Choosing houses and making food

So far this term I have signed for a house, made some great food and played lots of squash! I also got exam results and chose my modules too, which I can’t imagine being an interesting topic to anybody but if you have a question then just leave a comment and I’ll happily answer it.

So first of all, houses!

People do different things when it comes to housing. For me, the group of people I have been with so far have all got on really well; so, between the ten of us, we’ve decided to get two houses near to each other for next year! We already know what it’s like to live with each other which is pretty handy.
A few things to know:
  • At York, people generally don’t start signing for houses until the start of term two which is different to what I’ve heard other universities are like. This is pretty great since you get more time to decide who you want to live with for the next year!
  • Lots of people stay on campus, which has lots of perks, so it’s worth looking into that as well. A lot of Natural Scientists are staying in James College accommodation and are living alongside each other in the same block, which is cool!
  • There’s loads of choice and it’s all reasonably priced (remember to ask about bills, energy ratings and talking to the current tenants about how they find it)! The sort of thing we went for was a house on Hull Road – which is nice and close to the uni – with similarly sized double bedrooms (this means that some people didn’t have to pay more than others).


If you’re in catered accommodation, it’s easy to get lazy and unhealthy with food at the weekends but DON’T! Go to Aldi, get some great deals, make a plate of deliciousness and be proud of yourself! I seem to be one of the few people who remembered to bring essential utensils here which is a blessing as well as a curse. If you don’t mind your colander becoming the communal one then bring it along and it’ll be very much appreciated, as I have learnt!
Things to bring:
  • Chopping board (mine has a handle so it is otherwise known as a cricket bat by my flatmates)
  • Vegetable knife
  • Peeler
  • Colander and sieve
  • Saucepan, frying pan (borrow other people’s if you need more than one for a particular meal)
  • Tin opener
  • Toastie maker!!!!! I also brought a waffle maker with me but I particularly want to stress how great a toastie maker is!!
  • Weighing scales (I am the only one who brought this and they all laughed at me, but when it came to pancake day I was the one who was laughing!)
  • Measuring jug
  • Wooden spoon, spatula, tongs
  • Baking trays (even one portion of potato wedges or roasted vegetables justifies bringing this)

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    Maybe don’t bring black bowls and plates as it doesn’t make your food very photogenic
  • and then cutlery, a plate and bowl and you’re done!

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Hey, I'm Finn! I'm a second-year Natural Sciences student, studying the Chemistry-Maths-Physics pathway. I'm from East Sussex but decided I wanted to go to uni in the cold, cold North. I'm playing lots of squash and trying out the various places to eat in York at the moment and I also quite enjoy making little videos of trips, saying hello to dogs and consuming hummus.