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Staying In A Hostel Long Term, What It’s Really Like


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In short, I’m really not a fan of spending that much time on my own. I like people to be around. The thought of living alone is the last thing I would ever want to do. Coming home from work five days a week and cooking a meal for one whilst watching Coronation Street is not really where I want to see myself in five years time. I like people to be around. Just someone to talk to after a long day. HOWEVER….

Living in a hostel for 6 weeks is beginning to trouble me. Let’s discuss. 

1. The bathrooms.

Now don’t get me wrong, At university I went to many houses who’s bathrooms where being kept in far worse conditions. At least where I am, I can rely on them being cleaned twice a day. But here’s the thing. Who on earth thought it was a good idea to clean a bathroom between 6 and 7pm? Surely that’s prime time for evening showers, whether you are working or not. Whilst I can work my way around this dilemma, It’s the carrying around of my towel, my hair brush, toiletries and a change of clothes that is beginning to grate. Half of the above mentioned should never even leave the bathroom and yet, everyday it travels up and down the corridor like it needs the exercise.

2. On that note, the constant need to carry around a key card.

It’s like an extra thing to remember and its not even shower friendly. Then there’s the pain of realising you’ve locked yourself out as you have just shut the door. Trekking down to reception is by no means a fun activity at 4am in your pjs.

3. At home I like to cook.

At least there was once a time that I did. In hostels your options are a little more limited. Firstly because absolutely everyone does their very best to get in your way. You have to queue up to use a microwave when your baked beans are already getting cold. Normally hostels don’t have ovens. Are they harder to manage or something? This automatically rules out you baking anything.. such as a pizza or a cake if you’re going to be fancy. Lack of cutlery and general appliances is also highlights what you’ve always taken for granted.

4. Even if you don’t think that TV is an essential part of your life, it is.

It is always nice to just pop it on for a bit of background noise or semi light entertainment. It’s a whole different ball game when you have to actively  dedicate your time to choosing something that you want to watch on your laptop, which will boom through your ears because you’ve been polite and put in some headphones.

5. Personal space gets real when you’re in a room of 6.

This is enhanced especially when people have different sleep patterns/ are working. I seem to constantly be doing everything in the dark. Waking up in the dark, trying to find my toothbrush, opening up a metal locker trying one handedly whilst trying to shine my phone torch on the number combination. This all made harder my the lack of sleep I got in the night when the inconsiderate person came into the room and pretty much started throwing everything around the room..whilst not even bothering to whisper to their friend. Essentially you miss your own bedroom where you have sole control over the lights and can make as much noise as you want in the morning..and the evening for that matter.

Hostels are great. They are a great way to meet really good people. You can make really good friends and most of you are in a similar position. I cannot really fault the social element in any shape or form. I just want to leave my towel in the bathroom, not to have to take a key every time I leave my room, not have to wash up someone else’s fork when I’m baking my meal for one, whilst watching Corrie and have sole control of a light switch.