Hey guys! Long time no see! Thought, I might pop in this quick post before exams because I know first year hall offers have gone out, and it can be a scary thing!
If you didn’t know before, I got rejected from UHT. And honestly. It was probably one of the greatest things that has happened to me.
First things first. CONGRATS!!! If you made it into your chosen hall, that’s really great! Sit back, relax (short-ish) now it’s all about making that rank score. But if things didn’t go so well, either you’ve been offered an alternative hall or waitlist, then don’t worry!
When I got my rejection letter, I’ll admit I was really, really heartbroken. I had gone to open day, and had my heart set on UHT. I decided to go onto the waitlist for O’Rorke, because well, frankly, I just wanted to get into a hall (and O’Rorke seemed pretty cool, because of the history and culture and all that). -> If you made it onto the waitlist, congrats! From experience, and listening to all my friends, if you got onto waitlist you’re pretty much guaranteed of getting into that hall. Heaps of people reject their offers, so I recon you’re probably in the clear. People will tell you that you won’t get in off the waitlist, but…. it’s called a waitlist for a reason 😉
Now, if you got offered into another hall, you have some options. You can either accept that offer (all the halls are pretty much the same, it’s really about the location which would probably be the deciding factor). Grafton hall looks really nice, because it’s next to the Med School (so you could probably hijack the library….) and serves as extra motivation? It’s also brand new, which certainly helps 😉 Also just wanna say, Grafton hall is only around 5-10 minutes further than the other halls. It’s really not that far, and it’s pretty close to food places (like Subway and some nice cafe’s).
You can however, also choose to go onto the waitlist for another hall, which is what I chose to do. In fact, I actually swapped waitlists twice, from O’Rorke to University Hall Apartments. It was a great decision, because even if I didn’t make it into towers, I still really liked the environment there and the location. The rooms in UHA were also really nice too, because they had been newly renovated or something, and it’s more quiet and homely.
So, if you didn’t get into where you wanted to get into. That’s ok! Do NOT let this be a deciding factor about which university you’re going into. Because, you’re actually just going to be living in this place for one year (not even a whole year, like 42 weeks?). You still have plenty of options, and you will still get accommodation! (Pray for us second years, who didn’t get into a self-catered residence, and are facing the dilemma of having to go flatting…. in Auckland. Just like you guys, we’re still waiting for offers to come out for us too :'( ).
Peaceout ✌🏼 Lily
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Hello Lily! I applied for the Twin Share Bedroom in Whitaker Hall and got waitlisted. I haven’t heard back from UoA yet, so do you think it would be better to apply to a different hall? By the way, thank you so much for writing these blog posts, they’ve really helped me! I hope you get into the place you applied for(:
Sorry this is very ,very late I only saw this now 🙁
Hopefully you would have gotten communication from accomodation services by now, but if you haven’t, I would recommend just asking for a check up (I did that and I managed to get a reply with an offer for UHA).
Good luck 🙂
Hi there, just wondering if the individual rooms at the UHA have locks? like both from inside and outside.
Hi Jessica! Sorry this is a tad late, but yes, individual rooms do have locks (from the outside and inside)! Also the flats have locks too 🙂
Hey Lily! Kinda in the same boat as you were, I applied for UHT, got offered Grafton, declined to waitlist for UHT but today I changed to waitlist for UHA. I read your other post about UHA and it really helped me make up my mind so thank you very much! I feel like I’m at the bottom of the waitlist for UHA now since offers have been out for 3 days now, what are my chances of getting into UHA? Also did you get assigned a room or could you pick? Good luck for your accommodation next year!
Hey Cecelia! I’m not sure if you’re at the bottom of the waiting list, however, I think it’s probably guaranteed that you’ll make it into UHA since heaps of people reject their offer and because you applied before the 30th of September. I remember getting my offer from UHA on the 27th of October, after emailing them to ask where I was on the waitlist.
Unfortunately you don’t get to pick your room, however I did manage to swap with someone (but you have to talk to the manager about it and give a good reason).
Also,I’m so glad you’ve chose UHA! It’s really nice and in my opinion, better than UHT 😉