Hi personman! I'm 19 and going into my second year of college as well, except I was diagnosed last year. As for housing situations, it's really up to you and how you're doing. How mild or severe is your UC? Do you think you'll be in remission by the time school starts?
Last year, my UC was pretty mild since Asacol (similar to Lialda) put me into remission right away so I didn't even have to tell my roommate about
my UC and we were lucky enough to have private bathroom in our room. Fortunately, when I flared 2nd semester, my roommate had already moved out on her own. I could not even imagine how horrible it would have been if I had flared with my roommate still there (ex. needing to run to the bathroom 5x while she's taking a shower). I ended up signing up w/ my college's Disability Services and they helped me find a single room with private bathroom on campus b/c my UC just kept getting worse. I personally like living on my own b/c I have my own space and only have to worry about
my schedule, but that's just me.
I can't really comment on alcohol and partying, b/c I'm quite the introvert and it's something I'd avoid even if I didn't have UC. However, I did have to take naps everyday (even in remission) b/c I'd be worn out from going to classes. Sometimes that was hard to do when my roommate would talk on the phone for hours or her friends would come in when I wanted to sleep.
Anyway, I hope you start feeling better really soon and let us know whate you decide!
Female, Age 19, Dx w/ UC August 2007
9 Asacol, Rowasa, 1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis), 1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (3rd infusion 07/08), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 6 Colazal/day
*exploring the option of surgery