For the second time in my life, I’ve been thrown into a house full of strangers – but that’s university accommodation for you. I’m currently living in a house with other students, arranged for us by the University which makes the whole thing super easy as it’s without any agencies. Living away from home and being independent sounds awesome, but you soon realise it’s a lot less glamorous than in that head of yours…
You wake up at 8am and you need to leave the house in half an hour, but so do your flatmates, and so the bathroom wars begin. And the brutal cousin of bathroom wars? Kitchen nightmares. You’re starving, it’s 7pm, it’s food time, right? Wrong. First you have to wait for your four housemates to finish cooking; I use the term cooking loosely here with delicacies like pasta and gravy coming out of my kitchen at least twice last week. I’m assured it’s tasty.
You’ll probably have to make compromises but you’ll make friends too, (my new flatmates were even nice enough to take the cheesy family photo above). With student accommodation there’ll always be someone around to chat to or watch some tele with. These are the swings and roundabouts that make up student living.
It’s certainly a learning curve but it’s a lot of fun. And if you’re a bit concerned, here’s my tips for surviving student accommodation;