What is it like to live in the Intercollegiate Halls of Residence?
You're about to embark on a great journey in your life, a journey that will open so many doors to you in the future. But what is it like to open the door to your own room in one of the Intercollegiate Halls of Residence? You might feel a little nervous about it, but please don't! We'll try to give you an idea of what you can expect and remember, you'll be able to make so much more out of it once you settle in and make it your home.
By choosing to live in the Intercollegiate Halls you chose to live in a vibrant and diverse community of students attending many different colleges and universities in London, like UCL, King's College London, LSE and many more (this is why we use this fancy word INTERcollegiate and if you're unsure how to pronounce it check this out). Because of that, you will meet people studying all kinds of courses, from political science, history, languages to art, economy, medicine and beyond! And thanks to that, you will be able to tap into unlimited resources of talents, interests and mindsets that will broaden your horizons and help you make friends. Studying at a university is not just about acquiring knowledge from your coursework, it's also about getting connected to other people, finding friends and challenging yourself. You'll be able to do all that from the comfort of your home.
Being supported through all of this is crucial. Of course, you'll have support from your family and friends back home and your new friends in London that you'll meet in no time. But the university can be a busy time and sometimes you might need this extra help to get you through.
This is why we have a dedicated team of Resident Advisors (RAs) and Warden living in each hall to help you navigate your new independent life away from your family home. RAs are students just like you who you can talk to about anything that bothers you. They will offer you their help and if needed they will direct you to the right place and give you tips to get things sorted. Take some time after you move in to find out who your RAs and Warden are and how to get in touch with them. There will be notice boards with their photos in each hall and the receptionist will have the contact details of an RA who is on duty (all through the night Monday to Friday and all day long on weekends).
But that's not all! Apart from having people looking after you while you live in the halls, you'll have access to an amazing social programme full of events and activities. It will start full steam from the moment you move in with socials which are a great opportunity to meet your neighbours - please, take advantage of them - it's a great opportunity to meet new people. Movie nights, game nights, theatre trips, boat parties and so much more! You will find something that will suit you. And remember, everyone is in the same boat (not that party boat yet!), you've all just moved in and the chances are that it's a bit awkward for everyone - but this won't last. Give yourself and others a chance and you'll be in for an amazing adventure!
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