" />
close icon

what are you looking for?

close icon

badges you can earn

earn editorial badges by uploading a number of stories.
  • 1
  • 10
    senior writer
  • 20
    sub - editor
  • 50
close icon

Sign Up

use your university email address to create your account.

Username already exists, please use another email address.

Please ensure all fields aren't empty

  • Please Select
  • Abertay University
  • Aberystwyth University
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Anglo-European College of Chiropractic
  • Arden University
  • Arts University Bournemouth
  • Ashridge Executive Education
  • Aston University
  • Bangor University
  • Bath Spa University
  • Birkbeck University of London
  • Birmingham City University
  • Bishop Grosseteste University
  • Bournemouth University
  • BPP University
  • British School of Osteopathy
  • Brunel University
  • Bucks New University
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Cardiff University
  • City, University of London
  • Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Coventry University
  • Cranfield University
  • De Montfort University
  • Durham University
  • Edge Hill University
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • European School of Economics
  • Falmouth University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Glasgow School of Art
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • Harper Adams University
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Heythrop College, University of London
  • Imperial College London
  • Keele University
  • King's College London
  • Kingston University
  • Lancaster University
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Leeds College of Art
  • Leeds Trinity University
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • London Business School
  • London Metropolitan University
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • London South Bank University
  • Loughborough University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Middlesex University
  • Newcastle University
  • Newman University, Birmingham
  • Northumbria University
  • Norwich University of the Arts
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Plymouth College of Art
  • Plymouth Marjon University
  • Plymouth University
  • Queen Margaret University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • Regent's University London
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Rose Bruford College
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Royal Agricultural University
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Royal College of Art
  • Royal College of Music
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • School of Advanced Study
  • Scotland's Rural College
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • SOAS, University of London
  • Southampton Solent University
  • St George's, University of London
  • St Mary's University, Twickenham
  • Staffordshire University
  • Swansea University
  • Teesside University
  • The American International University in London
  • The London Institute of Banking & Finance
  • The Open University
  • The University of Law
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • Ulster University
  • University College Birmingham
  • University College London
  • University College of Estate Management
  • University for the Creative Arts
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Bath
  • University of Bedfordshire
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bolton
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Buckingham
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Chester
  • University of Chichester
  • University of Cumbria
  • University of Derby
  • University of Dundee
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of East London
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Essex
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Hull
  • University of Kent
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of London
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Northampton
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Reading
  • University of Roehampton
  • University of Salford
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of South Wales
  • University of Southampton
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Suffolk
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Sussex
  • University of the Arts
  • University of the Highlands and Islands
  • University of the West of England
  • University of the West of Scotland
  • University of Wales
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • University of Warwick
  • University of West London
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Winchester
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • University of Worcester
  • University of York
  • Wrexham Glyndwr University
  • Writtle University College
  • York St John University

By creating an account you agree to the uni news Terms and Conditions, and agree to receive marketing communications.

close icon

subscribe to uni news

get the latest articles straight to your inbox.

6 Friends GIFs that sum up the difference between uni halls and a student house

It's great finally moving into a house in your second year.

You can choose who to live with, you're cooking for yourself and you suddenly feel like an adult. It can feel wildly different to halls—for the better and, sometimes, for the worse...

1) Living with friends

One of the best things about living in a house at uni is that you get to pick your housemates. It's easy to get landed with people you don't necessarily click with in your first year, which results in a lot of walking to and from the flats of the friends you make—this year your friends are just across the landing!

2) More arguments

While it's great living with your friends, you're starting to get comfortable with each other, and living together definitely tests you at first. You'll find someone's washing up habits or loud music are much more annoying than you thought, and you're no longer afraid to speak your mind. You'll settle in, though—be (reasonably) honest if something bugs you, and you'll soon all be used to living around each other peacefully.

3) Cooking

Whether you were catered or self-catered in your first year, second year housing will feel different. You'll start experimenting with new recipes and cooking around other people. Hopefully you'll have better resources in your new kitchen—some first year students start off with a microwave and nothing else. You'll probably take quite a few responsible risks just to save money as well—I myself have found that I keep asking the same question that no-one really knows the answer to: do you reckon this has gone off or should I just eat it?

4) Adulting. So much adulting.

You're going to have to be looking up energy plans, broadband deals and setting up so many standing orders when you rent your own house. It's a big jump from the babying of first year to the independence of your second year, so all that stuff is pretty daunting. It is very stressful being an adult and doing adult things, but you just kind of muddle along really.

5) Having a TV

You were very lucky if you had a TV in your first year flat. In second and third year most houses have one, so you get the joys of free-view television, meaning you can watch all the rubbish daytime shows that you want. It's easy for your life to end up revolving around the TV, however, so don't let it take over your life (the background noise is great though if you're home alone).

6) House parties

These are just as stressful as you'd think. Hosting a hoard of people who you probably don't know in your house is difficult enough, but you have a reputation on the line. You need good music, enough space for people to spread out, and a public-use toilet (which is especially tricky if you are in a house with all en-suite bathrooms). House parties are great, though—no problems with paying for entry or Ubers, you can turn up whenever you like and bring as much cheap booze as you can handle. Definitely worth the tidying up the next day.

Featured Image: Tero Vesalainen / Shutterstock.com