The Best Things About Living in Residence
This also means that I have less than two months left living in residence, giving me a very small window of time to write about the first year experience while still living it.
A huge part of that experience for many students involves living in residence, so I have asked my fellow residents to help make a list of the best things about living in residence.
There is always so much happening on campus, and your CLs (Community Leaders/UVic’s term for RAs) will often organize cool volunteer opportunities or, in the case of my building, a Christmas Party complete with carolling to kick off exam time.
Being able to walk down the hall to see your friends
To add to this one, if you ever run out of anything (for example chocolate, which happened to me during midterms… this was a dark day for me), you can just knock on your friends’ doors and they’ll help you out.
When it’s your birthday, people put balloons on your door
Being so close to everything that you need
My furthest class is literally a 10-minute walk from my dorm room, and Cadboro Commons (the main cafeteria) is just a minute away. Also, if you like the beach, Cadboro Bay is a 10-minute walk down the hill.
When you lock yourself out of your room and your neighbour lends you their shoes
This has happened to me more times than I care to admit. I will be eternally grateful to the people who have lent me their shoes so I can run to Residence Services to get a spare set of keys.
Having so much taken care of for you
You don’t have to make food, and you only have to clean your own room. This is so convenient, and a huge time saver while you’re trying to figure out how to manage all the activities, classes and homework.
Group study sessions
Have a question about the midterm? Don’t understand an assignment? Missed the notes for that day’s class? Ask around! You’ll quickly find someone in your building (or even on your floor) who is in the same class and can help you out.
Movie and TV show nights in the lounge
I don’t watch Grey’s Anatomy or the Bachelor, but I know people in my building who get together to watch these shows (and eat snacks) every week. If only someone would start a Downton Abbey night…
Late night traffic jams in the hallway when we end up sitting around chatting
This is by far my favourite part about being in residence. I’m in a single room, and it can get lonely sometimes. But then I hear voices talking in the hallway, and I can get my fill of socializing without even leaving the building.
I don’t want to pretend that living in residence is full of sunshine and roses all the time. It does come with its downsides, and I know that not everyone has a positive experience. But I think it’s safe to say that in general, people really love it and realize that they had experiences they wouldn’t have otherwise gotten living off-campus.
It’s also a great way to transition from high school to university, while being in a space that makes finding friends so easy! For me, choosing to live in residence was absolutely the right decision, and I know that it’s going to be really hard to move out in April after making so many great friends and memories in this past year.