Written by kdanceydowns
Then I realised student housing here in Bournemouth is a lot different from any student housing back home. Bournemouth University has a few different student accommodation options under its wing.
I currently live in Chesil House. The basics: it’s a 3-block building that houses both undergraduates and postgraduates. There are 2 blocks for undergraduates and one block exclusively for postgraduates – comprises of 6 bedroom flats and studio units. There is a common room in the courtyard with a pool table as well as the card operated laundry room.
I live with 5 amazing people from different countries and everyday I’m incredibly grateful that I didn’t opt for a studio unit.
It didn’t take long for me to turn this:
This was taken within 20 minutes of arrival (after 23 hours of travelling).
A few things you’ll experience living in student accommodation:
Living with other people who are not your family
In the six months I’ve been here at BU, the people I’ve met so far still live in their family home back in their respective home towns. Once you put in that application to live in a non-studio unit with 4 to 5 other characters in the accommodation of your choice, you’ve agreed to adapt to their quirks and habits. You’ll get to know each other, go out together, have group dinners, and who knows, you might just end up becoming lifelong friends.
Being responsible for your own wellbeing
Truth: I miss living with my parents – not worrying about food or laundry. But we all have to leave the nest at some point in our lives, and what better way to experience that than going to university? Luckily, student accommodation eases that transition. Grocery stores and supermarkets are located conveniently close by and laundry services are on site. Halls sometimes organise activities like cooking classes so you can learn a thing or two about cooking meals (and not rely on ready meals and beans on toast all the time).