Freshers Week 2020 is right around the corner, just as first-year students are joining university at the most precarious time in recent memory. What will their experience of life in uni halls look like?

Teaching is mostly online and the government has announced new restrictions that prevent more than six people gathering at one time. It’s clear students are going to have a different experience this freshers’ week. However, many students are still going to be living in uni halls.

It’s a right of passage for the average uni student, being away from home for the first time, learning the culinary arts – if you count Pot Noodle as Michelin-starred cooking – and creating lasting friendships on the way.

Keep reading for the things no-one tells you about Freshers Week and your first taste of life uni halls.

There may be mice

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Humans may not be the only friends you make living in uni halls during Freshers Week 2020. Furry friends tend to live in older buildings and, especially if you’re in London, you may need to store your food in a higher cupboard.

Unless you have some very agile mice, you should be fine.

Someone will steal your milk

…and you will never know who. Steely glares will be shared across the kitchen table. Milk will be labelled, but somehow the thief always evades capture.

Unless you don your deerstalker and do your best Sherlock Holmes impression, just take it as part of the experience. Top tip: if you buy plant milk people are less likely to steal it.

The walls are thin

You will hear EVERYTHING your neighbours are doing, which means they can hear you too. God help you if they play a musical instrument.

Invest in earplugs or quality headphones to stop the music and snoring from keeping you awake. Just remember: if you bring someone home, everyone can probably hear.

You may meet your future partner

Ok, so we know that’s unlikely, but some people have met their future partner while living in uni halls. Film director Christopher Nolan met his wife on the first night in his halls and, famously, Prince William met Kate Middleton at St Salvador’s Halls while they were studying at St Andrews.

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Keep your eyes peeled, the love of your life may be just around the corner.


You have enough plates…

Everyone will have brought the full crockery set from Sainsbury’s. We’re talking chargers, small plates and bowls. However, all anyone eats off is their favourite plate with a trusty fork.

If you’re feeling super lazy, just mix it all in one saucepan and eat it straight out of there. Saves on the washing up.

… but never enough cutlery

You will have plates coming out of your ears but never anything to eat your food with. Cutlery mysteriously disappears almost as easily as Harry Houdini.

Perhaps the mice have co-ordinated a strike team to steal the cutlery and will return one day wielding knives as swords and cheese as shields? Until that day comes, hide your favourite fork somewhere safe.

Someone will leave their plates in the sink until the end of time

We’ve all heard horror stories about students living in uni halls who never washed their plates. There was even a rumour of a boy who didn’t wash his plates all term and put clingfilm over the food that had become welded to the plate and just ate on top of that.

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Yes, it’s easier to leave all your plates in the sink – but you’ll have to wash them at some point. Try to wash the dishes as you go. Trust me – it will save you a whole world of stress.

You’ll meet people from across the globe

One of the most exciting parts of Freshers Week and life in uni halls is meeting lots of different people. You will meet people from all walks of life and from all over the world.

They say uni is the time to expand your horizons – so start chatting to people. You never know, you may have more in common than you think!

Freshers Week 2020 may be a little different than you’d expect

Going to university during a global pandemic isn’t ideal. You may have less opportunity for club nights and societies, but that doesn’t mean this year can’t still be fun. You may just have to work a little harder to meet people.

Societies are running online socials and you can always ask someone to go for a coffee. Living in uni halls can feel like the family you always wanted and, now more than ever, this is going to be an invaluable group of people.

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It may be the best time of your life

Freshers Week and life in uni halls has its ups and downs but you’ll remember this time with great affection. Drinks will be drunk, food will be burned, assignments will be hastily completed minutes before deadline, but memories will be made – and that’s what uni is all about.

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