Tips for moving into halls
For everyone holding a university offer, starting your university experience is fast approaching. In a few months you’ll most likely be moving into the campus halls, so in this blog I’ll be providing some tips on how to make the experience as manageable as possible.
- Check what your halls of residence provides – Believe me, the last thing you want to do is to rock up with a duvet and pillows only to find they’re already supplied for you. You really don’t want to be bringing way more than you need, it just becomes inconvenient. In my first year residence, Tocil, I was provided with bedding, a bin, a mirror, desk, desk chair, wardrobe, bedside table, shelf and notice board. So, basically, all the essentials!
- You don’t need loads of pots, pans and any other large kitchen items, but you WILL need more than one set of cutlery, and more than one glass/mug – Trust me on this! There is a big chance you will lose your knife and fork by someone accidentally putting it in their cupboard meaning it is never seen again. Also, you want to have spares for when some of your cutlery is dirty! The same goes for cups – they could easily smash, or will likely sit in your room for a few days, so you want a few in your cupboard!
- Don’t bring your finest/most expensive/favourite stuff – By this, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t bring some nice decorative room stuff, like photo frames and fairy lights – whatever makes your room feel homely the better! BUT – I made the mistake of bringing my favourite light grey rug to put on my carpet. Let’s just say that between me hurriedly exiting and entering my bedroom with shoes on between lectures, and general uni room dirt, my rug took a bit of a battering. Keep your nicest mugs/glasses/room decorations safely at home. Trust me!
So, that was some more practical advice, including things you can actively do to make your moving into halls process easier.
But of course, moving into halls is so much more than just unloading your stuff and making your room look nice. The main, and most important part of the process is meeting your flatmates! So, here’s a few more tips…
- Introduce yourself as soon as possible – I know that it seems scary, but believe me, you will feel so much better once you have shown your face and introduced yourself. Even if it’s just casual chat in the hallway, or just a quick introduction, it will really help to ease you into the process.
- Be yourself- Yes, I know how this sounds. But there might be a temptation to act differently due to nerves, or wanting to conform to how your other flatmates seem. Just be yourself, unforgivably! You don’t need to change yourself just because you haven’t met any of these people before.
- Suggest going to freshers events together – Dropping into conversation which events your flatmates might be interested in attending can start some discussions surrounding common interests. This can include the nightlife club events, or society based events. I ended up going to a yoga taster session with one of my flatmates who had expressed an interest! Get stuck in!
I hope this has helped, and if you have any further don’t hesitate to comment below!