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Accommodation for first year

I'm currently a foundation student and I have organised a house for next year with some friends. However, I've now been told by some family friends that it may be better for me to stay in halls next year instead with other first year students as if I don't it may lead to me feeling left out. Does anyone have any advice on what I should do ?
Original post by Anonymous #1
I'm currently a foundation student and I have organised a house for next year with some friends. However, I've now been told by some family friends that it may be better for me to stay in halls next year instead with other first year students as if I don't it may lead to me feeling left out. Does anyone have any advice on what I should do ?
Hi there

I think living both on or off campus can be good ideas. It is great to hear that you have found some friends to live with together next year. :smile: Depending on where you are, living off campus can be quite enjoyable! In terms of being left out, it might take you longer to commute between home and campus. So you may like to consider how you would arrange your travels (I know it largely depends on your timetable, but you may like to think about circumstances that the timetable does not work in your favour). Will you have somewhere to go between lessons, I know many students often stay in the library, is that something you would enjoy? Although I have lived off campus myself, I have heard some friends complaining about landlords and management of their houses, which you may also like to look into. :smile: I would not say living off campus means you are really left out. Currently, some of my friends who live off campus come into the University everyday, so we get to hang about. Maybe asking yourself whether you like to commute, the costs and convenience may be useful.

I have lived on campus for three years now :smile: I really enjoy it as I can frequently have my friends over at mine, or occasionally visiting my friends accommodations. I can see why some may think living on campus accommodation will be good. However, being flatmates does not necessarily mean you will become good friends, it completely depends on who your flatmates are. Though the ease of commuting will definitely allow you more time to be on campus to meet other freshers. Perhaps you could consider applying for campus accommodation together with your friends, if they are open to this. It will allow you all to meet new people, whilst also having the comfort that you will enjoy living your friends next year. :smile:

Perhaps having a talk with your friends will be useful! :smile:

I hope this helps.
Chloe
University of Kent Student Rep
Original post by Anonymous #1
I'm currently a foundation student and I have organised a house for next year with some friends. However, I've now been told by some family friends that it may be better for me to stay in halls next year instead with other first year students as if I don't it may lead to me feeling left out. Does anyone have any advice on what I should do ?

Hi there,

I think either option is good and it just depends what will work better for you!

If you are currently living in halls, then it just depends if you feel you want to do that again or if you are ready to move into a house. If you decided to move into the house, you wouldn't be left behind you would just be at a slightly different stage to your house mates but this isn't necessarily a problem. Some people also do placement years and some don't so you can sometimes end up back in the same year when you are in final year anyway. One of my housemates did a foundation year so is a year behind us but it doesn't make a difference!

I would focus more on where you would prefer to live, rather than who you would be living with. Sometimes people like to stay in halls as it can be closer to uni so this is good, or because you have a bit more of your own space, especially if you have an en suite, rather than living in a house. Living in halls is good to make friends so if you were wanting to make more friends who were in the same year as you it may be a good idea! You can still stay friends with the same group you were planning on moving into a house with and can have them over, or you could still go to visit them at the house and you could always live with them another year!

However, if you did decide to move into the house you have sorted out, it wouldn't mean you can't still make other friends who are in the same year as you! You can make friends on your course, or by joining societies!

Good luck with the decision and I'm sure the choice you make will be the right one for you!

Lucy- SHU student ambassador.
Original post by hallamstudents
Hi there,
I think either option is good and it just depends what will work better for you!
If you are currently living in halls, then it just depends if you feel you want to do that again or if you are ready to move into a house. If you decided to move into the house, you wouldn't be left behind you would just be at a slightly different stage to your house mates but this isn't necessarily a problem. Some people also do placement years and some don't so you can sometimes end up back in the same year when you are in final year anyway. One of my housemates did a foundation year so is a year behind us but it doesn't make a difference!
I would focus more on where you would prefer to live, rather than who you would be living with. Sometimes people like to stay in halls as it can be closer to uni so this is good, or because you have a bit more of your own space, especially if you have an en suite, rather than living in a house. Living in halls is good to make friends so if you were wanting to make more friends who were in the same year as you it may be a good idea! You can still stay friends with the same group you were planning on moving into a house with and can have them over, or you could still go to visit them at the house and you could always live with them another year!
However, if you did decide to move into the house you have sorted out, it wouldn't mean you can't still make other friends who are in the same year as you! You can make friends on your course, or by joining societies!
Good luck with the decision and I'm sure the choice you make will be the right one for you!
Lucy- SHU student ambassador.

PRSOM!

Oluwatosin 3rd year student University of Huddersfield
Original post by Anonymous #1
I'm currently a foundation student and I have organised a house for next year with some friends. However, I've now been told by some family friends that it may be better for me to stay in halls next year instead with other first year students as if I don't it may lead to me feeling left out. Does anyone have any advice on what I should do ?
Hi there @Anonymous #1, I totally understand your concern about feeling left out! I have experience living with friends in both private accommodation and in student halls and I think it really depends on your personal preference.
That said, there are many other ways to meet new people and form new connections aside from staying in student halls! Personally, I was not able to make much friends when living in halls and had a bad experience with flatmates! However, I managed to make many new friends in my first year outside of my course by joining different clubs and societies as well as my part time job in uni. :smile:

Wishing you all the best in your studies and student life for the coming academic year!

Zhi En
(Kingston Student Rep.)
Original post by Anonymous #1
I'm currently a foundation student and I have organised a house for next year with some friends. However, I've now been told by some family friends that it may be better for me to stay in halls next year instead with other first year students as if I don't it may lead to me feeling left out. Does anyone have any advice on what I should do ?
Hi,
As others have said, this is a decision that should be made with yourself in mind.

I knew plenty of my peers during my BA lived in houses with foundation students. I feel like you wouldn’t be left behind as you can still conversate about your course as you will still have some of the same shared experiences, and you can get to know each others’ hobbies and interests if you decide to move forward with the house.

I made friends with people on my course who shared their own house near the university, and even though I had a place in the halls, I still commuted and spent time at their place and them at mine, so even if you still go with halls, you have the opportunity to socialise.

If you decide to get a house, I would just make sure everything is sorted, contracts sorted, you’ve viewed the house and see that it is suitable, and you have your room picked out. Viewing the home in person can help you decide as you can see if you can visualise yourself there.

Ultimately, I wish you the best with the decision, and I’m sure you will make friends on your course either way!

I hope this helps,
Jade
University of Sunderland Ambassador
BA Photography Video and Digital Imaging
Current PGCE in Primary Education

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