Written by Alice Fiancet
BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism
By Alice Fiancet
1st year BU student, BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism
One of the reasons you choose to move away from your home comforts for Uni is to gain independence and you can do this by living in Uni Halls.
This can be an interesting experience and the first two weeks are when you can make the strongest bonds. However realising that having to go outside at three in the morning because someone has set off the fire alarm by burning toast isn’t the most thrilling of things to be doing, but let’s start from the beginning.
You arrive on day one, your parents help you unpack and settle in to your humble abode and then you’re on your own. You are about to venture into the kitchen and meet the people you will be spending the next year living and socialising with. Nervous? I’m not surprised, not only are you trying to make a good first impression but you also have to try and remember everyone’s name. First tip, don’t be nervous, just be yourself.
Boun daries have to be established, you’re hoping that you will all get on and make jokes with each other. However, it can be hard to figure out what you can and can’t say but little by little, you’ll get there. Don’t worry if you are more of the shy quiet type, you can pick the Hall that is specific to how much or little noise and commotion you want.
Obviously, cooking and cleaning are crucial to living in Halls. You don’t want to be the person who leaves their washing-up on the side for weeks and creates tension in the flat but if you keep things in order and help out then there is no reason for things to go wrong.
Top tips for living in Uni Halls:
1. ice breakers are essential
2. bring a selection of drinking games
3. have good banter
4. always offer to help
5. be yourself
If you are as lucky as me, you will have the best time in Uni Halls and make the strongest friendships. Be prepared for a load of pranks, some drinking, banter and essentially a great experience.