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Before moving to Lund, I didn’t have a clear idea of what it’s like to live in a corridor and share a kitchen or even shower with a group of people. In addition to the lower price of corridor rooms, just having this opportunity to meet new people seemed interesting to me. Now, it’s the fourth semester that I’m living in a corridor, in which I share a kitchen and a common area (a living room with TV) with 9 other students and I would like to share the pros and cons of living in a corridor from my point of view.
Living with new people from all over the world with different backgrounds is a unique experience and you get this chance to learn about new cultures. During my stay in the corridor, I have met students from 10 different nationalities and become good friends with many of them. Isn’t it cool?!
A shared kitchen always provides the chance of chit chats and small talk. When cooking or washing dishes, no matter at what time of the day is, most of the time you’re not alone. You can always find someone to talk to about your day, your plans for the weekends and many other things.
International dinners, game nights, movie nights, TDC corridor parties are among the fun activities that you can arrange with your corridor mates.
Besides all the advantages, corridor rooms normally have cheaper rents than studio flats and other types of housing.
On the other hand, there are downsides too. One of the problematic things is cleanness. It’s not easy to keep the shared area in the corridor clean all the time if everyone doesn’t help. It’s important to clean the kitchen after yourself and to remember that you’re not the only one using the kitchen/shower and you need to be considerate towards your corridor mates. However, cleaning schedules and good communication can solve the problem to some extent but this is the main issue of conflict in many corridors.
Another disadvantage is loud noises and parties which sometimes can be annoying when your corridor mates invite their friends over in the corridor and you want to focus on finishing an assignment or sleep early.
Choosing to live in a corridor has its pros and cons and, depending on your lifestyle or how flexible you are and the group of people you meet in the corridor, you may experience different advantages and disadvantages. But in my opinion, living in a corridor can be a lifelong experience that you will never regret!
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