Sorry if this has been discussed before. I'm a mature student starting University for the first time in a few weeks. I live a very short distance (in comparison to most people) from my University - a 10 minute walk to the local train station, and then a 15 minute direct train through to the University's very own train station, which is closer to the Uni than the halls are!
However, I have been offered a place in University halls, but I can't decide whether to accept it. I want to experience the social side of University life, but I've also got chronic health problems and can suffer from anxiety, and I'm not a party animal either.
I can't drink alcohol for medical reasons and I also can't do all nighters - I was once a chronic insomniac with a completely ****ed up sleeping pattern and it's taken me years of hard work to 'reset' my bodyclock and become a 'normal' daytime person again. I also need to stay in a normal daytime routine to keep me well and manage all my medication.
But then I know that 99% of Uni students make their friends for the year in halls when everyone goes out for the first few weeks with their hall mates - will I be left out if I'm not part of this? I fully intend to take part in Freshers activities, join societies and clubs etc., but being a shy person as well, I don't wanto be the person wandering around alone trying to 'push-in' to people's social groups during Freshers.
Any advice appreciated as I have until Monday 29th August to accept or decline my halls offer. Thanks!