Student accommodation is basically there to provide a stepping stone from relying on your parents for everything to becoming an independent human being. In general, they get you into the uni spirit and will set you up with friends that will last throughout your course and beyond. So, here are some top tips before you move in…
1. You will live with ‘types’ of people
There will be ‘the mum’ who already seems to have all of life’s experiences and wisdom under their belt to impart at every available opportunity. Then there will be a ‘messy one’, which needs no explanation other than if you don’t know who that is – chances are it’s you! At the other end of the spectrum, there will likely be a ‘clean one’ who will anti-bac anyone and anything if it’s there for more than five minutes.
Even if you don’t get any of these people, you will meet a fab bunch from all walks of life that you can make some great memories with!
2. Establish jobs early
If you are living with other people, it is often easier to cook together or share the cost of things like milk and washing up liquid. It is much less hassle to sort this out early on, so try to get into a routine of buying together and taking responsibility to providing the essentials.
3. Leaving your door open will help you settle in
One of the best tips I saw in student accommodation was to buy a doorstop so you can leave your door open. Especially in the first few days and weeks, leaving your door open shows you want to get to know the people you are living with and that you are a friendly person… but it also makes it pretty clear when you don’t want to talk so there are no awkward interruptions when you’re phoning home.
4. Don’t be precious about your belongings
“Er, that’s my plate” is not a phrase that will earn you many friends. This may not apply to everyone, but if you’re even a slight perfectionist it’s not hard for your inner Godzilla to appear when you live in a confined space with random people. Things will get broken, you won’t get bought a replacement, but life does go on. If you’re really worried about it then keep things in your room, but be aware this may make you look like a bit of a cutlery dictator. Luckily for residents at The Neighbourhood crockery is just one of the things provided for you, check out our Starter Pack list to find out more.
5. Food = friends
From day one food is the way to any student’s heart, so if you turn up with something yummy when you move in, it’s sure to go down well with your flatmates.
6. Respect who you are living with
Firstly and most obviously is noise. Everybody is different and would prefer to be quiet at different times, so it's best to try and respect your flatmates and keep things down when possible. It is also really important to respect their space – both in terms of kitchen cupboards, and personal space. Everybody likes a bit of alone time, and nobody likes having their shelf invaded in the fridge.
A big one – respect their course and their studies. At uni, every course is as intense and challenging as another, regardless of the number of contact hours or whether it’s a science or an arts subject. Chances are if they have made it this far, they are very good at what they do and love doing it, so be respectful of what it means to them.
7. There will be halls rivalries
Whether it is between flats, blocks of accommodation, or areas of the city – everyone has something to boast about in their student accommodation. Where you are living becomes part of who you are – so take pride in your new identity and celebrate it. A bit of friendly banter keeps things light for when you really need to take a dig at your local rivals on YikYak and for varsity sports matches.