How to pick your housemates


Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Course: BA (Hons) Writing and English Literature
Category: Language, literature and media

25 July 2019

You lived in halls for your first year at uni and are now thinking about renting. But how do you know what to look for in a housemate?

If you’re like me (you set yourself apart from the whole Mean Girls high-school drama that causes most upsets in halls of residence) and you are trying to decide who to live with when you move out, let me give you some advice. In fact these tips can go for any group of friends who are looking to rent a place together, really.

When deciding your housemates, make sure that:

  1. You know who they are as as people. There’s nothing quite so disillusioning as getting two-thirds of the way through a tenancy and realising you’ve gotten someone completely wrong.
  2. At least one person in the group is a responsible, functioning adult who doesn’t mind corresponding with the landlord/letting agency.
  3. You all respect the fact you all live together and as such you should all contribute the same amount of housework to the home.
  4. You like them. And be honest about that.
  5. If you are in a relationship, make sure your partner gets on with your housemates and vice versa (or are civil, at the very least). That’s a biggie.
  6. You're comfortable with your own space. If this is the first time you are doing communal living, being in a house with four to six different people might leave you wishing you had more time to yourself. Enjoy being on your own when you get the chance (or when you actively seek it).

Most of all: have fun, have a good time at the University housing fairs, and may the force be with you.


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