University can be a daunting time for anyone, especially the thought of leaving your own comfort zone of home and being thrown into a completely new environment.
My main concerns when leaving home to start my new journey were; where I would stay? Would I make friends? How would I be able to fit my studies into my busy training schedule?
I knew when I received my offer to study Earth Sciences that I was definitely going to be staying in university accommodation; it was just a case of which one. After watching videos of the different types of accommodation provided by residential services and talking to a few friends who had previously lived in halls, Murano Student Street Village was the obvious choice for me.
Staying in Murano is a fantastic way to make new friends. Unlike private accommodation everyone staying in these halls goes to the same university and is of similar age and year of study. With Murano being know notoriously as the “party” halls there is always something going on and is a great way to meet new people.
Fitting my studies in along with my busy training schedule was no challenge at all. In the morning I get the free shuttle bus from halls to campus which is at most a 5 minute walk from the newly renovated Stevenson building. The Stevenson building includes a 10 million pound gym extension which is perfect for meeting all my strength and conditioning needs. The swimming pool is a fantastic place to help me recover from tough games and gym sessions, and if you’re feeling rough from a night out the sauna and steam room is the perfect way to sweat all the toxins out of your body before the 9 am lectures. All of these services are included in the cost of my accommodation. With the best part being that I still have the rest of the day to go to lectures and then do what I want!
The location of Murano is fantastic as it is only a 10 minute walk from a subway station which brings me right into the centre of town. As I’m currently playing my rugby for Stirling County in the top premiership I’m playing all over the country and this provides me with the transport links to do so which is perfect!