I’ve been living in university accommodation for around two months now, it doesn’t seem that long, but alas it is. It’s been two months full of mixed emotions. Moving in was a whirlwind, a lot of hello’s and goodbyes and it has been a whirlwind ever since. For the first week it was hard to get used to. Living with 4 other people, whom I didn’t know that well was difficult. I had lived in the same house with my family for 20 years. My flat mates and I sat down every day at meal times for the first few weeks. But then that stopped. University work took over, understandably. We don’t talk that often now, which is a shame and we hardly see each other. That’s the down part of university accommodation. I remember the first night there; we had over 20 people in our flat. Now that’s stopped too. I know work is important, of course, that’s why I came to university, but talking to your flat mates is important too, right?
We share a kitchen, which is pretty big. One fridge and one freezer, lot of cupboards and a dining table. Pretty posh if you ask me! We also have a mini-fridge in our room, which is handy for that cup of tea or chocolate! (I like eating cold chocolate!). We have our own room and have an en-suite bathroom. No bath unfortunately, which is one of the things I miss! I’m glad I have my own bathroom, I would never complain about the size. I’d rather have a small bathroom than share a toilet and a shower room with other people…too many horror stories that I know of.
Having my own room, to decorate in my own way, is one of the good parts of university accommodation. It reflects me and what I want my university experience to be like. I have my Fresher’s week band on my notice board, but it doesn’t really hold much meaning. My photos of my family, my dog and my boyfriend do hold a lot of meaning. They hold memories of good times. I hope to add more photos of my time at university too, but none so far. I have my books and my organised files and of course my wall planner, diary and calendar. I’m a logical person, so my room isn’t imaginative in the slightest. I like simplicity and my room reflects that. I have my Buddha statues and my stuffed animals which comfort me.
My decision for next year is to move out of university accommodation. I don’t know if I’ll move out with some of my course mates or my boyfriend, we shall have to see. But all I know is university accommodation while being shared, feels like I live on my own, but for now that’s the way I like it.