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    Hi guys!

    So I will have literally just turned 23 when I start my BA in September. I did the whole uni thing straight out of school and for a multitude of reasons that proved I was not ready for university, I dropped out after 14 months. A contributing factor, although not the main one, was that I was really, really shy and found it hard to embrace the party atmosphere. One of the many things I learned is that a lot of your uni experience hinges on who you live with, so I want to get that part right this time. Don't get me wrong, I can drink and party with the best of them ... but I couldn't keep up in that environment!

    In terms of accomodation, does anyone have tips for a mature student? Is it better to live alone in a building or is it better in a shared house? Is there anyway to network with other people looking for shared accomodation? I will be a first year so could be eligable for on-campus but I am a bit wary that I am not an exciting, 18 year old fresher!

    Thanks in advance
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    (Original post by Lau22)
    Hi guys!

    So I will have literally just turned 23 when I start my BA in September. I did the whole uni thing straight out of school and for a multitude of reasons that proved I was not ready for university, I dropped out after 14 months. A contributing factor, although not the main one, was that I was really, really shy and found it hard to embrace the party atmosphere. One of the many things I learned is that a lot of your uni experience hinges on who you live with, so I want to get that part right this time. Don't get me wrong, I can drink and party with the best of them ... but I couldn't keep up in that environment!

    In terms of accomodation, does anyone have tips for a mature student? Is it better to live alone in a building or is it better in a shared house? Is there anyway to network with other people looking for shared accomodation? I will be a first year so could be eligable for on-campus but I am a bit wary that I am not an exciting, 18 year old fresher!

    Thanks in advance
    Ask the university if they could place you with postgraduate or other mature students if you go into halls.

    If you decide to go private then again postgraduate shared houses or private halls that are mainly studios will generally be quieter/calmer. But be aware that if you're in a studio (or even en suite) then there's a stronger temptation to stick to your own space and not socialise if you're shy....so there's a higher risk of feeling lonely/isolated if you go down that route.

    Another option might be to see if the university has any warden positions available - you'd normally have more of your own space and be in a network of older/mature student wardens in exchange for getting paid for your time/very cheap accommodation.

    [although for what it's worth 23 isn't old!]
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    I'm in exactly the same boat! 23 and starting as a first year student.

    I was thinking about doing university managed housing, because I seriously can't be in halls with a load of 18 years olds haha.
    I would have done easyroommate.com, but managed housing seems like the easier option for me as bills are included and its close to the uni. I'm living in the middle east at the moment so I can't go and do viewings.
 
 
 
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