Hi all, this is one for the Freshers who will be joining the university soon, because if I remember correctly you should have an accommodation offer through by now. Halls can seem like a big part of your first year, which I guess it is: you’ll spend a year of your life there, it’s the first part of the university you’ll experience, and there is a fair bit of rivalry between halls (this is particularly true during the annual Freshers bar crawl, where your t-shirt colour is based on what halls your living in).
Most of you will probably be happy with your accommodation offer, which is great, although some might not be. I for one was offered Mary Gee – not one of my 5 choices – and so wasn’t particularly pleased at first. I phoned the accommodation office, however was told that you could not request to move halls until term had started and you had moved in. So that was that.
A lot of rumours go round that Mary Gee is a bad place to live (it’s not), and very old (it is), so I was anxious about what it would be like upon arrival. However I found that it was a lot better than it’s made out to be, and although not luxury accommodation, we are students after all.
Soon after moving in I wondered why I had ever worried, because it’s not so much about the place you’re living, as who you’re living there with. I know that sort of line is always thrown around by parents and university staff etc., but it is true, so I thought I’d repeat it here. Although living with 9 other girls can cause a bit of tension at times (not least over access to the bathroom) I made some amazing friends, and the halls were really sociable – personally I wouldn’t have changed living in Mary Gee for anything, even though it wasn’t one of my initial choices.
So basically, the message of this blog is that if you’re unhappy with your accommodation, don’t worry – when you move in forget about the place, as the most important thing is the people you’re living with. At the end of the year no doubt you’ll wonder why you even worried in the first place! If your are happy with your accommodation offer, as I’m sure the majority of you are, that’s great… I hope you’re looking forward to moving into Leicester at the end of September!
In the mean time, find out more about Freshers Fortnight and the Fresh Festival here to give you more to be excited about!