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I'm moving to UK to start at Loughborough University this September and since my sister already lives in UK I have the option to live with her in private accommodation. However, I'm concerned regarding meeting new people, making friends and general socializing.
Will I be missing out a lot if I don't experience life in halls? Will I still be able to get involved and feel part of the community, meet a range of people and so on?
If anybody has lived in private accommodation since 1st year I'll be glad to get some advice.
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(Original post by Mons686)
Hey!
I'm moving to UK to start at Loughborough University this September and since my sister already lives in UK I have the option to live with her in private accommodation. However, I'm concerned regarding meeting new people, making friends and general socializing.
Will I be missing out a lot if I don't experience life in halls? Will I still be able to get involved and feel part of the community, meet a range of people and so on?
If anybody has lived in private accommodation since 1st year I'll be glad to get some advice.
The main thing to make more effort to socialise and maintain a presence on campus. Join societies, don't just leave campus straight away after lectures/seminars, and consciously put yourself out there and approach people (rather than waiting for people to approach you). If you can make friends and then stay over in their halls, or at least stay for nights out if you can still get transport later, that would be ideal.

Tbh, most people make a lot of friends with people on their course, so having a group of accommodation friends isn't essential.
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(Original post by Mons686)
Hey!
I'm moving to UK to start at Loughborough University this September and since my sister already lives in UK I have the option to live with her in private accommodation. However, I'm concerned regarding meeting new people, making friends and general socializing.
Will I be missing out a lot if I don't experience life in halls? Will I still be able to get involved and feel part of the community, meet a range of people and so on?
If anybody has lived in private accommodation since 1st year I'll be glad to get some advice.
I think it's much easier to socialise and make friends if you live in halls for the first year, so I would personally opt to live in halls for Year 1 and then think about living with your sister in later years if you still want to.
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I lived in a private flat for first year with three older professionals.

Of course it’s easier to meet new people when you’re in halls, but just as well if you’re quiet and introverted like I am, you won’t make friends either away. In halls, it would be even worse. A lot of people end up not getting along with their flatmates.

As long as you socialise while you’re in uni, you’ll have 0 problem. I made lots of friends from societies and lectures.
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(Original post by Mons686)
Hey!
I'm moving to UK to start at Loughborough University this September and since my sister already lives in UK I have the option to live with her in private accommodation. However, I'm concerned regarding meeting new people, making friends and general socializing.
Will I be missing out a lot if I don't experience life in halls? Will I still be able to get involved and feel part of the community, meet a range of people and so on?
If anybody has lived in private accommodation since 1st year I'll be glad to get some advice.
Hello!

As PhoenixFortune said it's definitely about making yourself available to meet people that can really help generate friends and isn't necessary to live on site. What I would personally say is that from living with people at university I still talk to three of the five people I lived with and I have about the same number of good friends that i still speak to regularly from my course.

It is always the case that you can live with your sister in your first year and move out in the second to be sure of those you wish to live with or work it the other way around. Either way you will make friends whether in your course or halls as long as you are pro-active in making time to meet people and take part in events.

Good luck with your decision and in starting university

I hope this helps.

Patrick :lep:
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Thank you all guys for your replies! I think I'm moving in with my sis to make things easier haha
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Hi Mons686!

Thanks for posting. The choice to live in halls really depends upon the student - and there's no right or wrong decision! Hall accommodation is a great way of meeting new people but you can also do this by joining any of our fantastic clubs/societies alongside mixing with people on your course!

I would recommend checking out our hall accommodation on our website but even if you choose not to live in halls, you will be affiliated to a hall, meaning you can still get the benefits of meeting new people!

Best of luck,

Becky


(Original post by Mons686)
Hey!
I'm moving to UK to start at Loughborough University this September and since my sister already lives in UK I have the option to live with her in private accommodation. However, I'm concerned regarding meeting new people, making friends and general socializing.
Will I be missing out a lot if I don't experience life in halls? Will I still be able to get involved and feel part of the community, meet a range of people and so on?
If anybody has lived in private accommodation since 1st year I'll be glad to get some advice.
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