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Alloway Halls was a very difficult introduction to life away
from the comforts of home. There were 8 students sharing this
flat, and by the end of the year, every one of us had been evicted,
chose to leave, or moved to another part of Alloway Halls. There
were a lot of conflicting personalities in our flat (flat 1).
I lasted 8 weeks, before moving to Lyon Street.
There are more amusing stories in these 8 weeks than in the remaining
time I spent in Dundee! The warden didn't like the people in our
flat, so he was always looking for excuses to pick us off one
by one, but we played right into his hands. I was the only third
year student in the entire halls (which holds 144 people), so
trying to study was near impossible with parties to go to every
night! Rob made lots of movies in our flat, but they all went
mysteriously missing. If you know of their whereabouts, it would
be cool to see them.
It is a time I look back on very fondly, although at the time,
I was desperately homesick, and was being threatened with eviction
on a regular basis. On top of this, none of us had any money,
as the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) computer system
had crashed, and our Student Grants were not given out till Christmas
(9 weeks into term). A lot of students had to leave University
as they could not afford their rent, but the University agreed
to wait for our rent.
Soundtrack of Flat 1: Young Guns 2 Soundtrack
Film of Flat 1: Boyz n the Hood
I don't know what many of these flatmates are up to these days,
so if you have any information, then please e-mail
Reason for leaving Flat 1
Room 1 -
Neil Elder (Glenrothes)
|First person to be evicted. Neil set off a firework
directly at the warden, so there was no choice!
Room 2 -
Sean 'O' Carroll (Ireland)
||Last seen working at the Dundee Union behind the
bar, which means he must be studying there too.
Room 3 -
Dave Kerr (Glenrothes)
|Had to shift from Flat 1 to Flat 7 when their
was only two people left in the flat after only 4 months!
|| Got his degree in Computing, then went back to
1st year to study Behavioural Science. Dave's
Room 4 - Christopher Plews
|Moved out of our flat to another part of Alloway
Halls, then moved back in with us the following day! Eventually
moved to Flat 17.
||"i left Uni after my 2nd year, i am now a
manager for a big shopping company based throughout Ireland,
the shop is called Heatons."
Room 5 -
|See the start of this page!
Room 6 -
Rob Burns (Cowdenbeath)
|Whooped all of us at Tekken 2 on the
playstation!! Played lots of jokes on Craig (his favourite
being when he took all the labels off Craig's tinned food!!
Worked at Sky for a year and a half,
and then moved to Venezuela, where he is working as an Independant
Room 7 - Stuart Kellock (Bristol)
|Was moved to flat 7 (where Dave was) when there
was only two flatmates left.
||Moved to University in Bristol after completing
his first year at University.
Room 8 - Craig Pitcairn
|Craig moved out to Flat 17 (where Chris
was) when there was only 3 people left in Flat 1.
Great friend. He moved in with
me again when I lived in Meadowside. Still living in Dundee.
Left his computing course to work in the BT call centre.
Stories and Photo's
||Day 1: You've seen Gladiators on the TV. Remember
the event where someone has to run down a tunnel while being
bashed by pugil sticks etc! Well, this was our initiation
into life in Flat 1. All the other 7 flatmates lined up with
their pillows, as each flatmate took turns to run from one
end of the corridor to the other! Lots of bruises after this
||Chris moves out. You can see Dave checking out
Chris's lamp, as his had stopped working the day before! Chris
lasted a day away from us, then moved back in, before finally
moving back out again!
||A random fight. General fighting was a way of
keeping ourselves amused in Flat 1. Craig may have said something
about Neil's hair!
||Neil's revenge! He placed a pole with a bucket
of water balanced on top of it against Craig's door, knocked
the door and then ran. When Craig opened the door, the bucket
fell into his room soaking both him and his bed! When he ran
out into the corridor, the only person he could see was me
(as I had just took this photo), so he presumed I had done
it, and swung at me with the pole! I managed to duck twice
before diving into my room. He took two chunks out of the
wall though, so I am glad he missed me!
||This was a present for Dave. Lots of sticky sellotape,
condoms, cornflake packets etc were hung artistically from
the ceiling outside his room! If only the guys had applied
themselves to their study with such enthusiasm!
||Ganging up on Craig! Craig had to leave by his
window in order to get out of his room on more than one occasion.
Annoying Craig was by far the most popular past-time in Flat
1! Here, we see that he is barricaded in his room by Rob and
Neil. At other times, he would find washing powder in his
salt dish, and the labels ripped off his cans of food!
||Fight of the hair clippers! Stewart had enough
of this flat being referred to as "the one that has the
guy with the big hair", so he grabbed a big pair of scissors,
and tried to pin Neil down. Neil escaped without losing any
||Revenge on Sean: Sean could only enter and leave
through his bedroom window for several days, after many roadwork's
and signs were screwed against his door!
Neil's Room: When Neil went home for a weekend, he had left his
room unlocked, and my flatmates expertly moved his entire room
(posters and everything) into the corner of the living room, and
set it up again!
On the first night in Dundee, we all went to the Student Union
Party, where we got to meet everyone else who was new to University.
At the end of the night, I thought I would save some money and
walk home, whilst all my flatmates piled into taxi's. After 2
hours of wandering about Dundee in the pitch black, I realised
that I had just gone past a landmark that I passed an hour previous!
I then had to get a taxi (which cost more than if I had shared
in the first place)!
The Great Alloway Water Fight!!
best story of all! This nearly got upwards of 30 people evicted
one night (including me).
It all started when the 8 girls in the flat above us, started
pelting our window with water bombs. This led to our flat throwing
cups of water at them outside. The fight then moved inside and
became more tactical. This meant that the battleground became
the stairways between the two flats. Buckets and hoses were soon
being used instead of cups and water bombs!
Pretty soon, the whole six flights of stairs were absolutely
drenched with water (as were the flat occupants)! Someone accidentally
threw a bucket of water over the fire sensors and set the fire
alarm off. Two fire engines turned up, along with a police car.
The whole of Alloway Halls were gathered outside. When they searched
our flat, they realised the fire extinguishers had been used.
Neil then went back to his bed and was found again when they searched
The whole of Flat 1 were immediately held responsible and told
they would be evicted, but the University eventually backed down.
About 20 people owned up. They were each ordered to pay some money
towards the cost of having two fire engines called out.
This was the incident that made the Warden watch us all very
closely and it was only another 3 weeks before the first person
would be evicted... (this was before Big Brother became famous,
but it would have been great to have had a crew film this whole