Whether you’re living in a single room in one of the colleges or sharing a room in one of the apartments, you’ll undoubtedly be sharing common spaces with other people.
This might be the first time you’ve lived away from home and all of its creature comforts. Living with other people, especially new people you might not know can be stressful. But, it doesn’t have to be if you follow a few simple rules.
Maintain a level of cleanliness
It’s pretty simple, tidy up after yourself! Wipe a bench down, don’t leave your things lying around communal spaces and keep your own bedroom neat and tidy. This is your home for the next year or two and it’s important to create a space that’s not only conducive to study in but also pleasant to relax in - for yourself and for those around you.
If you’re sharing an apartment, you could create a cleaning schedule for common areas, rotating regularly and you can even take turns buying cleaning products. This ensures everyone shares responsibility equally.
Treat property with respect
Collectively, you and your flatmates are responsible for maintaining your apartment, room and any furniture/appliances in there in the best possible condition. Additionally, if you would like to use something another flatmate has bought, it’s simple… check with the owner first.
Respect noise curfews
University is tough, lots of exams, assignments and essays to write. Be respectful to those around you.
Get to know everyone
Take the time to get know the people on your floor or in your apartment. When you get to know people, it’s easier to discuss any issues that arise and you’ll be able to resolve them much more quickly. Getting to know the people around you is also a great way to help you make the transition to life on campus and to widen your support network.
Don’t help yourself to what’s not yours
If you didn’t buy the milk in the fridge, you probably shouldn’t drink it! Everyone’s on a budget, especially students! If your flatmate intended to share the bolognese they cooked, they’ll let you know. If they haven’t mentioned anything, don’t help yourself.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Living with other people can be tough. Not everyone will approach everything the same way you might. If it’s not a big deal, it’s not worth fighting about.
If there are problems, the quickest way to solve them is to sit down and talk about it.
You can speak to your RF’s, Deans/Deputy Deans, Community Assistants or staff at the Student Accommodation office if you’re having any problems.