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    I'm looking at studying at UoL next year and all of their accommodation seems to come with a large downside, so I'm opting for private accommodation. I've heard this can be less social in comparison - is this true? Did anyone who stayed in private accommodation feel like they were missing out?

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    I found they were quieter. I still made plenty of friends and we spent a lot of time socialising but you didn't get kept up at night by parties and often people preferred a night in/movie night/pizza etc rather than lots of clubbing. People were pretty good about having you over on campus if you did want a big night out.
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    (Original post by lightfagami)
    I'm looking at studying at UoL next year and all of their accommodation seems to come with a large downside, so I'm opting for private accommodation. I've heard this can be less social in comparison - is this true? Did anyone who stayed in private accommodation feel like they were missing out?

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    If you mean commercially run Halls, as opposed to multi-occupancy houses, then sometimes, yes. The issue is that these commercially run Halls don;t want to 'waste space' on communal rooms that don't bring in an income, when they could subdivide it into 8, 10, 12 more income generating bedrooms. So they often don't have the bar and/or common room that you often find in University run halls.

    If the Halls you are looking at have communal spaces, then now, the people are the same, their ages, lifestyles etc, they just pay a different landlord. They will be just as social. If your Halls don't have any communal space, they to form a community people have to find a 3rd party space, and that is difficult and pricy to do on any large scale, so socialising tends to have to be either in smaller groups, or bit, termly events.

    When Private Halls really came into the market a few years ago, this quickly became a real issue, with students living two very different lifestyles. The better Private Halls quickly realised the reputational damage, and the Universities themselves applied pressure to them (I was involved at one University), and where possible they are trying to provide the communal space. However, the architecture (and mercenary nature) of some companies means it isn't possible. It's the facilities, not the people that can lead to a different social experience in Private Halls.

    However, if you know you are only going to socialise with a sports team, or in your academic department, or societies, it makes no difference.
 
 
 
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