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I was planning on staying at home for uni as I would still be close to all my friends and my boyfriend, however we recently broke up and I feel getting away and going to stay at uni would be best for me to be away from everything however I was wondering what uni accommodation is really like. I am quite an anxious person although I appear to be very confident. I am always up for going out and drinking but I also require some of my own time to be alone and clear my head. With the rooms, how good are they for blocking out sound from outside of them? I understand many people worry about food being stolen but I am not afraid to confront people on this. I am also very fiery and I sometimes struggle to get along with certain types of people, this is my main concern for living in halls and makes me question if this is truly for me. If someone does something that is not right or nice I will openly let them know. Also, if I am not happy with the flat i have been given, is there options to change the flat? Finally, in terms of budgeting, do students find this easy to budget for food, social money for clubbing and drinking, and shopping money? And what is the best way to keep track of your spending? I would love to hear back from students who have been living in accommodation that could help me! Thanks
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I was planning on staying at home for uni as I would still be close to all my friends and my boyfriend, however we recently broke up and I feel getting away and going to stay at uni would be best for me to be away from everything however I was wondering what uni accommodation is really like. I am quite an anxious person although I appear to be very confident. I am always up for going out and drinking but I also require some of my own time to be alone and clear my head. With the rooms, how good are they for blocking out sound from outside of them? I understand many people worry about food being stolen but I am not afraid to confront people on this. I am also very fiery and I sometimes struggle to get along with certain types of people, this is my main concern for living in halls and makes me question if this is truly for me. If someone does something that is not right or nice I will openly let them know. Also, if I am not happy with the flat i have been given, is there options to change the flat? Finally, in terms of budgeting, do students find this easy to budget for food, social money for clubbing and drinking, and shopping money? And what is the best way to keep track of your spending? I would love to hear back from students who have been living in accommodation that could help me! Thanks
There will be a lot of anxious shy people who ahve never been away from home. In the beginning everyone is polite and very keen to be friends. It is the best time to make friends imo as everyone makes an effort.

As the year goes on then groups and cliques settle and you have to decide whether your clique contains real friends or they are just acquaintances.

In terms of student residences and houses, then its a random set of people, mostly keen to get on in the beginning. You might hae a healthy flat where everyone makes an effort. Sometimes you get lead students who are a bit more sociable and mature who make everyone included, sometimes you get ones where a few are friends with each other and they are polite but no inclusive with the rest.

Imo its best for all to include everyone, set down some rules and get on with each other as a flat.

The last thing you want in a flat is conflict. Shy and anxious people can often get excluded, then they have an unhappy time and the flat kind of falls apart.

Everyone should make an effort. Unfortunately not everyone is mature enough to understand this.

For you I would give it a go and be open minded.
People dont want to rink all the time and its fine if you don't drink at all.
If you dont wish to go out just be polite and bail.
Sound proofing is generally poor, hence you need to get on with each other. the most distracting is if someone brings their partner back next door for the night.

Food stealers arent common imo, but just have some house rules. If you have anything that is very stealable or expensive then consider keep it in your room.

Living in group housing is give and take. Certain things shouldnt be tolerated, but you should seek to get along. Confrontation in a house for all but the most serious reasons is toxic in a place you will be living for a year. Dont do it and learn to solve issues amicably. You can stand your ground, but dont have raging arguments because you will force people to take sides.

Sometimes the uni will let you swap about 2 months after, but you are swapping into a flat someone else wants to get out of so beware. Easy to check if they offer this option.


Budgeting just remove the essentials and see what you have left then give yourself an allowance per week.

Biggest expenses are going to be:

Books, transport, socialising, food, other.
You might need a job.
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I was wondering what uni accommodation is really like.
It will vary between unis and also between different accommodations.

(Original post by Caramel48)
I am quite an anxious person although I appear to be very confident. I am always up for going out and drinking but I also require some of my own time to be alone and clear my head.
That's fine, everyone needs their own time. Personally I'm not very social, I prefer nights in over nights out. I've almost finished my first year and have only been out once on my birthday and even then I was home just after 9 because of unrelated issues.

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With the rooms, how good are they for blocking out sound from outside of them?
Depends on the uni and the accommodation. Mine is rubbish. The window doesn't even fully close. For about 7 months I had to tape up my window not only to block some sound but also stop the draft and smell of smoke coming into my room. I wear ear plugs at night because I need a good night's sleep in order to feel good. Now I rarely wake up from sound outside.

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I understand many people worry about food being stolen but I am not afraid to confront people on this.
It depends on who you are with. The only time I had some food stolen was when I went home for a few days. I came back and half my pasta had been eaten and a wooden spoon had been left used and not washed up. I was fuming. Luckily I don't go home very often so this was the only time it has happened. Generally though in my flat we are good. We never use each other's food unless we have permission e.g. I ask if I can use some milk for my tea, and me and my flatmate have borrowed eggs from each other too a few times. It's pretty relaxed tbh.

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I am also very fiery and I sometimes struggle to get along with certain types of people, this is my main concern for living in halls and makes me question if this is truly for me. If someone does something that is not right or nice I will openly let them know.
You're bound to clash with your flatmates. As long as you're nice generally and not a totally b*tch you'll be fine. My flatmates regularly left dirty dishes around even though we have an agreement to wash up within 24 hours of using the dishes, I just remind them that they live with others and they need to be considerate.

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Also, if I am not happy with the flat i have been given, is there options to change the flat?
It will depend on the uni. For me, I can only move rooms if I can find someone to replace me.

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Finally, in terms of budgeting, do students find this easy to budget for food, social money for clubbing and drinking, and shopping money?
Again depends on the student. For me I don't need a strict budget because I have a good student loan. I don't go out or eat out so I save lots of money there. I also have a part time job bringing in some income. You should meal plan and cook in bulk to save money on food.

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And what is the best way to keep track of your spending?
I personally used a spreadsheet for a few months to see how much money I was spending on random stuff I didn't need. I put the date I spent money, where I spent it, how much, what I bought and if it was necessary. At the end of the month I added up how much I had spent on unnecessary things and honestly just 2 months of doing that and now my spending is so much better.
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