I’ve finished my last exam of first year, so decided now would be a good time to write my first blog post. I wasn’t really sure what my first post should be until last night, since a lot of my fellow bloggers have managed to cover nearly every aspect of finishing the year.
Except, perhaps, a very fresher experience – student accommodation.
To the majority of university students, moving into halls of residence is almost a rite of passage: the perfect transition between living with your parents and becoming a functioning adult. I personally want to talk about my experiences of City Living (the better accommodation, in my opinion).
I’ll admit, I was worried about the kind of people I would be living with for a year – you’re essentially placed with strangers and expected to be comfortable when you bump into each other outside the bathroom. In particular, I lived with 10 other students!
More people were living in my flat than were present in some of my A-Level classes.
I became paranoid any one of them would try to steal my food or crockery, so the padlock remained for a few weeks. In retrospect, this was not necessary at all. No one was that desperate to steal my pasta.
But what made my experience different to any of those living in Oadby student village? For me, it was the location and community.
I grew up in a busy town centre, and the thought of having to get a bus everywhere was not ideal. If you want those extra 30 minutes of sleep before a lecture or would rather save that bus money for your next night out, live in the city. While my course mates were piling onto the bus at 9am, I was able to make myself a coffee, check my phone, watch a few YouTube videos before strolling over to campus in 5 minutes. In the time they’d had to get ready and get over to campus, I’d managed to finish that episode of Orphan Black.
Of course, I’ve spoken to numerous friends who live in Oadby, and they’d rather live there for the peace and quiet – to them, an occasional ambulance siren was enough to encourage insomnia.
What really made my experience of City Living was the extremely diverse community you’ll find. Since a lot of international students choose the city, people from every corner of the globe live with you. Within my own flat were 2 students from China who really helped me to understand a lot of the misconceptions despite the minor language barrier. I’ve met people who I’d never imagine would be found in Leicester, from Malaysia to Portugal to Sri Lanka. After a year, I’ve experienced all sorts of different foods and managed to encourage the use of more northern slang.
All that’s left to do now is pack up my things and wait till September. That’s when I’ll truly have to be a functioning adult with utility bills and rent and having to organise my own social events!
I can stay in student accommodation another year, right?