12 Things Everyone Who’s Lived In Southampton’s Bencraft Halls Will Understand
1. There are ladybugs. Everywhere.
As far as vermin goes, they are pretty cute, but the fact that they hang around more than an old friend from secondary school can be rather frustrating. At the end of the day nothing you can do gets rid of them so you just hoover them up.
2. And there’s very limited scenery.
The Mayflower lot are right next to the theatre and West Quay, and City Gateway have the glorious oasis of McDonald’s and Subway. Us lot? We have the choice of a scenic walk to the Co-Op or a 50% chance of getting attacked and a 100% chance of getting dog crap on your shoes through Daisy Dip. Oh yeah, and our neighbours are the charred remains of dead people. 🙃
3. But at least the cleaners are absolute baes.
It wouldn’t be a complete day without saying hi to Mohammed, though it would be nice if he stopped putting your bread by the radiator.
4. The door codes are the actual bane of your life.
They always seem to change just after a long trip to Sainsbury’s as well, which makes it so much better.
5. And you still just don’t understand why there’s a weird lack of sinks.
The ‘walk of shame’ from the toilet to the sink in your room is more harmful than that concerned with any kind of hook up.
6. How horrible the showers are.
Narrower than a student’s career prospects and with a permanently blocked plughole which leaves you ankle deep in shower water like a swamp monster.
7. And how tiny the rooms are.
It takes a whole day to tidy your room, and then you just look at it and it becomes messy again.
8. Sometimes feeling like you’re living in The Hunger Games.
The lack of space in the kitchen, toilet, and one shower all between six people leads to new levels of pettiness as you sip your flatmates milk in revenge of their deep conditioning in the shower.
9. Not knowing what you’d do without the common room.
It’s basically a couple of sofas with a broken TV, but it means you have somewhere to sit that isn’t a bed or a kitchen chair. Plus, there’s a constantly-occupied Pool table now so… yay.
10. Going round your mate’s place in Glen Eyre and being shocked at the amount of human rights they have.
“What do you mean you have drinkable tap water?”
11. Having to live with the fact that you got served a short straw ending up in Bencraft.
Was chatting with a guy from resident support and he asked me what halls I was in and actually laughed at me when I said bencraft fml
— Clemmie Foulkes (@clemmels) September 20, 2014
12. But ultimately feeling as though living there has made you a stronger, more resilient person.
Plus, it doesn’t always look bad…