Top 10 tips to stop you clashing with housemates

If you have only lived with family before coming to university, being more responsible and moving into shared accommodation with people you don’t know can be extremely nerve-wracking. A survey carried out by bill-sharing company Split The Bills found that new students’ top three concerns were: a lack of privacy messy housemates splitting bills fairly To keep a calm living environment and to avoid clashing with anyone, read on to find out our top 10 tips. A lack of privacy In the survey, 25.7% of people said they felt nervous about having no privacy when living with new housemates. After…

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Five tips to keep the peace with your housemates

Not to sound like a pessimist, but when you decide to live with someone there are bound to be pitfalls. Think about it, even with your own family. I’m sure you’ve argued or even fought with your parents or siblings. Especially with your siblings. It’s not rocket science that befriending someone and living with them is a world apart. When you live together each persons’ flaws become apparent, you’re in each others’ personal space, and clashes are more likely. Here are five tips to try and keep the peace with your new housemates. Set house rules from day oneThe earlier rules…

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4 things that hit you when you move to university

1. Shit. I’m old. Yes, you’re officially an adult, living away from your parents, with other irresponsible adults. Probably one of the biggest learning curves you’ll ever have – get to know your real strengths and weaknesses. From the simple challenges of making your own bed from start to finish, actually cleaning (real live cleaning with bleach and stuff) to the more complicated things such as using a washing machine, dealing with other people’s horrible habits and that feeling of homesickness we all eventually get. 2. That inevitable force of dread that washes over when your sitting bored stiff in…

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How to deal with Flatmate Dilemmas!

So two of your flatmates have fallen out leaving the whole group feeling pretty awkward… What can you do to sort this out? 1. Do not take sides – There is nothing worse than having your flatmates take the side of another flatmate leaving the other one to feel vulnerable and lonely. So make sure you talk to them both like you usually would even if they aren’t. 2. Find out what the issue is – Talk to them separately and find out what has upset them. Maybe give them some advice if you can. 3. Don’t drag yourself into…

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A first-hand experience of uni, so far…

Please forgive the lack of creativity in the title, but trust me, I have an excuse lined up. I’m typing this at 1pm, having only just woke up, and with a ludicrous headache for seemingly no apparent reason. And so far I can only conjure up a single comment on how student life has been for me so far: It’s just like everyone says it is. I’d usually go against stereotypes in any form, but when it comes to being a student, I’ve remembered that they do indeed exist for a reason. If you do decide to go to uni,…

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