Living on Campus

Jessica Sjostedt
Jessica Sjöstedt is a Bachelor of English student at Malmo University in Sweden and has taken a semester out to study at Flinders University in Australia.

Is anybody interested in the practicalities of taking your stuff and moving to the other side of the world for half a year? Here goes.

Living in Flinders’ Village

I live in the Village, a part of the Flinders on-campus accommodation that frankly rocks. It is a bit more expensive than living off-campus, I have come to realise, but the benefits definitely outweigh that.

In the Village, there are 114 people living in Townhouses and 200 people living in Units. I live in a unit. My apartment/house consists of five bedrooms, two toilets, two showers, a living room and a kitchen. Plus a small outside patio with a table and benches and lots of storage space.

They say that the older students tend to live in the village, mostly because in the Hall, which is the other option for on-campus accommodation offered by Flinders, they cook food for you three times a week and in the Village they don’t. Here you are responsible for your own cooking, cleaning and studying. Basically.

There is still a team of people working together to make sure we are all happy, with ourselves and our housemates. Every unit has an RC, a contact person to go to should there be any issues of any kind. There are also a group of very lovely housekeeping ladies who check in on Wednesday mornings, making sure everybody has done that week’s cleaning task the night before.

Welcome to the Community Centre

Belonging to the Village is the CC, the Community Centre. It is a house, a very big house even, which all of us Villagers have access to with our key cards (see main image above). It is like a big hanging out place with a big relaxing living room. There is a pool table, a music room, study rooms, a ping pong table and a big TV. They have a fully equipped kitchen as well – perfect for hosting barbecues and parties.

I live with four girls from Japan, Australia, Singapore and South Africa. We get along great for the most part; I am slowly learning to let people know in a nice way when they annoy me, instead of waiting until I am so mad I can’t speak and start slamming doors instead. We hang out in the living room together; we eat together, we giggle at each other, and we usually have a good time. At the same time there is the very much appreciated sanctuary of your own room, should you need to study or want to go to sleep early.

All in all, it is worth the extra cash for accommodation like this, friends around and great spaces for studying and fun.

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