No-one knows what settling into student accommodation is like quite like the students themselves. Your first uni home may be the place where you meet your new best friends, or simply the right base while you enjoy your studies. Whatever you’re looking to get out of your experience, these BU students’ tips should help you prepare.
Consider all your options – there are loads
Nursing student Beth explains how she chose where to live in her first year. Our Accommodation Guarantee and extra accommodation opening this year mean you’ve got more choice in halls of residence than ever before, but if you’re interested in alternatives, we offer lots of information and advice.
“Halls are great because they feel safe and secure if it’s the first time you’ve lived away from home, like it was for me, but halls aren’t for everyone and it’s not the end of the world if you don’t get into halls for first year!”
Marketing Communications student Chris made friends for life in his first year, but meeting new people can be daunting. Check out his tips to help you during Freshers Week.
“After accommodation is sorted lots of people are looking to make friends online before coming to university. Freshers’ Facebook groups are a good place to start.”
Make the most of your space
Whether it’s in your first flat in halls or a shared house, BU vlogger and feng shui authority Steph has lots of expert tips on making the most of the available space. You can also read pointers on packing light on our preparing to move page.
Add a personal touch
You’ll meet lots of new people at uni and we’ve got tons of events and ways to help you settle in, but it’s natural to be a bit homesick from time to time. Personalising your room can make it feel more homely – just remember not to go overboard as it’s rented accommodation and there are rules! You can read our living in accommodation FAQs for more about the dos and don’ts.
“Moving away from home for the first time can be a very daunting experience for some students… The best way to make your new accommodation feel like a home is to personalise it.”
Don’t miss out on Res Life
Res Life Resident Assistants live in the halls or the local area, and are responsible for organising social activities that bring people together. They’re also a point of contact if you have any questions about your accommodation, or what’s going on in halls, on campus or in town.
“RES life is a superb social group; it helped me come out of my shell! University life wouldn't be the same with Res Life; it allowed to go out and make more friends, more than just the ones in my flat”
George Marden, BA (Hons) Product Design