12/05/2017

The realities of living in an girl house at university




The washing machine is the most sought after thing in the house

Yep, even more so than the bathroom on a Friday night. If you don't tell everyone via group chat that you're next in line for the washing machine there's a good chance that someone will have put their clothes on for wash whilst you're in the shower. Even though your bag of dirty laundry was sat next to the washing machine acting as a sign that you're next. There are no signs, no 'oh I was going to do my washing', if it's not written on the group chat there's no point. This means that sometimes it's necessary to plan your washes but most of the time I still just did it when it my basket got full.

Empty drying racks and radiators are a rare sight


Obviously all that washing needs drying. We did have a tumble dryer but it was combined with the washing machine and none of us ever figured out how to make it work efficiently. I never bothered using it but some did and still had to hang their clothes up to dry. I was sneaky and kept my clothes rack in my bedroom. If I was asked nicely I did lend it but there were two downstairs which were used the most. Sometimes you have to be selfish to get ahead. In this case to ensure you're wet clothes have somewhere to dry.

It's not constant sleepovers and movie watching


I'd always imagined that living in an all girl house or any university house would be like one big sleepover with your best friends all the time. And yes it is sometimes but a lot of the time, especially as you get further into term and deadlines begin looming for  everyone there's a lot of evenings where you'll be the only one in the kitchen as everyone's busy studying. I lived with six other girls and there were still some days were I'd hardly bump into anyone. However, there are the fun nights too where everyone's cooking dinner at the same time (this is slightly squishy but we made it work) and you all watch trashy TV and pretend you've got no studying to do.

The shower gets clogged up


And not with your hair. I'm pretty lazy but I always make sure I clear my hair from the shower drain, just because you know it's not that nice showering and your feet touching some floating hair as the shower tray fills up because the water can't drain properly. If you've never encountered this problem then I hope you never have too. In our house I was normally the one who ended up clearing the hair from the drain. And yes that does mean I used my hands to fish it out. There's only so much hinting about the problem one can do.

There's still mess


Girls are just as messy as boys. In fact, our kitchen didn't become tidier when there was just girls it was the exact same as when we shared with boys. I think we all got to the point where we'd rather just do our dishes the next day. None of us were particularly fussy about washing up so everyone just got on with theirs when they wanted too. We're probably a bit of an anomale as you see and hear so many people complaining that they have a gross flat mate who never does their washing up, well in our house this was most of us. Especially in exam season. 

You will meet random boys in the kitchen or hall way or bathroom


I mean it's an all girls house. People have boyfriends, people bring boys back. It's all fine. But it is a little awkward when you're not expecting to see any boys and are wandering around in your underwear. In fact, you'll just meet random people full stop. You'll walk into the kitchen and find a group of  your housemates friends who you didn't know existed having pre drinks and helping themselves to your best mugs (which you then rescue and hide because nobody is destroying your crazy cat lady mug). 

 It's not an episode of the great British bake off


And no you don't all watch it together whilst eating your home baked treats either. I tried baking about three times and each was quite a fail. I mean, the cakes were edible and tasted fine but things always went a bit wrong. Apart from the time we made cookie dough. That was good. I guess, none of us enjoyed baking (or cooking for that matter). The house had had a group of girls beforehand and it seemed like they loved their baking, they left us some baking tins but we never used them. We would all rather just walk to Sainsbury's and buy something from the bakery there.

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Obviously, these aren't the reality for every all girl house, these are just some things I have expereinced while living in one! 

Sophie 


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