As mentioned in my previous post, I moved out of my student halls flat and into my own house for the second year of uni. I’m living with Bex still, but also with 4 other boys who we were friends with last year (fun). Currently, only myself, Bex and Sam have moved in, Aidan is on holiday with his girlfriend, and Aaron and James are moving in some time this week (not sure when); it’s weird having a house this big just between the 3 of us at the minute but I’m sure that will change soon! My room is upstairs which means I get a good view over the road we live beside and the trees (we live next to a really big park so we get squirrels around the house) – it will look lush when it snows! As I did in my previous post, I gave the house its pros and cons, so I will do that again:
- We have a dishwasher (wow) and washer-dryer machine (double wow) included in our rent payments!
- Having an actual house is amazing since it feels like your own space and it’s so much more adult-y.
- We live down the road from the gym; which is opposite McDonalds, so that’s counter-productive.
- Living further away from clubs and shops saves me money :).
- We live up a massive hill…pain.
- Deliveroo now doesn’t deliver to our post-code :(.
- It’s a trek into town for shopping and nights out.
- I don’t live near my campus anymore so that’s also a trek.
- I really miss our other flatmates and friends from our previous flat :(.
Wednesday 19th July 2017, 9:19am, I sit here in my disturbingly tidy room in my beloved first home in Sheffield, R3, where I’ve created so many memories with so many lifelong friends. Even though I am the last of the four of us to leave this flat, it still feels like our flat. Once I’ve gone, it isn’t our home anymore. Since the beginning of June, myself and Bex have had two Malaysian students live with us and fill the two bedrooms at the end of the hall left by our amazing boys – it’s never felt quite right (they never speak a word to us anyway). I’m the only one still left in Sheffield since Saturday and I’ve filled my days with packing and watching Death Note with no human contact; I’m going insane. Although I attach feelings of anxiety and sadness with my home town of Norwich, I can’t wait to go home as I’m getting a cat – Nelson – on Friday!
I will miss my little flat and living beside so many shops, bars, clubs and restaurants but it’ll be nice (for me and my bank account) to live a slight bit further out of the city centre where it’ll be quieter; we’re only moving from an S1 to an S2 postcode so we’re not too far away!
Things I won’t miss about living in this flat however are:
- The alley that my window looks over where the brewery insist on hurtling bins and emptying stupid amounts of glass bottles at unearthly hours (it kept me up at 3am then woke me up at 6:00am this morning…not happy).
- The pathetic management that we have here. They claim to give us the best security yet anyone can just walk in without ID, and the gates don’t even work half the time. We’ve also had 3 mice living in our kitchen since we moved in, 2 of them are dead but one is definitely alive…I look forward to having a long chat with pest control about this.
- Living beside clubs can be a negative as you get all of the screaming every night from midnight – 3am. Being beside the alley is more disturbing as I can often hear people having sex or peeing against my wall…
Bye R3! Thanks for putting up with the 4am banana fights, the ridiculous amount of Bucks Fizz that we spilt on the floor at Christmas, Matt throwing chicken everywhere when he was drunk, Ewan throwing up black in freshers, Bex launching Twinkies at the wall in rage, and myself for injuring every part of my body on every given surface. Good luck to its next tenants, who will love it nowhere as much as we did.
As my first year of University draws to a close (thank god), I thought I’d share my top tips from what I’ve learnt as being a newbie Student:
- Start looking as early as you can. Going on lots of open days and reading up about the variations of courses is the best way that I can advise choosing where to go. When you arrive somewhere, you’ll know straight away if you want to live there or not.
- Apply for accommodation early!
- When you know which flat you’ve been allocated, post it in the Facebook group for your accommodation and find your flatmates ASAP – talk to these people!! You’ll be living with them for a year, maybe more!
- Figure out who is bringing what for the kitchen, we ended up with 8 bottles of fairy liquid, 4 sets of pans and loads of tuppawares.
- Apply for student finance as soon as possible so you don’t forget it and you get it out of the way – another thing ticked.
Phew! What a stressful few months I’ve been having! UCAS is one of the most difficult processes I’ve ever had to go through and I’m still in the midst of it- but I’m through the hard bit. Here’s my story. I applied to do BSc Psychology at Sheffield Hallam, De Montfort, Lincoln and Anglia Ruskin. Of these four, I UNBELIEVABLY received unconditional offers from Sheffield, Lincoln and Anglia Ruskin which is such a massive achievement which I can’t believe!! After going to open days at these universities, I fell in love with Sheffield Hallam and the city itself- I quickly accepted my unconditional to Sheffield Hallam and I’ve now got a guaranteed place at University!
Sheffield Hallam Collegiate Campus
Collegiate Campus where I’ll be studying!
As the Sheffield Hallam accommodation website is experiencing technical difficulties, I won’t be able to apply for my apartment until January. But hopefully I will be moving into the West End area of Sheffield where my dream flat lies. After visiting Sheffield twice in the space of a fortnight, I can safely say I’ve fallen in love with the city and I can hopefully manage myself there for 3 years (2 if I end up taking a year in Canada!). Moving 150 miles away from Norwich to Sheffield on my own will be difficult, but here goes!
Now i have an unconditional, I don’t have any academic requirements to fulfil upon A Level results day- massive weight off my shoulders! Still can’t believe it.