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    Hi,
    I recently received an unconditional offer from South Wales University to study Human Resource Management. I am now looking at various types of accommodation and I am not sure which options to choose from. I am in a bit of a dilemma, because I am am very keen to meet new people and I also like to have my own space from time-to-time. I am torn between going for student halls and private accommodation.
    Could someone help me out?
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    I'd go for student halls if I were you, unless you really can't stand living with other people. You have your bedroom to be by yourself in if you need your own space, and it's a great way to meet new people and make friends. It's also (usually) a lot cheaper than private accommodation!
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    Hall are good for first years because of the ease of meeting people. It also provides a good chance to form a friendship group with whom you can move out in year 2 to private accommodation. You do have your own space in halls (unless you've got a shared room or something) so in a way halls gives you the best of both worlds. Private accommodation has it's advantages, primarily that it's often of a slightly better standard, more spacious and less noisy and chaotic, but it can be quite isolating, particularly for a new student. Overall, I'd recommend halls.
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    (Original post by ax12)
    I'd go for student halls if I were you, unless you really can't stand living with other people. You have your bedroom to be by yourself in if you need your own space, and it's a great way to meet new people and make friends. It's also (usually) a lot cheaper than private accommodation!
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    I previously went to boarding school and I have previous experience of living with people, from different background. So that wouldn't be an issue. The only issue is I am 20 and will be 21 in September and I am bit concerned about being regarded as the "old guy", as I will probably be surrounded by 18 year olds
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    (Original post by Reality Check)
    Hall are good for first years because of the ease of meeting people. It also provides a good chance to form a friendship group with whom you can move out in year 2 to private accommodation. You do have your own space in halls (unless you've got a shared room or something) so in a way halls gives you the best of both worlds. Private accommodation has it's advantages, primarily that it's often of a slightly better standard, more spacious and less noisy and chaotic, but it can be quite isolating, particularly for a new student. Overall, I'd recommend halls.
    Thanks for this,
    Do some universities offer private halls as well?
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    (Original post by Jack_Pringle)
    Hi,
    I previously went to boarding school and I have previous experience of living with people, from different background. So that wouldn't be an issue. The only issue is I am 20 and will be 21 in September and I am bit concerned about being regarded as the "old guy", as I will probably be surrounded by 18 year olds
    You probably won't be, I was 20 when I went into freshers the second time around, and one of my friend's housemates was 28 (you wouldn't know).
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    (Original post by ax12)
    You probably won't be, I was 20 when I went into freshers the second time around, and one of my friend's housemates was 28 (you wouldn't know).
    Thanks for that
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    (Original post by Jack_Pringle)
    Thanks for this,
    Do some universities offer private halls as well?
    You're welcome.

    I'm not quite sure what you mean by 'private halls' - a hall of residence is just that, usually inhabited by a mix of students. If you've come from a boarding school, you'll have no problem adjusting to the way of life: depending on which school you've come from and which university you're going to you may well find that nothing much changes from school!
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    They are known as registered independent halls. I am actually taking a year out and I have finished college over a year ago. I finished going to the boarding school around four years ago. The UNI I want to go to is South Wales
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    (Original post by Jack_Pringle)
    Hi,
    I recently received an unconditional offer from South Wales University to study Human Resource Management. I am now looking at various types of accommodation and I am not sure which options to choose from. I am in a bit of a dilemma, because I am am very keen to meet new people and I also like to have my own space from time-to-time. I am torn between going for student halls and private accommodation.
    Could someone help me out?
    Jack

    Hi,

    I’m a first year at Derby, currently living in halls. I’d recommend living in halls as you can get the best of both meeting new people and having your own space. With my halls, if you want some time to yourself you can very easily shut your door and there’s never an issue. You also then have the option to socialise with your flatmates if you want so you will never feel isolated. If you’re worried about noise, then at Derby (and I assume other universities too) we have a 24 hour halls contact number that you can call and then an RA (Residential Assistant) will come and sort out the noise issue for you. If you’re worried about sharing a bathroom, you could look at getting an en-suite room (still cheaper than a lot of private accommodation) and that will give you a bit more of your own space.

    Hope this helps and let me know if there’s anything else you want to know,
    Molly
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    (Original post by mollyanne98)
    Hi,

    I’m a first year at Derby, currently living in halls. I’d recommend living in halls as you can get the best of both meeting new people and having your own space. With my halls, if you want some time to yourself you can very easily shut your door and there’s never an issue. You also then have the option to socialise with your flatmates if you want so you will never feel isolated. If you’re worried about noise, then at Derby (and I assume other universities too) we have a 24 hour halls contact number that you can call and then an RA (Residential Assistant) will come and sort out the noise issue for you. If you’re worried about sharing a bathroom, you could look at getting an en-suite room (still cheaper than a lot of private accommodation) and that will give you a bit more of your own space.

    Hope this helps and let me know if there’s anything else you want to know,
    Molly
    Thanks!!! Looks like halls it is
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    (Original post by Jack_Pringle)
    Hi,
    I previously went to boarding school and I have previous experience of living with people, from different background. So that wouldn't be an issue. The only issue is I am 20 and will be 21 in September and I am bit concerned about being regarded as the "old guy", as I will probably be surrounded by 18 year olds
    I wen't To uni at 20 and it was fine I was in normal halls I was not the oldest person in halls or in my course you should be fine providing you are not a knob.
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    (Original post by New- Emperor)
    I wen't To uni at 20 and it was fine I was in normal halls I was not the oldest person in halls or in my course you should be fine providing you are not a knob.
    I wouldn't classify myself as a knob so hopefully I am ok
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    My son might be going to Man Met in September and he turned 20 this month. But he has never been away from home before so hopefully he will be able to move into Halls too. I think he would find it a bit more reassuring than being on his own.
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    You don't pay extra bills (gas, water, electricity, etc) in halls. This may not be the case in private student accommodation. Some private accommodation might be 52 weeks, whereas generally, student accommodation is September to June / July.
 
 
 
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