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Hello,

I am sending off my UCAS this evening. I have narrowed my college choice down to Hatfield and Castle. However, i am led to believe that quite a few people share rooms here.

Does this have any problems? What if you want to go to bed early because you have an early lecture, or what if you want to be up at 3am watching tele/doing an essay/listening to some music.... It seems very inpractical.

Also, i assume this is just a room which two beds on opposite sides of the room? I would imagine that a huge amount of patience is needed between room-mates yes?
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You'll be out every night socialising, and if you want to go to bed early, then just tell your roommate. If you share with someone doing the same subject, then this isn't a problem. Earplugs and earphones are the answer to late night music listening dvd watching (as I've said before DON'T bring a TV, they're the most antisocial thing ever - chewing gum for the brain and eyes).
Sharing is great fun, and in the highly unlikely scenario that you decide you can't live with each other any more, you can move into single rooms at the end of the term. You will not be forced to share in the second half of the year. Trust me.
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[BIAS]Apply to Castle by the way, Hatfield sucks ass.[/BIAS]
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Don't be bumping threads until at least a day has past - that kind of thing annoys forumites.

As far as I understand most colleges have shared rooms. I ended up with a shared room and am a bit nervous about moving into it in two weeks time - so I'm quite eager to know how the arrangements go. I have emailed the JCR president of my college with these questions. If the college you're most considering at Durham has shared rooms as a likelihood then I would suggest you go to http://dur.ac.uk and try and find the contact address for the JCR at that college.
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No college has more shared than singles. Not even Castle.
Sharing is fun, please don't worry about it. Contact your roommate before the day and have a chat with him, it'll (hopefully!) put your mind at ease. 99% of people get on like a house on fire, it's highly unlikely that you won't like him.
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Also, Hatfield doesn't suck ass, both Hatfield and Castle are excellent Colleges.
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I think that was a bit of friendly inter-college rivalry coming through there - most people know not to take that sort of stuff seriously.
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I think that was a bit of friendly inter-college rivalry coming through there - most people know not to take that sort of stuff seriously.
As do I. Have you read any of my other posts?
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As do I. Have you read any of my other posts?
I try but the pixelated baby face in your avatar scares me away.
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I try but the pixelated baby face in your avatar scares me away.
You're one of them eh? Some love it, some hate it. Around 17 1/2 years ago, that was my definition of 'smile'.

<--- see the resemblence?
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Van Mildert just about guarantee single rooms for all freshers
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Van Mildert just about guarantee single rooms for all freshers
Wish I'd looked into this before I applied.
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It's probably because they only have enough applicants to put one in every room....

(oooooh, scathing!)
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It's probably because they only have enough applicants to put one in every room....

(oooooh, scathing!)
Nice one!

M1ke, you seem to get annoyed about a lot...? [like arkbar, but slightly different...] I think Mattmoy bumped it because the guy said he was sending off his UCAS tonight, so it was fairly urgent.
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I didn't bump it, but I did respond because of the urgency.
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I noticed this. Jelkin is a confuzzled twonk.
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I would have to agree.
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(Original post by M1ke)
Don't be bumping threads until at least a day has past - that kind of thing annoys forumites.

As far as I understand most colleges have shared rooms. I ended up with a shared room and am a bit nervous about moving into it in two weeks time - so I'm quite eager to know how the arrangements go. I have emailed the JCR president of my college with these questions. If the college you're most considering at Durham has shared rooms as a likelihood then I would suggest you go to http://dur.ac.uk and try and find the contact address for the JCR at that college.
I shared a room in first year in Aidans, but unlike you I didn't know untill I got there and saw two names on the door.

Usually they're very good about putting you in with someone you should get along with. A lot of people I knew who shared in first year went on to share a house with their roommate in second year.

Personally my roomate and I didn't get on like a house on fire but we found it very easy to share, despite having nothing in common and her being incredibly tidy and me being her polar opposite in that respect. (seriously there was actually a visible divide down the room where my mess started) But all kudos to her, she never complained and it didn't seem to bother her.

The people I know who didn't get on with their roommate, or even those who did and just didn't like sharing, had no trouble in moving rooms. SOme peoples roommate dropped out and ended up with a double room to themselves.

I seriously wouldn't worry about it. If your that desparate to stay up late and watch DVD's you can usually find someone with a single room who wants to watch the same one, if you want to stay up late and work, you got the library.

And in freshers week, you got a ready made friend to go around with until you find your feet. Honestly, sharing isn't as scary as you might think.
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M1ke, you seem to get annoyed about a lot...?
I was actually telling off the original poster for bumping his thread 3 hours after starting it - I'm a long time forumite and it gets annoying when people get into a habit of doing that. So no anger, just a note to the thread starter.

Thanks for that croissant - I've always been able to cope with whatever comes my way, but this just seemed a little daunting, and I came on here more for reassurance than for anything else, so thanks again for giving me some.
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I have emailed the JCR president of my college with these questions.
That kind of thing annoys JCR Presidents.

Just chillax everybody. I'm sure sharing can't be *that* bad.
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