Moving from the comfort of one's own home to a residence hall can be a tough transition.
That's why The Daily Tar Heel spoke with students who have recently lived in campus residence halls about what advice they had for incoming first-year students about residence hall living, including what to bring and how they dealt with common issues.
Yadira Bravo, a rising sophomore, lived in Cobb Residence Hall during her first year at UNC. She said she liked the residence hall, but wasn’t a fan of the communal bathrooms.
“Don’t be surprised if you hear people yelling in the hall or outside past quiet hours,” Bravo said.
Bravo recommended bringing an extension cord and some sort of light besides the overhead light, such as a lamp or LEDs. She added that general storage, especially storage for clothes, is a necessity, and so are cleaning supplies.
Olivia Goodson, a rising sophomore, lived in Grimes Residence Hall her first year, which is a corridor-style residence hall.
“I actually really liked it, but it could get dirty and people were frustrating and the sink would have food in it and stuff like that, so that was probably the hardest part,” Goodson said.
She also said coordinating with roommates can be difficult as well, such as asking them to put in headphones, but that the roommate agreement she completed with her roommate and Resident Advisor helped.
“I think it helped set boundaries and ground rules without having to feel like you were walking on egg shells,” Goodson said.