As you move into second or third year things start to get serious, you have more work, it actually counts and you can’t seem to find an excuse for the fifth night out that week.
As you move into second or third year things start to get serious, you have more work, it actually counts and you can’t seem to find an excuse for the fifth night out that week. On top of all that, there’s the added pressure of moving out of your safe student halls and into the more adultlike house. Of course, there are positive and negatives to both; you finally like your housemates for example (well one would hope you do seeing as you chose to live with them) and being more of an adult doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing.
There are some great things about living in halls and being a first year, I still think year 1 was the best of my life. You miss having so many people literally on your doorstep, you miss the guys who you loved but you will obviously drift apart from and most of all you miss the fact that it wasn’t stressful.
But there are plenty of good things about living in a house, here are my top tips for letting go and moving on:
You’re finally living with people you chose to live with, and that means less arguments and stressful times. Also now you probably all share similar interests so cue lots of group house time.
Your own bedroom
You can move out of that box room with its super single sized bed and into (hopefully) a more spacious room. Also there are not too many rules in houses so you can really make your room your own with fairy lights, candles, and all those things that were banned in halls.
You feel like a grown up
It might be scary that there are now bills to pay and metre readings to be taken, but you’re finally getting a taster of what being an adult is really like. You might have moved out of home when you moved into halls but you had no clue what living on your own was really like. Also whether you like it or not you’re probably going to be renting/owning your own house for the rest of your life so you may as well get used to it now!
Not living with weirdos
Everyone had one strange person in their hall that played their weird music really loud or left all the dirty, mouldy plates on the side. Now you never have to live with him/her again!
Having a lounge
Okay so some halls have lounges, but now you have a lounge and a kitchen and even stairs! It’s surprising how nice it is to live in a real house again, and not just in a big building block.
So if you’re moving into a house for the first time and feeling jealous of that Fresher who has moved into your old room, remember there are plenty of good things about living in a house, and that Fresher is going to be you in a year’s time anyway!