What to expect when moving into halls

Moving into halls is a new, daunting, but exciting experience for most people. It gives you a great sense of…

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.

Alone time

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!

Your room

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.

Communal space

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.

This exciting time in your life that you may only get once so enjoy it, expect the unexpected, and have fun.

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