Student experience 14th January 2020
First year undergraduate student Tashreeqah writes about her experience in obtaining university accommodation.
Moving to Manchester
It’s already been two months since I moved into University halls but it feels like it’s been forever. Before I moved in, I often wondered about what it would be like and how I could prepare myself to adjust to the change in environment but, surprisingly, it hasn’t been all that bad. The temperature adjustment was the worst and I think I am still adapting to it even now. The radiator in your room will be your saviour! Also, for any of you coming from tropical countries or countries where the temperature is above 20 degrees all year round, be prepared for a chill and BUY A COAT.
Living in Hulme Hall
My hall is catered, which I was sceptical about at first because I’m a bit of a picky eater, but the catering service did not disappoint! Though I do miss the seasoning and flavour of my home country, the food provided here is a lot better than I could have done on my own. A lot more variety and a lot less time-consuming too! I had never been to Manchester before and wasn’t at all familiar with the surrounding food places and markets but luckily, only lunch was an issue as breakfast and dinner were provided. It made settling in a lot easier as it was one less worry on my mind. The catering staff really do provide for your needs whether it be; vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, you name it. There’s always fruits and dessert too!
How to tackle homesickness
Homesickness, as expected, was a struggle. My best advice is to bring something from your home country, whether it be from your family or friends. Anything that will remind you of them when adjusting to this new life because it will be hard. My hall does not allow open flames and inflatable items in rooms so scented candles and inflatable chairs are a definite no, unfortunately.
Decorate your room! Put up lights, hang posters, rearrange the furniture and make it your home. You would be amazed by the difference that a little decorating can do when you feel alone.
Keep in regular contact with your family and friends but make new ones too. It’s easier said than done, but it’s so much better to enjoy university when you have people to enjoy it with. Join societies and you’ll see how many friends you will find!
Further advice for new students
I suggest trying out the halls for your first year because it covers a lot of necessary things that would make the transfer to university a lot easier- WiFi, electricity, water, food, tax exemption, security, it’s all covered! Keep in mind that the electricity to your room is limited and sockets can be easily overloaded so don’t bring large flat irons and hair dryers, try the smaller ones instead!
Settling in will take time so don’t rush yourself to do everything at once. You will only feel overwhelmed and stressed. Let some time pass, deal with problems as they come and slowly but surely, things become a lot easier!
By Tashreeqah Ramkissoon