6 days ago in Student Blogs
Who to live with?
Many first year students continue to live with their current flatmates for their second year at university, usually in a privately rented shared house. Having said that, you shouldn’t feel pressured to live with your first-year flatmates for another year if you don’t think you’ll be happy. Lots of students choose to live with different groups of people after first year, so you wouldn’t be alone. Why not ask friends from your course, societies or sports clubs to see if they’re looking for a flatmate?
What to ask?
Here are some questions worth asking potential flatmates to increase your chances of living together harmoniously in the long term: Are you tidy? Do you like cleaning? Do you have guests over regularly? When will you usually be home? Do you have any pets? Do you smoke? Do you like to share? What are your hobbies/interests?
Flatmate etiquette guidelines:
- Establish some ground rules from the get go.
- Pay your dues; nobody likes a freeloader.
- Clean up after yourself as soon as possible.
- Don’t use/eat/drink/borrow anything that doesn’t belong to you, unless you’ve asked first.
- Avoid passive aggressive post-its. If you have something to say, talk to your flatmate politely and respectfully.
- Check it’s OK before hosting a party, and invite your flatmates too.
- Respect others’ personal space, not everyone wants to be sociable 24/7.
Where to start looking?
SmartMove can help. They have lots of accommodation available for individuals to apply to. You can use their online database to browse properties.
The Students’ Union Welfare Committee also run regular ‘housemate finder’ events for students looking for someone to live with. Follow them on Facebook for details of when the next event will take place.
Of course, you may also choose to stay with us in the residences! Each year we run a campaign to help you save money if you want to return to University accommodation, so why not check out which properties are still available for you and/or a group of friends to book?
We have lots of houses, too, which many of our students don't know about. There's plenty of choice to increase your independence!
To find out how you could save £1000 by choosing to live in University accommodation, visit our website.
Finally, have you thought of living in Residence and becoming a Residence Life Mentor?