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Hi !! I’ve decided to take a year out before going to University, so when I start (sep 2024) I’ll be turning 20 about a month into starting. I was thinking about getting a Studio Apartment for first year, cause I’d feel so out of place being with 17&18 year olds. Is getting a studio a wise decision or will I be too lonely ? I’m so scared of feeling really old where I live, and also there’s the added benefit of having a cleaner kitchen lol. thank you :smile:
Reply 1
I'm going into university this year a little late (I'm 21) and I've applied for shared accommodation due to talking to other people who did uni a little later. They've all said that halls is a great place to meet people xx
Reply 2
I have no experience on the subject, but I don't know anyone who cares or is able to tell the difference between 18 and 20 years old, myself included. Everyone I've spoken to has told me that the halls are a great place to meet people and made it seem like it's almost mandatory to be in halls at least for your first year at Uni purely for social reasons.


(I've seen in another post that some universities may assign you to other people who are in a similar situation if you request so just talk to them about it if you're worried.)
Original post by poppymist
Hi !! I’ve decided to take a year out before going to University, so when I start (sep 2024) I’ll be turning 20 about a month into starting. I was thinking about getting a Studio Apartment for first year, cause I’d feel so out of place being with 17&18 year olds. Is getting a studio a wise decision or will I be too lonely ? I’m so scared of feeling really old where I live, and also there’s the added benefit of having a cleaner kitchen lol. thank you :smile:

Hello,

You are not too old at all! You’re currently 19 about to hit 20 that’s barley an age gap. Many people will have taken gap years and be the same age as you; trust me when I say no one will care if you’re a year older.
My partner who I met in my first year when I was 18 is a year and a half older than me haha. And someone else I knew he a flat mate who was 23 in first year. A year won’t make anything awkward :smile:

Hope this helps,
Dom
Original post by poppymist
Hi !! I’ve decided to take a year out before going to University, so when I start (sep 2024) I’ll be turning 20 about a month into starting. I was thinking about getting a Studio Apartment for first year, cause I’d feel so out of place being with 17&18 year olds. Is getting a studio a wise decision or will I be too lonely ? I’m so scared of feeling really old where I live, and also there’s the added benefit of having a cleaner kitchen lol. thank you :smile:


Mate your going to be 19i it’s not like your 30 or 40 you would totally be lonely going in a studio get halls you’ll have a u h better time there isn’t much difference between 20and 18 I started at 21 and had no problems.
Original post by poppymist
Hi !! I’ve decided to take a year out before going to University, so when I start (sep 2024) I’ll be turning 20 about a month into starting. I was thinking about getting a Studio Apartment for first year, cause I’d feel so out of place being with 17&18 year olds. Is getting a studio a wise decision or will I be too lonely ? I’m so scared of feeling really old where I live, and also there’s the added benefit of having a cleaner kitchen lol. thank you :smile:

Hey there @poppymist !

In both of my years at student accommodation I lived with people who were older than I was and we got on so well it was never a big deal about the age difference. I never felt like I was the youngest or the most immature because we had lots in common and it was never made a big thing. Just think, all the first years that are the youngest will be turning 19 in their first year and I doubt any of them will be 17 so really there's just one years difference. My coursemates were also all older than I was and we barely even noticed, like I didn't even find out how old they were until near the end of the year and we were all shocked. I think in your first year going straight into a studio flat may be a bit of a daunting experience for you. It may cut off extra chance to make more friends and I worry that after a while you're going to feel a bit lonely. It might be good for you to go into halls for first year, apply privately so you can see what year groups are already booked into the flat, and then make as many friends as possible in your first year. You may feel like you can handle it now but there's no telling how you'll feel in a couple of months time and it might ruin your uni experience.

I went into a studio flat for third year because I've always wanted to try living by myself but the only reason I've felt confident enough to do it is because I have a solid group of friends who are only living a couple of streets up the road and I know I'll be busy all the time so won't have time to feel lonely. I have also noticed my flat is a lot cleaner as well but I don't think I could have got through the year living by myself if I didn't have a stable group of uni friends already. It's worth a reconsider and a look over your options again. You could even go into a house share with some second/third years if you're concerned about ages. However, if you truly think you can handle it then go for it. No one can make that decision for you.

Hope this helped!
Lucy - Digital Student Ambassador SHU
Original post by poppymist
Hi !! I’ve decided to take a year out before going to University, so when I start (sep 2024) I’ll be turning 20 about a month into starting. I was thinking about getting a Studio Apartment for first year, cause I’d feel so out of place being with 17&18 year olds. Is getting a studio a wise decision or will I be too lonely ? I’m so scared of feeling really old where I live, and also there’s the added benefit of having a cleaner kitchen lol. thank you :smile:

Hello!
I'm a student ambassador here at Coventry University.
I find that this is all down to personal preference.
I know many people who have started out in halls and have loved it, and I know some who have disliked it and moved into a studio.
This is all down to how you feel that you are able to cope with living with others! :smile:
If age gap is a concern, I promise you that you will usually not feel the age gap, and halls usually have people from different age ranges in there also, so you may find some might be closer to your age than you might think.
I find that studios work best if you like your own space, and if you decide to go to studio, I'd recommend going to more freshers events and trying to make friends that way! And if you decide to, you can have some friends over and be able to host into your own place!
Kind regards,
Courtney H
Don't worry about the age gap, nobody will care nor notice. I'm facing your same "problem" now and I honestly didn't even think about it because it's a negligible age gap, not even worthy of mentioning :smile:
@poppymist

A person's age doesn't necessarily reflect how mature they are. You could end sharing with people who are 18 and who are tidy and clean or people who are 21 and who are messy! It really depends on the people.

If you have a positive attitude and are willing to get to know people, being slightly older should not be a problem. You might even find second year students living in halls.

It might be worth finding out if your student accommodation has a cleaner. This might give you more peace of mind if you are worried about messy flatmates!

This past year I lived in a studio and it was great to have more space in the fridge and the cupboard, to be able to cook whenever I wanted without having to worry about other housemates who were also trying to cook, to be messy and to know that I didn't have to worry about other housemates but also being free to clean without having to worry about housemates. In short, it gave me more freedom and made things easier, though it was quieter so I had to be more proactive in getting out and about.

It might be worthwhile to see what it's like in your first year living in halls, and then if you don't like it, you could always move into a studio for your second year. It might be a more difficult transition to go from a studio in your first year to halls in your second year.

All the best,

Oluwatosin 2nd year student University of Huddersfield
Original post by poppymist
Hi !! I’ve decided to take a year out before going to University, so when I start (sep 2024) I’ll be turning 20 about a month into starting. I was thinking about getting a Studio Apartment for first year, cause I’d feel so out of place being with 17&18 year olds. Is getting a studio a wise decision or will I be too lonely ? I’m so scared of feeling really old where I live, and also there’s the added benefit of having a cleaner kitchen lol. thank you :smile:


Hi there,
There's definite benefits to studio living! Not only is it nice to have everything self-contained but you can truly make it your own space. I'd definitely look at booking an accommodation where there is also access to some great social spaces so you still have plenty of opportunity to socialise. For example, at Student Roost, many of our properties have some amazing spaces like hosting kitchens, games rooms and more - plus we love throwing a good welcome event!

Hope this helps!

- Sophie

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