The ten commandments of halls…
DO make the most of freshers’ week
Freshers’ week is, in a word, chaotic. But at the same time it’s arguably one of the most important times of your uni life (okay, maybe apart from exam period..). It’s a great chance to meet loads of people from all walks of life – just don’t expect to remember their names! It’s definitely a time for forming friendships, so try to get in on the action as much as you can.
DON’T get with a flatmate
Okay, possibly one of the most important. Freshers’ week arrives, it’s all go, your new flatmate’s looking hot and…no. Stop! Unfortunately, as gorgeous as Ricardo in the next room may be, it’s a no go. Your whirlwind romance could make the year horribly awkward, both for you and your flatmates.
DON’T pass up a night out
Nights out are bonding opportunities. That’s why it’s a good idea for new students to go on as many of them as possible! Not only is it that joyous time before deadlines and exams start to hit, but it’s also a really good opportunity to get to know your new flatmates, and other randoms that might cross your path.
DON’T bang on about your gap year
Also know as the ‘Gap Yah’ kids. Honestly? No one wants to hear about it. Well, not all day and all night anyway. If you have a witty anecdote about your time in South Africa, fair enough. Just don’t bang on about it at any semi-relevant opportunity. Not everyone is lucky enough to have been on a round the world trip, so keep it to a minimum.
DON’T be the messy one
Okay, so you can be messy. Just be sure not to be THE messy one. It’s bound to get rather untidy, but as long as you’re not the main perpetrator, all can be forgiven. It’s not going to take you long to wash up your sticky pan. Trust me – it’s a lot better than tackling three festering towers of pots and pans.
DO start looking for houses early…but not TOO early.
As second semester hits, so does the dreaded house hunt. It’s a good idea to start looking at houses early. All of the good houses seem to get snapped up before your eyes, and somehow you’re left with that peeling, chilly place that most students end up living in! Saying that, you need to have a good idea about who you’re living with and where, and it’s best not to rush into things. Make sure you really know the people you’re going to live with. A year’s a long time to spend with a ‘frenemy’…
DO make the most of having no bills!
Chances are, when second year hits you’ll be in a house, and that blissful year in halls without bills will seem like a lifetime ago. So enjoy it while you can! Unnecessarily long showers, room like a sauna…soon you’ll be paying for it!
DON’T stick to what you know
It might be the case that you know quite a few people from home at uni, but there will be a lot of people who don’t know a soul. For the first few weeks, it’s best to keep your distance from any home friends you might have and concentrate on meeting new people. Coming with an entourage of close friends can be a bit intimidating to others at first. Eventually, introduce your old and new friends…you’ll be unashamedly popular!
DO make your room a nice place to be
Make your room your own space. You’ll need it sometimes! Also, everyone always hangs out in that one room that’s homely. A TV and games console is always a good one to bring in the crowds!
DO enjoy it!
Lastly…living in halls is a blast, and it only lasts for a year…enjoy it!