Ananya's story

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Living on campus

Living on the University Campus

Author - Izzy, Midwifery

I chose to move away to University, and one of the deciding factors was the accommodation available on and around the University campus. Herts accommodation was much nicer and more modern than other Universities I had visited, the campus is also really nice and its very easy to get between college lane campus and de Havilland campus by using the free shuttle bus - which is great if you live on one campus and have lectures on the other!

In my first year I lived in a standard en suite on de Havilland campus, and lived with 10 other students (so 11 in total in the flat). We were all in our first year of studying which enabled us to talk and explore the local area together. de Havilland campus has its own Sports Centre including a gym and swimming pool. There is an Aldi supermarket a short walk of about 5-10 minutes away and an ASDA which is around 15-20 minute walk away, but there are also buses which stop right next to the accommodation.

In my second year I lived on College Lane campus in a standard en suite, I lived with 7 other people in the flat (8 in total), this suited me much better as a Student Midwife with placements, I was able to apply for a car parking permit which is only offered on College lane campus, and it is also the campus in which all my lectures take place. However, at this point during my degree we had Covid-19 so most of my lectures were online. College Lane campus has a co-op shop nearby for essentials and is then a 15 minute walk to ASDA and/or Aldi. The Oval is also located on College lane which has a gym for students as well.

For my third year I applied to live on College Lane again but in an enhanced en suite, this is a slightly larger room with a double bed, which gave me additional storage space and comfort. I live with 5 other people (so 6 in total in the flat). I was granted a parking permit again as well which has really helped me with my placements.

There is a club on campus called the Forum which hosts events such as Big Wednesdays and also does a Karaoke nights on Fridays. There is also a pub called the EleHouse which also host student nights and is a great place to socialise and meet people.


5 top tips for moving to student accommodation

5 top tips for Moving to Student Accommodation

Author - Eleanor, Model Design and Special Effects

For my first year at University, I moved into student accommodation on the de Havilland Campus. Here are my top tips for moving away from home!

Batch Cook Meals
Get yourself a student cookbook - I bought a copy of 'Nosh for students' and it really helped me cook healthy and tasty meals cheaply. Cooking meals and putting them in the freezer is really helpful as it means you only have to heat them up in the evenings, something you will appreciate if you have had lectures/placement all day!

Stay in Contact
When moving to university, it is so important to make friends - whether that is through your accommodation, your course or societies. Don't forget to stay connected with your friends and family back at home - chances are they are missing you too! Facetime and Zoom will continue to be your best friend while you are studying away, especially in the world we live in now.

Sharing Chores
It will be your own responsibility to keep your room and en-suite (if your accommodation has one) clean and tidy. However, communal areas such as the kitchen and shared living areas will need to be cleaned by all the flat mates. Make sure that you share the chores that need to be completed. It is good to all have set jobs to do or have a rota, so not all the work is left to one person. The shared living spaces are checked every week so make sure they are kept clean!

Better to over pack than under!
Before you move in, try and get in contact (through social media groups) with your new flatmates so you don't buy duplicates of some items. I found that the best thing to do is follow checklists about what to take to university - making sure that you do not forget anything essential! There are lots of shops around Hatfield (Poundland, B&M and Asda) so you can purchase anything you may have forgotten!

University accommodation can, at times, be quite noisy with lots of people living there - especially the routine fire alarms! Use areas such as the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) and the Enterprise Hub to study. I found this really useful this year as all my studying was done online. I would often study in the LRC and then come back to my room to relax, and have time away from work and academic commitments.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions about living on campus!


Moving in day

Moving in Day on College Lane Campus

Author - Eleanor, Model Design and Special Effects

Moving into accommodation with a bunch of strangers can be really daunting especially in first year but also exciting. I have been living on college lane campus for the past year and a half and it has been great!

Before the day:
Before moving in, once you have your place, there are Facebook pages set up for each court so you can find who you are going to be living with. I did this for both years and I am especially happy I did it in first year as I got to know people before I got to Uni and now, they are some of my best friends! I was particularly proud of myself as well as I took the plunge to message people first and I created our group chat which we all chat on still even though we don’t all live together now.

Driving in:
On the day of moving in you are allowed one car (pack strategically! 😉) and for college lane you need enter at the Forum entrance. From there a steward will guide you into the multi-story car park where you will only be for a few moments. You can then walk to collect your keys and extra welcome bits from the Hutton Hub (I suggest leaving the driver in the car as you won’t be long). To collect your keys, you will need your arrival pass which will have been emailed to you, on this will be the arrival timeslot you picked.

Freshers events:
Now you have your keys you can head back to the car. Next to the Hutton Hub there is usually a stand where you can collect or purchase your fresher’s wristband for all the events. I recommend the wristband, especially for first year, so you can decide later which events you want to go to. You might not know which events others want to go to so with the wristband you can go together with ease! (of course, you can go to all the events if you are up for it!).

Driving round to your flat:
Once back at your car you can then drive out of the multi-story and will be guided by stewards and signs to your court. With your keys you will be given a hanging tag to put over the front mirror. This will have your court, flat and room number on it. The tag is used as a temporary car park permit which will allow you to park as close to your flat door as possible (this can only be done on moving in day). On arrival to your court a steward will write on the tag the time you need to vacate the area. After this time, you will need to move your car to one of the car parks which will be free for the moving in weekend. Because of this I suggest getting everything out your car and into your room first before you ‘properly’ unpack and settle.

Now you are in and your car is moved you are free to do what you like. (I kicked my parents out soon after the car was unpacked in first year). Around campus there are many stalls and mini free events to get involved in.

My last advice on moving in day (especially in first year) is to hang out in the kitchen and say hi to anyone that comes in and break that ice as soon as you can. If you are in early why not offer to help others move in too!


Benefits of living in a townhouse

Benefits of living in a townhouse

Author - Eleanor, Model Design and Special Effects

I lived in a townhouse on college lane for my first year and loved it which is why I am staying in one for my second year as well. My initial reasoning for choosing a townhouse for the first year was because there are 12 people to a flat. This was the thought that the more people there are in a flat the more likely you are to get on with at least some of them! For me, I was very lucky to get on with my whole flat last year which became like one big happy family.

In a townhouse it is made up of 4 levels; kitchen and living space on the ground floor then each level going up has 4 people to a floor. There are two bathrooms to each floor shared by two people.

One of the things I loved about a townhouse was the size of the kitchen and living space. Although there are 12 people to the flat you are not always there at the same time so there is plenty of space to cook and have social gatherings. The large living area you have in a townhouse has two large sofas and a TV. This was great for cosy movie nights in or flat parties as you can fit people in without it being too much of a squeeze.

Another great thing about the townhouse is that with there being lots of people from different courses they will bring friends over from their course and can often then become your friends too. This happened to me last year and it's nice to have those people around as well as your flatmates.

I know a lot of people do not like the idea of sharing a bathroom, but I think it is great, it is only one other person after all. You can share out the cleaning rather than having to do it all yourself and your room will feel bigger without the en-suite taking up the room. In my first year I shared with someone I did not know and now I am going into second year I could choose who I wanted to share with as I applied with three other friends.

This was the best decision I made when coming to Herts. The accommodation is nice and up to date and you feel comfortable when living there especially with the 24hr security. One of the reasons I chose Herts was because of its great accommodation that can house you until you graduate! Hope to see you around campus soon!


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