Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Tips for living in a shared house!


As a student, you’ll probably spend your first year in university halls. After this, you’ll most likely be heading into a student house, which will usually see you sharing with a number of people. When this happens, it can be tough to adjust to living so closely with other people.
Here are some tips from experienced student lettings agency letslivehere to ensure you get the most out of your time living together.
Share contact details and emergency information
This may seem boring, but it’s important to share your contact details and emergency contacts with your flatmates. This will be useful in case of emergencies and also if one housemate stops paying rent and you need to chase down their guarantor.
Meet your housemates before moving in
If you don’t know the people you’re moving in with or you only have passing ties with them, you’ll need to meet up to make sure you’re all a good fit. If you’re alone and trying to find a space in a house that is already occupied, you should try to get to know the other housemates. This helps determine personality fit and lifestyle fit, avoiding nasty surprises down the line!
Be courteous to each other
Partying together is great, but no one likes the guy who blasts music at night when everyone else is trying to sleep. Make sure you all understand each other’s schedules and try your best to live in harmony. Having an overnight guest is generally fine but the situation can turn sour if they’re continually at your property but not contributing financially.
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Devise a schedule
Dishes and other chores pile up quickly when you’re busy studying and hosting parties. Agreeing on a cleaning rota so everyone has tasks to stick to will help keep mess to a minimum and prevent arguments.
Cooking should either be done individually or as a group, which saves on costs but demands you all like the same food. A cooking rota can help but some people may want to cook individually – so it’s worth bringing this up with everyone as soon as you can.
Organise bills
Paying bills may be a chore but it’s unavoidable. Students are no exception. Resentment can quickly grow if one of you is slacking or using lots of electricity compared to everyone else, so you’ll all need to have a discussion about how much you’re comfortable paying and stick to a budget. Bills should be paid by splitting the cost between everyone.

If you find any of your housemates are slacking, it’s time for a meeting. Confront them about it, gently at first — they could have an underlying problem. If they’re just plain lazy, issue them an ultimatum. Everyone should pull their weight so you can all enjoy a happy student life.

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14 comments

  1. These are really great tips for anyone living in shared accommodation - and so many folks are these days. I had not thought about sharing emergency contact information - I will pass that on!

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  2. Such helpful tips! I've just finished uni and was so skeptical about living in a shared house before hand, but it's really not as bad as people make it out to be.

    Emma | EMMAMATTHEWS.CO.UK

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  3. This post is great advice. Takes me back to my student days when you even drew a line on your milk and initialed it!

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  4. It's been a while since I shared accommodation but these sound like great tips.

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  5. I am so pleased to not be sharing a house anymore, my low point was after a week of working long hours, coming back home at 1am (having started at 9am) and just wanting a bagel but there not being a single clean knife because my housemates had used them and not washed up, I was about ready to cry. Great tips though, it's all about common courtesy.

    Lisa | Not Quite Enough

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  6. Great advice! I've never lived in a shared house but just recently got a flatmate. Organising bills is major!

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  7. Great tips and advice! I think meeting the people you move in with before sharing a home with them is important but it isn't always possible. Organising the bills is certainly essential. Fab post! xx

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  8. If only I had had some of this advice before I moved in with friends at university... The things we live and learn! x

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  9. I was quite lucky that I always lived with friends at uni and never strangers, so it was pretty easy going!

    Corinne x

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  10. Such tips. I have been lucky enough to never have lived in a shared house, especially as I didn't move away at uni. I don't think I could cope living with people I didn't know well x

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  11. Lovely tips and so on point, I lived in shared accommodation my entire university life. First year on campus and I had some great room mates and 2-4 year I stayed with my lovely girl friends and we had the best time of our lives

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  12. Some great tips here especially about bills, at Uni we had one housemate who was a nightmare when it came to being a bill payer x

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  13. This is something I have never had to do, only shared with the wife. So you had some good tips there.

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  14. Aww reading this brought back many memories of year of living in a shared house, great tips!

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