Comfort over norms
Anxious about the idea of having to ‘race’ to the best housing with the best group of people? Because I definitely was. Despite being in my third and final year at Lancaster, this year is the first time I am living with my friends off-campus. Why? Because my first-year self felt exactly how I imagine most of you are feeling at this time: confusion, uncertainty, alienation… After all, you’ve just met these people – so how can you be sure you want to spend a whole year living with them next year? So after not sleeping from overthinking about it for about a week, I decided to do that thing called ‘do[ing] what you’re comfortable with’. In my case, it was to choose to live by myself, but in town. For others, it might be to stay on campus. And that’s okay.
Indeed, there is a particular pattern or ‘norm’ for accommodation that the typical Lancaster student follows: on-campus (college) accommodation in first year, off-campus (city) accommodation in second year, and then whichever they prefer (or is available) in their final year(s). In fact, most of the people I know have been doing this. But that doesn’t mean it has to be you too!