Moving into halls is a new, daunting, but exciting experience for most people. It gives you a great sense of independence and is a place where you may make friends for life. If you have never lived in halls before, it might be difficult to know exactly what to expect, so here are a few tips on what you can expect moving into halls this year.
Moving into halls from your family home to a flat in a new city where you don’t know anyone is a big step. This big step is where you will really gain a sense of independence. From cooking, to cleaning, to deciding when to go out, to planning when to work… Everything is up to you now. It is also a time when you will learn a lot about yourself.
One thing, in particular, I had to adjust to when moving into halls was the amount of time I spent on my own. Although this wasn’t a lot, it can feel like it when you’re not used to it. Even if I had spent the whole day with friends, getting back into my room on my own would feel strange. But there is a big difference between being alone and being lonely. Enjoy a bit of alone time, and don’t burn yourself out by feeling you have to socialise 24/7!
This will vary depending on the type of accommodation you choose; however, it is likely you will have a small room with a desk and an en-suite bathroom. It is often nothing fancy and may need a clean, but remember that you can decorate it and make it as cosy as you like. One bit of advice I would give you is to keep it tidy as small rooms get messy so quickly!
Usually in halls, you can be sharing a flat with 5-15 people, which may be very different to what you’re used to. Moving into halls is a great way to start to get to know people. Try leaving your door open from time to time, especially when moving in it will be a great chance to get to know them.
Just remember – you have so much time to make friends, and if your flatmates don’t become your best friends – that’s okay. Perhaps you will meet people on your course that are more similar to you. Don’t stress.
Flats will usually have a shared kitchen and living room. If you’re sharing with many people, there will often be more ovens/fridges etc. to accommodate for that. Unfortunately, be prepared for a mess! There is a chance it may not be as clean as you are used to, but as long as you clean up after yourself that’s all you can do. Making a cleaning rota early on to avoid any conflict down the line may be useful.