Editor Opinions: Secrets of UEA Accommodation

It may seem a bit daunting living in student accommodation, especially if you didn’t get your first choice, or if you haven’t spent all that much time away from home before! Our editors have compiled a list of hints and tips to help you survive your first few weeks in halls, telling you what to expect, and when to expect a cleaner banging on the door after an LCR night.

Colman House:

Elizabeth (Social Media):

“Colman House is one of the ensuite accommodations on campus. That means that at set times during the week, normally in the morning when you’re trying to sleep off the LCR booze from the night before, a cleaner will be coming into your room to see to your bathroom. My tip: befriend your cleaner! Often times they’re great conversation, and if you’re on friendly terms with them you’ll be able to negotiate for things like extra toilet roll, or even see if they’ll be willing to do your bathroom at a later time in the day. No interrupted sleep!”

Charlotte (Entertainment):

“Be prepared – unless things have changed drastically from my time in halls two years ago – the Ziggurats and ensuite campus halls have no oven. So you’ll have to become an expert in juggling 4 hobs and a little microwave oven between 8 people (you’ll get a few more hobs if you’re in the larger Norfolk/Suffolk Terrace buildings). I once microwaved a whole packet of goujons instead of cooking them on the oven setting, it takes a bit of getting used to!”

Wolfson/ Orwell Close (standard singles):

Ewa (Food):

“You may have the short end of the stick in terms of accommodation quality. This is why you should aim for a lot of wall decorations – the prison-like cinderblocks won’t cover themselves! You should also watch out for people on buses down the road peeking in through your window – more than a few of my flatmates accidentally flashed them!”

Upper Student Village:

David (Science Co-Editor):

“Another one of the ensuite accommodations, living in the village felt like one step closer to living off-campus than the other student accommodation on offer, which was a nice feeling, one of independance. Living in the village, ovens were a bit of a lottery in my first year, with my kitchen not having one, instead equipped with four hobs, a grill and a microwave, whilst another kitchen I visited a lot that year boasted two ovens, and twice as many hobs and grills as mine. My advice then: if you don’t have one yourself, make friends with people who have ovens! Once you know them and perhaps their culinary preferences a little, cooking group meals in their lovely, quite capacious ovens will become a fun activity, and a good way to befriend someone further. Remember also that your scenic route to campus does mean that you can’t just roll out of bed and into the lecture theatre like your campus-based friends – you’ll need to get up a littler earlier, but that’s worth it for the atmosphere and the culinary benefits of this cosy corner of campus.”

Lower Student Village:

Luke (Science Co-Editor):

“If you live in the lower village (pine, hawthorne or willow) people simply won’t know where you live so be prepared to explain where the lower village is. The atmosphere however is one of the best on campus. The lower village is a great middle step from living at home to living in the real world. I advise exploring. You’re the closest accommodation to aldi so make advantage of it! Take the path by the Yare and you’ll soon be in Earlham Park or Bowthorpe Marsh both of which are great for wildlife or simply a walk. In general, I suggest simply taking all advantage you can to living so close to the university this year. You may think that fifteen minute walk is a long way, but you’ll be dreaming of it when you’re off campus.”

Image: Ziggurat at University of East Anglia by Lucy Fisher is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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