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    The studio at the university I'm going to is only £1300 more expensive than the ensuite, both look lovely and cosy and are affordable. The ensuite is shared between 6 people. I would love to have my own kitchen and cook whenever I feel like it, but I don't know if I want to miss out on the social aspect of sharing a kitchen, even though I'm not the most sociable and outgoing person.

    I mean for that £1300 I could save up for a Master's degree or go on holiday.

    This is just going to be the first year, then year 2 onwards I'll be renting privately. What do you think I should do?
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    (Original post by Mystelle)
    The studio at the university I'm going to is only £1300 more expensive than the ensuite, both look lovely and cosy and are affordable. The ensuite is shared between 6 people. I would love to have my own kitchen and cook whenever I feel like it, but I don't know if I want to miss out on the social aspect of sharing a kitchen, even though I'm not the most sociable and outgoing person.

    I mean for that £1300 I could save up for a Master's degree or go on holiday.

    This is just going to be the first year, then year 2 onwards I'll be renting privately. What do you think I should do?
    If you're not the most sociable person then avoid studios for your first year. Moving to a new city is tough and it's very tempting for introverts to retreat into their own room and not find the energy to make friends. Giving yourself no reason to leave your room and socialise (even if just to make a cuppa) is not a good idea. Particularly if you'll be paying for the privilege!

    A shared kitchen might come with some conflicts but it's worth it IMO (and IME) to have more contact with people.
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    If you're not the most sociable person then avoid studios for your first year. Moving to a new city is tough and it's very tempting for introverts to retreat into their own room and not find the energy to make friends. Giving yourself no reason to leave your room and socialise (even if just to make a cuppa) is not a good idea. Particularly if you'll be paying for the privilege!

    A shared kitchen might come with some conflicts but it's worth it IMO (and IME) to have more contact with people.
    Fair point, thanks for your advice. I'm scared that it's going to be chaos at 7 in the evening where 6 people fight for the cooking space at the same time. :afraid:
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    I have known a few people do studio. They all found the social isolation soul-destroying. It might seem pleasant at first, but my honest advice is that it is much better to put up with other people around you being loud, disruptive and general nuisances.
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    (Original post by Mystelle)
    Fair point, thanks for your advice. I'm scared that it's going to be chaos at 7 in the evening where 6 people fight for the cooking space at the same time. :afraid:
    That doesn't normally happen - everyone eats at their own times. I shared a kitchen with 20 people and there was rarely more than 2 people cooking at once (there were 2 ovens)...and when there was some people would use pans, others would shove a pizza in the oven and someone else would be using the microwave. If it starts to happen regularly with your flatmates then you'll work something out (either cooking and eating together or moving your timings a bit so you don't clash)
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    My personal advice is to avoid en suite as well if you can - sharing toilets/bathrooms isn't a big deal, they have cleaners (whereas if you have an en suite you have to clean your own toilet and buy your own loo roll!) and you save money and generally live with more sociable people.
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    My personal advice is to avoid en suite as well if you can - sharing toilets/bathrooms isn't a big deal, they have cleaners (whereas if you have an en suite you have to clean your own toilet and buy your own loo roll!) and you save money and generally live with more sociable people.
    Well, I wouldn't share this advice! Yes, you have to Cillit Bang it now and again, but at least you aren't sharing bodily fluids with scruffy students. And often you want to be alone, after being around people all day; you don't want to have to have a conversation with someone every time you go for a shite.
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    If you're not the most sociable person then avoid studios for your first year. Moving to a new city is tough and it's very tempting for introverts to retreat into their own room and not find the energy to make friends. Giving yourself no reason to leave your room and socialise (even if just to make a cuppa) is not a good idea. Particularly if you'll be paying for the privilege!

    A shared kitchen might come with some conflicts but it's worth it IMO (and IME) to have more contact with people.
    I disagree. I'm a bad introvert and spent four unhappy months in a shared flat before moving to my studio. Seven weeks later and I'm not regretting the decision one bit.
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    (Original post by Notorious_B.I.G.)
    Well, I wouldn't share this advice! Yes, you have to Cillit Bang it now and again, but at least you aren't sharing bodily fluids with scruffy students. And often you want to be alone, after being around people all day; you don't want to have to have a conversation with someone every time you go for a shite.
    It's a lot of money to pay for a shy bladder (or colon)
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    I disagree. I'm a bad introvert and spent four unhappy months in a shared flat before moving to my studio. Seven weeks later and I'm not regretting the decision one bit.
    how many people did you share a flat with?
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    (Original post by Mystelle)
    how many people did you share a flat with?
    About 8. We had a couple join us throughout the months as well.
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    (Original post by Bio 7)
    About 8. We had a couple join us throughout the months as well.
    Why was it so bad to share a kitchen?
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    About 8. We had a couple join us throughout the months as well.
    So after you moved into a studio by yourself, did you ever feel lonely in one room? Or did you have people from other rooms coming over every now and then?
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    Why was it so bad to share a kitchen?
    I just didn't like being around so many other people. When I'm at home I like to have peace and not deal with others. I see enough people at Uni or shops during the day. Also I like having my own kitchen which stays clean.
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    I’m an intorvert and I share a kitchen with 7 people. Doesn’t bother me much, I barely see my flatmates anyways. It really depends on your priorities OP. A studio is going to be more expensive. To me it’s worth it to share a kitchen with others( even though I don’t particularly enjoy it) while spending less money on accommodation. People don’t bite you know...But you do what feels best for you.
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    (Original post by Mystelle)
    So after you moved into a studio by yourself, did you ever feel lonely in one room? Or did you have people from other rooms coming over every now and then?
    Just me in my studio. My social life is at Uni and online so I get plenty of interaction and the peace that I need. It has all balanced out well.
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    I would not recommend a studio, your kitchen will be in your sleeping and living space and just having one space could become quite dull. It can be difficult to make friends at university and I think flatmates are a good place to start. I think that university accommodation is a really good way of testing if you like living with other people. With university accommodation you will more than likely have a point of contact to sort out issues if they arise, and the options to move if you hate it. You won't get this safety net if you try living with people outside of university accommodation at a later date. I think living with other people helps with friendships, communicating and sorting issues out with others and can be a really positive experience. Also as you say £1300 is a lot of money. It is normal to be worried about living with other people but, the majority of students live in shared flats so you are not alone.
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    (Original post by Bio 7)
    Just me in my studio. My social life is at Uni and online so I get plenty of interaction and the peace that I need. It has all balanced out well.
    We sound really alike personality wise. If I had the choice I’d get a studio too...I’m just too stingy though so I share a kitchen with others lol.
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    I'd consider myself introverted and would have loved having a studio flat in my first year (although that's in hindsight).

    Cooking was never an issue, the flat had 4 people and we all ate at different times. Keeping it clean was another matter though, we had cleaners every 2 weeks but my flatmates refused to even do basic things like taking out the rubbish or washing up. They'd also never clear up after pre drinks in the kitchen. And since my room was coincidentally right next to the kitchen I'd be kept up until the early hours of the morning on a fairly regular basis.

    Having an en suite was the best thing imo. Again everyone does stuff at their own times but it's nice not to be worrying about everyone else. And I'd much rather have to keep my space clean than deal with other people leaving it messy.

    The whole introversion thing wasn't a problem, odds are you won't get on perfectly with your flatmates and you'll get on better with people from your course, those with similar interests at societies, etc. In that respect, I'd have been quite happy to just shut myself away in my room and not have to deal with anyone else. The people around me being a poor fit (or lack of people if I'd been in a studio) would have not be an issue because I'm socialising with completely different people to begin with.

    The single biggest issue I found was not having any control over where I was staying or who I was staying with. I could have been more unlucky and had a bigger flat with noisier people, I could have been lucky and had 3 people I get along with. The odds were going in that as someone who doesn't drink, doesn't party, etc. I was going to get put with radically different people from me. I got unlucky with those flatmates and it also sucked that they didn't clean, etc. I got extra unlucky in being by the kitchen, if I'd had any other room the noise would have gone away (although it's amazing how noisy some people can be when having sex). I got unlucky by being right above the public courtyard, directly above where people smoke, so no opening the windows. I hated my time in halls, largely because I got unlucky in a bunch of different ways and my accommodation didn't do a thing to help. Going in I was enthusiastic about halls but in hindsight I'd have much rather gone into private accommodation or a studio.
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    (Original post by Bio 7)
    I just didn't like being around so many other people. When I'm at home I like to have peace and not deal with others. I see enough people at Uni or shops during the day. Also I like having my own kitchen which stays clean.
    To be fair, most people are not like you. Even self-professed "introverts".

    Not that your being a weirdo introvert is bad. But it does taint your advice somewhat, assuming OP is not a weirdo introvert but just an introvert of the standard order.
 
 
 
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