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A new chapter begins: moving into halls at the university of Dundee

Some tips to ensure a smooth move into your university accommodation.

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As you embark on your exciting university journey, one crucial aspect to consider is moving into university accommodation. As this can be a somewhat stressful and daunting time, I have provided a couple of helpful tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable transition.

Research and secure University of Dundee accommodation ASAP

I cannot stress this enough! As soon as you firmly accept your conditional or unconditional course offer as your first choice, visit the link on this page to find out more information about securing your accommodation for the academic year.

When filling out the application form you will be presented with several accommodation options (location, room type, cost). By doing this early, you’ll be more likely to be allocated your most preferred option. In my first year, I made the mistake of leaving this too late and the only option that was available was West Park – the furthest accommodation away from City Campus, which was not ideal since most of my classes were held in the Dalhousie building on City Campus.

Dundee University offers 6 accommodation options – four on campus (Belmont Tower, Balfour Flats, Belmont Flats and Heathfield), 1 off-campus but very close (Seabraes Flats) and 1 off-campus that is further away but may be more suitable for those travelling often to Ninewells Hospital. All rooms have an en-suite (with shower and toilet) and are inclusive of utility bills and internet.

Prepare for the move and arrive early

Once you have secured your room, it’s time to start preparing for your move. Create a checklist of essential items, including bedding, toiletries, kitchenware, and study materials. Don’t worry too much if you forget anything, Dundee’s city centre is rich in shops and the closest supermarket (Tesco riverside) is only a 15-minute walk away from City Campus.

Personalise your space

Your room at Dundee University will be your personal sanctuary, so don’t hesitate to make it your own. Adding personal touches and decorations can greatly enhance your sense of comfort and belonging. While you should be mindful of any guidelines set by the University of Dundee regarding room decorations, there are still several ways to personalise your space:

  • Photos and memories: Display cherished photos of family and friends, reminding you of the support system you have back home. Pin up postcards or mementoes from past travels, allowing you to relive those special moments and ignite a sense of wanderlust.
  • Plants and greenery: Adding plants to your room can bring life and freshness to the space. Consider low-maintenance plants such as succulents or small potted herbs that can thrive in a dormitory setting.

The University has several poster/plant sales at City Campus throughout the academic semesters. These are usually sold at relatively low prices that are better valued in comparison to ordering online through Amazon, Etsy etc.

Introduce yourself to your flatmates

All University of Dundee flat facilities (living room and kitchen) are shared between 6-10 people (depending on your accommodation choice) therefore it is essential to establish open lines of communication from the very beginning. On move-in day, I urge you to make the first move and introduce yourself to your new flatmates. Take advantage of the fresher’s week activities and make everlasting friendships with your flatmates. Additionally, have weekly or bi-weekly meetings with your whole flat to establish responsibilities e.g., cleaning common areas, inviting other friends to the flat etc.

Engage with the University of Dundee community

The University of Dundee offers a vibrant community with numerous opportunities for engagement. Attend social events, join sports clubs and societies, and participate in activities to meet new people and make new friends. Getting involved in the university community will enhance your overall experience and create lasting memories. And don’t forget… have plenty of fun along your university journey!

Information on Accommodation can be found on the University’s Accommodation pages.

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