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    I realise that most, if not all, first-year students live in the halls. It is a part of the 'student experience', and it can facilitate lifelong friendships.

    On the other hand, I am very lucky to be able to afford to live in a studio flat close to the popular student areas, just a stone's throw from the University campus.

    I am equally happy in my own company as in a group of friends, so I will be joining a couple of societies, of course, and I'm willing to make an effort to socialise. But I am at Uni to study (boo hiss etc), and hence would like to have a bit of peace and quiet in order to get work done.

    Do you think living on your own in the first year is a disaster waiting to happen? Or can it be a pleasant experience? Quite a few people on TSR (from similar threads) are not keen on the thought.

    Thank you!

    Edit: I am sorry if my tone offends anyone; I honestly don't know what to do because people always say that the halls often bring the best memories.
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    It could be a dreadfully isolating experience, and truth be told halls aren't party 24/7 anyway - you'll still be able to get your work done.

    If I were you I'd go into halls in first year and then see how I felt for subsequent years.

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    (Original post by CopoDeNieve)
    I realise that most, if not all, first-year students live in the halls. It is a part of the 'student experience', and it can facilitate lifelong friendships.

    On the other hand, I am very lucky to be able to afford to live in a studio flat close to the popular student areas, just a stone's throw from the University campus.

    I am equally happy in my own company as in a group of friends, so I will be joining a couple of societies, of course, and I'm willing to make an effort to socialise. But I am at Uni to study (boo hiss etc), and hence would like to have a bit of peace and quiet in order to get work done.

    Do you think living on your own in the first year is a disaster waiting to happen? Or can it be a pleasant experience? Quite a few people on TSR (from similar threads) are not keen on the thought.

    Thank you!

    Edit: I am sorry if my tone offends anyone; I honestly don't know what to do because people always say that the halls often bring the best memories.
    I would say halls for first year defiantly then a house with mates living on you own at uni at least for me was a last resort
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    HALLS.

    You are about to enter a course which is all about people, you'll have to get along with all sorts of people and most people make great friends in halls too.

    I live in halls and I very very rarely ever have loud noise bothering me, of course I could just be lucky but for me personally I find the library is the best place for me to concentrate .

    Ofc it's up to you. Personally I'd be lonely (I couldn't go a day without seeing someone else, I'm not good on my own haha I get bored easily).
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    Just to add to what everyone else has already said, halls are the way to go. I've started to notice that most of the people I speak to are medics, because I see them everyday on my course, and we're together 9-5 everyday. But it's nice to go back to halls at the end of the day and be in the company of other students who aren't studying medicine. It stops your life being just about medicine.

    As for noise, I have never had a problem with it. Here in Cardiff, they ask the students to not make too much noise during exam periods, and if you do have a problem, there's always the library.

    I think it would get quite lonely living by yourself, even if you do join clubs/societies etc. I love going back to my flat and being surrounded by students.. and I'm not a very social person. I rarely go out, and prefer time to myself.
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    Like others have said, I'd recommend halls for your first year. I'm a current first year medic and I share your desire to study, but the first year is really not that intense.

    Use your first year to build friendships and connections and then move out into a house with other medics or on your own in subsequent years. Things don't get really intense until 3rd year anyways.
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    Don't live by yourself, it is really boring. It may feel like you can deal with life without people but being around familiar people is something people really take for granted. Due to family issues I spend most holidays in the university halls by myself and although I see other people on campus it's not the same- it gets to you very quickly.
 
 
 
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