Pollock Halls is apparently really elitist? (University of Edinburgh)

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hey guys! so context:
- I’m starting at UofEdinburgh sept 2020 and definitely want to be in Pollock Halls as it’s catered (self-catered is out of the question)
- went to a fairly posh Southern boarding school and had lots of friends there so haven’t actually had to try to “fit in” for many years

however, I’ve come across a lot of bad things about Pollock Halls being very snobby - exclusive for the London bubble only, so very hard and isolating for people outside of that e.g. @overheardatpollockhalls instagram and @PollockTV on Facebook. I know those aren’t true representations of Pollock as it’s intended to entertain by taking the mick but I’ve also heard from multiple acquaintances (friend of a friend of a friend) generally confirming those portrayals.

I get that you can make friends elsewhere and that this isn’t the be all and end, but I already struggle with social anxiety in new environments as it is, therefore am concerned. Please can anyone share their experiences? Were people generally keen to make new friends? Or was it an impenetrable Londoner bubble? Did you know a lot of people before starting?

Thanks in advance for your help and sorry about the fussy rant
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Don't take meme instagrams too seriously.

Pollock Halls is fine. Just chat to your hall-mates and meet people during fresher's. Everyone's in the same boat, even if not the same social class.
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I was not in Pollock Halls but I come across people who were a lot within my courses. To be honest, they have pretty much all been snobby and unfriendly. If uncatered accommodation is out of the question because you can't cook then I would say that learning to cook would be an easier and much more enjoyable task than trying to fit in at Pollock.
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I was not in Pollock Halls but I come across people who were a lot within my courses
Would you mind telling what courses those are?
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I have encountered pollock people on humanities courses e.g literatures, languages, arts and also econ and politics etc
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Obviously not everyone at Pollock will be the same, but it does certainly have a certain reputation of being full of 'posh' students.
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(Original post by dbd1003)
hey guys! so context:
- I’m starting at UofEdinburgh sept 2020 and definitely want to be in Pollock Halls as it’s catered (self-catered is out of the question)
- went to a fairly posh Southern boarding school and had lots of friends there so haven’t actually had to try to “fit in” for many years

however, I’ve come across a lot of bad things about Pollock Halls being very snobby - exclusive for the London bubble only, so very hard and isolating for people outside of that e.g. @overheardatpollockhalls instagram and @PollockTV on Facebook. I know those aren’t true representations of Pollock as it’s intended to entertain by taking the mick but I’ve also heard from multiple acquaintances (friend of a friend of a friend) generally confirming those portrayals.

I get that you can make friends elsewhere and that this isn’t the be all and end, but I already struggle with social anxiety in new environments as it is, therefore am concerned. Please can anyone share their experiences? Were people generally keen to make new friends? Or was it an impenetrable Londoner bubble? Did you know a lot of people before starting?

Thanks in advance for your help and sorry about the fussy rant
I'm starting at Edinburgh September 2020 too and I had the same concern.

I had made my mind up about catered accommodation because I don't know anything about cooking, it's closer to my college and, as an International Student, it would lower the pressure of my first year so much. It seemed the perfect choice, but recently I've heard a lot of bad things about Pollock too, and I know that I wouldn't fit in that snobby Londoner stereotype, which got me kinda worried for a while. However, I've also heard that not everyone in there is like that (even though you'll most likely find that posh and snobby vibe), and you'll also find nice people from all around the world.

I have already applied to Pollock, so the least that I can say is that I feel the same way that you do, and I hardly believe that we are the only ones. I'm completely sure there will be so many others just excited to be there and opened to make new friends (at least I am).

Even though my answer is a few months late, I wish it'll help. For me it sure feels nice to know that I'm not the only one with that worry.
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Hiya. I didn't live at Pollock but I have to admit we did always mock the Pollock people for being poshos because I was in some cheap accommodation in the outskirts of Edi. My suggestion would be applying for Fraser Court. It's in Pollock technically but it's the least posh part and I know so really, really nice people who lived there and says it's 'toned down Pollock' because it's technically in Pollock but on the outskirts and still has catered option, but I think it's one of the cheaper Pollock options and my friend says it's nice. I applied for Fraser court but didn't actually get in but I was an Insurance choice who they generally give the last accommodation to lol.
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