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    Hi! After sending off my UCAS this week, I was delighted to receive an unconditional offer from RHUL to study law in the coming academic year. RH had been my first choice for as long as I had been looking at universities, and I was naturally so overwhelmed with the thought of this unconditional offer actually taking my stress and anxiety about passing my exams off my shoulders (thats not to say I won't try at all, I just won't devote 60% of my time to worrying what happens).

    However, despite having taken an open day, I am still left with a million small, niggly questions, because I want to make sure I'm doing the right thing, and that this is the right choice for me. I'm aware its a small campus, I'm aware its a bit quiet at weekends (which to me is a bonus, as someone who would like to work without it interrupting an overburdened social life) and I'm aware that it can be a bit pricey. However, I am still curious about:

    I'm looking at the Founders [J Band] accommodation as my first choice, simply as I fell in love with the room and the building when I first toured it. However:

    - What is the social atmosphere like within the Founders building itself? The corridor/common room feels like it'd be a good social area, but is this true?

    - Perhaps on a slightly more negative light, is there issues with people taking stuff/etc in the accom? I've heard nothing but horror stories from friends of mine at various universities about this and I am just a bit panicky lol

    - Internet: I'm a gay teen, I access a lot of groups and facilities which are often blocked under internet filters bcos it sees "gay" and goes "porn". Is this an issue at RH?

    - Laundry: How accessible is this? Is it cheap? I have so many questions here idek where to begin lol I'm a bit of a neatfreak and so having washed and dried clothes means a lottttt to meeee

    - Actual rooms themselves; do you have space? Did you find you needed anything additional when you joined?

    - Keeping with the room, what are the restrictions on what we're allowed in them? I've had a few family members suggest I take a minifridge to uni but I honestly feel like thats not only a bad idea [/que alcoholism] but may not actually be permitted?

    and finally; Guests? How does policy on this run? I've tried to research as best as possible but I really can't see much :/


    Sorry for the million questions I am just trying to make sure that I am choosing properly when I say "yeah lets take the unconditional". I've loved everything I've seen about RH so far and want to make sure I don't feel foul to any pitfalls. Your replies are much appreciated <3
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    Hi! After sending off my UCAS this week, I was delighted to receive an unconditional offer from RHUL to study law in the coming academic year. RH had been my first choice for as long as I had been looking at universities, and I was naturally so overwhelmed with the thought of this unconditional offer actually taking my stress and anxiety about passing my exams off my shoulders (thats not to say I won't try at all, I just won't devote 60% of my time to worrying what happens).

    However, despite having taken an open day, I am still left with a million small, niggly questions, because I want to make sure I'm doing the right thing, and that this is the right choice for me. I'm aware its a small campus, I'm aware its a bit quiet at weekends (which to me is a bonus, as someone who would like to work without it interrupting an overburdened social life) and I'm aware that it can be a bit pricey. However, I am still curious about:

    I'm looking at the Founders [J Band] accommodation as my first choice, simply as I fell in love with the room and the building when I first toured it. However:

    - What is the social atmosphere like within the Founders building itself? The corridor/common room feels like it'd be a good social area, but is this true?

    - Perhaps on a slightly more negative light, is there issues with people taking stuff/etc in the accom? I've heard nothing but horror stories from friends of mine at various universities about this and I am just a bit panicky lol

    - Internet: I'm a gay teen, I access a lot of groups and facilities which are often blocked under internet filters bcos it sees "gay" and goes "porn". Is this an issue at RH?

    - Laundry: How accessible is this? Is it cheap? I have so many questions here idek where to begin lol I'm a bit of a neatfreak and so having washed and dried clothes means a lottttt to meeee

    - Actual rooms themselves; do you have space? Did you find you needed anything additional when you joined?

    - Keeping with the room, what are the restrictions on what we're allowed in them? I've had a few family members suggest I take a minifridge to uni but I honestly feel like thats not only a bad idea [/que alcoholism] but may not actually be permitted?

    and finally; Guests? How does policy on this run? I've tried to research as best as possible but I really can't see much :/


    Sorry for the million questions I am just trying to make sure that I am choosing properly when I say "yeah lets take the unconditional". I've loved everything I've seen about RH so far and want to make sure I don't feel foul to any pitfalls. Your replies are much appreciated <3
    Hey! First off, congratulations on the unconditional! I remember when I got mine -- it was such a bizarre weight off my shoulders. I'm still all chuffed about it now, even though I'm... actually here at RHUL.

    But hey -- these are some pretty good questions! I'm not a student rep or anything, but I know how lost I was last year trying to research anything about my course or campus or anything like that, so I hope my answers will help!

    - I've heard it's pretty positive! I visited my friend once and we decided to knock on everyone's doors in the corridor and play Cards Against Humanity all together, but I think that was a fairly rare thing. Everyone seems pretty friendly, and I feel like you could easily use the big corridors for socialising if you were so inclined.

    - Within Founders, the only stuff anyone could pinch is in the pantry -- and I've only heard about someone's things being stolen once from Founders. I only found out about it because a friend sent me pictures of the post-it notes stuck all around the kitchen -- a girl had had a block of Red Leicester cheese stolen and was absolutely furious. Honestly, I felt bad for laughing as much as I did. But no - you have little lockers in the pantry which you need to bring a padlock for, and nobody can get into those - so it's anything in the fridge or cupboards. But even then you're not likely to lose much - people ought to be sensible.

    - I've never had any problems with anything being blocked on the campus wifi, including LGBT stuff, so you should be fine!

    - Lllllaaauunndry is possibly the only negative I can think of. It's very accessible - there are laundrettes for - I think - each accommodation block, so the nearest ones to Founders are in Founders West near the picture gallery. It is quite pricey, though - 2.80 for a wash, 1.30 for a dry iirc - and the app that runs the machines can be a little dodgy. But it's one of those things you learn to deal with, since it's a company that runs pretty much most of the laundrettes across campuses in the UK.

    - My friends' rooms in Founders were much bigger than I thought they would have been! (For reference, I'm in Wedderburn, so it's an interesting difference.) It feels like there's plenty of space in there - the bed, the desk, plenty of storage space, a sink... I think as long as you bring your essentials - bedding, clothing, toiletries, things to make it feel like home - and you're stocked up on snacks in your room for the days where you really can't be bothered going to the dining hall - you should be fine.

    - I'm pretty sure minifridges aren't allowed because of fire hazards and stuff -- but you really are just across the hall from your pantry, where you'll have plenty of fridge space. I've heard the same about fairy lights, to be fair, but I've seen an awful lot of them through people's windows, at least in Gowar and Wedderburn. I think the restrictions are something like... no pets, no minifridges, no cars, no fairy lights, no candles or shisha pipes...? That seems pretty comprehensive.

    - I've stayed the night at my friends' in Founders a lot, and my friend almost lives with me in Wedderburn at this point. As long as you're not causing any chaos, disturbing your flatmates/hallmates, or taking the mickey, you should be fine - they turn a blind eye to it. They won't even know as long as people are behaving, to be fair! If they're from off-campus and they bring a car, they'd probably have to park it off-campus too, since you have to register guest cars -- which is fine if they're just visiting for a few hours, but staying overnight might not be, you feel?

    If you have any more questions, I'm always here! I need to be writing an essay, but I'm procrastinating. Uni life.
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    Thanks for the seriously comprehensive answers, its very helpful to get some answers! I have a few friends at RH but they're all either 3rd years or postgrads, so student accomm is long behind them :P but its good to find some answers. I shall be sure to ask if anything else crosses my mind ^^
 
 
 
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