“Home away from home” – Life in halls

Moving away from home can be a tough, expensive and a dirty experience but it can also be a memorable one, where friends are made for life and some students learn to make their first ever cup of tea. There have been many horror stories about university halls over the years and the stereotypes of students were created through the actions of students living in halls such as dirty plates, beans on toast 3x a day and milk that’s been out of date for 3 months. From a survey taken by students at the university who live in halls, the pros and cons that 2016’s first year students faced in their first 2 weeks were raised.

Residents at St John’s and City Campus had their say on how their first year of university and living away from home is going so far by rating cleanliness of the halls, the importance of living away and also commented on how living in halls of residence benefits their studies.

From the survey, the overall average for the cleanliness of the halls was rated 3 out of 5 with students commenting on the lack of cleaning staff which someone quoted made the “floors get dirty quick”. This is due to the lack of staff the university employ and the amount of time the employees are given to clean every single flat. When asked what they enjoyed about living in halls most of them said the independence of living in halls is a “home away from home” where they are able to meet new people who they make friends with for life as there is always someone to hang out with. Thoughts on living independently were mainly positive as most of the students were shocked at how simple living away from home can be. One student stated they didn’t miss home as much as they thought as “having a good group of flat mates makes it easier” as this process enables us to “stand on our own two feet” which inevitably is preparing us for life after education.

Living in halls is definitely beneficial to the students as certain opportunities are opened up when you are living 5 minutes away from your 9am lecture! 57% of students in the survey agreed that living in university accommodation is beneficial to their studies as it’s close to lectures and other facilities such as the Hive library. It also has a social factor to it as you have more opportunities to experience university life to its full potential such as having night’s out and joining one of the several societies on offer. Having your own room enables you to have more freedom and one student said it’s a space where they can “work quietly and not be disturbed”.

Research sourced from 2nd year student Adam Chowdhury, found that newly refurbished Standard rooms, which are £114 a week, are better than Standard Plus rooms which are £121. The only difference between the two is that Standard Plus students have a washbasin in their rooms. Another issue is that Avon has not yet been modernised, whereas Ledbury has had a full renovation but the two halls pay the same. This has caused much frustration with students in Avon.

In addition to the issues with halls of residence, some students are complaining about how on-campus students have to pay for use of washing machines and driers whereas students who live off campus generally pay less and get those facilities for free.

So although there are some slight issues with university accommodation, living in halls of residence is important in enjoying life at the University of Worcester!!!

Article by Shannon Summers

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