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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    stargalaxy wrote: »
    Nah, I'm not going to rise to the bait. This is one fish who's staying in the water.

    If you've got something to say, leave it on here.

    Pointless posting then editing.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    DC85 wrote: »
    If you've got something to say, leave it on here.
    I've been asked time and time again by people whether I think I'm ready for university. I always give the same answer. I'm going to be 23 when I go back. If I'm not ready by then, I never will be. That's the truth of it. As for those who think I can't do it, I always like to prove people wrong.

    And I couldn't care less what you think about my comments on the flatmates I had. I asked a question about whether the alternatives to halls are any better, not to get into a debate about baldness.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Bald men are hot.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    katchika wrote: »
    Bald men are hot.
    Jim V = god AND pin-up. :p
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Lol, you said it, not me!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    My first year, I lived with all undergraduates, but it was from clearing so it was a mixed bunch. One quiet bloke, who I got on with well enough with and he was really clean (lived with him in the second year). One bloke from the Seychelles (awesome guy, lived with him for three years - couple of years older than us). One girl who we're pretty sure was a nympho, who left after half a year - she was quite nice. One girl who moved in with another girl from the flat downstairs after a while, which was good, because the two of them together did my head in. And then after those two moved out, two Chinese girls who didn't speak much English and cooked everything on full heat, even when it was boiling over. They were fine except for their messy cooking and Chinese New Year when they had a party without telling us. Didn't hang out with them or anything, but they were pleasent enough. You just have to get on with people, and not expect everyone to be your best friend, or even have anything in common with you. Out of two flats, and a few new flatmates in that time, only four of us stayed in contact after the first year. Also, people request to move a lot in the first year, so if you don't like your flatmates, or you want to move in with someone you've met, then you can usually move.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Were you late applying for accomodation? If you were then you may have been put in with kinda a missmatch that were left over at the end.

    Which halls were you in?

    Could you try some with bigger flats or the standard everyone on a corridor type so that there's more people for you to socialise in.

    Will any of the people you still keep in touch with be looking for housemates and could you move in with them?

    Getting accomodation external to the university has the same risks, except at least you've had a chance to meet the people first generally.

    Would you be happy living on your own if you could find a cheap bedsit or something?

    I went back to uni at 21 and did go into halls for the 1st year. I didn't enjoy halls, got in with a bad group in a flat of 4. 1 guy was completely anti social and we didn't see him, he later moved out and we got a post grad student in, who was the complete opposite, but he kept trying it on with us. There was 1 other girl in the flat, but she was a compulsive liar. The last guy was ok, on my course, but within the halls he had about 20 mates from school, so we hardly saw him, except when he came back at all hours, or even if he didn't his mates used to come and knock on the door instead.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Kazbo wrote: »
    (1) Were you late applying for accomodation? If you were then you may have been put in with kinda a missmatch that were left over at the end.
    (2) Which halls were you in?
    (3) Could you try some with bigger flats or the standard everyone on a corridor type so that there's more people for you to socialise in.
    (4) Will any of the people you still keep in touch with be looking for housemates and could you move in with them?
    (5) Would you be happy living on your own if you could find a cheap bedsit or something?
    (1) No, my application went in at the end of May, two months before I needed to hand mine in.
    (2) I was at Briarfields halls of residence at MMU. (an excellent hall too, if I might add)
    (3) Yes, I'd be prepared to do that.
    (4) To be honest, I've not really spoken much to them since I left. It might be an option later on, but I'm not going to hold my breath on this one.
    (5) Maybe. I wouldn't have a problem living on my own, provided that I had enough to do with the day - enough work, enough activities etc.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Why are you so hellbent on the whole 'uni' thing? Some people just aren't made for uni, and tbh, it sounds like you're one of those people. Aren't there any other career options, other than university? Why is it so important to keep struggling with it?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Why are you so hellbent on the whole 'uni' thing? Some people just aren't made for uni, and tbh, it sounds like you're one of those people. Aren't there any other career options, other than university?
    I've been set on this for a couple of years, and really haven't got any time for those who suggest I can't do it. Bear in mind that none of you knows the full story about why I've deferred this thing. In any case, that wasn't even the subject I asked about. If I'd wanted your opinion on whether I'm cut out for university, I would have asked for it.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    stargalaxy wrote: »
    (1) No, my application went in at the end of May, two months before I needed to hand mine in.
    (2) I was at Briarfields halls of residence at MMU. (an excellent hall too, if I might add)
    (3) Yes, I'd be prepared to do that.
    (4) To be honest, I've not really spoken much to them since I left. It might be an option later on, but I'm not going to hold my breath on this one.
    (5) Maybe. I wouldn't have a problem living on my own, provided that I had enough to do with the day - enough work, enough activities etc.

    Yeah Briarfields is a nice halls....Cambridge might suit you better though with flats of 10 people. Don't whatever ya do go into the student village thats where I was ;-)

    As for having enough stuff to do during the day if you were living on your own, you could always spend the days hanging around the uni with friends etc so you do still get to meet people and make friends, cos most people will be living in halls and many nights out are planned spontaneously and people outside a flat are often not invited, certainly at the beginning of the year.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    stargalaxy wrote: »
    I've been set on this for a couple of years, and really haven't got any time for those who suggest I can't do it. Bear in mind that none of you knows the full story about why I've deferred this thing. In any case, that wasn't even the subject I asked about. If I'd wanted your opinion on whether I'm cut out for university, I would have asked for it.
    Sometimes people just have to cut their losses, no matter how much they don't want to. I probably don't know the full story, but from what I've read, I'm compelled to wonder why you're so headstrong about university. You may not like what I have to say, but you can't stop me from posting, it's a discussion forum and I'm more than entitled to give my 2 pence worth, even if you disagree with it.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Kazbo wrote: »
    Yeah Briarfields is a nice halls....Cambridge might suit you better though with flats of 10 people. Don't whatever ya do go into the student village thats where I was ;-)
    I can't remember if Cambridge was one of the ones I originally applied for, to be honest, but I'll have a look to see what they've got.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    It depends what kind of hall you are in.

    The hall I am in at the moment is a three storey block, with about 25 guys and one kitchen.

    There are a couple of guys who keep to themselves but I know everybody's names and we often go out together on Friday nights. Some of my best friends are in my block.

    The "hall" or flat rather that my friend was in last year was shit for him. He shared with three other guys. One was a rude Bangladeshi international student and the other two guys just chilled with their mates from gloucester or wherever they were from.

    So basically, halls are good for making friends and being woken by loud music. Flats are bad for making friends but are generally quieter
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Blimey, surprised to find this one still going!
    James88 wrote: »
    There are a couple of guys who keep to themselves but I know everybody's names and we often go out together on Friday nights. Some of my best friends are in my block... halls are good for making friends and being woken by loud music. Flats are bad for making friends but are generally quieter
    Well, I wasn't in halls for especially long before making the deferral, but it's unlikely I would have been able to go out with those in my own flat. They tended to disappear on Friday afternoons, and wouldn't usually return until Sunday evening. I didn't mind that - occasionally having the flat to myself had its upsides! Loud music is something I could live with. At worst, it would be a minor irritance.

    Thanks for responding.
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