Not enjoying my Uni halls - what to do? Watch

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Hi all, I'm a fresher and only a few days into university but I'm not impressed with my halls. I go to the university of Nottingham and am in quite a social hall, but my block is right around the back, and there are only 4 of us. I'm with a foreign student who is in his 3rd year and will be leaving in December and two second years.

The problem is that it is extremely quiet (which I know will be good later but not now) they all have friends from first year and I'm just struggling to make friends, as most people so far seem to do stuff with their flat mates. It's alright in the evenings as people meet up in random blocks and so far I've joined them for drinks and stuff, but its hard in the day without people I can easily meet up with to do stuff.

Any advice appreciated and I'm sorry if this is a common thread. Finally, would it be a good idea for me to enquire into moving into another block if possible if I'm still not impressed with mine in a few days.

Forgot to say, it's not that my hall only has 4 rooms, it has about 6 or 7(I think) but they're empty and we don't know why. Even if it was small it is still much smaller than most others that have from 18-30 people.
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Hi, I’ve just left Nottingham and loved it. You surely will appreciate the quiet later on for sure! As for getting friends that will require a rather forward attitude from you. Do you know who is in the neighbouring flats? If so just muscle in and say hi 👋 get contacts in the night and message them in the day time and ask what they’re doing. Join societies - go to David Ross today and tomorrow to join up. Is there a communal place in the block anywhere ? If so hang around with some biscuits 🍪 to share.

The key is to Just muscle in and care little for being so forward.

Which halls are you in ? Uni Park, BGP, Jubilee , others ?
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(Original post by Welshvisitor)
Hi, I’ve just left Nottingham and loved it. You surely will appreciate the quiet later on for sure! As for getting friends that will require a rather forward attitude from you. Do you know who is in the neighbouring flats? If so just muscle in and say hi 👋 get contacts in the night and message them in the day time and ask what they’re doing. Join societies - go to David Ross today and tomorrow to join up. Is there a communal place in the block anywhere ? If so hang around with some biscuits 🍪 to share.

The key is to Just muscle in and care little for being so forward.

Which halls are you in ? Uni Park, BGP, Jubilee , others ?
Well I'm in Cripps hall so I have signed up for the gym with the foreign student who is sound but it's just a bit **** that he's leaving. I've met three people in the block next to mine as it's kind of similar with 5 people, but they're all freshers which makes it a bit easier for them. I should probably actively message one of them tommorow. The common room is pretty much dead until about 9 PM as people get later into pre's, so I have managed to get into other blocks and join for drinking games and stuff so might have to do that again. Do you think it'd be a good idea to try and transfer rooms as I feel like at least for the first few months I'll be happier with the company of other freshers ( and a lot more of them) only bonus is that as I'm the only one on my floor of the block I have two toilets to myself xD

I usually feel like I'm a confident person but even then, it's really hard to just muscle into a group of people from a block I'm not in, who all know each other. Thanks for the reply.
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Well I'm in Cripps hall so I have signed up for the gym with the foreign student who is sound but it's just a bit **** that he's leaving. I've met three people in the block next to mine as it's kind of similar with 5 people, but they're all freshers which makes it a bit easier for them. I should probably actively message one of them tommorow. The common room is pretty much dead until about 9 PM as people get later into pre's, so I have managed to get into other blocks and join for drinking games and stuff so might have to do that again. Do you think it'd be a good idea to try and transfer rooms as I feel like at least for the first few months I'll be happier with the company of other freshers ( and a lot more of them) only bonus is that as I'm the only one on my floor of the block I have two toilets to myself.
I know Cripps. Up to you about moving. Catered hall give the opportunity to meet others in the queue for meals and joining groups cos of the size of the tables mean people share.
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Perhaps be proactive and ask the catering staff to reserve a singles table where people can sit if they are on their own?
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I know Cripps. Up to you about moving. Catered hall give the opportunity to meet others in the queue for meals and joining groups cos of the size of the tables mean people share.
Yeah that's true. Ideally I think I'll try to move rooms in the hall not move halls as most people seem decent, and at least I know some faces and names.
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I would stick where you are. You'll be glad of the quiet and better socialised housemates in 6 months. Just get numbers when you're at pres and text people in the day, ask course friends to hang out. Don't be afraid to be up front and just say 'm block is dead pls invite me to stuff so I'm not alone' people will be happy to help.
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Hey.

No matter which block you're in, it quietens down when people get into the thick of university anyway.
My block was pretty quiet but we mostly just hung around the courtyard or went to random flats.
Something to think of is that you will eventually be good friends with some people, and it won't really matter if your flat is loud or not.
No point (in my personal opinion) going through the hassle of changing, finding new place, because second year is when you choose your flatmates.

If you are desperate, speak to reception, they can probably sort you out.
Hope this helps a little,
Joshua
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If its catered then what welshv said was an excellent idea, even if theres a big sign which says Jonny No Mates.
Catered halls is a massive advantage just to sit down and socialise over dinner.
You have to make the effort now or in 6 weeks time it will be much harder to connect with people (not impossible) as everyone is open top meeting people in the next few weeks.
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(Original post by hallamstudents)
Hey.

No matter which block you're in, it quietens down when people get into the thick of university anyway.
My block was pretty quiet but we mostly just hung around the courtyard or went to random flats.
Something to think of is that you will eventually be good friends with some people, and it won't really matter if your flat is loud or not.
No point (in my personal opinion) going through the hassle of changing, finding new place, because second year is when you choose your flatmates.

If you are desperate, speak to reception, they can probably sort you out.
Hope this helps a little,
Joshua
Thank you for the advice, I know you're correct but I'm just struggling to find people to do things with in the day at the moment. It's still early and should probabaly stick it out and force myself into social situations in the day xD
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