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En-Suite or Studio

Hello, I’m about to go to university, it’s my 1st year in an undergraduate course.

I’m struggling with figuring out weather an En-Suite or Studio is best for me.

I have pros and cons for both:

Studio:
X - I don’t know how well socialising will go without a shared place with others. I know there is class, social events (including clubs/groups for people with similar interests.)
+ - Own space to keep clean, no mess from others, no stress from others (I can over stress myself), no need to share a kitchen (I have very bad anxiety, so I’m prone to being awkward - especially when making food, especially if I can only eat the same thing for days on end.)

En-Suite:
+ - Possibly easier to make friends.
X - Possibly loud/ people I don’t get along with.
X - I’m lgbt and I’m kinda nervous living with people I don’t know, as I don’t know if they except lgbt people (Can’t really hide it, as I’m not cisgender passing. :/)

Any help would be great, thanks for reading this. ^^
I can't say I was in the same position as you, but when picking my accommodation I was (and still am) introverted and a bit socially anxious - after living in a flat with en-suite I don't think I could do it in a studio. I've become decently close with my flatmates and living with a few of them next year now. Right now I'm staying in the flat and everyone else has gone home, and it's nice to have time completely alone, but if it were like this for the whole year I would definitely struggle with socialising.

I picked an accommodation further from central campus so it's (relatively) quiet normally, so see what options are available for that. Also, if you pick a quieter accommodation, I've found that there are lots more people like me here compared to the ones closer to the noisy parts. It's definitely worth the slightly longer walk to campus for me.

I think have a look at what social events you'd be interested in, make sure you'll have somewhere to go and opportunities to meet people if you do pick studio. Of course you know yourself best but personally I've found that living with others has helped me to come out of my comfort zone a bit and to be more confident in myself and with others. The rooms being built with proper locks helps too as I can still take plenty of time to myself if I want to just sit in my room.

Have you been able to go and visit some of your options to compare physically?
Original post by ThatsVeryNoice
Hello, I’m about to go to university, it’s my 1st year in an undergraduate course.

I’m struggling with figuring out weather an En-Suite or Studio is best for me.

I have pros and cons for both:

Studio:
X - I don’t know how well socialising will go without a shared place with others. I know there is class, social events (including clubs/groups for people with similar interests.)
+ - Own space to keep clean, no mess from others, no stress from others (I can over stress myself), no need to share a kitchen (I have very bad anxiety, so I’m prone to being awkward - especially when making food, especially if I can only eat the same thing for days on end.)

En-Suite:
+ - Possibly easier to make friends.
X - Possibly loud/ people I don’t get along with.
X - I’m lgbt and I’m kinda nervous living with people I don’t know, as I don’t know if they except lgbt people (Can’t really hide it, as I’m not cisgender passing. :/)

Any help would be great, thanks for reading this. ^^

The advantage with a studio flat is that you know what you're getting for sure. Your own space, that is no one else's, and so you can do whatever you want without being judged. Want to keep your room cleaner than an ISO 1 lab? You can (those labs are freakishly clean). Want to be a pig and leave the dishes stacking up for days on end? Go for it. Nobody but you will care. The disadvantage of course is that you're potentially missing out on some of the social aspects of uni halls. However, there's plenty of other opportunities for socialising - lectures, activities, societies... you mention being LGBT, so the LGBT society would be a great place to go, for example. They tend to be pretty big societies and very active and sociable, or so I've heard.

The advantage of living in an ensuite in uni halls is that it can be very, very, very fun. I cannot stress enough how fun living in uni halls has been for me. I get along with my flatmates. We're not like "Ah we're so close, I'm going to miss living with you next year" but you know, we're friends, we go out every now and again and we're friendly to one another. But even if you don't get along with your flatmates, uni halls is the sort of environment that lends itself for all sorts of weird, fun and hilarious situations to ocurr. And I wouldn't miss them for the world.

The disadvantage is, of course, you don't know what sort of flatmates you're getting, so you might get great flatmates or you might get a flatmate from Hell, in which case your uni hall experience could be a nightmare. They could be loud, consistently show up at late hours of the night while maximising how much nuisance they cause, they might run a drug business out of their room, they might have never heard of the idea of "cleaning up after yourself"... just to name but a few of the things I've heard about people here in uni halls. So yes, it's a big risk. But I feel like for most people, it works out alright. And the most important aspect of privacy for me is having a bathroom, which you'll do with an ensuite. You being obviously LGBT will probably not be an issue though, us youngsters are usually pretty understanding people when it comes to LGBT these days :smile:

Up to you, really. Oh, but do note that studio flats will be much more expensive to rent than en-suite uni halls. So you might find that the decision has already been made for you, economically speaking.
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Original post by ThatsVeryNoice
Hello, I’m about to go to university, it’s my 1st year in an undergraduate course.
I’m struggling with figuring out weather an En-Suite or Studio is best for me.
I have pros and cons for both:
Studio:
X - I don’t know how well socialising will go without a shared place with others. I know there is class, social events (including clubs/groups for people with similar interests.)
+ - Own space to keep clean, no mess from others, no stress from others (I can over stress myself), no need to share a kitchen (I have very bad anxiety, so I’m prone to being awkward - especially when making food, especially if I can only eat the same thing for days on end.)
En-Suite:
+ - Possibly easier to make friends.
X - Possibly loud/ people I don’t get along with.
X - I’m lgbt and I’m kinda nervous living with people I don’t know, as I don’t know if they except lgbt people (Can’t really hide it, as I’m not cisgender passing. :/)
Any help would be great, thanks for reading this. ^^

Hi there,
Ensuites and studios both have their own perks and it sounds like you're really considering your options. Ultimately, you need to make the right choice for you but it may be worth considering the following when thinking about ensuites vs studios:

Does your accommodation offer events/encourage students to mix? This might be a good idea if you wanted to opt for a studio but are worried about being able to socialise. There's also plenty of other ways to make friends at university, other than potential flatmates.

Does your accommodation offer specific flats (i.e. quiet or alcohol-free) or a scheme for swapping flats if you move in and are unhappy? This may be worth asking if you are worried about getting along with your flatmates.


Hope this helps!

-Nicky
Go for an ensuite - part of being at university is learning how to deal with social situations / sharing / and building bonds that last a life time.
Original post by ThatsVeryNoice
Hello, I’m about to go to university, it’s my 1st year in an undergraduate course.
I’m struggling with figuring out weather an En-Suite or Studio is best for me.
I have pros and cons for both:
Studio:
X - I don’t know how well socialising will go without a shared place with others. I know there is class, social events (including clubs/groups for people with similar interests.)
+ - Own space to keep clean, no mess from others, no stress from others (I can over stress myself), no need to share a kitchen (I have very bad anxiety, so I’m prone to being awkward - especially when making food, especially if I can only eat the same thing for days on end.)
En-Suite:
+ - Possibly easier to make friends.
X - Possibly loud/ people I don’t get along with.
X - I’m lgbt and I’m kinda nervous living with people I don’t know, as I don’t know if they except lgbt people (Can’t really hide it, as I’m not cisgender passing. :/)
Any help would be great, thanks for reading this. ^^

Hey there! Sounds like you're figuring out your living situation that's exciting! There's no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to En-Suite vs. Studios, so it's worth thinking about what really matters to you.If you're a social butterfly, an En-Suite might be your jam. Sharing a common area with flatmates can be a great way to meet people and have some built-in company. On the other hand, if keeping things clean and calm is your priority, a Studio might be the perfect fit. Having your own bathroom and living space means you get to control the environment a lifesaver if you value tidiness or struggle with anxiety.In the end, the choice between En-Suite and Studio boils down to what makes you feel most comfortable and supported. Think about your lifestyle and what would create the best living experience for you.
Original post by ThatsVeryNoice
Hello, I’m about to go to university, it’s my 1st year in an undergraduate course.
I’m struggling with figuring out weather an En-Suite or Studio is best for me.
I have pros and cons for both:
Studio:
X - I don’t know how well socialising will go without a shared place with others. I know there is class, social events (including clubs/groups for people with similar interests.)
+ - Own space to keep clean, no mess from others, no stress from others (I can over stress myself), no need to share a kitchen (I have very bad anxiety, so I’m prone to being awkward - especially when making food, especially if I can only eat the same thing for days on end.)
En-Suite:
+ - Possibly easier to make friends.
X - Possibly loud/ people I don’t get along with.
X - I’m lgbt and I’m kinda nervous living with people I don’t know, as I don’t know if they except lgbt people (Can’t really hide it, as I’m not cisgender passing. :/)
Any help would be great, thanks for reading this. ^^

Hi there,
Congratulations on heading off to university! Its completely understandable to feel torn between which accommodation to go for and whether to choose an en-suite or studio. Here are some insights which may help with your decision 🙂

Studio:
If having your own space is really important to you then having control over your own living space could be a great way to contribute to your overall wellbeing. Remember that university life offers plenty of opportunities to meet people outside of your accommodation through societies and social events so you will still have the opportunity to meet lots of new people and socialise when you want too!

En-suite:
If you do wish to have a living area shared with others then en-suites are great options! Im currently in my first year, I had similar concerns however I have enjoyed living with others and have found it very social and fun so the choice is yours!

I hope this has helped reassure you that either option is a good one and that there are always lots of ways to meet new people even if you are not living in shared accommodation. It is important to prioritise what is best for you when deciding which accommodation you wish to go for.

I hope this helps and best of luck with your decision, feel free to ask anymore questions!

Millie 🙂
BSc International Development

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