While I was enrolling for classes, I also had to choose where I wanted to live. I knew that I wanted to live on campus at least for the first year since I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to meet new friends.
At the University of Sydney, there are two different types of dormitories. The first type is self-catered accommodations and the second type are residential colleges, which offer three catered meals a day. The main difference between the two is the cost, where colleges are significantly more expensive (due to the catered meals). Another difference is that the students living in self-catered accommodations are mainly international students and exchange students. Students living in colleges are mainly local students.
I decided to live in an accommodation called Queen Mary Building (QMB). It consisted of roughly 800 students. There are 12 floors in total: 11 resident floors and a rooftop on the 12th floor with barbeque supplies. The first floor has a very big kitchen where students can cook together and socialise. Below the kitchen floor is a spacious lounge where students can relax, host parties, and watch movies. Next to this lounge is a study room.
I lived in QMB for 1.5 years. I must say that these years went by very, very quickly. Every semester was completely different since more and more students would come in. I would see new faces all the time, which allowed me to interact with more friends. Although I loved every moment of each semester, I think the very first semester was the most memorable for me.
In this particular semester, I was able to meet a lot of exchange students from all over Europe and become very close with a few of them. Because they were all new to Sydney as well, we all went on hikes, explored good restaurants/bars, and hung out in each other’s room, and just talked for hours on end. However, because their exchange program was only 1 semester, I had to say goodbye to all of them too soon. I still call them from time to time and reminisce about the moments I spent with them. If I ever get the chance to visit Europe, I know I can always contact them and catch up on each other’s lives.