From the moment you clicked accept on that UCAS offer, your mind would have been filled a million questions about university life. What will the halls be like? Who will you be living with? Will they even like you? Well I’m here to put a stop to your worries and offer some simple tips to surviving “The move-in.”
Join The Facebook Groups
Every university sets up social media groups for you to join when you accept your
accommodation offer, and if they haven’t, then the students will have done.
Simply joining these groups and posting what your door number is going to be can make the world of a difference. From that, you will be able to see who your next door neighbour is going to be, who your flat mates are going to be, you could even know your whole block on a first name basis if you’re that socially active. The main point is that you will be able to see that the people you are moving in with are just normal students in exactly the same boat as you.
Sign Up for Fresher’s Week
Fresher’s week is one of the best ways to socialise with your new found friends. The student union will probably have an offer on an “entry for everywhere” ticket and if you can afford it, I would highly recommend you get it! My flat went from being awkward acquaintances to a tight-knit group after just one night out together.
The week will also help you find out what clubs and pubs do it for you and what ones don’t. This is vital for you major clubbers out there, as you’ll want to quickly find out what day of the week your favourites hold their student nights!
Don’t be afraid to say “Hello.” It sounds so simple and yet it is probably the best thing you can do. Everyone hates having to be the instigator of conversation, especially with complete strangers who you want to make a good impression on. But the only way to not make friends is to not speak to anyone.
So pluck up the courage, get yourself into the communal area and make conversation with whoever is in there. For those early birds who are the first to their flats, try the accommodation common rooms or even the student union. If that’s a bit scary for you, you won’t be alone for long, plenty of people move in on the first day possible.
Keep Your Door Open
This was a piece of advice given to me before I left for university and it’s still one of the best things I was told. At first, it just invites people to come and talk to you, it makes you look more approachable, friendlier, and if people hear you talking in the corridor, they are likely to pop their heads out too and join in the discussion.
But this doesn’t just apply to the opening days in
halls, it applies to your whole year in halls. Some of the best nights I’ve had have spawned from a simple conversation in the hallway or in someone’s room.
Enjoy the Harmony
My final piece of advice comes sincerely from my heart but by the time you leave your halls you’ll know exactly what I mean. This life of friendly housemates going out together and living happily together won’t last for long. The hangovers are coming. The deadlines will sneak up on people. Food will go missing from the fridge. And this will unsettle the student paradise you’ve come to love.
But, don’t let that scare you. Halls has the all the factors to give you with the best time of your life and it’s up to you what you make of it. I, for one, have loved it.