September

Living in halls of residence

Living in halls gives you the chance to experience new things, like living alone, sharing with your flatmates and managing your own space

I didn’t get the chance to take the student tour of Bath Spa, as my hometown of Leicester is three hours away from Bath.

This meant two things:

  1. I didn't have much information about the University campus and what it looked like – aside from the few pictures I saw on Google.
  2. I had no idea what colour my dorm room would be or how big it was. This meant I had to shop for a neutral colour scheme (I chose grey) when I was planning for what my new home would be like.

During my studies, I lived in Green Park House accommodation, which is located in the heart of Bath. I found this to be perfect for me as I'm directionally impaired! It gave me more of an opportunity to explore and get to know my surroundings.

My room was an ensuite, meaning I had my own bathroom, but I had to share a kitchen.

In the first month I was determined to become friends with my flatmates, but soon realised that I was the only person in my flat. I went with the next best option, which was to befriend people from the neighbouring flats, so that I had people I could spend time with when I was at home.

When my flatmates appeared, they were all international postgraduate students from China, and although communication was tricky, we bonded through our mutual love of food and fashion.

My new flatmates were charming, caring, and we looked after each other through the tough times we all faced.

One challenge we faced was sharing space in the kitchen and trying to find that balance to ensure that we were all aware that the kitchen belonged to everyone. We all had to contribute to keeping it clean.

It's important to remember that although you may get along with each other, you also have to respect the shared space, to keep the friendships you've developed going. 

"We're all coming from different backgrounds, so it's important to take the first step in getting to know each other."

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