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10 things no one tells you about living on campus

10 things no one tells you about living on campus

CSU students at a university event on campus
CSU students at a university event on campus. Image: CSU Image
  1. You have a red hot ticket to the best parties of the year. University life is known for an excessive amount of parties, but living on campus doubles that figure. Not only are you close to the uni bar and all of the on campus events, but you’ll also be invited to exclusive events in your residency.
  2. There will be mess. Despite student residences being populated with grown adults, these ‘grown adults’ have not actually matured enough just yet to want to clean up after themselves. Think unwashed dishes, overflowing bins, and clothes left in the washing machine. It’s best just to accept it and move on.
  3. You will still feel lonely at times. Even though you’ll be surrounded by friends and classmates, it won’t stop you from feeling homesick at times. However having a best friend right across the hall somehow makes everything better instantly.
  4. You’re going to get sick. Unless you’re living in bubble wrap, living in close proximity to loads of other students means that if there’s a bug going around, you’re going to catch it.
  5. Skipping class is still an attractive option. Even though your new home is only a short walk from class, you’ll still be tempted to skip and stay in bed all day. And even if you do go to class, you’ll probably end up back in bed by lunch-time.
  6. Cooking just won’t happen. Between your class schedule, social life, a crowded kitchen, and a serious lack of funds to purchase ingredients, your ability to put together a proper meal will be seriously hindered. At university, a quality meal is a ham and cheese toastie. And avocado if you’re really fancy.
  7. Your internet will suck. Whether it’s slow, a bad Wi-Fi connection, or a severely limited data plan, your internet connection will test you. The good thing – your patience will grow.
  8. Sometimes things will get a bit too personal. Between thin walls, small dorms, and echo-inducing corridors you’re bound to hear a few too many intimate details about your closest neighbours. Tip – don’t be the one sharing the details.
  9. Sharing a bathroom isn’t so bad. Sharing a bathroom with the other people on your floor or in your cottage is something you get used to. And if you’ve grown up in a big family with lots of siblings, then you’ve already had plenty of practice.
  10. A closed door will be your best friend. It’s a simple code to establish some alone time or create a quiet space to study. An open door means ‘sure, come on in and hang out’, and a closed door means ‘do not enter’.

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