Hello guys, so few days ago it was my birthday, which I celebrated in Italy. Nonetheless, my awesome, awesome housemates made me the most amazing cake before I left! 😀 It was really sweet of them, as I’m never in England for my birthday. You can see the cake in the picture. I know, not the most cheerful one, but if you knew me well enough, you would know that’s exactly my kind of stuff. I loved it! 😉
Realising how lucky I am to have my housemates gave me the inspiration to write this post. I want to talk briefly about what it means to change housing in Second Year.
First of all, as many families ask me this during my Campus Tours, it is possible to remain in halls in your Second Year. Nonetheless, very few students do!
Housing around the campus is very easy to find, but there are a couple of points that I want to mention.
First of all, the “house hunting” begins ridiculously early, like, around November. Which can be kind of terrifying, considering you can barely say to know someone well enough to choose to live with them at that point. As I said before, I was very lucky. My housemates were in my halls block last year; this is how I met them. Being housemates already is a good way to find out whether they’re tidy enough to live with, if you ask me. Of course, you can also choose to live with coursemates, which is great since you can walk together to uni, discuss assignments and will definitely have the same days off if you want to organise a party or go out.
Once we decided to live together, it was a matter of finding a house. We didn’t do anything too sophisticated, just looked up houses online, arranged visit days with the landlord (all of this through emails) and chose. My house is beautiful, 15 minutes from campus, which could put some people off. Some houses are literally 5 minutes or less away. But being in a residential neighbourhood enables us to have a proper back garden (barbecues, yay!) and a slot for the car. We didn’t have any major problems with the house, and the landlord was also helpful and ready to talk to us if we needed. But that’s not the case for everyone. If you want to avoid nasty surprises in the future, you can also ask for help on campus. We have a special office, called Sulets, which helps students finding house with trustworthy landlords. I haven’t used it, so I don’t know how it works, but it sounds like a nice idea to turn to them if you have no idea what you’re doing.
Okay, I think I’ve made this couple of points clear. If you have any more questions don’t hesitate to comment below! 🙂