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    Hi

    I'm just wondering how accommodation is organised? Is it done alphabetically with students with surnames beginning 'A' together and so on, or is it done based on where a student has come from before, e.g. if two students came from the same college would they be in the same accommodation if they both chose self catered etc?

    I hope that made sense :L thanks
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    Hi Bananarama1,

    Firstly, here is our accommodation website http://www.kent.ac.uk/accommodation/ this will give you full details of all the accommodation on offer and also the processes by which we assign accommodation.

    We ask applicants for a first and second choice of accommodation type (en-suite, bed and bistro, self-catered etc), and then we try to give as many applicants their first choice as we can.

    We do not take into account names or whether or not a student is from the same college.

    We have recently started asking two questions to help organise students further, in order to help improve the first year experience for everyone. These are: What genre of music do you like? and How tidy a person are you? Both with a variety of options.

    Again, this is not an exact science, and there is no guaratee that the people you live with will have answered exactly the same as you, but we do our best to match people along these lines. Their 1st or 2nd choice preferences and their music and cleaning habits.

    It is quite a confusing and complicated process, so I hope I have made it at least somewhat clearer.

    Thanks for your question,

    Jay
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    Thanks for your reply

    So basically for the best chance for me and my friends to end up in the same house is making sure we all choose the same accommodation types and the same music taste and tidiness level (which we have anyway, I don't want to mess up the system)?
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    That would maximise your chances, yes.

    If it doesn't happen though, please don't be too worried. Having friends spread across campus is a great way to meet new people and increase your circle of friends.

    Also, because in the first few weeks there can be a lot of chopping and changing for people, you might have the option to move into the same house after you've arrived.

    Again, good luck!
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    Hi Bananarama1,

    I would just like to amend a few things I said due to being made aware of recent changes to the accommodation system for this year.

    Firstly, you can make 3-4 options of accommodation priorities and we ask 4-5 questions about lifestyle preferences.

    Secondly, if you and your friends in particular want to stay in the same house, there is a notes section, which if you let them know who you would like to stay with, they will try to sort that out for you - but unfortunately it cannot be guaranteed.

    I still urge you to think about the pros and cons of this, but hopefully it will help you.

    Jay
 
 
 
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