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Is it fun to live in accommodation and how is student life in Uni? I always had a toxic friend group and left then and since I wanna live the uni life and have a big group of friends or at least good friends and live there for at least the first year or is it not how I think it is?
Original post by Anonymous
Is it fun to live in accommodation and how is student life in Uni? I always had a toxic friend group and left then and since I wanna live the uni life and have a big group of friends or at least good friends and live there for at least the first year or is it not how I think it is?

Hey,
Living in student accommodation can be a good way to meet people and an enjoyable time. The perks I experienced living in halls include being close to your uni campus and living with other students so you have things in common. I did make some friends from living in halls and we still meet up years later. Personally I didn't get a big group of friends and we didn't end up living together after first year due to accommodation availability and some deciding to commute from home in subsequent years. However, I do have friends who stayed with the people they met in halls for the rest of their degree and some who ended up meeting their partners. It really depends on who your flat mates are and what you want to get out of your time in accommodation - you make it your own experience.
Catherine - University of Strathclyde Student Ambassador
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Original post by University of Strathclyde Student Ambassador
Hey,
Living in student accommodation can be a good way to meet people and an enjoyable time. The perks I experienced living in halls include being close to your uni campus and living with other students so you have things in common. I did make some friends from living in halls and we still meet up years later. Personally I didn't get a big group of friends and we didn't end up living together after first year due to accommodation availability and some deciding to commute from home in subsequent years. However, I do have friends who stayed with the people they met in halls for the rest of their degree and some who ended up meeting their partners. It really depends on who your flat mates are and what you want to get out of your time in accommodation - you make it your own experience.
Catherine - University of Strathclyde Student Ambassador


Thank you🤍
Hello,

Living in student accommodation can be a great and fun experience, but it varies significantly between people.

In my first year, I shared a flat with 6 people I didn’t know, and they weren’t very social so I didn’t make friends however my accommodation had a lot of activities and game nights in the common room and that’s how I met my best friend!

Also living in student accommodation can be very fun, specifically if you are living with your friends and that was my case in year 2 as I shared a flat with my friends.

Best of luck,
Haya
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Original post by UCLan Student
Hello,
Living in student accommodation can be a great and fun experience, but it varies significantly between people.
In my first year, I shared a flat with 6 people I didn’t know, and they weren’t very social so I didn’t make friends however my accommodation had a lot of activities and game nights in the common room and that’s how I met my best friend!
Also living in student accommodation can be very fun, specifically if you are living with your friends and that was my case in year 2 as I shared a flat with my friends.
Best of luck,
Haya


Thank you so much:smile:
Original post by Anonymous
Is it fun to live in accommodation and how is student life in Uni? I always had a toxic friend group and left then and since I wanna live the uni life and have a big group of friends or at least good friends and live there for at least the first year or is it not how I think it is?

Hi there,
It can definitely be fun to live in student accommodation. I personally enjoyed my final year of university the most, as I stayed in private student accommodation that had additional facilities including a communal lounge, gym and study space. It just made it that bit more sociable.

Don't worry if you don't click with other people straight away, there's lots of ways to make friends at uni - be it joining societies or getting a part time job.

Hope this helps!

-Nicky
Original post by Anonymous
Is it fun to live in accommodation and how is student life in Uni? I always had a toxic friend group and left then and since I wanna live the uni life and have a big group of friends or at least good friends and live there for at least the first year or is it not how I think it is?

Hey!

I've lived in student accommodation throughout all three years of my degree, everyone's experience can be completely different with this and whether you get on with the people or not but two out of the three years I have been fortunate to live with some great people.

Living in accommodation is a great way of gaining freedom and learning to look after yourself. I never lived with any of my friends due to different budgets and some wishing to commute or stay with others. However, I still had an enjoyable experience!

I would definitely say quality over quantity for your friends and don't put high expectations on meeting your friend for life in the first week it takes time and you have three years to make friends. Across all three years I've met lots of different people some who are just course mates, flat mates or acquaintances but I have also made some incredible friends as well who I am sure will be friends for life.

Don't stress about making friends too much it will happen in its own time but if you are thinking of going into uni accommodation I would recommend looking for the official Facebook group for that university as this can be a good way of getting in contact with flatmates ahead of moving in along with reaching out to course mates as well.

Hope that helps!

Rebecca
3rd Year Geoenvironmental Hazards Student
Original post by Anonymous
Is it fun to live in accommodation and how is student life in Uni? I always had a toxic friend group and left then and since I wanna live the uni life and have a big group of friends or at least good friends and live there for at least the first year or is it not how I think it is?

Hi there,

I really enjoyed living in accommodation at uni! It's a different experience for everyone but most people do enjoy it.

These were my favourite things about living in accommodation in first year:

Having more freedom. You can do most things that you want to do, go out when you want etc. It's great for the first year living away from home as you have a lot more freedom and independence which you may not get if you are living at home.


You are living with a big group of people your age who are also at your uni which is really fun and not something you would necessarily do any other time! It's great if you all get along as I found that there was always something to do and someone would want to do something.


If you like going out and you get flatmates who also like going out, it's great as you can all have pre's together and then all go out. You might also be close to town (I was walking distance) which is great as it saves money on transport too.


You have the flexibility to be a lot more spontaneous. If someone wants to go out, you are already there if you want to go. It's a lot easier than at school where everyone lives separately and you have to arrange things more. If you want to go out, go for food, shopping etc everyone is already there so it is a lot easier.


Cooking for yourself is actually quite fun! I thought it would be a chore and some nights I don't want to do it, but on the whole it's great to be able to do what you want and cook and eat when you want.


You will likely be closer to the campus which is great as it saves time getting to uni. Its a lot easier and saves getting public transport!


In terms of student life in general, I've found it to be great but it depends from person to person. You have to put yourself out there at first and be prepared to go out and make friends, but once you have friends it's great as everyone is students and is up for doing fun things. As someone else has said, I would say quality of friends over quantity. It doesn't matter if you have a massive friendship group, the best part of having friends at uni is being with people you really get on with, whether this be 2 people or 20!

I would definitely say to join Facebook groups if you are going to stay in halls as you might meet some of your new flatmates this way which is great as you already know them a bit before you move in! I found this helped to ease some of my anxiety about moving in which really helped me.

I hope some of this helps,

Lucy -SHU student ambassador :smile:

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