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    ok...so I got an offer from my first choice uni today (yes. i know- i'm still jumping! )

    Anyway, I got accepted at Durham, Hatfield College where there are alot of shared rooms for first years in the PG block, or so i am told...
    Apparently, there is a large chance the first year students will be allocated a shared room. I was wondering what people think about this?

    The way I look at it- it may be a good thing for some students as it offers the chance to make an instant friend...after all, most universities who have a 'shared room policy' try to match you up with somebody who complements your personality through questionnaires etc...
    Furthermore, if you are matched up with somebody from your course it gives you a good study partner and could cut the cost of books!!

    On the other hand, i think i would go mad if i could never get any privacy. I mean, of course you're not going to live in each others pockets...but you simply couldn't choose when you get 'alone' time.
    What would you do if one had a partner?? Could get difficult. Imagine you had to live with somebody who you simply didn't get on with...it could all get complicated..

    I simply can't decide whether sharing is a good thing! Any opinions? Any students out there currently sharing that can give us a good idea of what it is like?
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    As a private person the idea fills me with dread.
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    Well I've gone for a shared room on my application form. I thought long and hard about this cos I've always had my own room and I value my privacy. I'm hoping that I'll still be able to get some alone time though I don't expect much. However I chose to go for it because I'd really like to have a room mate to share things with. Also, the student who showed us round the uni mentioned that it was a good way to meet more ppl as u get to know their friends as well.
    Obviously, I am worried about having a personality clash but I get on fine with most people so hopefully I won't have a problem. Also, at St. A's, if u want to be in the central halls, u hav to go for a shared room so that influenced me.
    It depends on your personality as to whether it's the right option. I'd also be interested to hear other people's experiences of sharing.
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    im going for a single

    after all in most halls u share a kitchen and living space with 6-8 other students so u'll still be living with people, but at the same time u will have ur own space
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    (Original post by Peapod)
    As a private person the idea fills me with dread.
    Yeah, that's the thing that worried me. I'm quite a private person and i can get irritated if i'm surrounded by people against my will. I often need my 'alone' time, especially after spending time on a Gap year!

    On the other hand, i love to make friends..and having support like that in your first year could be useful and fun...
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    (Original post by Peapod)
    As a private person the idea fills me with dread.
    yup, me too *shudders*

    i just couldn't imagine not having my own personal space :eek:
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    I would die if I had to share a room! I haven't done that since I was about six and I quite often need my own personal space to chill out in. Sometime a few of my flatmates drive me nuts, at least I can retreat to my room then. But plenty of people do share rooms, it seems pretty standard in the US, so it must suit some people!
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    (Original post by Laces)
    ok...so I got an offer from my first choice uni today (yes. i know- i'm still jumping! )

    Anyway, I got accepted at Durham, Hatfield College where there are alot of shared rooms for first years in the PG block, or so i am told...
    Apparently, there is a large chance the first year students will be allocated a shared room. I was wondering what people think about this?

    The way I look at it- it may be a good thing for some students as it offers the chance to make an instant friend...after all, most universities who have a 'shared room policy' try to match you up with somebody who complements your personality through questionnaires etc...
    Furthermore, if you are matched up with somebody from your course it gives you a good study partner and could cut the cost of books!!

    On the other hand, i think i would go mad if i could never get any privacy. I mean, of course you're not going to live in each others pockets...but you simply couldn't choose when you get 'alone' time.
    What would you do if one had a partner?? Could get difficult. Imagine you had to live with somebody who you simply didn't get on with...it could all get complicated..

    I simply can't decide whether sharing is a good thing! Any opinions? Any students out there currently sharing that can give us a good idea of what it is like?
    I would rather have my own room I think.
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    when we went on a schooltrip last year we had to share rooms and by the end of the 10 days everyone was just fed up with sharing and not having their own room.
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    I used to be very bothered by this idea, but so far I've lived in boarding school for 8 years and always shared a room. More often than not, my roommates have been angels who take care of me when I'm ill, give me someone to talk to late at night, and since they know nearly everything about me, they've become like sisters to me.

    You may be able to benefit for economies of scale for stuff such as books, cooking utensils and basic household stuff!

    Hmm. It really depends on WHO your roommate is... so far I believe I've been really lucky. I'm an EXTREMELY private person who doesn't even go to parties because they're just not my thing. Funnily enough all my roommates tend to be like that too.

    My idea of a bad roommate would be someone with BO, no sense of personal hygiene, bringing friends into the room late at night and not respecting my space and property. Apart from that, I'm really looking forward to university btw... I'll be at durham too
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    Who the **** are Hatfield College?

    (Original post by Laces)
    ok...so I got an offer from my first choice uni today (yes. i know- i'm still jumping! )

    Anyway, I got accepted at Durham, Hatfield College where there are alot of shared rooms for first years in the PG block, or so i am told...
    Apparently, there is a large chance the first year students will be allocated a shared room. I was wondering what people think about this?

    The way I look at it- it may be a good thing for some students as it offers the chance to make an instant friend...after all, most universities who have a 'shared room policy' try to match you up with somebody who complements your personality through questionnaires etc...
    Furthermore, if you are matched up with somebody from your course it gives you a good study partner and could cut the cost of books!!

    On the other hand, i think i would go mad if i could never get any privacy. I mean, of course you're not going to live in each others pockets...but you simply couldn't choose when you get 'alone' time.
    What would you do if one had a partner?? Could get difficult. Imagine you had to live with somebody who you simply didn't get on with...it could all get complicated..

    I simply can't decide whether sharing is a good thing! Any opinions? Any students out there currently sharing that can give us a good idea of what it is like?
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    (Original post by Pencil Queen)
    http://www.dur.ac.uk/Hatfield/Index/...ome%20Page.htm

    You really do work hard to re-inforce peoples prejudices about Durham students don't you?
    lol; though with the front page on that website, they've got their work cut out.
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    (Original post by AveHan)
    Who the **** are Hatfield College?
    The college I applied to at Durham, simple as
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    (Original post by lilsunflower)
    I used to be very bothered by this idea, but so far I've lived in boarding school for 8 years and always shared a room. More often than not, my roommates have been angels who take care of me when I'm ill, give me someone to talk to late at night, and since they know nearly everything about me, they've become like sisters to me.

    You may be able to benefit for economies of scale for stuff such as books, cooking utensils and basic household stuff!

    Hmm. It really depends on WHO your roommate is... so far I believe I've been really lucky. I'm an EXTREMELY private person who doesn't even go to parties because they're just not my thing. Funnily enough all my roommates tend to be like that too.

    My idea of a bad roommate would be someone with BO, no sense of personal hygiene, bringing friends into the room late at night and not respecting my space and property. Apart from that, I'm really looking forward to university btw... I'll be at durham too
    So you've definately decided to go to Durham lilsunflower? For law? which college?
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    It is the practicalities that bother me also - like getting dressed/changed, you having to get up at different times, coming in later when one is asleep and getting ready for bed in the dark or being woken up by someone! Wanting to play music, watch your TV....
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    (Original post by Peapod)
    It is the practicalities that bother me also - like getting dressed/changed, you having to get up at different times, coming in later when one is asleep and getting ready for bed in the dark or being woken up by someone! Wanting to play music, watch your TV....
    The practicalities worry me too, I put down for a single room but would take a double if I had to, which rpobably means i am a mug! Anyway, i like the idea of being good friends with someone you share a room with but i am soooooo untidy and unsociable in mornings and late at night that I would annoy people. Also, where would my boyfriend stay?
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    (Original post by claire1985)
    The practicalities worry me too, I put down for a single room but would take a double if I had to, which rpobably means i am a mug! Anyway, i like the idea of being good friends with someone you share a room with but i am soooooo untidy and unsociable in mornings and late at night that I would annoy people. Also, where would my boyfriend stay?
    Sharing a room is bad unless you are a tolerant person! Having friend bf's over can be a contentious issue!

    If you are lucky enough to get someone you are compatible with you will make a frined for life!
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    Ave Han stop being so ignorant!!!!
    Hatfield are a college on the Bailey in Durham, the Dean once went on a little trip to Rome to see the Pope but if my historical knowledge is accurate then it seems that the leader of the Catholic Church was not best pleased to see him, and responded with a question not unlike your own.

    This is all just rumour and speculation of course.

    hahaha you should have come to Cuths......... Hatfield??? Bad Luck
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    oh yeah and i share a room, amusingly it is with someone of the same name as me, oh how we laugh about that.

    she is insane, absolutely unhinged, it is a big gamble sharing a room, but it is only for 8 weeks a term which is nothing, so it is fine.
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    (Original post by AmyBlue)
    Ave Han stop being so ignorant!!!!
    Hatfield are a college on the Bailey in Durham, the Dean once went on a little trip to Rome to see the Pope but if my historical knowledge is accurate then it seems that the leader of the Catholic Church was not best pleased to see him

    hahaha you should have come to Cuths......... Hatfield??? Bad Luck
    ...and this is what he said "**** off"!
 
 
 
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