Heading off to uni is an exciting and scary time. You’re finally flying the nest and leaving the comforts of living with your parents behind, and you’re going to have to learn to do things like laundry and cooking for yourself.
You’re probably going to be living with a group of people you’ve never met or spoken to yet, and there are so many things to wonder about like whether or not you’ll get on with everybody and whether you’re really going to end up living off beans and noodles.
Of course, living in a shared house presents a few challenges, but it will also be one of the best times of your life, and you’ll probably make friends who will be in your life forever. So in the interests of being prepared, here are three tips to help you survive life in a student house.
Find the right home
You’ve probably heard all sorts about student houses being cramped, damp, mouldy and gross. While this definitely does happen, the same could be said for renting in general, so don’t be too put off by the horror stories and take some time to find the right space for you.
There are plenty of student properties that are spacious, modern, and well serviced. Take this gorgeous three bedroom house from Mighty Student Living for example. It has been done up to a really good standard, and all the bedrooms have double beds as well as a desk so that you can do your work on those days when you can’t make it into uni.
You also get all your bills included as well as contents insurance, so you don’t need to worry about bickering with your housemates over who’s paid their share of the bills.
It’s so worthwhile finding the perfect home to live in because you will be much happier!
Honesty is the best policy
This is pretty much true in all scenarios, but when it comes to shared living it is definitely important to be honest and open with each other. Communicating with each other will build better relationships and make everything that little bit more pleasant.
Sure, it can initially feel a little bit awkward to confront somebody you haven’t known that long about something that is bothering you, but if your housemate is taking hour long showers when everybody else needs to be getting ready in the mornings too or throwing parties when you’ve got an early lecture it is much better to let them know instead of ending up resenting them.
And of course, the same is true when it comes to fessing up to things yourself. If you accidentally broke your housemate’s favourite mug, let them know it was you, apologise and offer to replace it. They might be annoyed initially, but they will definitely trust you more.
Spend your time wisely
As a student, you may be excited about all of the nightlife and partying you’re going to be doing, but as lame as it sounds you only have three or four years at uni and you should make sure that you use it wisely.
Doing your assignments is definitely important and should be made a priority, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fit in the odd game of ring of fire here and there too. Just try to find a balance and don’t leave things to the last minute, as you’ll definitely regret it.
Similarly, you should pay attention to how you’re feeling and do whatever feels right. If you need a day to sit in bed and binge Netflix then you should absolutely do that, and if you’ve made a fab group of new friends then you don’t have to spend every minute feeling bad about not studying, as long as it’s going to get done.
You might also want to brush up on those life skills now that you’ve flown the nest. These basic cooking tips should see you on your way if your current repertoire only extends to scrambled egg on toast, and you could even get your housemates involved and all take it in turns to cook for each other once or twice a week!