How to be a great housemate

Kaileb

Faculty: Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Course: BA (Hons) English Literature

7 September 2017

Part of moving to uni is living with a bunch of new people. It can be hard to get on with people you have to live with. So here are some tips on how to get along, and maybe even be friends!

Be considerate

It’s so important to be respectful of your flatmates to get along well. Clean up after yourself, and don’t steal their things. If you want to borrow something, ask first. Treat people how you want to be treated. That means don’t bring your loud, drunken friends round at 4am! And no loud music, either. Be mindful that people are also studying.

Make some food

The best way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach. Make a cake or buy some snacks, and share them with your flatmates. You could even make a meal together – a group dinner is a great way to get to know each other, and get on well.

Talk to them

This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at the number of people who stay like hermits in their room. Sit in the kitchen, and talk to your flatmates. Ask them what course they’re on, and get talking about your interests. Some of your flatmates may even come from another country to you – ask them what it’s like, and share some of your experiences of your own country with them!

Go out together

Once you’re all acquainted, you could go out together. Go punting along the River Cam, or go on a student club night. Have some fun together! You’ll soon become friends, which will make living together much easier.

As long as you try to be civil with your flatmates, you’ll get along fine. And you might even make some of your best friends here.

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