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I know that most of the Halls at Reading have 'quiet living' areas but I wanted to know which of the Halls in general is quietest and non-partying?
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How come you're after quiet halls?
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How come you're after quiet halls?
I just want to live somewhere quiet. Happy to go out partying but just don't want it near where I want to live, sleep and study!
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I just want to live somewhere quiet. Happy to go out partying but just don't want it near where I want to live, sleep and study!
The people I know who chose quiet halls regretted it. Was pretty lonely in those kinds of halls because most people who choose it are the type to just stay in their room all the time and don't really socialise. Also a lot of internationals who don't speak good english.
You may be lucky and find a flat with like-minded people but it's risky.
Normal halls generally aren't as crazy as you think. The benefits of having a sociable flat who will hang out in the kitchen and want to do stuff together outweighs any Thursday night after-parties when you've got a 9am. Ear plugs are great as well.
If you do want to go out and party and potentially have people over then I'd really reconsider and think about just going into normal halls as your life will be more difficult in quiet halls. Often in your head before uni you think you just want somewhere nice and quiet and be able to sleep, but you'll quickly realise that a quiet flat is incredibly boring and doesn't feel like home. And that a really fun first year often relies on who your flatmates are.
Obviously if you're really serious about quiet halls and do just want your own space then that's fine as well. But just thought I'd warn you before you make the same mistake some of my friends made.
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The people I know who chose quiet halls regretted it. Was pretty lonely in those kinds of halls because most people who choose it are the type to just stay in their room all the time and don't really socialise. Also a lot of internationals who don't speak good english.
You may be lucky and find a flat with like-minded people but it's risky.
Normal halls generally aren't as crazy as you think. The benefits of having a sociable flat who will hang out in the kitchen and want to do stuff together outweighs any Thursday night after-parties when you've got a 9am. Ear plugs are great as well.
If you do want to go out and party and potentially have people over then I'd really reconsider and think about just going into normal halls as your life will be more difficult in quiet halls. Often in your head before uni you think you just want somewhere nice and quiet and be able to sleep, but you'll quickly realise that a quiet flat is incredibly boring and doesn't feel like home. And that a really fun first year often relies on who your flatmates are.
Obviously if you're really serious about quiet halls and do just want your own space then that's fine as well. But just thought I'd warn you before you make the same mistake some of my friends made.
Thank you Showaeski. Your message is really helpful and has given me food for thought. Really appreciate the comments
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Thank you Showaeski. Your message is really helpful and has given me food for thought. Really appreciate the comments
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I'd say Showaeski's advice is helpful!

Not all halls are really noisy and it does depend on the flat mates.

I wasn't such a party person but enjoyed going out a little bit every so often and I'd just ask my house mates to be considerate when they came home or to not play the music too loud late at night.

So, it's just a case of doing what you feel like and not feeling pressured to go out all the time. But you want to be able to make friends and the friends I made in halls are the friends I live with now in my final year!

Hope this is helpful!
Any further questions feel free to ask!

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Hi

I'd say Showaeski's advice is helpful!

Not all halls are really noisy and it does depend on the flat mates.

I wasn't such a party person but enjoyed going out a little bit every so often and I'd just ask my house mates to be considerate when they came home or to not play the music too loud late at night.

So, it's just a case of doing what you feel like and not feeling pressured to go out all the time. But you want to be able to make friends and the friends I made in halls are the friends I live with now in my final year!

Hope this is helpful!
Any further questions feel free to ask!

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Thanks, Sophie. I've now put in my application and have chosen Mackinder as my first choice followed by Shenfield both of which seemed nice when I visited and not too noisy but I hope friendly too. It has been difficult to choose and my judgement was coloured by my brother's experience as he wanted somewhere quiet at his Uni and ended up in a really noisy corridor, getting no sleep, unable to study etc. He moved rooms and is fine now but it made me worry about the noise!
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Thanks, Sophie. I've now put in my application and have chosen Mackinder as my first choice followed by Shenfield both of which seemed nice when I visited and not too noisy but I hope friendly too. It has been difficult to choose and my judgement was coloured by my brother's experience as he wanted somewhere quiet at his Uni and ended up in a really noisy corridor, getting no sleep, unable to study etc. He moved rooms and is fine now but it made me worry about the noise!
I'm glad!

It's good that you have looked round the halls as that helps give a feel for the halls.

There is always advice available on campus if you were in a situation where your housemates weren't being considerate and you wanted some additional help/advice.

I hope that you enjoy life in halls!

Good luck in your exams!

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The people I know who chose quiet halls regretted it. Was pretty lonely in those kinds of halls because most people who choose it are the type to just stay in their room all the time and don't really socialise. Also a lot of internationals who don't speak good english.
You may be lucky and find a flat with like-minded people but it's risky.
Normal halls generally aren't as crazy as you think. The benefits of having a sociable flat who will hang out in the kitchen and want to do stuff together outweighs any Thursday night after-parties when you've got a 9am. Ear plugs are great as well.
If you do want to go out and party and potentially have people over then I'd really reconsider and think about just going into normal halls as your life will be more difficult in quiet halls. Often in your head before uni you think you just want somewhere nice and quiet and be able to sleep, but you'll quickly realise that a quiet flat is incredibly boring and doesn't feel like home. And that a really fun first year often relies on who your flatmates are.
Obviously if you're really serious about quiet halls and do just want your own space then that's fine as well. But just thought I'd warn you before you make the same mistake some of my friends made.
So which were the quiet halls that they regretted?
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So which were the quiet halls that they regretted?
Well I wasn't referring to Reading specifically, just universities in general across the country.
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