Written by Zoe Richardson For many of you starting university in Autumn, you are no doubt nervous and excited about the people you are going to meet in halls. A few will end up as close friends, many will be friendly enough to meet up and have a chat in campus or town; and a number will either bug you SO MUCH, or be so add that either way, it’ll be something to laugh about with others! From my experience, here are the flatmates you’re likely to encounter during your time in student halls.
Your Best Friend
If you are lucky, you will make many close friends in your halls, and most likely one (if not more) best friends. It might take a few weeks of hanging out with different people before you find the one who is perfect for you, and by that point you may have already hastily signed a contract with your current flatmates for next year’s housing, but that won’t stop you from hanging out with them every week for the rest of your degree and beyond.
You may have gone straight from school to university, you may have taken a gap year, but did you walk barefoot on a beach in India whilst saving an endangered species and some children too? Because they did, and they got their hair braided, and maybe a tattoo from a man on the beach which they won’t stop talking about. Their attempts to keep their tan from three months working in a bar in Australia is admirable when returning to England, and they do mean well, you will just find that you know far more about South East Asian cuisine then you ever needed to know.
The Sports Guy
This person loves their sport. They live and breathe their sport. They cry when their team loses, they babble excitedly to you when something big happens in the sport they love, and best you can do is nod and smile or just avoid them. Having joined the halls/university’s team for their beloved sport, don’t be surprised by how wasted they will be upon finally making it back to their room after initiation or large socials.
The Posh One
No matter what walk of life you come from, you will not be expecting someone this posh. Someone who hangs Union Jacks from their windows, wears only “dapper" attire, speaks like they came from an Oscar Wilde play and has a hand painted portrait of Thatcher in their room (OK, maybe not quite that extreme, but you get my point). You never see them doing any work, but you do see them spending an awful lot in the halls’ bars – that’s if they haven’t gone back to the family home on a hot day because they really fancied using the swimming pool, anyway.
Whilst perhaps not in your flat/kitchen, you may walk by a door after a few weeks and realise that you don’t know who lives there. Maybe it is that person you saw once in the loo when you woke up early with a hangover and were too blearly-eyed to truly recognise them. This person will hide in their room, not respond and maybe accidently make eye contact with you the rare time they need to leave to shower, unless they have an en-suite.
The Odd Ball
You might have heard someone tell you how weird this person is, maybe you will give them the benefit of the doubt, but it won’t be long until you are regretting that small moment of decency you allowed by talking to them when they’ve come knocking on your door trying to give you their poems. Only then you will realise why they’re still in halls in their third year.
The Sociable Nerds
Remember playing on a games console when you were young, with polygon graphics and three-handled controllers that did not seem plausible for a human hand? Well these people never stopped playing, and now at university they have others to play with, or they might just coax you for a bit of nostalgic fun while they babble on in TV and game references that are just impossible to understand.
Like most people, I am sure you enjoy your food. Heck, your parents might even send you food parcels of your favourite biscuits or cheese, which is why it’s super annoying when you go to the fridge and find that your food is missing, and one person’s shelf seems suspiciously empty for someone who always seems to be eating. If you are like me, complain to the warden, or confront them head on, or else they just won’t stop.
The Stroppy Studier
Yes, we are at university to study, but you need to have fun too, especially in first year when it is a year about learning your strengths and living independently. However, there will always be that one person who is at University to learn and do NOTHING ELSE, and so doesn’t understand why other people want to go out... hence they’ll feel the need to yell and complain.
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