Living in Halls: Day 1

Ahh, university halls, that place where you’ll spend a significant part of your first year; where you’ll make your first friends and where you’ll make some of your favourite memories.

“But what is it actually like?” you may ask. Well, sit back, relax, and get ready to know everything you need to know about your first few days living in halls.

Being thrown into a completely new environment surrounded by complete strangers definitely sounds daunting, doesn’t it? For the first couple of days it may seem like the scariest time of your life so far, but in reality it is one of the best times you’ll have while at university!

Make sure to remember a few things for your first few days in halls:

Before you move in consider buying a door stop, and keep your door open on your first day. That way people walking past can look in and say hi. If the door is locked it looks like there’s nobody there!

The best way to meet new people is to jump in and say hello yourself. Even if they’re just walking past your door there’s no harm in shouting a quick “hello!” or introducing yourself.

Don’t be afraid to speak to people. Even if you don’t feel like meeting new people, the first day is the best day to throw yourself in – everyone is in the same boat as you!

Be open-minded. There’s a huge variety of people at York from all kinds of different backgrounds, who all have something different to offer.

Biscuits are also extremely important on day 1! There’s no better way to avoid awkward introductions and small talk than by offering someone something to eat.

As well as keeping a ready supply of snacks on your first day, it’s a good idea to join a group trip to the shops or a campus tour, so that you can meet your new flatmates and get talking while finding out about your new home!

During Freshers’ Week you’ll have plenty of time to get to know your flatmates. York has so many things to offer, not just the clubs, so you’re spoilt for choice with places to go and things to do. Going out for a meal somewhere or exploring the city are both fantastic ways of meeting and getting to know the people you’re going to live with for the next year.

So while it may sound terrifying at first, living in halls is a great way to spend your first year, as you get to meet new people who will stay your friends for a long time!

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Hi, I'm Oli. I'm a second year French & Spanish student, originally from Surrey.