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    Just wondering if i should stay in halls in first year? I'm more inclined to sway towards renting a room in a house to be honest, but just wanted to have another opinion!

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    I'm turning 21 next month and was wondering about the same thing but i wanna fully make an effort and integrate seeing as its a diff city so i'm gonna just bite the bullet and go with halls. A couple of my friends went into halls at similar age as us last year and really enjoyed it, and the friends they made you genuinely couldn't tell are younger than them unless someone actually pointed it out, thats why i'm doing halls anyway. No one really seems to care about age and odds are a lot of folk in halls will end up being like 19 cause of gap years and stuff.
    Know this doesnt really help but thought i'd give ya my thoughts on it
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    (Original post by eisor1)
    I'm turning 21 next month and was wondering about the same thing but i wanna fully make an effort and integrate seeing as its a diff city so i'm gonna just bite the bullet and go with halls. A couple of my friends went into halls at similar age as us last year and really enjoyed it, and the friends they made you genuinely couldn't tell are younger than them unless someone actually pointed it out, thats why i'm doing halls anyway. No one really seems to care about age and odds are a lot of folk in halls will end up being like 19 cause of gap years and stuff.
    Know this doesnt really help but thought i'd give ya my thoughts on it
    I think i'm swaying towards halls too, as it would be a lot better socially. I'm not really bothered as to the age too much, it's just having lived by myself for a while i don't know if i could deal with a bunch of incompetent housemates when it comes to keeping the place clean (sounds petty i know). Ill actually be 23 by the time i get there if i do go, which doesn't really make all the much of a difference.

    It does help! Just helps to have someone else's perspective on this kind of situation!

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    It's not really a big enough age difference to be noticeable. The others might not know unless you tell them. And there will almost certainly be others who are a similar age. Since a large chunk of any university's student population is going to be around 21/22 years old, no 18/19 year old is going to find the idea of interacting with/befriending somebody of that age strange.

    I stayed in halls in my mid-20's and i'll admit it was starting to push it a little. After living independently for a good few years and doing my own thing, it was a bit of a shock to be dropped amongst a load of kids that were still thrilled by the idea that they could now buy their own alcohol. But I didn't have any issues with anybody. I guess I was too old to give a crap about any drama that occurred in the halls.

    I was friendly with people when I saw them, but usually chose to hang out with course mates and societies where the age-ranges were more diverse. Like I said though, I don't think it'll matter as much for somebody in their early 20's.
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    (Original post by Quixote.)
    It's not really a big enough age difference to be noticeable. The others might not know unless you tell them. And there will almost certainly be others who are a similar age. Since a large chunk of any university's student population is going to be around 21/22 years old, no 18/19 year old is going to find the idea of interacting with/befriending somebody of that age strange.

    I stayed in halls in my mid-20's and i'll admit it was starting to push it a little. After living independently for a good few years and doing my own thing, it was a bit of a shock to be dropped amongst a load of kids that were still thrilled by the idea that they could now buy their own alcohol. But I didn't have any issues with anybody. I guess I was too old to give a crap about any drama that occurred in the halls.

    I was friendly with people when I saw them, but usually chose to hang out with course mates and societies where the age-ranges were more diverse. Like I said though, I don't think it'll matter as much for somebody in their early 20's.
    Thankyou for the comment, i'm perfectly fine to socialise with younger people then me that's not an issue what so ever! Just as you say being dropped amongst a younger group of people who haven't ever been dependent on themselves!

    Also whilst you're here, i posted another post a few weeks ago and wondered if you had an opinion on whether i should go traveling(i've been before, but want to go to Australia etc) or to uni at this age? Seeing as you went in your Mid 20's how're you finding finishing the degree at an older age?
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    I’ll be 21 for September, ngl I’m a little anxious about it but all accounts that i’ve heard have been positive. I really want the social experience of being in the halls, most people will be a little nervous about some aspect.
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    Hey there! I'll be 23 by the time I get to uni September (Sheffield if anyone is wondering :P ) and I'll be making the dive and going for halls. I lived in halls previously when I went to uni, however I hated it due to being put in a block full of rugby guys (not the actual living style etc.) From that experience I can tell you that no one will give a damn how hold you are they won't even notice! I think there was one guy in my block who was 26 or something? Anyhow I'm starting the whole freshers thing again and I'm going in with an open mind and wits at the ready! Oh and last bit of advice, BE YOURSELF FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! I made the fatal error (which contributed to me dropping out) of trying to be something I wasn't and I was very quickly put into a box and cast aside by the rest of my block. Wish you all the best OP, you'll have a blast!
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    (Original post by Solardon)
    Also whilst you're here, i posted another post a few weeks ago and wondered if you had an opinion on whether i should go traveling(i've been before, but want to go to Australia etc) or to uni at this age? Seeing as you went in your Mid 20's how're you finding finishing the degree at an older age?
    Honestly, i'd encourage anybody to temporarily put off their studies in order to travel. But it depends on your situation, how certain you are about your degree choice, and whether you're already settled on future goals to work towards that you don't want to put off, stuff like that. But in my opinion, it's the perfect preparation for university, as well as a genuinely worthwhile thing to do whilst you're young.

    I initially went to university at 19, but I didn't know what I wanted to do and eventually dropped out. I moved abroad when I was 23, where I spent time working and studying languages, and my experiences during that time ultimately helped me decide on my next move. I didn't have any plans to return to university before I went abroad, but wound up returning at the age of 25.

    There are times when I wish that I was already done with university, as i'm quite certain about what i'm doing afterwards, so it can be frustrating at times that it's still some time away. But if I hadn't have put off going to university then I probably wouldn't be where I am right now, doing a course that I love with a very clear goal in mind. And I wouldn't swap the experiences that i've had over the last few years for anything, even a degree.

    You'll always worry that you're too old no matter your age. 18 year olds will worry about taking any more than 1 year out, which i'm sure you'll agree they shouldn't. I'd say the same to you. But i'm sure that anybody who's been working for 10, 20, 30 years will tell you that if you're working towards something at the age of 22, then you're doing pretty well, because there are likely loads of people who regret not doing the same whilst they had the time/money/energy.
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    (Original post by Solardon)
    Just wondering if i should stay in halls in first year? I'm more inclined to sway towards renting a room in a house to be honest, but just wanted to have another opinion!

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    Hey,

    Like all the other posters have said, you'd have no problems with moving into halls at 22. When I've stayed over at friends flats in the past, I've noticed a wide range of age groups, and everybody always seemed to get along alright. I'd definitely not put off the experience of living in halls just because of age ... so I'd personally go for it!
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    (Original post by cat_mac)
    I’ll be 21 for September, ngl I’m a little anxious about it but all accounts that i’ve heard have been positive. I really want the social experience of being in the halls, most people will be a little nervous about some aspect.
    I think that's the same with me, halls will be a massive aspect to the social experience at Uni. I'm not so much nervous in social regards myself, more nervous about a clean kitchen haha
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    (Original post by Quixote.)
    Honestly, i'd encourage anybody to temporarily put off their studies in order to travel. But it depends on your situation, how certain you are about your degree choice, and whether you're already settled on future goals to work towards that you don't want to put off, stuff like that. But in my opinion, it's the perfect preparation for university, as well as a genuinely worthwhile thing to do whilst you're young.

    I initially went to university at 19, but I didn't know what I wanted to do and eventually dropped out. I moved abroad when I was 23, where I spent time working and studying languages, and my experiences during that time ultimately helped me decide on my next move. I didn't have any plans to return to university before I went abroad, but wound up returning at the age of 25.

    There are times when I wish that I was already done with university, as I came here with a goal in mind and i'm quite certain about what i'm doing afterwards, so it can be frustrating at times that it's still some time away. But, if I hadn't have put off going to university then I probably wouldn't be where I am right now, doing a course that I love with a very clear goal in mind. And I wouldn't swap the experiences that i've had over the last few years for anything, even a degree.

    You'll always worry that you're too old no matter your age. 18 year olds will worry about taking any more than 1 year out, which i'm sure you'll agree they shouldn't. I'd say the same to you. But i'm sure that anybody who's been working for 10, 20, 30 years will tell you that if you're working towards something at the age of 22, then you're doing pretty well, because there are likely loads of people who regret not doing the same whilst they had the time/money/energy.
    Well there isn't anything i can say to this apart from thankyou! Words of wisdom for sure! I'm not 100 percent set on a career, i know for sure i want to run my own business (not sure what in yet) and doing this course will be a massive advantage in whatever i decide to go forward with!

    Thanks again for the comment
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    (Original post by annablagg)
    Hey,

    Like all the other posters have said, you'd have no problems with moving into halls at 22. When I've stayed over at friends flats in the past, I've noticed a wide range of age groups, and everybody always seemed to get along alright. I'd definitely not put off the experience of living in halls just because of age ... so I'd personally go for it!
    I completely agree to be honest after reading yours and other comments, ill probably for it if i do decide to accept my offers.

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    Uni is super age blind! I was 18 when I went into halls and after making loads of mates it came to a year until we all found out that I was the youngest out of a group of ten lads. They are all 21,22 and we all assumed we were the same age. As long as your under 24 and are up for going out people don't mind! Go halls best time of your life! Do as many drugs as possible
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    (Original post by angelofessence)
    Hey there! I'll be 23 by the time I get to uni September (Sheffield if anyone is wondering :P ) and I'll be making the dive and going for halls. I lived in halls previously when I went to uni, however I hated it due to being put in a block full of rugby guys (not the actual living style etc.) From that experience I can tell you that no one will give a damn how hold you are they won't even notice! I think there was one guy in my block who was 26 or something? Anyhow I'm starting the whole freshers thing again and I'm going in with an open mind and wits at the ready! Oh and last bit of advice, BE YOURSELF FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! I made the fatal error (which contributed to me dropping out) of trying to be something I wasn't and I was very quickly put into a box and cast aside by the rest of my block. Wish you all the best OP, you'll have a blast!
    Sorry i didn't see this comment. The whole Uni "Rugby Vibe" is just dreadful, really not my "vibe" so i feel you there! Ill definitely go in with open arms!

    Best of luck to you and your uni adventure
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    (Original post by Anom12349537:/)
    Uni is super age blind! I was 18 when I went into halls and after making loads of mates it came to a year until we all found out that I was the youngest out of a group of ten lads. They are all 21,22 and we all assumed we were the same age. As long as your under 24 and are up for going out people don't mind! Go halls best time of your life! Do as many drugs as possible
    Haha brilliant comment, ill bare it in mind
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    I started Uni at 23 and stayed in Halls for the first year - there were 4 other guys in my "flat" (each individual room had a locked door), but we shared a kitchen and hallway. Two of them were 18, one was 20, and the last was 21. So I was the oldest, but not really by much - age very quickly becomes irrelevant when you're living, studying and partying together all year. In reality, you get loads of people who start Uni in their 20s, and most of them live in Halls for the first year. I don't regret doing it, and I don't think any of the others did either. It's one of the best social experiences you'll have in your life, so if you're tempted at all, then go for it
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    (Original post by Solardon)
    Just wondering if i should stay in halls in first year? I'm more inclined to sway towards renting a room in a house to be honest, but just wanted to have another opinion!

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    It depends what your mindset is and what you like. If the idea of going out every other night and massive house parties doesn't really appeal to you then you might be better off just renting a shared house and saving yourself some money. A lot of 18/19 year olds are still quite immature and this will probably be their first time away from home
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    You could say that I was older than your average student when I went to uni a couple of years ago, I was 40! I wanted to get the full uni experience though and decided to stay in uni housing, I did consider the halls but the uni offered me a room in a large house with the usual shared bathroom kitchen arrangement. Naturally I was concerned how my fellow housemates would react but they where great. Over the next 4 years I was fully accepted by all the other students I met and graduated last year having made several good friends that are actually half my age. At uni age really is a case of mind over matter, if you do not mind it does not matter.
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    (Original post by Solardon)
    Just wondering if i should stay in halls in first year? I'm more inclined to sway towards renting a room in a house to be honest, but just wanted to have another opinion!

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    Lots of people in my halls are that age! It honestly doesn’t make a difference! I feel like it’s just easier to stay in halls first year cuz that’s what everyone does...
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    What a relief to have come across this thread! I'm gonna be 24 by the time i start this september and was a little anxious about whether i would be ancient compared to everyone else in halls! Thankfully that doesnt seem to be the case
 
 
 
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