What to do when you don’t get the accommodation you wanted

Where you live is a huge part of first year, so if you the accommodation you wanted it’s easy to feel anxious. Here’s what to do if you don’t get what you applied for:

Don’t panic!

First thing’s first – don’t stress. If you had your heart set on certain halls or you haven’t even seen the one you’ve been allocated, it can be daunting. But don’t worry. Loads of people will be in the same position as you, and at least you have accommodation, right?!

Think about your options

Maybe you can appeal the decision by emailing – some unis will be open to reconsidering your place. Or, keep an eye out for people wanting to swap rooms in uni applicant group chats or channels. It’s a good idea to accept the offer, so you know you’ll have a roof over your head, but keep an eye out for any openings in other halls once you’re there and people start dropping out. Or just grit your teeth, take the offer and stick it out.

Visit, if it’s possible

If you haven’t even seen the place you’ll be living you might be shocked and scared! If you’re able to do so, visit to put your mind at ease. Even if you can’t go in and look at the rooms, you’ll be able to suss out how far it is from uni or town. Keep important questions in mind when visiting. Will you need to get a bus into uni? Where’s the nearest supermarket? And most importantly for some – where’s the nearest club?

Go private?

Or, if things really are dire, take a look at private options. Often seen as reserved for the super-rich, this usually isn’t true. There will be pricier options, yes, but there will still be student-friendly choices – it is student accommodation, after all!

Talk to people!

Talk to people in channels and group chats, anyone you know from that uni or even anyone on Campus Society! If you end up gritting your teeth and taking up the offer of accommodation, it can be reassuring to know a few people also in the same boat. Talking to students already at the uni can help you realise that you’ve actually been given an amazing offer and you don’t even realise it. Or maybe you just want a shoulder to cry on. Whatever you talk about, whoever you talk to – don’t bottle it up!

At the end of the day…

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where you are. You’ll make friends regardless, be it in halls or through your course or societies. I made several mistakes with my accommodation – applying late, I got an offer of halls miles away from campus. I rejected it (a mistake, in hindsight) and went private and had a year with insufferable flatmates.

But nonetheless – I viewed it as character building! And anyway, it was only for a year, and I’m currently living with six of my closest friends in an amazing house. So if you really don’t like it even when you get there, keep in mind that it’s all temporary. Bring on second year and the letting agent nightmares….

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