Living with new people can be a bit of a struggle sometimes. There are different types of flatmates: the one you just seem to click with, the one you spent a lot of time with at first so you’re pretty much cool, the one who seems a bit quieter, the one who doesn’t want to come out during Freshers, the one who stays in their room, and the one that, have they moved in yet…?
For all the different types of flatmates, there will be some you get along with and it’s easy, and others that it’s a bit more challenging to live with. For this reason, there are things you should know to make living in UWE accommodation that little bit easier.
First, you are not alone!
Flatmates are just one group of people you’ll spend time with, but there are a lot of other people around campus. There are events at the Student Union during Freshers and beyond that will help you meet new people, and there are societies to join. If you like Snowboarding, Climbing, Football, DJing, Anime, Roleplaying, or Harry Potter, there’s even Quidditch Society. If you think of it, there’s probably a society, or the chance to make your own new one. You will meet people through your course, and they’ll come in handy when you start working on projects, assessments or need to revise.
Secondly, Student Accommodation does get noisy.
Familiarise yourself with the noise policies. No one wants to annoy their flatmates or security by blasting tunes throughout the night. Be considerate. If you are affected by noise, try to talk to them at first and see if they will turn it down. If there’s a whole group of them, or you’re already in bed, or it’s not someone you know, then call reception and report it. Security can come up anonymously and advise them to stop. If noise becomes a bigger issue, then contact your Accommodation Manager, as they will be happy to help.
Thirdly, First year can get messy.
We’ve all seen those kinds of flats. The bins are overflowing, the place smells really bad, the floor is inexplicably sticky and the bread is growing a new species. It’s bad. To avoid this, you can set up some kind of agreement with your flatmates for cleaning and tidying communal spaces. That should help. If you can’t agree or it’s always one person doing all the work, or making all the mess, then contact your Resident Assistant through reception. They can arrange a cleaning rota that everyone agrees to and make sure you that everyone does their part. If you feel that it’s become a bigger problem, then contact your Accommodation Manager, they will arrange mediation and a cleaning rota, and can inspect the flat to make sure it stays cleaner.
What if your flatmates are up to something?
What if you need someone to talk to, or you are just struggling a bit settling in?
You can always contact the Wellbeing Service. They have drop-in sessions available during term-time, and they are able to speak with students that need a bit more support.
What if I don’t like my flatmates?!
It’s unfortunate when people fall out who live together, and sometimes there is not a solution that everyone is happy with. If you want to talk about changing flats then contact Accommodation Services. It may be there are options for you to relocate, it may be that you have to arrange a swap with someone via our closed online group, or it may be you just want to move elsewhere. These are all options, but it is important to check with the Accommodation team to find out what the financial implications might be. Don’t worry, you won’t be forced to stay in the flat if we have other options.
Can’t you just move out that flatmate and I can move in my friend?
No. We will not force anyone to move out of UWE accommodation unless they have breached their Terms and Conditions. If you don’t want to live there, then you are free to go through the Accommodation Service to move flats.
What if I need help out of hours?
Out of normal office hours, that's 19:00 - 07:00 Monday to Friday and 24 hours in term time, our lovely Student Support Officers are on hand, in the Student Centre (Wallscourt Farmhouse), you can pop in and see them face to face or contact them on or call or email them.
If you’re in immediate danger or you know someone who is, please call 999 (0117 3289 999 if you’re on campus. This will connect you to the emergency line in the East Reception at Frenchay Campus – a member of staff will provide assistance in contacting the emergency services and direct them to you when they arrive on campus). Its a good idea to save this number in your phone in case of an emergency.
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