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    (Original post by Acsel)
    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.
    Dude are you me? My location fits 100% with what you described. Room right next to the kitchen with lazy and noisy flatmates:rofl: & I don’t drink or party either. Some of my flatmates do though and never clean up after themselves...
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    (Original post by Notorious_B.I.G.)
    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.
    Fair enough, I am a wierd introvert. It really depends if living alone will be possible as it may be too expensive for people or they may need different levels of social interaction. I may be rambling.

    It really just depends how you feel as I did try out sharing a flat first before knowing what I needed, and that is an important part of learning how you get on with others.
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    Yeah I think I'm going to go with the ensuite. Maybe I've just been overestimating the problem of sharing a kitchen.
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    (Original post by The Night King)
    Dude are you me? My location fits 100% with what you described. Room right next to the kitchen with lazy and noisy flatmates:rofl: & I don’t drink or party either. Some of my flatmates do though and never clean up after themselves...
    Quite possibly. Is regular drug use a problem? Are they unable to cook even basic meals? Do you regularly have to deal with sticky kitchen floors and alcohol bottles strewn everywhere?
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    (Original post by Acsel)
    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.
    Our cleaners used to just bin any dirty dishes (well they confiscated them, washed them and gave them to the charity shop). We were warned on moving in that it would happen :moon: it worked quite well at getting people to tidy up after themselves

    ...noise and smoke is a pita though. I sleep better with noise personally (although I prefer the radio to a bunch of ******ed flatmates)....I think I would have got a water pistol to deal with the smokers :ninjagirl: (although I found yelling at them to **** off to the smoking shelter worked quite well...not everyone is happy shouting expletives out the window )

    I do wonder why so many halls have such small flats - 4 is a really small group to expect people to get along....6-10 would be much better (although you'd need a bigger kitchen with more equipment).

    A lot of halls don't really have any social space aside from the kitchens in the flats either which is ridiculous - a proper tv/cinema room and a cafe/bar should be the bare minimum.
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    (Original post by Acsel)
    Quite possibly. Is regular drug use a problem? Are they unable to cook even basic meals? Do you regularly have to deal with sticky kitchen floors and alcohol bottles strewn everywhere?
    Yep, souns about right. And about the bottles...not only are they all over the floor, but some flatmates decided to also align some bottles like this(as some form of trophy?😂):

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    (Original post by The Night King)
    Yep, souns about right. And about the bottles...not only are they all over the floor, but some flatmates decided to also align some bottles like this(as some form of trophy?😂):

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    :eek2: you have a washing machine in your flat :eek3:
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    (Original post by PQ)
    :eek2: you have a washing machine in your flat :eek3:
    2 washing machines... the other one just didn’t make it into the pic
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    (Original post by The Night King)
    Yep, souns about right. And about the bottles...not only are they all over the floor, but some flatmates decided to also align some bottles like this(as some form of trophy?😂):

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    Did you have to run into kitchen quick and take that pic while looking over your shoulder? To avoid being caught in the awkward situation of sarcastically taking pics of their vapid trophy cabinet?

    Did you not have a questionnaire about the type of people you'd want to live with? How did it go so badly?
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    (Original post by The Night King)
    Yep, souns about right. And about the bottles...not only are they all over the floor, but some flatmates decided to also align some bottles like this(as some form of trophy?😂):

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    Ah, you you've got those types. We didn't have anywhere for bottle trophies.

    I'm also highly jealous of the washing machine and the size of what I assume is a fridge freezer. We had the laundry services downstairs, 11 machines for 700+ students and more often than not half were broken (the washing machines, not the students. All the students were broken). As for the fridge freezer, ours was a top bottom combo unit. So half the width of yours, split between 4 people. Luckily it was aging and we got a replacement. Although someone also broke our cooker (snapped the dials off) so we had no cooker for a while. But by the time I left a fair few things had been replaced and it actually looked alright.
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    (Original post by Notorious_B.I.G.)
    Did you have to run into kitchen quick and take that pic while looking over your shoulder? To avoid being caught in the awkward situation of sarcastically taking pics of their vapid trophy cabinet?

    Did you not have a questionnaire about the type of people you'd want to live with? How did it go so badly?
    Lol nah, took this pic when I first moved in😂

    I didn’t, cause I’m at a place outside the uni. But tbh the flatmates are not so bad lol
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    Lol nah, took this pic when I first moved in😂

    I didn’t, cause I’m at a place outside the uni. But tbh the flatmates are not so bad lol
    Haha, fair enough.

    A flatmate had a collection of £100 whisky bottles lined up in his room. But that is slightly a different aesthetic.
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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.
    or having some jackass whip your arse with a towel whilst having a shower
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    (Original post by PQ)
    Our cleaners used to just bin any dirty dishes (well they confiscated them, washed them and gave them to the charity shop). We were warned on moving in that it would happen :moon: it worked quite well at getting people to tidy up after themselves

    ...noise and smoke is a pita though. I sleep better with noise personally (although I prefer the radio to a bunch of ******ed flatmates)....I think I would have got a water pistol to deal with the smokers :ninjagirl: (although I found yelling at them to **** off to the smoking shelter worked quite well...not everyone is happy shouting expletives out the window )

    I do wonder why so many halls have such small flats - 4 is a really small group to expect people to get along....6-10 would be much better (although you'd need a bigger kitchen with more equipment).

    A lot of halls don't really have any social space aside from the kitchens in the flats either which is ridiculous - a proper tv/cinema room and a cafe/bar should be the bare minimum.
    Ah our cleaners weren't so noble. I almost was but figured it wasn't worth them retaliating.

    The noise was fine, I had headphones, right up until I actually wanted to sleep. At which point they'd be maybe 2 feet from my head, on the other side of a poor quality dry wall.

    As for the size, they were self contained flats so 4 to 6 people but it varied per flat. It was an older building though so not much space for renovation
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    (Original post by Acsel)
    Ah, you you've got those types. We didn't have anywhere for bottle trophies.

    I'm also highly jealous of the washing machine and the size of what I assume is a fridge freezer. We had the laundry services downstairs, 11 machines for 700+ students and more often than not half were broken (the washing machines, not the students. All the students were broken). As for the fridge freezer, ours was a top bottom combo unit. So half the width of yours, split between 4 people. Luckily it was aging and we got a replacement. Although someone also broke our cooker (snapped the dials off) so we had no cooker for a while. But by the time I left a fair few things had been replaced and it actually looked alright.
    I see. I got kind of lucky tbh, found the place super cheap also lol
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    (Original post by Lord Nutter)
    or having some jackass whip your arse with a towel whilst having a shower
    Halls don't have open showers - they're lockable cubicles at the worst or separate lockable rooms normally :rolleyes: It's a hall of residence not glastonbury ffs
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    (Original post by The Night King)
    2 washing machines... the other one just didn’t make it into the pic
    If you're ever bored and want to feel smug you can watch the availability of the washers/dryers at harvard law online: http://classic.laundryview.com/laund....php?lr=462604

    :flute:

    I always liked wasting time in the laundry personally....it was a nice place to read
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    (Original post by PQ)
    If you're ever bored and want to feel smug you can watch the availability of the washers/dryers at harvard law online: http://classic.laundryview.com/laund....php?lr=462604

    :flute:

    I always liked wasting time in the laundry personally....it was a nice place to read
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    "ONLY £1300 more expensive than the ensuite," lord
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    "ONLY £1300 more expensive than the ensuite," lord
    Bargain. You get bag of peanuts who cost more than that
 
 
 

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