The Student Dream VS. Reality (Part One) | CityBlock

As of 2-weeks (ish), a parade of nervous fresh-faced 18+ year olds will be entering into the big wide world of university, with their hopes high of student dreams and independence…

However, all other returning students will be comfortable in the knowledge that all pre-fresher daydreams are in fact a bad rumour. Here’s the first 3 of the top 7 student expectations VS. reality! Enjoy!

(P.S. These hard truths are in fact coming from a bitter graduate who is still not over the fact university life is over, forever!)

1. Your Student Loan


Your first ever student loan will make you feel as rich as Fifty Cent in the candy shop! You and your new rich friends will probably head straight to the pub, and happily buy rounds of jagerbomb after jagerbomb because, why not? You won’t even feel guilty for that £200 (with 10% student discount, of course!) Topshop shopping spree because you’ve got loads of money! Happy days.


After a week or two of frivolous spending, the realisation that your student loan is definitely not going to last a whole term will start to creep in, and you will once again return to the bank of Mum and Dad.  But first, you might as well withdraw that last £3.59 from your bank to purchase a pint of the cheapest lager at the SU, eh? (Note: You don’t even like lager!)

2. Fresher’s Week


Everything is amazing. Everyone you meet is amazing. Life is amazing. Freshers is amazing. Even the hangovers are amazing!


You’ll drink too much, be home by midnight, (that’s if you even make it past pre-drinks!) with a half eaten McDonalds’ by your pillow, and your wallet, bag and clothes uncontrollably thrown all over your room. Chances are you won’t remember a thing from last night, or the people you met! So let’s do it all again tonight, yeah?

3. The Opposite Sex


Welcome to university, everyone is sure to be really, really, ridiculously good-looking, right? Wrong! Blame the babes in the Christmas charity calendars for that promise…


Sadly, with pound-a-pint every night of the week, discounts on takeaway and some sort of chain supermarket across the road from your accommodation – the average student puts on at least a stone in the first year of university. Better get your name down for the sports team list now, eh?

Despite these life-crushing realisations, first year is still the best experience of your life, and you will love every minute of it. (Bar the hangovers!) Here at Cityblock, we provide high quality and modern student flats in  Reading and Lancaster to make your uni years even better! For more information or to book a room please feel free to contact our friendly team on 01162 517270 or email us at today!

Posted on August 15th, 2014