Posted by: rowenawilcox | April 21, 2010

Student Life: From Riches to Rags

University open days are becoming a permanent fixture in the city at the moment so here is an opinion piece aimed at all you prospective students or students deciding where to live next year.           

Ahhh, the joys of being a student; the infinite drinking opportunities, the mountains of junk food ploughed through in just one week, the endless socialising and, of course, there’s the infamous student discount card.

Being a student definitely has its advantages and the discount card is certainly the one that’s most raved about, but is it really a good thing? Doesn’t having 10% off in most of the shops actually encourage you too just squander your loan? Or, worse still, doesn’t it encourage you to purchase things that you wouldn’t normally look twice at, just because you would save a whopping £1.75?

But, before you think about squandering your loan, make sure you have decided where you’re going to live!

Staying in halls is unquestionably the best option, providing you don’t mind living with a pile of dishes that rivals one of the worlds’ highest mountains.

It is also great if you don’t mind being woken up at 4am by the demon that is the fire alarm, or should I say the demon that chooses to tell the whole 21 floors that they are awake so everyone else should be too?

Then there is the whole wardrobe situation.

If, like me, you have more clothes than even Topshop could accommodate then I am sure that you will understand the frustration caused by having a wardrobe that literally holds: two pairs of jeans, a few T-shirts and maybe even a jumper, (if you are very, very lucky).

Clean freaks need not apply to stay in halls either as I have yet to locate a vacuum cleaner that actually sucks up the remnants of yesterday’s pizza. Instead, they just spit out more dirt and crumbs than you had on the floor to begin with. (Although try telling that to your mother when she visits; I can guarantee that she will not believe you).

And then there’s the flatmates…

There’s the music lover-who will insist on playing excruciatingly loud music right into the small hours.

There’s the food thief who will NEVER admit to stealing your food, even though you know they had nothing on their shelf in the fridge when you went in there to get some milk at half-past seven in the moring.

There is even the invisible flatmate who you will see on the first day and then never again for the rest of the year.

So, whatever you are looking for in your university experience be sure to choose to stay in halls…and let the arguments begin!


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