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    So I am now 24 and not getting any younger so if I want to live in halls and get the whole "halls experience" I best do it sooner than later! But the thing is I don't really relish the idea of living with 18 or 19 year olds. A year ago I think I would have been fine with it, but now.... and the fact is even when I was 18 and 19 I never would have enjoyed it anyway.

    I'm not even sure if I'd have a chance to live in student halls anyway, but there are private residence halls that I can look into if I decide I REALLY MUST GET THAT HALLS EXPERIENCE!!!

    What do you guys think?
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    I'm 22 and hoping to go to university in September when I'll have just turned 23 and I've been doing a lot of thinking about this subject. I'm not really a loud, party party type but I think I'm going to live in halls but go for the ones which have a reputation for being a bit quieter or a bit more mature. I still want the opportunity to make friends and socialise with people of all ages, cultures and etc but I'm not so keen on being kept up all night by hyperactive 18 year olds I think it'll be so much easier to get involved with things if I'm on campus and I don't have to go to things that I don't want to go to.
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    Ive never lived in halls - I'm 25 and on my 2nd degree now. I don't think I've missed out.
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    Yes lack of sleep. You can simulate that at home though, just turn the stereo on downstairs and try and get some sleeep still and...
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    Halls are ********.
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    There are a few people of that age in halls at the moment. Last night, I couldn't sleep until gone 4 because the guy next door, and the girl across the corridor had their music so loud. I guess that would be the same wherever you go. If I had to make the choice again, I don't think I would have gone in halls. I don't know what I would have done though..
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    (Original post by lunchbox)
    So I am now 24 and not getting any younger so if I want to live in halls and get the whole "halls experience" I best do it sooner than later! But the thing is I don't really relish the idea of living with 18 or 19 year olds. A year ago I think I would have been fine with it, but now.... and the fact is even when I was 18 and 19 I never would have enjoyed it anyway.

    I'm not even sure if I'd have a chance to live in student halls anyway, but there are private residence halls that I can look into if I decide I REALLY MUST GET THAT HALLS EXPERIENCE!!!

    What do you guys think?
    I think it's worth drawing a distinction between different types of shared student accommodation. Personally I doubt you'll miss out much from not living in halls, but you might enjoy living in shared private accommodation. Certainly at my university there are companies who cater towards people who don't want to be in halls but want to be with others. That generally means that the people living in those flats are slightly more mature, looking to make friends and not necessarily looking to only party 24/7.

    Halls can be a good or a bad experience and that is really dependent on luck (who you are placed with) and on your own effort to go out there and make friends if you haven't started off naturally lucky. Obviously the benefit to halls is the easy ability to make friends, and to have a large group of people to go out with from the start of the year. However, if you are confident that you will put in the effort to make friends elsewhere (your course, societies and clubs etc), then you'll have a good social life anyway. Beyond that halls just give you a feeling of belonging, but as so many people move-out in their second years anyway that is only very temporary and should not affect your decision.

    I would advise you not to go for halls if you're prepared to make friends elsewhere. That's better IMO too cause then your friends have similar interests to you rather than just living next door and enjoying drinking!
    But do look into other forms of shared living, as it is cheaper and more sociable.
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    You might not like it. It's mostly about getting very drunk, doing stupid things at 4 in the morning, getting out of bed at 3pm and having lots of casual sex. Also, first year students tend to be really unhygienic - I got pretty ill just from living in that environment.
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    I dont think it ranks that highly in the "things to do before you die" list.
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    You've missed out on living with a bunch of randomers who you may or may not like. You've missed out on being woken up by your flatmate who for the 16th time has lost his keys and just bangs on the door until someone lets him in. You've missed out on no washing up being done and having to fight your way into a "clean" part of the kitchen to cook. You've missed out on countless night's sleep before important things (exams, interviews, whatever). In conclusion, you've not missed out on much imo. I hated halls. Houses all the way!
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    Living in halls at the moment and what I think people rate it for is the excitement of being thrown in with strangers, the freedom to mess around for a year and the fact that there are no parents for the first time in your life. It's really nothing special and very much doubt the 'hall's experience' is any different to what you've already had in your life after moving out.
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    (Original post by McCoy)
    I think it's worth drawing a distinction between different types of shared student accommodation. Personally I doubt you'll miss out much from not living in halls, but you might enjoy living in shared private accommodation. Certainly at my university there are companies who cater towards people who don't want to be in halls but want to be with others. That generally means that the people living in those flats are slightly more mature, looking to make friends and not necessarily looking to only party 24/7.
    I agree, shared private accomodation is the best of both worlds.
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    I never lived in halls in my first year at uni when I was 19, and never thought I was missing out. Then through lack of choice really ended up living in halls in my 2nd year and absolutely loved it.
    Although that might well be because I WAS the flat mate waking people up at all hours of the night breaking things/playing music/having loud sex...
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    Yeah I've come to the decision that it's not that important anyway.
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    I agree with the others, its not exactly an unmissable experience. I hated them, but moving away from home did me good and I'd probably have regretted it when it was my first year, so it was a bit catch 22. I'd never do it again, as people say the freedom and fun social aspects can be gained in a flat or house. Feeling like a caged animal in an ugly little room in which it is extremely difficult not to become nocturnal, and surrounded with high density amounts of people who I largely didn't care about is not something I'd care to experience again.
 
 
 
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