I started at uni in London this year and had high hopes that I'd move into a house with a group of friends in second year. Most people I know seem to be moving in with flatmates, but unfortunately I got placed in a flat which is mostly exchange students and/or foreign students that are in cliques with people of their nationality; some don't speak at all and others are reasonably friendly, but we.'re just acquaintances really. The girl I got on best with in the flat dropped out.
Luckily I have made some good friends on my course, but they've been in more sociable flats and so again are moving out with flatmates. My best friend on my course is the girl I would almost undoubtedly live with, but she has a chronic lung disease which means that she can stay in her halls (which are close to our uni) next year. I also actually have that option because I have a long-term condition, but the idea of moving out into my own place really appealed to me - I think it'd just be nice to have a living room, double bed etc.
I feel a bit like I'm running out of options and the idea of having no one to share with is getting me down, because everyone else is talking about how they've started looking at houses and can't wait to leave halls etc. To be honest, this year hasn't been great socially for me because there's been so much more work than I expected (though I am at a top 5 uni) and given that my illness affects my energy massively, I've just not had the opportunity to join tons of societies and make friends that way, otherwise I'd have got even less work done.
Do I have any other options left or should I just accept living in halls for another year? I have heard private halls can be a good option or sometimes that unis can buddy people up for house-sharing, though my uni is unfortunately incredibly lacking when it comes to facilities/pastoral care.
Tons of places at all these high-ranking unis