never going to be a big problem in Birmingham.

    You'll have to make a bit of an effort early on. The great thing about halls is that you effectively get handed a half dozen ready made friends who are all in the same situation.

    Join the home students society and go on the first few mixers/events they throw (they'll probably contact you before the beginning of term, but if not, the guild website will have contact details).

    Talk to the people you end up stood/sat next to during enrolment and during your first few weeks of lectures. There's a lot of queuing in the first week - don't do it in silence. Don't be the guy/girl who sits on their own in the front row. In fact, just don't be the guy/girl who sits in the front row, period (nothing good ever happens in the front row).

    Join a sports club (if only to hold off the fresher fifteen) or one of the non sports societies, go on the socials they hold, especially early on in the year.

    Basically, just cast your net widely and people will start to stick to you. Freshers do tend to socialise in their hall groups, particularly in the 1st Semester, but there are plenty of other ways to get drunk in good company.
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    (Original post by jch)
    I was a home student at Aston, it was fine. You're a 5-10 minute walk away from the main bus route through the city centre, and a 10 minute walk away from three major train stations, so the commute is never going to be a big problem in Birmingham.

    You'll have to make a bit of an effort early on. The great thing about halls is that you effectively get handed a half dozen ready made friends who are all in the same situation.

    Join the home students society and go on the first few mixers/events they throw (they'll probably contact you before the beginning of term, but if not, the guild website will have contact details).

    Talk to the people you end up stood/sat next to during enrolment and during your first few weeks of lectures. There's a lot of queuing in the first week - don't do it in silence. Don't be the guy/girl who sits on their own in the front row. In fact, just don't be the guy/girl who sits in the front row, period (nothing good ever happens in the front row).

    Join a sports club (if only to hold off the fresher fifteen) or one of the non sports societies, go on the socials they hold, especially early on in the year.

    Basically, just cast your net widely and people will start to stick to you. Freshers do tend to socialise in their hall groups, particularly in the 1st Semester, but there are plenty of other ways to get drunk in good company.
    I'm just concerned that making friends good enough to invite you to come to the hall parties in like the first week will be very hard :confused:
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    Which is what the Home students society is there for. You wont be the only person in that situation.

    I'm not quite sure what these hall parties you speak of are; most people will have a few drinks in their halls whilst they get ready, but then they go out.
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    Missy, I'm exactly the same as you! Put Aston as my firm choice to study psychology. I live in Kenilworth, so I'll drive to Warwick and get the train in to Moor Street. This is if I get the grades, mind...
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    I'm feeling pretty much feeling the same as you guys. Feel like I'll be missing out on the 'uni experience'
    But we'll just have to make the extra effort to talk to people and join clubs and society.
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    (Original post by Mortson)
    Missy, I'm exactly the same as you! Put Aston as my firm choice to study psychology. I live in Kenilworth, so I'll drive to Warwick and get the train in to Moor Street. This is if I get the grades, mind...
    Now that sounds long. I really do hope I get the grades. Just biology I'm worried about. Goodluck!!
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    (Original post by jch)
    I was a home student at Aston, it was fine. You're a 5-10 minute walk away from the main bus route through the city centre, and a 10 minute walk away from three major train stations, so the commute is never going to be a big problem in Birmingham.

    You'll have to make a bit of an effort early on. The great thing about halls is that you effectively get handed a half dozen ready made friends who are all in the same situation.

    Join the home students society and go on the first few mixers/events they throw (they'll probably contact you before the beginning of term, but if not, the guild website will have contact details).

    Talk to the people you end up stood/sat next to during enrolment and during your first few weeks of lectures. There's a lot of queuing in the first week - don't do it in silence. Don't be the guy/girl who sits on their own in the front row. In fact, just don't be the guy/girl who sits in the front row, period (nothing good ever happens in the front row).

    Join a sports club (if only to hold off the fresher fifteen) or one of the non sports societies, go on the socials they hold, especially early on in the year.

    Basically, just cast your net widely and people will start to stick to you. Freshers do tend to socialise in their hall groups, particularly in the 1st Semester, but there are plenty of other ways to get drunk in good company.
    Thanks that helped

    I dont drink and clubbing really isnt my thing. Do you think I'll be disadvantaged at making friends and getting to know people?

    Of course I know that not everyone does go clubbing and drinks.

    I'll defo join lots of societies
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    (Original post by jch)
    Which is what the Home students society is there for. You wont be the only person in that situation.

    I'm not quite sure what these hall parties you speak of are; most people will have a few drinks in their halls whilst they get ready, but then they go out.
    Im sure a lot of spontaneous and random parties take place only in halls.
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    (Original post by .Missy)
    Thanks that helped

    I dont drink and clubbing really isnt my thing. Do you think I'll be disadvantaged at making friends and getting to know people?

    Of course I know that not everyone does go clubbing and drinks.

    I'll defo join lots of societies
    Same about the clubbing and drinks! I was starting to feel as though I was the only one!

    And adman, I wouldn't worry too much. From what people have said here and in other threads, there are loads of things to be doing without worrying about those.
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    (Original post by Mortson)
    Same about the clubbing and drinks! I was starting to feel as though I was the only one!

    And adman, I wouldn't worry too much. From what people have said here and in other threads, there are loads of things to be doing without worrying about those.
    Lol nahh I'm sure theres loads of us
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    (Original post by Adman32)
    Im sure a lot of spontaneous and random parties take place only in halls.
    Hmm...not the way I remember it (I was a halls student at a different uni - long story) - the only floor parties my flat held lasted until 10pm, when everyone left to go to the union. There's not really anywhere to have a party in halls. There's only so many people you can fit into a shared kitchen. When the guild is 5 minutes away and Broad St. is 10 minutes away, there's really no reason to stay in your flat.

    Now 2nd year house parties - those are an entirely different beast.
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    (Original post by .Missy)
    Thanks that helped

    I dont drink and clubbing really isnt my thing. Do you think I'll be disadvantaged at making friends and getting to know people?
    Not at all. If anything you'll be at an advantage because you'll spend less time tired, hungover and cranky.
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    (Original post by jch)
    Not at all. If anything you'll be at an advantage because you'll spend less time tired, hungover and cranky.
    Never thought of it that way, haha thanks

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