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My tips for a happy student house

When staying in Liberty Living student accommodation you are guaranteed to make lifelong friends, so you need to get to know the flatmates you are living with. It is extremely rare that you will get perfect flatmates and live in harmony together. So, I have five tips that would be helpful for making shared living work.

Tip number one: Keep a kitty

A shared pot of money will be helpful, so you can buy certain things between yourself and your flatmates, for example, cleaning items, toilet roll etc. This removes the onus on one flatmate constantly buying the items whilst another flatmate is not buying anything. It will also stop people having to ask a certain flatmate to go out and actually buy something! If you do decide to start a kitty, then you need to discuss and agree how much you will all put in the kitty on a weekly basis and what the money will be spent on.

Tip number two: Sometimes cook together

One obstacle about staying in shared student accommodation is that the flatmates you live with might not be on the same course as you and will come and go at different times. This might lead to you feeling like you never see each other and that you are not getting to know them well enough. So, a good plan would be to arrange a night when you can all eat together, maybe once a week, this will help you to get to know one another better. You can also use your kitty for buying the items for the meal.

Tip number three: Have a TV or DVD night

Arrange a night and do something as a group, it might be a good idea to do it on the same night as you cook the meal, maybe? You could do a number of things, you could watch TV, watch a DVD, play a video game or you could go old school and play board games like Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit. Within Liberty Living, especially for us staying at Liberty Court in London, our communal kitchen is the best place to do this because it is big enough for you all to sit round and play the game or for you all to watch a film. The best idea for a DVD is one of the American box sets, for example Friends, which has around 50,000 shows, (okay, so that might be a slight exaggeration, but you know what I mean), because you can watch it gradually over time.

Tip number four: Communicate face-to-face

This is one of the most important parts of living in shared student accommodation. Speak to each other about any issues you may have and anything that is driving you crazy, and the sooner the better. I think this is the easiest way to find some information about what is happening, no matter how difficult you might find it to ask or how difficult you find it to hear what they have to say.

Tip number five: Go out for tea/coffee

Yes, you are probably only likely to see your flatmates around your student housing. However, this is natural especially if you are studying different courses. So, why not do something different and go out for a tea/coffee or explore where you are staying whilst getting to see and know your flatmates better.

Of course, nothing is guaranteed and your relationships might light up like a house on fire, but then again, you may find that you all have more in common than you originally thought…

Liberty Living provides student accommodation in 17 university cities across the UK, including London, Medway, Preston plus many more.

Posted on 11th February 2014 by Jessica H.

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