Noise In University Halls

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Hiya! I’m going to be to be headed off to uni in September but there’s one thing that I’m worried about. I have ADHD and am quite sensitive to sounds so I’m apprehensive about moving into halls with a bunch of 18/19 year olds who are ready to fully exercise their newfound freedom.

There are certain sounds that always annoy me, like very loud upbeat music, abrupt high-pitched laughter, yelling and shouting, that sort of thing. When I’m medicated and have gotten a good amount of sleep, I can tolerate it for maybe 5 ish minutes before getting annoyed, but that’s rarely the case. Usually, I’ve not had enough sleep and after hour 6 of being awake, I can’t tolerate any noise, and absolutely not after dark. Silence is always preferable but if I can keep the volume down by shutting my door and/or it can be drowned out by having my earphones at 40%< (any louder than that and it just becomes an annoyance itself) then that’s fine too. When I’m not medicated… well, let’s just hope it never comes to that 😁

As long as I can remove myself from it, it’s fine, otherwise it gets very frustrating and overwhelming, it gives me a headache and I feel very closed in. But I dread the idea of having flatmates or people nearby that fill the dorms with unbearable thumping EDM every night or invite loads of rowdy people round for the whole night etc.

How do/did you find the noise in halls? I know I’m gonna have to rough it out during fresher’s week but how about after? And anything you’d recommend or wish you did?
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Hiya! I’m going to be to be headed off to uni in September but there’s one thing that I’m worried about. I have ADHD and am quite sensitive to sounds so I’m apprehensive about moving into halls with a bunch of 18/19 year olds who are ready to fully exercise their newfound freedom.

There are certain sounds that always annoy me, like very loud upbeat music, abrupt high-pitched laughter, yelling and shouting, that sort of thing. When I’m medicated and have gotten a good amount of sleep, I can tolerate it for maybe 5 ish minutes before getting annoyed, but that’s rarely the case. Usually, I’ve not had enough sleep and after hour 6 of being awake, I can’t tolerate any noise, and absolutely not after dark. Silence is always preferable but if I can keep the volume down by shutting my door and/or it can be drowned out by having my earphones at 40%< (any louder than that and it just becomes an annoyance itself) then that’s fine too. When I’m not medicated… well, let’s just hope it never comes to that 😁

As long as I can remove myself from it, it’s fine, otherwise it gets very frustrating and overwhelming, it gives me a headache and I feel very closed in. But I dread the idea of having flatmates or people nearby that fill the dorms with unbearable thumping EDM every night or invite loads of rowdy people round for the whole night etc.

How do/did you find the noise in halls? I know I’m gonna have to rough it out during fresher’s week but how about after? And anything you’d recommend or wish you did?
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Have you spoken to your university halls team about this? They can always place you in the quieter area of halls, where there should be less noise. You'll also be placed with similar people who would like to be in a quiet calm area. Also, when you move in maybe explain to your new flatmates about yourself and they should then be understanding.

I found halls noisy, just because mine was opposite 2 clubs, so I heard the people in the queue outside. However, I got some earplugs and an eyemask and this really helped.

I hope this helps!
Best wishes
Chloe - Official Student Rep
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Hi!

Have you spoken to your university halls team about this? They can always place you in the quieter area of halls, where there should be less noise. You'll also be placed with similar people who would like to be in a quiet calm area. Also, when you move in maybe explain to your new flatmates about yourself and they should then be understanding.

I found halls noisy, just because mine was opposite 2 clubs, so I heard the people in the queue outside. However, I got some earplugs and an eyemask and this really helped.

I hope this helps!
Best wishes
Chloe - Official Student Rep
Thank you so much for the advice, I’ll have a talk with my uni halls team and ear plugs are a good shout!
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