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27 Stages of Living In Halls Every Student Will Recognise

Wherever you go to university, you’ll recognise the following stages of living in halls.

1. Move-in day is an emotional roller coaster from start to finish.

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2. You go from desperately wanting your parents to leave before they embarrass you.

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3. To having a minor breakdown when it comes to actually saying bye.

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4. Finding yourself alone for 5 minutes and already starting to contemplate the meaning of life.

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5. Before finally building up the courage to go introduce yourself to your new flatmates.

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6. Debating whether alcohol will help or hinder the situation.

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7. And deciding to become best friends with whoever agrees with you.

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8. Immediately realising that you’re not cut out for cooking your own meals.

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9. Or just generally surviving on your own.

10. You’ve barely been there five minutes but the kitchen’s already an absolute scene.

11. And nobody can explain where those traffic cones came from.

12. Or who that person passed out on the couch is.

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13. You realise you’re going to have to lower your standards if you’re going to survive here.

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14. And keep your temper in check.

15. You learn that there’s no such thing as an early, quiet night in halls.

16. But that if you can’t beat them, you should definitely just join them.

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17. Going home for the first time and getting excited about how clean it is.

18. Which makes going back to uni a little worse every time.

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19. Never getting used to the constant fire drills.

20. Nor the pain of having to drag all of your washing to a launderette.

21. But learning to love that there’s always someone around to hang out with.

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22. And that you can just call maintenance if something breaks.

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23. More road signs appear…

24. And the mess only gets worse.

25. But you get better at ignoring it*.

*just look forward to leaving.

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26. In the end, as much as living in halls isn’t always perfect, it forces you to learn a lot about yourself.

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27. And by the time moving-out day arrives, you’ll be strangely sad to say goodbye.

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