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    (Original post by Jay Deeee)
    Banging on your door, of course :teehee:

    lol

    No, I meant I was the same.
    haha cool
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    I really love my student accommodation. I got lucky thoguh, and am in a student house (of flats totaling 93 students) which was redone 3 years ago, so it's reallllly nice inside. I have an ensuite and qutie a large room, and the 5 of us share a pretty big kitchen. Its really good being only 10 minutes away from lectures! I woke up half an hour before mine the toher day and sitll made it in time (with hair and makeup done too lol).

    Generally everyone ehre is pretty good and it isn't usually too loud. We do have some idiots though! One guy has thrown a wooden pallet down from the top of the building which almost hit me and ym flatmates who were at the bottom. Hoovers have been swining from their cables over stairs ans fire extinguishers are moved quite a bit. It can be a ltitle crazy and on the nights where people do start coming in at 4am in the mornign screaming their heads off it can be really annoying! But in general it is realy good!

    I get on realy well with my flatmates and also the flat across the corridor from me (the 2 girls I;m living with next year live in that flat). It can be a ltitle draining being around people constantly, and one girl HATES being on her own. She won't even cook until I;m cooking as she doesn't like being in te kitchen alone. As a result getting time to myself can be near impossible, and I feel guilt tripped sometimes to letting her stay in my room, when really I jsut want to be by myself or I need to be getting on with work. But in general I really love being able to knock on someones door and have company! Home used to bore me out of my mind!!

    And for those worried about going to uni accommodation and not really being a drinker, I'm not either! I go out quite a bit and have plenty of friends and it doesn;t make a difference at all!

    Ruth xx
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    It's pretty vague to just ask "What is accommodation like?", there are so many different factors that will influence this such as whether you're living in halls, in a flat, in a student house, what the people you're living with are like, what the location of your halls is like, what your own personality is like and the list goes on.

    I'll give my own personal experience though. I'm living in a catered hall in central London and have to say I'm having the time of my life, there's always something going on and friends to talk to and most of the people are really friendly. Since I'm living in catered halls, I don't have any of the problems associated with living in a flat or problems associated with cooking. I.e People not tidying up after themselves or people just generally being messy. The only place where this can be a problem is in the main common rooms, where people generally socialise but all in all, it never gets too bad and I can always just retreat back to my own room, where any mess is due to myself and is my responsibility.

    I think the main thing I really love about it isjust how social it is. Living at home before you only ever got to see friends at the weekends or in school, whereas now they all live right beside you. I feel more comfortable having people around that are all my age and all have some common interests with me, so every night I can go and have a good chat about whatever, instead of just sitting at home on the computer being bored. I can imagine though that some people would find all the social contact a bit overwhelming, the thing is, I don't HAVE to be social, I could theoretically just stay in my room and no one would hassle me, which is a good thing as well for those days where you have a lot of work to do. I think I'm pretty lucky where my room is situated though, it's right on the top floor so I rarely have a lot of drunk people running about screaming, although I rarely hear people complaining about that here.

    That's about all I can think of, I hope that helped a bit.
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    (Original post by Kiwiguy)
    At first, its like a strange holiday camp, with excess amounts of alcohol and random events.

    Then it just becomes a camp, with excess amounts of alcohol and random events, with the odd lecture.

    That sums it up nicely.
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    Hated Accommodation. Routinely kept awake until 6am due to loud music, shouting and banging doors when I had to get up for early lectures, my flatmates kept the kitchen in a state with rubbish left everywhere and old food and stains on the counter tops and my flatmates scared me. Always lock your door at night because someone tried to get in while I was asleep once the fire alarm went off early every Friday while I was in bed, and the student bar was a long walk across a field away from the accommodation. Never again. This was Avery Hill.
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    (Original post by StJimmy)
    Hated Accommodation. Routinely kept awake until 6am due to loud music, shouting and banging doors when I had to get up for early lectures, my flatmates kept the kitchen in a state with rubbish left everywhere and old food and stains on the counter tops and my flatmates scared me. Always lock your door at night because someone tried to get in while I was asleep once the fire alarm went off early every Friday while I was in bed, and the student bar was a long walk across a field away from the accommodation. Never again. This was Avery Hill.
    Damn, I guess you just can't beat home...
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    (Original post by StJimmy)
    Hated Accommodation. Routinely kept awake until 6am due to loud music, shouting and banging doors when I had to get up for early lectures, my flatmates kept the kitchen in a state with rubbish left everywhere and old food and stains on the counter tops and my flatmates scared me. Always lock your door at night because someone tried to get in while I was asleep once the fire alarm went off early every Friday while I was in bed, and the student bar was a long walk across a field away from the accommodation. Never again. This was Avery Hill.
    stilll...could be worse...
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    Hated halls but that could have been because I booked with UNITE. ******* useless money grabbing *******s.
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    1. fire alarms go off averagely 5 times a week (3 of those will be at around 3am due to smokers smoking inside at parties.

    2. noisy and smelly

    3.warm and cosy

    4. fun (like a summer camp) but after about 6 weeks you're like **** i want this holiday over and to go home.

    you have some amazing hilarious times but also it can be quite lonely!!!

    highs and lows....
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    I'm loving living in halls! It's social, but not really that noisy unless a bunch of people are predrinking in a kitchen together cos then it can get rowdy, and it's also easy to turn yourself into a recluse to get on with essays if you have the motivation to actually do 'em and you won't get disturbed much.
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    (Original post by georgia)
    I'm loving living in halls! It's social, but not really that noisy unless a bunch of people are predrinking in a kitchen together cos then it can get rowdy, and it's also easy to turn yourself into a recluse to get on with essays if you have the motivation to actually do 'em and you won't get disturbed much.

    Lucky you! I wouldn't have minded if that was the only real noise I had experienced in halls. Sadly it wasn't.
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    (Original post by Charlski)
    Lucky you! I wouldn't have minded if that was the only real noise I had experienced in halls. Sadly it wasn't.
    Granted one time in I think the third week a bunch of people came back really late and banged on doors and yelled and stuff but after I yelled at them the next day they haven't dared do it again, haha. And the guy above me plays guitar all.the.time but usually that's not a big deal cos it's not like he's bad at it or anything!

    Sorry your experience has been much different :hugs:
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    It's not been too bad here at Solent. Only one noisy flatmate at night, whom I have had revenge on in several ways . Only 2 fire alarms so far since moving in, most of our flat pause to throw clothes on/grab phones wallets ipods handbags etc before going out lol, everyone else is outside a lot faster than us, if I could see fire/smoke then I'd probably be a fair bit quicker about it. I live in a quiet block and even now see people I have never met in our halls.

    Biggest problem for me is being woken up by the noisy flatmate, not having hot showers and dirty/limited kitchen equipment (fridge/freezer/oven etc). Luckily our kitchen cupboards can be padlocked to retain some security. Oh and flatmates who smoke cigs/weed and the smell manages to get into your room despite closed door with stuff shoved in the gaps and closed windows.

    I do miss a sofa! We don't have a communal area, its usually the corridor now, or the pub...
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    (Original post by georgia)
    Granted one time in I think the third week a bunch of people came back really late and banged on doors and yelled and stuff but after I yelled at them the next day they haven't dared do it again, haha. And the guy above me plays guitar all.the.time but usually that's not a big deal cos it's not like he's bad at it or anything!

    Sorry your experience has been much different :hugs:

    Thanks :o:

    I do wish my experiences had been much more like yours, but having had very similar experiences in halls in two different universities, I'm afraid I've become very cynical about it all :p:
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    (Original post by crazylemon)
    ******* awesome.

    Love it, never have any problems and as I sleep so heavily I may as well be dead never get woken up by banging at 4am (even if it is on my door and people at the other end of the corridor can hear it.
    Dude, you're sig is ******* brilliant!
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    (Original post by metro2610)
    Dude, you're sig is ******* brilliant!
    Thanks
    You mean the vid I assume?
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    (Original post by crazylemon)
    Thanks
    You mean the vid I assume?
    :yep: Makes this politics revision a lot easier (Y). Cheers man!
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    My halls is lovely, the rooms are small but we have a massive kitchen and the shower is stronger than my shower back home. Flatmates are all fairly considerate, although there was some weird drama rehersal going on in the kitchen last night. The kitchen will end up a state. I think you just have to be relaxed about it and go with the flow so long as nobody takes the piss. There's not a lot of privacy, as the walls are paper thin and you can kind of hear what people are up to... =|

    Fire alarms are a common occurence, because the steam from the showers can set them off, and people seem to like showering at 4:30 am. No-one rushes outside, we generally stop to put a coat and shoes on, and it helps if someone from the flat remembers a key to get back in! In general I get more people banging on the flat door in the morning, like "is so and so in". Which is ok, but I like my lay ins, because I'm one of the idiots who's up til 3am some nights.

    Accomadation is what you make of it to some extent.
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    (Original post by Jay Deeee)
    Again, it depends on the University. However, it is possible there will be weekly/every 2 weeks fire drills around 2/3pm, but you don't have to do anything, just sit it out for 2 mins.
    When I was in halls, the fire alarm went off in the middle of the night at least once a month, I'd say. This involved going outside, waiting for about ten minutes for the fire brigade to arrive, then another ten minutes for them to go around the building doing whatever the hell firemen do when there's clearly not a fire to fight. It certainly wasn't a quick affair. In the end, I just stopped leaving my room - if there was an actual fire, I may have been burned to a cinder, but it was a risk I was willing to take. Well done to whoever created the university fire policy.

    You'd have to have pretty awful management to arrange a fire drill for the middle of the night. I'd actually complain about that. With us, I think it was just that the smoke detectors in the kitchens were far, far too sensitive.
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    Is it true you can hear your flatmates getting up to things with their bf/gf lots of nights?
 
 
 

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