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    (Original post by ZRedbird)
    Hi, I'm staying in windsor halls and am a bit worried about when I first move in as there's no common room so I don't really know where to go or what to do to make friends and say hi to everyone once I've moved in! Any tips?
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    Don't worry! As you move in your flat mates will move in too throughout the day so you can start making friends by meeting them. In halls in my flat the kitchen was the social area where we'd all chat or we would all go to someone's room.

    Near Windsor Hall is also Park Bar which is a great communal space to meet people. It's a bar but also a canteen throughout the day and has pool tables.

    Just be yourself when you move in as this is when you will first meet the people you are going to live with for the next year. I'm going into third year now and my closest friends are the people I met in halls and I still live with some of them now.

    It's a weird experience moving into halls as you get unpacked and your parents leave and you have to talk to people you've not met. But it was fine once we all got talking!

    Have you found any of your flat mates on Facebook? That really helped me get to know mine in advance of coming to Reading.

    Hope this helped.
    Any further questions feel free to ask!

    Sophie
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    (Original post by L1lly)
    Hiya I applied to reading through clearing and I really want a space in halls! Is there any chance of me getting one before uni starts?
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    I'd say your best bet is getting in touch with the accommodation team.
    Not sure if there's much chance of there being any space yet as I'd expect a lot of the halls already to have been allocated.
    Here is the email:
    [email protected] k

    However, if there are no spaces left, this page from the university website is really useful.
    https://www.rusu.co.uk/housing/

    It gives guidance of good estate agents to use and also about private accommodation that is available in Reading.

    Hope this helped.
    Any further questions feel free to ask!

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    (Original post by ZRedbird)
    Hi, I'm staying in windsor halls and am a bit worried about when I first move in as there's no common room so I don't really know where to go or what to do to make friends and say hi to everyone once I've moved in! Any tips?
    Hi, my son will be in Windsor Halls too. Have you tried joining the Facebook group to see if you can find any of your flatmates? https://www.facebook.com/groups/wind...R2017/?fref=ts
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    (Original post by UniofReading)
    Hi

    I'd say your best bet is getting in touch with the accommodation team.
    Not sure if there's much chance of there being any space yet as I'd expect a lot of the halls already to have been allocated.
    Here is the email:
    [email protected] k

    However, if there are no spaces left, this page from the university website is really useful.
    https://www.rusu.co.uk/housing/

    It gives guidance of good estate agents to use and also about private accommodation that is available in Reading.

    Hope this helped.
    Any further questions feel free to ask!

    Sophie
    Third year Philosophy student

    Hi sophie,
    Thanks for this, I have contacted them but there aren't any halls available at the moment which is very upsetting! What are the chances of a room being available around october-november? Is it easy to cancel your private housing to move into halls?
    thanks
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    (Original post by L1lly)
    Hi sophie,
    Thanks for this, I have contacted them but there aren't any halls available at the moment which is very upsetting! What are the chances of a room being available around october-november? Is it easy to cancel your private housing to move into halls?
    thanks
    Hello

    I know that must be really frustrating for you, I applied to Reading through early clearing and know how much of a struggle it is to wait for accommodation.

    There is a chance, because a some people may not accept their offer for halls or change their minds in the first few weeks and therefore move out of the halls in which case spaces become available.

    If you are looking at private halls like UNITE then it is not as easy to cancel because you are in a contract (like with halls). However, if you are talking private rented houses then as long as you find someone to replace you then you could move from your private rented house into halls. You often need to pay some money to change the names on the contract but other than that it is pretty straightforward.

    Although, if you are living in a private rented house you might really enjoy it (I way preferred living in my student house in second year compared to halls in first year) and so may just stay there! But it is totally up to you. I know it may seem daunting to live with people you don't know, I am doing the same thing this year on placement but it has worked out so well for me!

    Hope this helps to clarify some things, and hope everything works out for you! If you have anymore questions then just let me know,

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    Hi! I'm moving into bridges hall on the 18th instead of the 17th because of train disruptions,

    I was wondering if I were to get an argos delivery would I be able to get it during the day instead of after 6pm as it is after welcome weekend? Also would it be delivered to the carpark or to the reception?

    Thank you very much!
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    (Original post by steph_diep)
    Hi! I'm moving into bridges hall on the 18th instead of the 17th because of train disruptions,

    I was wondering if I were to get an argos delivery would I be able to get it during the day instead of after 6pm as it is after welcome weekend? Also would it be delivered to the carpark or to the reception?

    Thank you very much!
    Hello;

    Don't worry, I moved into Bridges a day later too as I couldn't come on the Friday. You've got great halls, as I lived there and had a fab time! Yes it will be delivered to the reception area, and you can come and pick that up any time you like during the day. Only food deliveries get taken to the car park!

    Hope this helps, if you have anymore questions then just let us know. Hope you have an amazing time at Reading!

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    Hi,If anyone decides that do not wish to continue with their contract in accommodation at the University - I would be interested in taking over the contract or make arrangements to take over the contract. Feel free to drop me a message. Joe
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    On moving in day do you go straight to your check in desk, Sherfield Hall in my daughter's case, and do all the enrollment stuff there? I take it you should do all that stuff before your move in slot?
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    (Original post by Historylady)
    On moving in day do you go straight to your check in desk, Sherfield Hall in my daughter's case, and do all the enrollment stuff there? I take it you should do all that stuff before your move in slot?
    Hi

    Yes you would park the car and go to the reception desk pick up the flat keys, campus card and welcome pack. Then you will be able to move all of the luggage from the car into the hall.

    From when I moved in two years ago the instructions were quite clear. I don't know if it'll be the same as when I did. But we got half an hour or something like that in a car park spot quite near to the halls to move all the stuff out of the car. Then after that you are directed to another car park not so far away to stay for however long after. This is to accommodate for all the different moving in slots etc.

    Hope this helped.
    Any further questions feel free to ask!

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    hi,

    i've been to the open day but realised just now that i didn't see a common room for each accommodation, where flatmates can just chill and socialise together. so did i just miss it? or Reading doesn't have any common rooms to offer?
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    (Original post by xkxly)
    hi,

    i've been to the open day but realised just now that i didn't see a common room for each accommodation, where flatmates can just chill and socialise together. so did i just miss it? or Reading doesn't have any common rooms to offer?
    Hi,

    I hope you had a nice time during our Open Day.

    Yes, each hall has common rooms and areas where you can socialise and hang out with your friends and flatmates. Accommodations in certain area, for example in a Park Group, even have a bar and pool tables! When I was staying in a hall, our flat kitchen was also our favourite place to catch up with my flatmates. There is always an area in the Student Union building where you can socialise as well and it's not far from halls.

    You will like those common rooms!

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    (Original post by xkxly)
    hi,

    i've been to the open day but realised just now that i didn't see a common room for each accommodation, where flatmates can just chill and socialise together. so did i just miss it? or Reading doesn't have any common rooms to offer?
    Hi I am living in Windsor now, we do not have any common rooms or communal space (the kitchenette does not have a table or chairs) we either sit in someone's room or in the corridor to pre drink and socialise
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    (Original post by xkxly)
    hi,

    i've been to the open day but realised just now that i didn't see a common room for each accommodation, where flatmates can just chill and socialise together. so did i just miss it? or Reading doesn't have any common rooms to offer?
    Hello!

    Thank you for coming to the open day, and as Prau says I hope you had a lovely time

    For Windsor hall, as well as Park Bar there is also Park Lounge which is near the washing machines/post boxes which has sofa areas if you just want to chill with your friends - or Park Bar for a more social venue!

    If you think of anymore questions which you didn't ask on the open day just give us a shout!

    Alice
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