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The essential guide to living in halls

By Hollie Alexa Moxham

Wednesday 1 August 2018 Student Journalists

Here's your essential guide to making the most of your halls experience, from meeting your flatmates on the first day to leaving with all the cutlery you came with.(Spoiler alert: it's just not possible.)

Getting on with your flatmates
Your flatmates are likely to be a selection box of different personalities, but don’t let that put you off! During your first few days spend plenty of time with your flatmates and find out what they’re interested in. Your uni should run plenty of Welcome Week events to keep you busy and there will be loads of new things to explore in a new town or city. You’ll be sharing laughs in no time!

It’s a good idea to try and maintain a pleasant relationship with your flatmates. In some halls, you could be sharing with six or more people, so waiting for the kitchen to be empty (so you can nip in and pop a pizza in the oven!) is probably not going to happen. You can always slip away to your room if people are rubbing you up the wrong way, but you don’t want to starve!

Making it feel like home
When you first walk into your halls room it is likely to feel very cold and very plain. It may be hard to imagine living there for 10 months, but that can be easily fixed by bringing some of your old home into your new one.

Bring some of your favourite home comforts and blankets and collect pictures of all your friends and family to hang up around your room. Indulge in some scented candles to make your room smell nice, but make sure you check if your halls allow candles first! Consider buying some colourful bunting for the hallway or fairy lights for the kitchen. Before you know it, you’ll be coming home from a long, tiring day and sighing with relief as you enter the door, happy to be home.

Other tips and tricks
If you’re struggling to snag a spot at the laundry machine then try visiting very early in the morning or very late at night, by doing this you’ll miss the crowds. It's also a good idea to use all-in-one washing tablets, just chuck it in and let it do its thing.

Skip the temptation of watching your favourite show on catch up and force yourself to head to the common room and watch it live. You’re likely to meet people who like the same things as you and will have plenty to talk about. The common room also is a great place to hang out before a night out too.

Finally, there is a possibility that at some point you may forget your keys and lock yourself out. Do your best to avoid this scenario by keeping keys and fobs on your keyrings from home, so you’ll be used to picking it up when you leave. If you have a card, invest in a pretty card holder, and always leave it in the same place when you come and go.Be sure to save all important numbers in your phone like: halls security, the university, the doctors and all your favourite takeaway numbers.
University halls can be a weird experience.

You go from the comfort of living at home (well at least in my case) to suddenly having to pay to do your laundry. Sometimes it feels like a little weird and it takes a little while to adjust. Remember to always keep your valuable belongings secured in your room and be prepared at all times for pranks and impromptu moments with flatmates.

Most importantly – don’t get too attached to your spoons.