A Second Year’s Guide to Living in Halls
Moving to Uni is such an
exciting experience! It’s the first taste of freedom for many of you and you
finally get your own space to decorate. However, you may not have had to live
with strangers before or not know where to start when it comes to packing.
Below are some top tips from a second year who has plenty of experience living
in university residences.
What to Bring
You may be quick to assume
that moving into halls is like moving into a new flat – that it’ll be
completely empty, and you’ll need to get everything from an ironing board to
teaspoons. However, this isn’t true. Your mattress is already provided, along
with your kettle and toaster in the kitchen, among other items. It’s
recommended to check the Cardiff University Accommodation website to see what
is included in your flat before you arrive to avoid spending money on
unnecessary items. You’ll mainly need to supply things for yourself, like
plates, a duvet, and bed sheets. A pro tip would be to bring some items from
home, like photos or soft blankets to help you feel more settled in your new
room, especially in the initial stage when you may be feeling slightly
Getting along with your Flatmates
We get it! It can be a daunting experience to live with new people and you may have no idea what to expect. Although, everyone is in the same boat and your new flatmates are just as nervous and excited to meet you as you are them.
The best way to socialise in the first few weeks in your new flat is by investing in a door stop and saying “Hello!” to every soul that passes your door. This is a great way to break the ice. Once you’ve met everyone you could make a group chat and make plans together to get to know each other better. Soon enough, you’ll be planning flat trips to the supermarket and cooking food together.
However, if there are any
issues in your flat, you can always contact your Res Life team through the QR
code left in your kitchen on your arrival, or at one of our events in your site
social centre. The QR code is a confidential service where forms completed will
be dealt with anonymously and the team will do their best to help settle your
Making it Feel Like Home
I must admit, when you first
walk into your room and all you see is a mattress and some shelves it can feel
just like an empty hotel room and not very much like your new home for the
year. However, there are plenty of things you can bring to liven the place up
and truly make it feel like yours. You could make your room feel like home by
bringing your favourite soft blanket, buying some fairy lights to add to your
pin board (make sure they’re battery-operated!), or adding a small rug to the
carpet. Your pin board may be looking a little sad to begin with – but just
think of the potential! If you head to FreePrints you can get a hold of 40 free
photos per month where you only have to pay for shipping. This is a fun, easy,
and hassle-free option to add some colour to your walls.
Other Tips and Tricks
Whether you’re sharing with four other students or up to thirty different people, it’s really important to label your cutlery if you plan to leave with the same number of knives and forks you went in with. Everyone is going to have their own plates, pans, and cutlery and you’ll all have spares – that’s a lot of stuff! Buying things in a distinct colour, like cutlery with stripy handles, is a great way to limit the number of things you’re likely to lose.
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