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    Being totally indecisive and after some advice.

    Starting first year psychology at Swansea in September, trying to decide on what to do about accommodation. I'm 25 and right now I rent a room (also in Swansea as I've lived here a while anyway) in a house at pretty much the same price as the on campus accommodation is. The only thing is where I am now, I can stay all year including holidays, and going for uni accommodation means having to find somewhere else to live for a few weeks which is kind of a pain. On one hand I don't want to miss out on the experience of living in halls but on the other hand it might make life awkward for certain parts of the year... Also being 25 I don't know if that's "too old" to get on with a bunch of people who'll be a few years younger than me. Basically HELP! Any advice seriously appreciated
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    Personally, the "experience" of living in halls isn't all that much. Fire alarms at stupid hours, noise from up to 200 other people keeping you up rather than just a few people, food theft, drunken banging on your door when people return, if you're really unlucky other thefts/damage.

    If you're an outgoing person living close to campus, and other students, you'll be fine and just miss out on the bad stuff. If you're not so outgoing, you might hate halls anyway.
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    Hello, I am 31 and I am planning on living in halls rather than commuting for over an hour. I live at home with my parents. The main reason that I want to live in halls is to try and live independently.

    I would do whatever you feel most comfortable with. The most important thing is to do is to socialise with the people in your class. It might help if you can find a way of meeting or talking to someone on your course.

    I have been very lucky that I have already met a couple of people who might be on my course. It was just a coincidence that I kept bumping into them because we liked the same courses. There was also an open day for Firm and Insurance choices. I met a few more people there too.
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    I'm 25 and starting at MMU inSeptember. I thought I would feel too old to move into halls, but as the time gets nearer, I'm really excited about it!
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    I will be 31 when starting uni too! I aim to live in halls as I'm moving far away from where I live in Birmingham. :-). I would request to be put in with a mature group, and I feel its an exciting experience anyhow.
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    im 22 but I feel that I am a bit old even because everyone seemed young at the open day, I mean I look younger but I don't feel it because at the end of the day, it is going to be a different experience for older starting students I think
    because some of us older ones have more experiences etc. and view stuff differently
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    Hey I'm from Swansea going to Uwe Bristol am jealous as you have the beaches on your doorstep, Gower round the corner and the infamous and brilliant Wind. St Wednesday student night brilliant .

    And as for halls I'm 23. I'm not worried about not fitting in as I have friends coming with me who are 21 lucky accident. So I have their support. But more the case I can cook, clean and take care of myself. And am just worried that 18 year olds won't be able to and I might become de facto leader taking care of the running of the kitchen etc which is not what I want to do. but other than that after my access course where one of my closest friend was an 18 year old there isn't all that much difference.
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    I lived in halls in my first year at 25, thank god I did. Made loads of friends and had one of the best years ever. No one really cares about age at uni, all my friends range from the ages of 20-30. I remember my younger friends often telling me off for saying I was too old to go out 2 nights in a row last year!

    In fact im on holiday right now with three of my mates from uni who are all younger than me.. i would say go for it and good luck to you.
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    (Original post by clemontine89)
    Being totally indecisive and after some advice.

    Starting first year psychology at Swansea in September, trying to decide on what to do about accommodation. I'm 25 and right now I rent a room (also in Swansea as I've lived here a while anyway) in a house at pretty much the same price as the on campus accommodation is. The only thing is where I am now, I can stay all year including holidays, and going for uni accommodation means having to find somewhere else to live for a few weeks which is kind of a pain. On one hand I don't want to miss out on the experience of living in halls but on the other hand it might make life awkward for certain parts of the year... Also being 25 I don't know if that's "too old" to get on with a bunch of people who'll be a few years younger than me. Basically HELP! Any advice seriously appreciated
    I'm 26, also going to Swansea Uni and I'll be staying halls. I've opted for the quiet halls so hopefully I'll be living with other mature students as well. If they're younger it's not a problem, as long as they treat the place with respect. I've heard some horror stories!
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    This has all been incredibly helpful, thanks guys! I decided to apply today because if nothing else I can always still reject the offer and stay as I am... But now I've actually applied I'm quite excited I requested to be put with mature students if possible so hopefully that'll help but I think I'm going to go for it no matter where I get offered a place to stay. I think it'll be good for me to have the experience and to meet new people.
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    (Original post by Frankston)
    I'm 26, also going to Swansea Uni and I'll be staying halls. I've opted for the quiet halls so hopefully I'll be living with other mature students as well. If they're younger it's not a problem, as long as they treat the place with respect. I've heard some horror stories!
    I'll have to keep an eye out for you, never know we might end up in the same place
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    (Original post by clemontine89)
    I'll have to keep an eye out for you, never know we might end up in the same place
    For sure! I'll probably post on here where I'll be when they assign me a place, hopefully within the next week or two.
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    To update, I got my accommodation offer just now. I'm going to be in Preseli on the 9th floor. Any other Swansea folks around Preseli feel free to shoot me a message!
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    I lived in halls at the age of 25. Was the best year of my life, although you will encounter some rowdy drunkards some days...
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    (Original post by Frankston)
    To update, I got my accommodation offer just now. I'm going to be in Preseli on the 9th floor. Any other Swansea folks around Preseli feel free to shoot me a message!
    Great location beach, park and hospital all on your doorstep .
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    (Original post by clemontine89)
    Being totally indecisive and after some advice.

    Starting first year psychology at Swansea in September, trying to decide on what to do about accommodation. I'm 25 and right now I rent a room (also in Swansea as I've lived here a while anyway) in a house at pretty much the same price as the on campus accommodation is. The only thing is where I am now, I can stay all year including holidays, and going for uni accommodation means having to find somewhere else to live for a few weeks which is kind of a pain. On one hand I don't want to miss out on the experience of living in halls but on the other hand it might make life awkward for certain parts of the year... Also being 25 I don't know if that's "too old" to get on with a bunch of people who'll be a few years younger than me. Basically HELP! Any advice seriously appreciated
    Personally, I would stick with where your living now. You already have accommodation. So would not move to somewhere where you will have to find somewhere else to live too. I am 26 and going to be starting uni this year too. Although I got on really well with the 18 year olds in my level 3 class, living with 18 year olds would be a completely different story.
    I would feel out of place, I've been there, done that. I just want my degree, but it's a personal preference
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    (Original post by Frankston)
    To update, I got my accommodation offer just now. I'm going to be in Preseli on the 9th floor. Any other Swansea folks around Preseli feel free to shoot me a message!
    Still waiting on mine! I think I applied a bit late. Preseli is the en suite accommodation isn't it? I think that was my first choice. We'll see though I think I've got a few weeks till I find out, I get my place at the same time as the A level results.
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    I lived with a 27 year old in halls. It's all good as long as you go along with everything.

    If you don't think you'll be able to handle freshly turned 18 year olds going out and coming back at 4am, then you might want to look at alternatives.
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    (Original post by clemontine89)
    This has all been incredibly helpful, thanks guys! I decided to apply today because if nothing else I can always still reject the offer and stay as I am... But now I've actually applied I'm quite excited I requested to be put with mature students if possible so hopefully that'll help but I think I'm going to go for it no matter where I get offered a place to stay. I think it'll be good for me to have the experience and to meet new people.
    Good for you! I say go for it I'm 24 and I'm going back to uni in September, living in halls (I chose not to for my first degree so it will be a new experience). I'm a bit apprehensive about the age gap too but this thread has made me feel a lot better. Good luck for September
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    (Original post by clemontine89)
    Still waiting on mine! I think I applied a bit late. Preseli is the en suite accommodation isn't it? I think that was my first choice. We'll see though I think I've got a few weeks till I find out, I get my place at the same time as the A level results.
    Yes, my room has the ensuite bathroom and I also chose the mature requirement (no noise between 11pm and 8am). I'm on the top floor which is good because it means no noisy footsteps coming from above!
 
 
 
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