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Hi! I'm a Hijabi planning on starting uni in September and moving into Halls of Residence. Just wondering if there are any other Hijabis in the same position or that have moved out previously that may have some advice in terms of fitting in or dealing with things like no alcohol/halal meat/possible racism? Thanks!
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Hi! I'm a Hijabi planning on starting uni in September and moving into Halls of Residence. Just wondering if there are any other Hijabis in the same position or that have moved out previously that may have some advice in terms of fitting in or dealing with things like no alcohol/halal meat/possible racism? Thanks!
Why do you think might encounter racism at a university hall of residence?

Universities are pretty cool places, sure you get dicks, you get those everywhere, but compared to wider society you really will be unlucky if you encounter much racism. It really isn't like that.

Where are you going to study?
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Why do you think might encounter racism at a university hall of residence?

Universities are pretty cool places, sure you get dicks, you get those everywhere, but compared to wider society you really will be unlucky if you encounter much racism. It really isn't like that.

Where are you going to study?
Just the fact that racism is on the rise these days because of all the terrorism etc. So I'm bound to face it at uni, I just feel it would be harder to deal with if I'm living with it and have to face it every day. But I do hope it's not a problem.

York/Nottingham. When I've been to the Open Days at both places there've been very few Hijabis so I feel not many live in Halls..
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Ive not but my cousin says in the halls of residence shes studying medicine. she wears the scarf and abaya
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I'm not a Muslim, but having lived in halls, what I will say is that

- in terms of alcohol, people will understand that you don't drink for religious reasons, and 99% of them will respect that. One Muslim friend at uni decided that the best way forward for him was to go on all the nights out, but just to drink coca cola - there's no need to drink alcohol even if you do go to a pub or club. It worked really well because he still got to socialise in the exact same way, without compromising his religion. You may have a different comfort zone, but the point remains that you can socialise in environments where there is alcohol without having to drink yourself.

You may also like to see if your uni has 'quiet' or 'lifestyle moderated' halls (or other similar name) which may be preferable for you. Some unis also have all female flats / halls, which may make you / your parents more comfortable - I knew a couple of hijabis (and several more non-hijab wearing Muslim girls) who opted for this.

- halal meat - you'll almost certainly find a halal butchers near your uni, and some supermarkets (eg Asda) sell it in more diverse areas. If you go into a self catered hall, you'll have more control and can be confident that everything is halal because you've cooked it. If you go into catered halls, check first with them what the provision is for halal food, and remember that the veggie option will also invariably be an edible alternative!

- I don't really want to go too far into the racism thing - being white I don't feel overly well qualified to comment. However, what you should remember is that (a) these are well educated young people, not the sort of drop out dunces that you'd see on an EDL march, and (b) people come to uni not knowing anyone, wanting to fit in, and generally showing their best side in order to make friends as fast as possible. Racism is not the sort of thing that will ingratiate them to other people, and they will know this.

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I'm not a Muslim, but having lived in halls, what I will say is that

- in terms of alcohol, people will understand that you don't drink for religious reasons, and 99% of them will respect that. One Muslim friend at uni decided that the best way forward for him was to go on all the nights out, but just to drink coca cola - there's no need to drink alcohol even if you do go to a pub or club. It worked really well because he still got to socialise in the exact same way, without compromising his religion. You may have a different comfort zone, but the point remains that you can socialise in environments where there is alcohol without having to drink yourself.

You may also like to see if your uni has 'quiet' or 'lifestyle moderated' halls (or other similar name) which may be preferable for you. Some unis also have all female flats / halls, which may make you / your parents more comfortable - I knew a couple of hijabis (and several more non-hijab wearing Muslim girls) who opted for this.

- halal meat - you'll almost certainly find a halal butchers near your uni, and some supermarkets (eg Asda) sell it in more diverse areas. If you go into a self catered hall, you'll have more control and can be confident that everything is halal because you've cooked it. If you go into catered halls, check first with them what the provision is for halal food, and remember that the veggie option will also invariably be an edible alternative!

- I don't really want to go too far into the racism thing - being white I don't feel overly well qualified to comment. However, what you should remember is that (a) these are well educated young people, not the sort of drop out dunces that you'd see on an EDL march, and (b) people come to uni not knowing anyone, wanting to fit in, and generally showing their best side in order to make friends as fast as possible. Racism is not the sort of thing that will ingratiate them to other people, and they will know this.

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Thank you that's quite reassuring. I do plan on going out though probably not clubbing but I see what you mean about just not ordering alcohol. I also plan on applying to single sex flats so hopefully that should be helpful too. I just don't know what to expect but I do hope you're right and people are educated enough to not make assumptions and be friendly!
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Just the fact that racism is on the rise these days because of all the terrorism etc. So I'm bound to face it at uni, I just feel it would be harder to deal with if I'm living with it and have to face it every day. But I do hope it's not a problem.

York/Nottingham. When I've been to the Open Days at both places there've been very few Hijabis so I feel not many live in Halls..
I think you are right, Hijabis will be very much in the minority at both York and Nottingham there is no getting away from that.

Maybe contact the ISocs at the two universities and ask if there any Halls they could recommend you apply to where you will find fellow hijabis to live with?
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I think you are right, Hijabis will be very much in the minority at both York and Nottingham there is no getting away from that.

Maybe contact the ISocs at the two universities and ask if there any Halls they could recommend you apply to where you will find fellow hijabis to live with?
That's a great idea thank you!
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kopftuch I'm a hijabi intending to live in halls of residence in York this September, hope to see you there
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Hiiii. Did you end up going to Nottingham? That's where I want to go in September. Either way, how did you find it as a Muslim girl and what did you do? Because I don't know what to do about everything and tbh my parents are quite worried too
(Original post by kopftuch)
Just the fact that racism is on the rise these days because of all the terrorism etc. So I'm bound to face it at uni, I just feel it would be harder to deal with if I'm living with it and have to face it every day. But I do hope it's not a problem.

York/Nottingham. When I've been to the Open Days at both places there've been very few Hijabis so I feel not many live in Halls..
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Uni halls are great places full of supportive, understanding people. Im surprised your parents are letting you move out, im planning on just applying to unis outside of my home city and then just saying that I didnt get accepted to any unis near me
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Hiiii. Did you end up going to Nottingham? That's where I want to go in September. Either way, how did you find it as a Muslim girl and what did you do? Because I don't know what to do about everything and tbh my parents are quite worried too
Hi. Have you found accommodation?
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Hiya yeah Riverside point. I did apply to Sutton bonnington and jubilee but Sutton is 40 mins bus from campus and they kindly referred me by themselves to Riverside which is where I wanted originally but I couldn't get it bc it was sold out. But it looks like my parents aren't letting me go now which is so frustrating. Wby?
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Hey am a hijabi girl I had to remove my hijab in halls cause u know people were very racist in the north and wouldn’t stop giving me evil eyes now I just wear it in uni not public
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Am a hijabi Muslim girl I don’t mind clubbing but nobody among my Muslim friends invites me cause they cause they know I don’t drink and all and it’s sad cause I wanna socialize and go out like everyone else but it’s hard when no one wants u there cause of ur religious beliefs
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I'm not a Muslim, but having lived in halls, what I will say is that

- in terms of alcohol, people will understand that you don't drink for religious reasons, and 99% of them will respect that. One Muslim friend at uni decided that the best way forward for him was to go on all the nights out, but just to drink coca cola - there's no need to drink alcohol even if you do go to a pub or club. It worked really well because he still got to socialise in the exact same way, without compromising his religion. You may have a different comfort zone, but the point remains that you can socialise in environments where there is alcohol without having to drink yourself.

You may also like to see if your uni has 'quiet' or 'lifestyle moderated' halls (or other similar name) which may be preferable for you. Some unis also have all female flats / halls, which may make you / your parents more comfortable - I knew a couple of hijabis (and several more non-hijab wearing Muslim girls) who opted for this.

- halal meat - you'll almost certainly find a halal butchers near your uni, and some supermarkets (eg Asda) sell it in more diverse areas. If you go into a self catered hall, you'll have more control and can be confident that everything is halal because you've cooked it. If you go into catered halls, check first with them what the provision is for halal food, and remember that the veggie option will also invariably be an edible alternative!

- I don't really want to go too far into the racism thing - being white I don't feel overly well qualified to comment. However, what you should remember is that (a) these are well educated young people, not the sort of drop out dunces that you'd see on an EDL march, and (b) people come to uni not knowing anyone, wanting to fit in, and generally showing their best side in order to make friends as fast as possible. Racism is not the sort of thing that will ingratiate them to other people, and they will know this.

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Hey am a hijabi girl I had to remove my hijab in halls cause u know people were very racist in the north and wouldn’t stop giving me evil eyes now I just wear it in uni not public
How did removing your hijab change your race?
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I meant like with hijab and being black I got racist comments people in halls giving me evil eyes people avoiding me the only friends I had were some international students it hurts a lot that I can only wear it in uni I never was a hijabi I wore it for beauty and cultural reasons and had to take it off cause I studied in the north and no one there wears hijab in halls if I had one hijabi girl with me maybe it wud make a difference but being alone in this made me unable to wear it unfortunately except in uni cause everyone there knows me with it
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How did removing your hijab change your race?
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