I’ve been hesitant to write about my experience of living in a hall because I don’t want to discourage people from hall life. As a disclaimer I want to remind you that this is my experience and everyone has a different experience.
I always imagined that living in a hall would be like how the movies were. I thought making friends would be instantaneous and everyone would be super social and friendly. Obviously, I was being very idealistic. The reality is hall life isn’t always easy.
I think it’s sort of linked to luck, your experience really depends on the floor you get put on. Some floors bond super quickly, some have drama and some party on the daily. My floor is super quiet, almost too quiet, which has its pros and cons. A lot of the people on my floor are exchange students that keep to themselves and unfortunately don’t like talking… or smiling haha. The nice side of having a quiet floor is that I can get a good nights sleep and I feel like I have more privacy. The down side is that it makes it harder to meet people and make friends. My advice is when you fill out your move in form you give them as much information as possible in terms of your personality and what you want in terms of your living environment.
As quiet as my floor is, I still managed to meet people from other floors. So if you’re feeling nervous about meeting people, take comfort in the fact that YOU WILL MOST DEFINITELY MEET PEOPLE. I think it may have been harder for me being in a first year hall because of work and I also felt like I had already went through my “party” stage. Now I’m more into waking up early and going to the Saturday farmer’s market than going out every night. So if you took a gap year or are an older first year, you might look into other university accommodations.
Huia Hall is one of the older accommodations, BUT it’s homely and more affordable if you choose to be self catered. It is also in an awesome location if you are going to school in the City Campus but don’t want to live in the hustle and bustle. It’s about a 10 minute walk to the City Campus. Because it’s located in Grafton, it’s literally on the edge of the CBD. We have the best of both worlds. We get the quietness of the suburbs, but the convenience of being so close to the city which makes it easy to get acquainted with the CBD. We’re located right next to the hospital so be prepared for the helicopters and sirens. However, that’s all made up for because of Auckland Domain being right next door. Being able to have a peaceful spot like the Domain so close by is super valuable when the stress kicks in.
When I moved into Huia I noticed that the room was smaller than I thought, but once you move things around the space is just enough. Thankfully the closet is nice and roomy. The walls are super thin so you have to be considerate of the noise. I’m grateful my neighbors don’t mind me playing my music or laugh super loud when I’m Skyping home.
Whenever you move into a new place it’s inevitable that the first couple of nights will feel uncomfortable, but now after 6 months my room feels like my space. Honestly, it’s all about making your room as comfortable as possible. Bring things that remind you of home. I brought tons of pictures, shells, journals and trinkets. I even bought a couple of succulents to give the room some colour. It really made the space feel like mine.
Huia definitely has its pros and cons, but I definitely don’t regret spending my first year in a hall. Especially if you’re not from Auckland, it makes the transition so much easier because you have support if you need it. Huia offers mentoring for popular subjects like Law, Bio med, and Psychology. They also hold fun events like Board Games and Banter, Secret Admirers Week and potlucks.
Living in a hall wasn’t how I pictured it to be, but it has allowed me to transition into Auckland and independence.
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