Observations from my anthropological study of Intercollegiate Halls life:-
The words Chav and Essex are considered profanities of the highest order and are used in reference to others at one's own risk.
Americans need clarifications, such as the DTR system. There is none of that very British timidity and reluctance to actually verbalise what the hell is going on. Define The Relationship is a common and useful part of their culture. E.g 'We need to do some DTR-ing'.
Sporty Irish lads can eat veritable mountains of food. It is a marvel to behold.
Philosophers are erudite, articulate, stoners, lovely and laid back, and incomprehensible. They muse on Sartre over starters, Mill over main course and Descartes over dessert.
Characters who are 'allergic to empty glasses', always have an open door and an open bottle of something, who sport berets and can recite Donne off by heart come to be known as Legends.
'Scrubs' is a unifying force.
Queueing has become a social occasion.
Lift smells are a constant source of surprise, revulsion, and mystery and can change hourly.
There is absolutely nobody from Newcastle or beyond. The sole native of Newcastle I have encountered, and indeed the only one residing in the whole of London, lives in different Halls. And he went to RGS so barely counts.
People become nocturnal beings. Body clocks change on entering the accommodation, and it is doubtful they will ever return to normal.