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How to Housemate Well
16 Helpful Tips for being a good housemate:
- Communication is huge. You're adults, not mind readers — if something needs to be said, just say it. (Nicely though)
- You aren't obligated to hang out together all the time.
- Discuss what food, if any, you’re happy to share.
- Good friends do not always make good roommates. Good roommates do not always make good friends.
- Exchange emergency information with each other.
- Communicate HOW you each do things eg Cooking, Cleaning, Sharing bills etc.
- Respect everyone else's finances. Pay your bills on time, if you tell your housemates you’re not able to pay the bills on time make sure you’re not going out socialising as well.
- Communication is big, but compromising is also key.
- Send a text if you are having guests over.
- Ask questions like, "If I walk in and you're looking annoyed or upset, what would you like me to do?"
- Remember that little habits of yours might not seem like a big deal, but it *could* be something that is seriously irritating to your roommates over time.
- It’s easier to accept that people are going to live how they want to than try to change how they live.
- Wear headphones. For everyone’s sake, wear headphones...
- Always remember that not everyone was raised like you.
- Don’t cause a stink, make sure you wash regularly, spray if you need to spray (ahem) and make the house a pleasant place to live for everyone.
- Keep things legal, any activity that is against the law will have a negative impact on everyone you live with, be mindful of the effect you’re having on all those you live with.
Should you have any concerns regarding your accommodation please report this to your student hub representative and a member of the safeguarding team will contact you to discuss your concerns further.
Bills, Thrills and Lack of Sleep
It is important to pay rent and bills on time, it is not good practise to wait until the next reminder. Communication with your housemates is key when it comes to dates and amounts needed.
If a housemate is not paying rent or bills or not paying the full amount it is advised to contact Citizens Advice Bureau and check through your contract to see what liability you have, this could be joint tenancy or individual tenancy.
If you have a joint tenancy, you have joint liability and will have to cover the other person’s share of the rent. You may be able to take legal action against them to get back the money they owe you.
We all like to party from time to time, however, it is advised to do this elsewhere other than your shared accommodation. You want to make sure you keep good relations with your neighbours, parties will not maintain this.
Regular nights out will not only have an impact on your health but also on your bank account. Make sure you regulate your nights out and plan times to study in between to manage your work life balance more effectively.
Communicate with your housemates if you’re bringing people back, it is advised that you do not bring people back late at night, not everyone will be in the partying mood.
Lack of Sleep
Lack of sleep can cause a negative impact on your social and emotional health, if you’re causing your housemates to lose sleep then this will put strain on your relationships with them. Be mindful of everyone you live with, place curfews on sound and stick to them, if you’re coming back late make sure you’re quiet.
Being Kind and Considerate
Inevitably you will experience moments of tension within shared housing, communication is key during this time. If your housemate repeatedly does something that negatively impacts your life, be sure to bring it up.
The secret to talking through conflict with a bad housemate is calling them in, rather than calling them out. This means inviting your housemate into a conversation about how you can get along better rather than making one-sided accusations.
“Frame this as a discussion of living policies and how to be a better housemate, and avoid criticising your roommate’s current behaviours,”
“Ask him or her if there is anything he or she would like to change about your living arrangement in order to make the conversation feel more like a discussion, as opposed to a personal attack or complaint.”
By calling your housemate in rather than calling them out, you can make sure they feel respected and invested in making your housemate dynamic the best it can be. By using an approachable and non-threatening tone, students can have a conversation that make both parties feel good.