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    I'm having trouble deciding whether I'd prefer a single room (which would allow me time to myself and more space) or a shared room (which would allow me to socialise more) at university. What are other people pros and cons and what would be recommended from personal experience? Thanks!
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    If you don't know anyone yet, I would opt for a single room. You might end up with someone awful!
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    Single room so that you can live the first year the way you want to and not have to compromise. For example of your a party animal and your room mate isn't it isn't fare to come home at 6 O'Clock. Similarly if your the other person it isn't fair to get up at 7 O'Clock when they have just drifted off. It will also harm your privacy when you want to study, limit your sexual activity and there are many ways to socialise without sharing a room.
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    (Original post by nul)
    I'm having trouble deciding whether I'd prefer a single room (which would allow me time to myself and more space) or a shared room (which would allow me to socialise more) at university. What are other people pros and cons and what would be recommended from personal experience? Thanks!
    Definitely a single room. In fact I didn't even know that universities in the UK even offered double rooms. Halls are already sociable enough, you'll have absolutely no problems meeting people. A double room sounds like it has the potential to be a complete nightmare if the person you share with isn't 100% compatible with you. I think everyone needs their own space at least occasionally, especially when you're immersing yourself in a new environment, and you don't get that with a double room.
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    When I was going to open days I remember looking at a single room and as I'm quite shy and not really social I thought it would be nice to live on my own. My mum was with me when I was looking at this room and she commented on how it would probably be a good idea to at least try and be social in my first year. She had a point, though it was my choice. I ended up in a 5 person flat, though my bathroom was en-suite. If you can find accommodation where you'd have your own bathroom I think it'll make a lot of difference. You can be as social or as unsocial as you like. Everyone's experience is different so you may have understanding flatmates who will try and be quiet after 11pm, though you may have absolute tosspots who **** about at 3am (though this is often resolved with a polite 'keep quiet for the love of god' talk).

    This year I'll be living in a studio flat with my boyfriend because I'm pretty obsessive when it comes to being clean and the (not TERRIBLE) mess my flatmates kept making bothered me too much. If my boyfriend and I don't live together in my third year then I'll be opting for another studio flat. I did my socialising, I'll never wonder how it feels to live with others because I know. It's not that bad, don't let the odd horror story put you off! It's good to experience new things and gain a decent understanding of other people and how they live rather than only having YOUR ideas. I'm bothered by mess and whatnot but now I've seen how little it bothers my flatmates, now and again I'd ask myself if it was really that bad and no, it wasn't, so I've calmed down a bit in that way.
    Let me make it clear, the fact that I've come away never wanting to live with strangers is not a reflection on the people I lived with but learning about myself and really not being able to tolerate others' mess. So that's a problem with me rather than shared living.

    So I encourage you to take the risk in living with others, but it can be a big risk. On the other hand, you may find good friends!
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    Are you talking about a single room as in your own bedroom (and possibly en-suite) within a shared flat (kitchen/living areas) or as in a self-contained/studio flat? Because if I was you then I'd absolutely go with the single room (with en-suite, as I did) over taking your own flat in first year. It's a chance to socialise and get to know everyone. but still have your own space when you need alone time. Then, if you find living with others an utter nightmare you can always go for the studio/self-contained flat the following years.
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      I'm having trouble deciding whether I'd prefer a single room (which would allow me time to myself and more space) or a shared room (which would allow me to socialise more) at university. What are other people pros and cons and what would be recommended from personal experience? Thanks!
      ALWAYS GO FOR THE SINGLE ROOM !

      You will have enough time to socialise with your flatmates!
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      We have double rooms at my uni and I am so glad I didn't pick one last year. I don't think that I'm an antisocial person, but if you don't know who you're sharing with it is a big risk. You may end up with someone who you get along with well, but halls are difficult enough without sharing a room too. We had 14 people on our floor at one point (some of the rooms being empty for half the year). Anyway, the last two rooms were filled with people who didn't get on with the other people in their hall. Once you have a room it becomes difficult to move. By the way, if you have a higher than usual standard of cleanliness I would suggest an ensuite. One of the girls on my floor made that mistake and while the bathrooms were never bad, she was always complaining about someone leaving their shampoo bottles in the shower by accident or other minor things. Enjoy your first year at Uni. Halls are always a good place to start making friends, although making friends elsewhere is a good plan too.
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      single room, you need to have some space alone!
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      I've been allocated a shared room at uni because they don't have enough accommodation. Not happy.
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      I've been allocated a shared room at uni because they don't have enough accommodation. Not happy.
      I'm sorry to hear that, but i hope the other person is friendly, nothing worse than an unfriendly roommate....

      But after you get to know more people, are you allowed to swap rooms with someone else so that you can stay with your friends in the same dorm? or are unis strict about that?
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      I'm sorry to hear that, but i hope the other person is friendly, nothing worse than an unfriendly roommate....

      But after you get to know more people, are you allowed to swap rooms with someone else so that you can stay with your friends in the same dorm? or are unis strict about that?
      I hope so! My accommodation offer says it is temporary and as soon as people drop out or don't take up there offer they will be offering their rooms out. So fingers crossed I get an offer of a single room sometime! Not sure whether the uni will allow people to swap rooms.
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      Shared rooms are great because they're so bloody huge. And if you have trouble sharing your room and getting along with your housemate, what will you do about all the people on your floor ?

      I mean if you aim to make new friends, you should put in the effort to get along. Most guys nap with their doors open anyhoo so its no issue really...hall mates can be obnoxious, its just when your mates with them it doesn't matter :yy:!

      Single rooms are fab and although smaller in size, offer a lot of space and privacy which is really nice !

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