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    Okay so I know this is really early for next year but I want to make an accommodation choice by January so I have a few months to prepare and need to think some things though.
    A bit of background, im doing a foundation year this year and am staying in a studio in private halls but having lived in my own flat for over 5 years absolutely hate how small the kitchen area is and am not too keen on the place in general but have to sort of deal with it for this year but I'm unsure on what to do next year. I've found the accommodation I want to stay at but I know their studios are similar to my current one, or at least they use the same combination oven/microwave, which I hate. I'm considering opting for an en-suite room in a small apartment but I'm worried about living with people I don't know and living with others in general as I've been on my own for so long.
    Has anyone else had a similar experience? Or how have you dealt with having aspergers and living with other people?
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    (Original post by SamG94)
    Okay so I know this is really early for next year but I want to make an accommodation choice by January so I have a few months to prepare and need to think some things though.

    A bit of background, I'm doing a foundation year this year and am staying in a studio in private halls but having lived in my own flat for over 5 years absolutely hate how small the kitchen area is and am not too keen on the place in general but have to sort of deal with it for this year but I'm unsure on what to do next year. I've found the accommodation I want to stay at but I know their studios are similar to my current one, or at least they use the same combination oven/microwave, which I hate. I'm considering opting for an en-suite room in a small apartment but I'm worried about living with people I don't know and living with others in general as I've been on my own for so long.

    Has anyone else had a similar experience? Or how have you dealt with having Asperger's and living with other people?
    I wrote a response to this and it got swallowed into the abyss :doh:

    First of all, well done for thinking about this early. Please be aware that accommodation might not be open to applications in January though. This will depend on your university.

    My advice would always be to share, you find friends instantly and it's typically the university experience that most people go through - that's not to say that others don't struggle to adapt - an awful lot of people do and that's absolutely okay.

    My best advice would be to make the university aware of your Asperger's at the earliest opportunity, and don't trust that the information will be passed from one department to another.:nah: So there should be an opportunity in the accommodation application to also declare this, use it. The university has a duty of care to look after you during the time that you're paying them money.:yep: This includes helping you to feel comfortable and not panicking about socialising with flatmates.

    Obviously the choice is yours always go with what will suit you best. Think about other things too, like location - commuting isn't fun if you've woken up late.

    Hope this helps.
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    Okay well I'm already at uni and they are aware of my aspergers, the accommodation I'm looking at for next year is private halls not uni halls as I've seen the uni halls and they are disgusting, also it's closer to bus stops than my current accommodation and the bus takes roughly 20 minutes and they start taking bookings around end of January/beginning of February.

    I get you're trying to be helpful but I've already done all these things this year as they were my first choice for accommodation but their standard studios were fully booked and I couldn't afford the premium ones. Like I said all I want is other people's experiences of this and how they might have made it easier on themselves.
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    (Original post by SamG94)
    Okay well I'm already at uni and they are aware of my aspergers, the accommodation I'm looking at for next year is private halls not uni halls as I've seen the uni halls and they are disgusting, also it's closer to bus stops than my current accommodation and the bus takes roughly 20 minutes and they start taking bookings around end of January/beginning of February.

    I get you're trying to be helpful but I've already done all these things this year as they were my first choice for accommodation but their standard studios were fully booked and I couldn't afford the premium ones. Like I said all I want is other people's experiences of this and how they might have made it easier on themselves.
    Private halls is different then. Not a lot in the way of duty of care.

    I am trying to be helpful. My cousin has Asperger's and I sorted of lived through the traumas of him moving around so I understand how difficult it can be. It might be a challenge to find people with similar circumstances themselves on here though.
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    Private halls is different then. Not a lot in the way of duty of care.

    I am trying to be helpful. My cousin has Asperger's and I sorted of lived through the traumas of him moving around so I understand how difficult it can be. It might be a challenge to find people with similar circumstances themselves on here though.
    I get that you're trying to help but it's not really helpful to my situation but who knows someone in the future may find it helpful and while I'm opting for private halls I'm not particularly looking for people's experiences with just private, just experiences of halls in general so whether they were in a large 8 room flat or a small 4/5 room flat ect and how they coped being in that situation. Support wise I don't really need much from the accommodation itself as I'm supported by a local autism/aspergers charity that the uni put me in touch with.
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    (Original post by SamG94)
    I get that you're trying to help but it's not really helpful to my situation but who knows someone in the future may find it helpful and while I'm opting for private halls I'm not particularly looking for people's experiences with just private, just experiences of halls in general so whether they were in a large 8 room flat or a small 4/5 room flat ect and how they coped being in that situation.

    Support wise I don't really need much from the accommodation itself as I'm supported by a local autism/aspergers charity that the uni put me in touch with.
    Trying to help is what I do. Usually that comes in varying degrees of success depending on what time I get up. This morning was 2am so maybe 2am is not a good time to get up.:dontknow:

    It's good that you have that support. I'll bear that in mind for if there's future posts about autism/Asperger's - they are fairly frequent.

    Would you prefer it if this thread was moved to the Accommodation forum then?
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    Trying to help is what I do. Usually that comes in varying degrees of success depending on what time I get up. This morning was 2am so maybe 2am is not a good time to get up.:dontknow:

    It's good that you have that support. I'll bear that in mind for if there's future posts about autism/Asperger's - they are fairly frequent.

    Would you prefer it if this thread was moved to the Accommodation forum then?
    No I actually looked there before posting this but it's mainly full of general accommodation stuff not much in the way of disability related accommodation info.
 
 
 
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