10 Things To Expect While Living at Halls
Living in halls of residence seems like an impossible situation. Thrown in with a bunch of complete strangers, your first day of University consists of either a whole lot of awkward small talk, or endless conversations bonding over alcohol. After a month in my new home, I am confident in saying it’s been a whirlwind of fun (for the most part).
1) Treat your key card like your debit card.
Unless the idea of spending a significant amount of money for a replacement card doesn’t scare you, keep your key card in a secure place. These pesky cards have a habit of going AWOL, so keep them somewhere you have the comfort in knowing it’s tightly zipped away. Having to snapchat your flatmate at 4am asking to be let in is not the best way to make friends.
2) Food shopping while hungry is always a no.
While that student loan sits in your account shining in all it’s glory, budgeting quickly becomes a way of life as a student. As tempting as that confectionary or bakery aisle is, only buy what you know you will eat. Finding that stale forgotten packet of brownies at the back of your cupboard is never nice.
3) Stick to a cleaning rota to avoid flatmate fall outs.
Pulling your weight around keeping the kitchen area clean is so important in maintaining good relationships with your flatmates. There’s a simple solution to avoid petty arguments: agree on a fair cleaning scheduele and keep to it, no matter how grueling it can be.
4) Be prepared for fire alarms
Hungover from last night? Your accomodation doesn’t care, and never will. You’ll find yourself half asleep grabbing the nearest item of clothing and running down those steps like your life depends on it. Good job they’re only drills.
5) You’ll make friends from every floor of your accomodation easier than you think.
You’ll sense the community feel of halls straight away. With flat parties being the norm, it’s not a rarity for you to find yourself bumping into someone you’ve met before at previous parties.
6) Mail often goes unnoticed
Checking for post in the pigeon hole may prove as a chore for some, especially if you’re the person with the allocated key. The grandparents would be heartbroken to find out you haven’t recieved their letter with a £25 Sainsburys voucher inside.
7) Flat meal nights are a blessing
Curry night, fajita night, burger night… The list goes on! Flat meal nights are the perfect way to socialise, have fun, and learn some new cooking skills along the way. Additionally, everyone saves a bit of cash in the process.
8) You’re either going to love your new bed, or feel further detatchment from your old bed.
It may be decorated with the best of what IKEA can offer, but will it pass the comfy test?
9) You’ll never be fully unpacked.
The summer before Uni starts is a hectic one. Venturing from store to store, you’ll find you’ve bought more than you need. Thus, a pile of useless items will permanently lay in the corner of your room somewhere. Or the wardrobe.
10) Flatmates quickly become like family.
It’s not your duty to listen to everyone’s personal problems, however lending a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on never hurt anybody. A problem shared is a problem halved.