Moving into a hostel for the first time can be challenging at first because you have to do all chores on your own.You worry about being able to fit in and you start feeling extremely homesick after a while. Adjusting to the hostel life can be easy for some people whereas it can be a huge task for others. However, if you know these 10 tips while moving into a hostel for the first time in your life. It can surely add to your already enriching and enjoyable experience in the future.
1. Location & Surrounding!
It is very important to select the correct location if you are not moving into the college hostel. The location should be such that it is close to your college or university and based at a convenient spot. This way you will not be running late to college even if you do not wake up on time !
The neighborhood should be a safe one, especially so that girls are able to live there with utmost security. The transportation facilities are vital as well. Cheap and affordable transportation from your hostel to the college is always preferred.
Also, you have to devour a large chunk of your time in your hostel room and thus you must see the size and condition of your room beforehand. It should be one in which you get enough space and it does not make you feel suffocated.
2. Liberties & Limitations
Every hostel will have its own set of rules that you have to abide by. Some hostels are not that stringent and do not put a number of limitations on the students. You can go out whenever you want, come back at whichever time that suits you. However, if the hostel is a one with a lot of limitations, kiss those late-night parties a goodbye because you will be supervised thoroughly.
Getting out is not going to be as easy as it was getting out back at home. You need your parent’s permission and a pass to get out, you have a time limit to go out and come back to the hostel, some hostels do not even permit you to bring your own iron and kettle. (However, you can start thinking about ways to hide the materials which are not allowed *wicked laugh*)
3.The Availability Of Your Type Of Food!
Hostels will provide you with fixed meals. The hostel canteen might not have that many alternatives available for food items that you yearn. Some hostels only provide you with vegetarian meals but you might be craving for some non-vegetarian food.
Hence,it is always a good idea to check with the kind of food attainable at your hostel and make arrangements accordingly like maybe booking a tiffin service or other substitutes. Try to carry maa ke haath ka khaana whenever you visit home. Also, do carry loads of maggi with you for those midnight cravings!
4. Carry Your Essential Documents
Always make sure that you carry a government issued identity card, a few passport size photographs, xeroxes of your mark sheets and other essential documents. Your university can ask for these documents for verification at any point of time. Apart from that, you will always be required to show these documents if you decide to opt for an internship or a job in the city that you are living. These documents are the most valuable things to carry and hence you must not forget them.
5. Roomie aka Survival Source
The next thing is your roommate. In some hostels, you can get the liberty of choosing your own roommate, in that case, you might as well go for a person that you know or a friend that you have recently made but in other cases you do not get to choose who you live with.In the latter case you need to go with an open mind and the quality of adaptability. You will be meeting people from different cultures and ethnicity and you need to be acceptable then only will you be able to fit in and make many friends.
Make sure that you have a good rapport with your roommates because they are the ones who will be there for you during tough times, they are the ones you will be waking up to, having late night movie marathons with, they will be the ones to give you a head massage when you are having a migraine and basically make you a little less homesick.
6. Learn The Basic Everyday Chores
Your mother is not going to be there to make your meals, do your laundry or tidy your room. You need to learn how to do these tasks single-handed. At first, you might feel homesick and helpless since you will find yourself not being able to manage your studies, extra curricular, and additional chores by yourself but don’t give up since slowly you will get habituated to it. This will also instill you with a sense of independence and responsibility which will help you later on in life.
7. Decorate Your Room
Your room is going to be your holy ground. After a hard day of university, you are going to be crashing right at your bed. You are also going to be spending maximum time in your room and hence spend some time to give it homely vibes. You can decorate your room/your side of the room with pretty things and put items that you brought from home.
8. Befriend The Wardens & Hostel Staff
Caught with a person from the boys/girls hostel or caught smuggling in things which are strictly prohibited inside the hostel? xD Well, stay tension free if you are in good terms with the hostel staff. They are going to be the ones who actually help you when you are in trouble. If you have a good front with the wardens and guards, going out for parties and staying later than the hours allowed shouldn’t be a problem for you!
9. Be Alert & Responsible
Back at home, if you misplaced your wallet or your books , you’d have someone to look after that and you’d have your belongings back in place when you needed them again. However, get used to being accountable for for actions in the hostel. Be certain that you have a lock on all your valuable belongings and your cupboard and be careful of where you are leaving your stuff.Be organized and you won’t have an issue.
10. Do Not Succumb To Peer Pressure
You will meet many different kinds of people in your hostel and your first motive will be to fit .There will be various people telling you to do various things that go against your values,they might make you feel like you are uncool if you do not surrender to their opinions. Remember to be your own person in times like this and that you will eventually find your tribe where you do not have to pretend to be someone else just to fit in.
“Bigde huyein Insaan the
Shaitaan ki Santaan the
Lekin brother jo bhi kaho
Woh yaar hi toh jaan the“
Your hostel life is going to be an emotional roller coaster. It will consist of low points as well as points where you are ecstatic and having the time of your life! Stay away from conflicts and maintain a positive and peaceful vibe, be amiable with everybody be it your roommates, your seniors or hostel staff and stay out of trouble. This way you will be guaranteed the best hostel life ever!