The prospect of student halls is as exciting as it is daunting. For many, it will be your first time living away from parents and the meeting of many lifelong friends and peers. It’s new, it’s fun but it’s also turbulent. Here are the pros and cons for you to prepare for life in student accommodation.
This may be your first time living outside the family home. Not only can you let loose, stay up late and make noise, you must also shoulder more responsibility and make firmer decisions about everyday life.
Pro: You’ve no ‘adults’ to watch over you - need we say more? Student life be colourful to say the least; you’re at the prime of your life and are surrounded by likeminded partygoers, academics and prospective friends. Have fun!
Con: Besides the banality of more domestic chores, you might experience mental burdens you haven’t had to face before. The biggest is homesickness: it’s difficult to adjust to this noisy new life, and you may experience pangs of longing for quiet surroundings, parents fretting over you and the cat on your lap.
Pro: You don’t have to do them! We don’t mean to generalise, but students are widely known for their ‘laissez faire’ attitude to washing up. If the washing up seems gruelling to you, you can turn tail and run back to your dorm room. Out of sight, out of mind.
Con: It will come back to bite you! The worse you are with the washing, the more there’ll be on your plate tomorrow. It also fuels animosity between housemates. Kitchen politics are a tricky arena, and wars have been fought over less.
Pro: If your halls are on campus, the library can be just a stone’s throw away. For the studious among you, this makes quick study trips all the more convenient.
Con: The proximity of friends in student halls encourages distraction. Whereas second and third year students tend to live in larger, more mature accommodation, halls are relatively cramped. That is to say - if you want to procrastinate, you won’t be short of options.
Ultimately, how you adapt to student halls depends on your nature and disposition. Generally, everybody finds benefits and pitfalls, but emerges from it a little older, a little wiser and with plenty of anecdotes for years to come. However you adapt to independent living, we hope you have a splendid time.