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    Ok, so I'm looking at renting a studio flat near my university rather than going into halls (I'll be at UCL, by the way), mainly because at 23 I'm a bit older than your average fresher and because I've been living by myself for two years now and rather like it.

    However, I don't want to live like a recluse or hermit and would still like to get involved in the whole university and fresher experience.

    Has anyone done what I'm planning to do and if so, how did it effect your uni experience? Can you still get involved with all the obligatory first week pub crawls even if you don't actually live in halls?
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    you'll just have to work harder to make friends, that's all. Go to the halls and have a chat with people so perhaps you should get there extra early if possible and sort stuff out
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    This. I wouldn't worry about it too much, it's what you make it.

    I was a little worried as I can't afford halls, and things have changed over the past year so now I'd rather live with my boyfriend than struggle to live in halls. I still want the experience but it probably will require a little more effort. Saying that I know a few people who said halls were awful and they didn't get on with anyone and made friends other ways so *shrugs*

    I just don't think it's a big deal like people make it out to be, I'd rather be living somewhere with four rooms and for half the price
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    One of my best friends at uni wasnt in halls and i met her in Freshers week. Normally, your course will arrange stuff so you get to meet people during freshers. The people you meet may invited you back to halls or whatever so you meet even more people.
    If you just go out, and start up a few convos, you will be fine. Its kind of the norm in freshers because no one knows anyone.

    Not living in halls will mean stuff is different for you, but different doesnt mean bad. As long as you are willing to get out there you will be fine
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    There should be "city" reps for those not living in uni halls. Check out your university/freshers week website for information on that. Most universities, I would presume, think of something for those not in halls. There may also be events for mature students which you could get involved in. That, or get to know people on your course so you can meet them at their halls in the evenings
 
 
 
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