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I’m starting uni next year - what is it like living in halls, particularly in shared uni flats?

Specifically:
What is the shared kitchen like? Do people all cook at once and it’s quite communal?
Are you mainly friends with your flatmates?
What do people wear most of the time in halls?
How easy/regularly do you invite people not in your flat over?
What is it like sharing a bathroom?
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I’m starting uni next year - what is it like living in halls, particularly in shared uni flats?

Specifically:
What is the shared kitchen like? Do people all cook at once and it’s quite communal?
Are you mainly friends with your flatmates?
What do people wear most of the time in halls?
How easy/regularly do you invite people not in your flat over?
What is it like sharing a bathroom?
Everyone's experience will differ. My personal experience was:
- shared kitchen: everyone had their own space for their food. We did share some cooking equipment from time to time. Everyone ate at different times and did their own thing. Did have issues with cleaning at times, so it might be useful to draw up a rota!
- whilst I had no problems with my flatmates, we weren't exactly friends. I think we didn't share a lot of things in common and I clicked more with other people I met.
- People just wear what they are comfortable in. There isn't a dress code!
- It was quite easy to invite other friends over, although we tended to hang out at my other friend's flat as her room was larger.
- We had sinks in our own rooms, but shared a toilet and shower. Didn't have issue with waiting for the bathroom.
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Okay so my uni halls was unusual as it was a 9 person flat shared bathroom (I loved it!)

What is the shared kitchen like? Do people all cook at once and it’s quite communal?
Everyone had different eating times and that due to timetables and personal habits but generally a few of us would cook around 5 and it would be very casual, chatting and the likes. We struggled with storage and freezer space a bit cause we were such a large flat but we communicated and made it work and there were rarely arguments over that. There were a lot of arguments over cleaning however as it got dirty very fast with so many of us.

Are you mainly friends with your flatmates?
I got on with all my flatmates and we became like a weird dysfunctional family (we got a new flatmate semester 2 and he made no effort so it was mainly 8 of us) I made best friends with one of them and loved my time with them all.

What do people wear most of the time in halls?
Depends. At the start everyone tried to look nice but by two weeks in we were trekking around in pj's and joggers. Dressing gowns were common and some of my male flatmates were sometimes seen in just underwear 😅

How easy/regularly do you invite people not in your flat over?
Two of my flatmates had boyfriends so they were over a lot. Friends came over all the time and we often had drinks at ours. If you didn't want to socialise you can always stay in your room. At the start we all gave notice to each other but again as we got more comfortable with each other we'd just invite mates around.

What is it like sharing a bathroom?

I had literally no issues with this. Between 9 of us there was 3 toilets and 3 showers. I never had to queue or wait for it and they were regularly cleaned by the accommodation. Honestly really glad I didn't (in my opinion) waste so much money on an ensuite when sharing was so easy and cheap.

Hope I've helped and feel free to ask anymore questions!
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My experience:

- Sometimes people cook together and sometimes alone. It's pretty communal, they have gatherings there occasionally because the kitchen is also the communal area (as in most unis I imagine). Depends on your flat whether it's really busy or not. Some flats have parties in their kitchen like every day and some you'll never see anyone in the kitchen bar someone coming in and out in a matter of seconds.

- No. I make a bit of smalltalk with them sometimes when I see them but I have no common interests and don't connect with them at all. They're nice people though.

- Just normal clothes I guess. I don't pay much attention. Nothing particularly noteworthy.

- I don't socialise so idk (probably I'm not the best person to reply to this thread lol). Some, more 'partying' flats might have like double the number of people that are actually in the flat

- Shared with just one other person here. It's fine as long as the other person is relatively decent/normal which mine was not (he had severe mental health problems and was a pain to live with). Usually this is the case. But then it's not always just shared by two, sometimes it's like six which I would never do.

There's a lot of variation so you're only really gonna know when you get there.
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(Original post by yeahthatonethere)
Okay so my uni halls was unusual as it was a 9 person flat shared bathroom (I loved it!)

What is the shared kitchen like? Do people all cook at once and it’s quite communal?
Everyone had different eating times and that due to timetables and personal habits but generally a few of us would cook around 5 and it would be very casual, chatting and the likes. We struggled with storage and freezer space a bit cause we were such a large flat but we communicated and made it work and there were rarely arguments over that. There were a lot of arguments over cleaning however as it got dirty very fast with so many of us.

Are you mainly friends with your flatmates?
I got on with all my flatmates and we became like a weird dysfunctional family (we got a new flatmate semester 2 and he made no effort so it was mainly 8 of us) I made best friends with one of them and loved my time with them all.

What do people wear most of the time in halls?
Depends. At the start everyone tried to look nice but by two weeks in we were trekking around in pj's and joggers. Dressing gowns were common and some of my male flatmates were sometimes seen in just underwear 😅

How easy/regularly do you invite people not in your flat over?
Two of my flatmates had boyfriends so they were over a lot. Friends came over all the time and we often had drinks at ours. If you didn't want to socialise you can always stay in your room. At the start we all gave notice to each other but again as we got more comfortable with each other we'd just invite mates around.

What is it like sharing a bathroom?

I had literally no issues with this. Between 9 of us there was 3 toilets and 3 showers. I never had to queue or wait for it and they were regularly cleaned by the accommodation. Honestly really glad I didn't (in my opinion) waste so much money on an ensuite when sharing was so easy and cheap.

Hope I've helped and feel free to ask anymore questions!
Thanks for the reply. Tbh I’m glad to hear that you all became like one big family and that the whole shared bathroom thing wasn’t an issue. Also kinda surprised to hear that guys walked around in their underwear sometimes 😳

Did you find that you had enough privacy in halls/what was noise like?
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I’m starting uni next year - what is it like living in halls, particularly in shared uni flats?

Specifically:
What is the shared kitchen like? Do people all cook at once and it’s quite communal?
Are you mainly friends with your flatmates?
What do people wear most of the time in halls?
How easy/regularly do you invite people not in your flat over?
What is it like sharing a bathroom?
Depends. I was a flat of 10 and we all got on
-Everyone cooked at very different times, it was rare if even 3 people were cooking at the same time, but tbh often people were sometimes just in the kitchen to talk so you could have had 5 of us in there at a time

-Yes, personally I was friends with all I'd say- some I got along with much better, but no one hated each other

-Whatever they want, I literally walked about in pj's half the time unless I'd had class that day. Others are more presentable

- So easy to have people over, there was enough space and often we had multiple people over throughout the day who literally became secondary residents of our flat

- We were en-suite so can't answer that unfortunately
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Thanks for the reply. Tbh I’m glad to hear that you all became like one big family and that the whole shared bathroom thing wasn’t an issue. Also kinda surprised to hear that guys walked around in their underwear sometimes 😳

Did you find that you had enough privacy in halls/what was noise like?
Yeah the underwear thing was weird but they didn't do it too often haha.

Definitely enough privacy, you've got your own room with a lock and key so if you ever wanna be left alone just lock the door. The showers and toilets all had locks too so no issue there.

Generally the walls in accommodations are thin so noise can be an issue. I could hear one of my flatmates whenever she rang her parents and one when he played games until 2am every night (didnt bother me though, my brother does the same). As for parties and stuff it could get quite loud but it was just a case of asking them to be quieter most of the time, also the wardens would often shut down parties if they went too loud or too long.
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Ahh okay, thanks. I’m quite shy and kinda nervous about the whole thing, so thanks for giving me a bit more certainty!
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Yeah the underwear thing was weird but they didn't do it too often haha.

Definitely enough privacy, you've got your own room with a lock and key so if you ever wanna be left alone just lock the door. The showers and toilets all had locks too so no issue there.

Generally the walls in accommodations are thin so noise can be an issue. I could hear one of my flatmates whenever she rang her parents and one when he played games until 2am every night (didnt bother me though, my brother does the same). As for parties and stuff it could get quite loud but it was just a case of asking them to be quieter most of the time, also the wardens would often shut down parties if they went too loud or too long.
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Ahh okay, thanks. I’m quite shy and kinda nervous about the whole thing, so thanks for giving me a bit more certainty!
Honestly I'm a very socially anxious person and was terrified about halls but it was such an amazing experience. You've just really got to force yourself to jump into everything ngl. Generally there's a lot of events held throughout the first weeks so just get stuck in, the more occupied you are, the less time you have to worry. I was suuuper homesick and the first few weeks were rough for me but I just kept myself busy and eventually it felt like a second home. Contrary to popular belief freshers week was my worst week at uni as everything is new and it's exhausting so just stick with it and you'll love it!!
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This has made me feel much less anxious about the whole thing. Thank you
(Original post by yeahthatonethere)
Honestly I'm a very socially anxious person and was terrified about halls but it was such an amazing experience. You've just really got to force yourself to jump into everything ngl. Generally there's a lot of events held throughout the first weeks so just get stuck in, the more occupied you are, the less time you have to worry. I was suuuper homesick and the first few weeks were rough for me but I just kept myself busy and eventually it felt like a second home. Contrary to popular belief freshers week was my worst week at uni as everything is new and it's exhausting so just stick with it and you'll love it!!
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