So as the title indicates, let’s talk about housing!
My home away from home this semester is a Residential Community, one of the many housing options provided by my program. I live in a building with over 30 people, seven of which live on my floor and with whom I share a kitchen, two bathrooms and a living room.
The Residential Community was my first choice for housing because here we live with other DIS students. I wanted to live with people who were sort of in the same boat as me, so that I could recognize them at school and our schedules would be structured the same way. I figured this would make it easier to bond with my housemates.
There are definitely pros and cons to this location and housing style. For example, I live very close to school and thus can sleep in a little longer in the mornings before class. On the other hand, the noise from the night life can be a bit loud every once in a while and I haven’t had the natural opportunity to explore other neighborhoods outside of Indre By. I have to make a conscious effort to see other parts of the city, while other students are going through Norrebro or Fredericksburg on their own, just because of their daily commute.
DIS also encourages us to be a community within our RC. We sign roommate agreements, have quiet hours and share a large common room on the first floor. We also can request funding for group events, like snacks for Bachelor Viewing Parties or supplies for a bake-off or community brunch.
On Tuesday evenings, we have hygge dinners with our housemates. Two floors, so around fourteen people, cook for one another and then eat a meal together. DIS pays for and delivers the meal ingredients to us on Tuesday afternoons. Thus far, we have had Taco Tuesdays, had some soup and bread, and of course, we have had pizza delivered. All the meals are chosen with people’s specific dietary needs in mind, so there is something for everyone.
As for my personal experience, I live with six other girls. Some floors are coed, but I feel kind of lucky that we have a girls-only space. We all get along well, and I think that has to do with our personal essays. Before you are assigned your housing, DIS has a team of people who read through essays you’ve written about your personality and then pairs you with people who lead a similar lifestyle to you. Thus, I ended up with a group of girls who also like to explore the city, go to bed around midnight on weekdays, and cook for themselves. Who you live with can make or break your experience, so I really appreciate that I get to live with such nice, fun people who respect each other’s space, but also encourage each other to try new things.
To Emma, Julia, Sophie, Lauren, Emily, and Nina, if you’re reading this:
Hi! And thank you for being your awesome selves!