One of the most daunting things about moving to University, is not knowing what your accommodation will be like.
Many of us get the chance to have a look around University halls during the Open Days, before we put our choices down. The University can not always guarantee that they can place us in our first choice, but this isn’t the end of the world.
I remember the day when I received my email telling me which halls I had been offered.
I got Ledbury halls, which is on the University’s main St. John’s campus. It wasn’t my first choice, but I was happy with what I was given. I was just buzzing with excitement to get there.
I can’t talk for all of the students who experience life in halls, as my situation was a little different from most others.
I was placed in Ledbury Flat 9 (which will not exist soon,) which is known as the disabled flat for the Ledbury building.
This meant that the large kitchen was switched around with one of the rooms, to allow plenty of wheelchair access to one bedroom. There was also only 4 of us that lived there, rather than the 6 or 8 students that you normally have in each flat.
I loved Ledbury, and being in a small flat meant that it had a very homley feel to it.
We visited other (normal) Ledbury flats aswell though, each with a massive kitchen and decent sized rooms.
It’s not a 5 star hotel, but it has everything that you need in a student hall.
The reason that my experience in halls was a lot different from many people, was not only that I was placed in the tiniest flat on campus, but that I was moved into a new flat towards the end of the year.
Us lucky lucky trainee teachers and nurses get a month or so extra at University than other courses. This meant that with a month still to go at University, all of the surrounding flats had been packed up and all of the students around us had gone home for the summer.
As a precaution, so that security would know which buildings had students in, a large number of us teachers and nurses were moved into one building. This didn’t happen to everyone, but it did for most of us.
We returned after a day out to some mysterious letters under the door, saying that we had just a few days to move out and into
A E Housman halls, across the other side of the campus.
Panic set in, and it took a million and one trips to carry our clothes and boxes across the campus to our new flat
.. but it was so worth it.
A E Housman and the twin building of Elizabeth Barrett Browning are called the “En suite extra” halls. This means that not only do you get a massive rooms with a beautiful en-suite bathroom, but you get the nicest kitchen i’ve ever seen, with stacks of storage and a flat screen tv. For the last month of University, we had been upgraded to a brand new and modern flat, and also had some new flat mates! We missed Ledbury, but it was great!
My fellow blogger and boyfriend, David Millward, lived in Sansome halls in the city. The walk from Sansome halls to the main campus was manageable, and his flat was lovely as well. One side of the building does look over onto the train station, but I never heard of this being much of an issue. Again, Sansome was very homely, with an enormous kitchen in each flat and big rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
The City Campus and other halls around the city are all really good. For some, the walk to the main campus may be a little off putting, but you’ll soon come to love the beautiful scenic walk through the city and across the river.
I also have friends that didn’t get into halls, and got placed in Student housing for their freshers year. This probably feels like the end of the world and like you will miss out on everything, but every first year student house that I’ve seen has been so nice, so there’s no need to worry about that!
My personal opinion is that you can more than make do with the basic and traditional halls on the St John’s Campus, which are all very homely and have a lovely feel to them.
The En suite extra’s are of course, more expensive. It’s more than you need for day to day student living, but if you have the money to pay for it.. then doooooo it.
There are many aspects of living in halls that I haven’t touched on…. like the loud music, the 3am fire alarms and the random
guy that used to play the Didgeridoo on the grass outside the flat every morning, (yes that did happen.)
But no matter what halls you get put in, it all makes for an unforgettable experience!
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