Since I study at the university here, I’m staying in university accommodation, a flat with shared bathroom/kitchen with 5 other girls. It’s my first time living with people I didn’t know before I moved here, and I rather like it, they are all very nice. However, the flat does have some “special qualities” which makes it interesting and sometimes rather inconvenient to live here.
First floor, drunk people noisy at night, every night. From perhaps 11pm until anywhere between 3 to 5 am. This makes it fun to try to sleep with the window open at night.
The fridge is tiny, and I mean, really tiny. The sort of tiny which is small when it’s just for one person. I had one of the same size when I lived alone in a flat last year, and it seemed small at times. This is a fridge shared by 6 people, two of us who are vegetarians, which means they always have a lot of vegetables to store, in addition to whatever other foods we use. Needless to say, there is rarely any system in there, as we have to just stuff things wherever there might be space, and we go to the store often, very often. Luckily it’s also very close by.
You hear everything, because the walls are that thin. I can hear when someone open a drawer in the room next to me, or if they turn on/off the light. Imagine how fun this is if you are trying to sleep, while one of the others are still awake and the involuntary sounds they make just by being awake keeps you from sleeping. Or if someone has a nightly visitor.
No hot water, this is the worst one. We’ve lived here since September, and we still don’t have hot water in the sink, both in the bathroom and the kitchen. Luckily there is hot water in the showers, or we would have had to visit our neighbours to take showers. It’s still pretty inconvenient to have to heat up water in a kettle every time we do the dishes though… We have tried to get this fixed many, many times, but so far it doesn’t seem to be working so we have sort of given up.
The kitchen in general have several minor features, in addition to the tiny fridge and no hot water, which makes it interesting to live in. Such as the fridge also leaks somehow. Some of tiles on the wall by the sink are not on the wall anymore, but in a pile on the counter, and it’s been like that since before we moved here. One of the windows won’t close properly, which in combination with an almost broken heater which is almost falling off the wall makes the kitchen freezing most of the time. Except just after we cook food. We also got a tiny table (tiny fridge, tiny table, seeing a pattern here), which is half the size as most other tables in the neighbouring flats. And we don’t have chairs (again, unlike neighbouring flats), no, we have stools. Which is just great for clumsy people like me, who will occasionally fall backwards/sideways when trying to sit on one.
Oh, and we have this fun, little bolt in the floor, which seems to be what’s left of a doorstop, but now only gives us pain when we repeatedly hit our feet on it. You should think we would have a reflex of not walking on it by now. (We don’t)
But hey, it’s all a part of the experience of living abroad, right?