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Currently unsure. I'm pretty introverted, don't drink a lot etc. but I'd still like to be fairly social, trying both clubbing and non-alcohol based activities. I've heard fairly mixed things about quiet accommodation in terms of some people never leaving their rooms but others have said they found it great. I also feel people on my course/societies might prejudge me if they know if I'm in quiet accommodation. What are your experiences?
(Also does anyone think covid will change the halls experience, if people are in social bubbles will it be quieter anyway?)
Thanks in advance
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Currently unsure. I'm pretty introverted, don't drink a lot etc. but I'd still like to be fairly social, trying both clubbing and non-alcohol based activities. I've heard fairly mixed things about quiet accommodation in terms of some people never leaving their rooms but others have said they found it great. I also feel people on my course/societies might prejudge me if they know if I'm in quiet accommodation. What are your experiences?
(Also does anyone think covid will change the halls experience, if people are in social bubbles will it be quieter anyway?)
Thanks in advance
Hi There

From personal experience I know there is usually a mixture of extroverted/introverted people in most university accommodation buildings. It's all about getting to know those you'll be living with, which you could do via groups online and getting in touch before you move in. I understand that Covid-19 will mean the whole process will be different than usual with social bubbles etc but there's definitely nothing to worry about. There are other points to note also, how close to campus do you want to be, is cost a factor, are you looking for catered/self-catered, how many people would you be comfortable living with, what are the essentials you can't do without (own/shared bathroom, single/double bed, living area, accommodation facilities like washing machines, etc). I would say that these are the more important factors and you should make your choice based on these. If you're introverted but want to be fairly social then you could join some societies and meet new people that way or get to know your flatmates (which sounds scary to begin with but these are likely to become your closest friends whilst at university).

I just want to add, that I have not had others judge my accommodation choices or heard of others being judged based on what accommodation they are staying in. Some people want to live in a flat of 10 people whereas others want to live in a studio and have their own space. Everyone is in the same boat and they're looking to have a great time, whether that be by going to parties/ clubbing or having movie nights in accommodation.

I hope that helps but if you have any further questions or worries about university please get in touch, I'd be happy to help.

Good luck!

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Currently unsure. I'm pretty introverted, don't drink a lot etc. but I'd still like to be fairly social, trying both clubbing and non-alcohol based activities. I've heard fairly mixed things about quiet accommodation in terms of some people never leaving their rooms but others have said they found it great. I also feel people on my course/societies might prejudge me if they know if I'm in quiet accommodation. What are your experiences?
(Also does anyone think covid will change the halls experience, if people are in social bubbles will it be quieter anyway?)
Thanks in advance
Hi!

It's obviously very hard to guess correctly what your experience will be like as no two experiences are the same (especially with COVID changing many things). I think just go with the option which makes you feel the happiest. Moving out of Uni can be a stressful time and there's no point living somewhere which is just going to make you not want to leave home in the first place. About people prejudging you, that might just be you reflecting your thoughts onto other people. Overall, Uni is what you make of it so go with whatever option makes you the happiest, most comfortable and most excited. If you stay in quiet accommodation you can still go out when you want to. If you stay in regular accommodation you could always say no to going out when you want to and ask your flat mates to keep it down if you ever need to (which you might not).

I hope this helps! Go with you gut

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Hi Anonymous
In my accommodation at Lancaster Uni there was a mixture of people, some where quieter and others where more extroverted. My accommodation wasn’t known as the more social accommodation but we were still very much social. I don’t believe that anyone’s judged me based on my accommodation, as long as your happy with it then that’s all that matters !
Good luck with your decisions
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Currently unsure. I'm pretty introverted, don't drink a lot etc. but I'd still like to be fairly social, trying both clubbing and non-alcohol based activities. I've heard fairly mixed things about quiet accommodation in terms of some people never leaving their rooms but others have said they found it great. I also feel people on my course/societies might prejudge me if they know if I'm in quiet accommodation. What are your experiences?
(Also does anyone think covid will change the halls experience, if people are in social bubbles will it be quieter anyway?)
Thanks in advance
Hey,

I stayed in uni accommodation for my first 2 years and have tried both quiet and regular accommodation. In first year I had regular accommodation and I really enjoyed it I found it a great way to meet people. Halls tend to have a huge mixture of people some more sociable than others. Saying that everyone has different flatmates and people do have really different experiences. In my second year, I lived in a quieter corridor. Three out of four of us were not in first year. I think it's common to have older students in the quieter halls and it can be hard to be as social in the older years as your grades count to your final grade. I personally went out a lot less in second year than first year as there isn't this huge pressure to make friends and get to know people as by then people tend to have their own groups.

Hope this helps you and gives you a good picture of it! Let me know if you have any questions!
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Hi! In first year I stayed in a new build accommodation that wasn’t very popular as people didn’t really know about it. That meant that most people there were randomly assigned the accommodation after not getting their top choices. As a result flats were really quite mixed.

My flat was particularly quiet which was just by chance but many others in my accommodation had louder flats. I found it nice to have the option to go to my friends flats in different accommodations if I fancied being a bit more social or staying in and having quiet time to do work in peace back at my own flat.

Try and see if accommodations you are looking at having communal spaces. Mine had a cinema room, pool tables, table tennis and loads of seating areas and study rooms. That meant my room and actual flat could be a quieter space, yet there was still the option to socialise.

Also, you will make friends from lots of different accommodations that won’t be too difficult to get to and get the full experience! And it will be nice for a change of scenery and to meet new people.

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