No..not Christmas, although I’d forgive you for thinking that with all the chocolate tins already clogging the supermarket shelves. We’re a mere two weeks away from university freshers, and a confusing game of Tetris, trying to make all your stuff fit into one car. So, this is a little post for all of you moving into halls for the first time, on some good things to bring, and advice on how to make your little nook feel like home.
1.Over-packing vs. Under-packing:
One of the most difficult things about moving into your new place is not know exactly how much space you’ll have, neither how much stuff your flatmates will be bringing with them. The underlining rule for this is to be realistic! If you only have mashed potatoes once a year, then is that potato masher really necessary? I know washing up isn’t everyone’s favourite activity, but it’ll certainly save the need to bring that sixteen piece cutlery set. Bring how much you’ll really need for you, I generally opted for two or three of each thing, in anticipation of guests.
2.There’s Always Shops:
Forgetting something really isn’t the end of the world, and generally you won’t forget anything that’s truly important. Just remember though, you’ve not moved to a desert island, and there’s plenty of shops either a walk or bus ride away if there is anything you’re missing; no need to panic.
3.Being the Useful Flatmate:
Often bringing something a little out of the ordinary can really help you bond with your flatmates. A lot of the flats in Oadby student village didn’t have toasters, for example, so me bringing one was a help to everyone else. Other things like a printer, an extension lead, a sleeping bag, or even a sewing kit can be useful for you and others; it’ll often give you more chances to socialize, just make sure borrowed items are accounted for…trust me, they can get anywhere.
4.Making Yourself at Home:
There’s nothing a few posters and some photos can’t do, when it comes to settling yourself in. Bringing familiar items from home, such as ‘Good Luck’ cards or knickknacks, also make the space feel more homely. There’s always the ever-popular cushions and fairy lights option too. Most importantly, style your room as you like it; I’m not suggesting to never clean it, or clean everyday, rather if you like things neat and pristine that’s fine, but if you like a bit of clutter that’s also fine. Make use of the Fresher’s Fair, there’s always a good deal when looking for new posters!
5.It’ll Take Time:
I think there’s a huge misconception that moving into halls is a one day event, yes, you may physically put all your stuff in your flat but nothing will really feel right for a few days at least. Saying goodbye to my parents on that ominous Saturday evening I reentered my flat surrounded by boxes of stuff in my room, and practically nothing in order; in fact the only things that were particularly usable were my en-suite and my freshly made bed. My new flatmate came through to ask me whether I wanted to meet everyone in the kitchen, which of course I did, so I happily left my pigsty of stress for a night of fun. It’ll take a few days to unpack and have everything just the way you like it, don’t be disparaged if you’re not immediately in love with your new home, it’ll come.
Nothing groundbreaking this week folks, but I truly hope that anyone about to begin this life-changing experience feels a little more relaxed. All you really need to remember is that thousand of people are in the same boat, and if you would like some help, all you really need to do is ask!
Take Care Everyone, Speak To You All Soon!