How to Survive Sharing a Kitchen

Your first year of university can be daunting for many reasons, one of which could be that you’ll be sharing a flat with several random strangers. Sharing the limited kitchen resources can put a strain on any newly formed friendships so here’s how to survive it. 1. Do your washing up Don’t leave it festering on the side and taking up all the space. Get into the habit of washing up, drying it and putting it away as soon as you’ve finished dinner. Your flatmates will thank you and you’ll be setting a good example. 2. Ask before borrowing Somebody…

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5 Ways to avoid arguments with your housemates

1. Do your washing up. Without a doubt the main cause for arguments in student houses is washing up. People are very different, whereas one person may think leaving washing up isn’t the end of the world, others can disagree and this can actually lead to quite heated arguments. Leaving the washing up is unsightly and can eventually start to smell, easiest solution – do your washing up, as soon as it needs doing. Or alternatively eat ready meals, no washing up at all. 2. Students like to sleep – this is a well-known fact. However this requires a whole new…

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Student housing advice: how to pick the best bedroom

When it comes to moving out of your halls after first year, it’s highly likely that you will be looking at renting a house with a bunch of new friends you have generated over the past year. Let me give you a few tips which are tips for you, and for you only (this will not work if you share with your potential housemates, so be cunning) Sunlight: Try going house viewing on sunny days, and detect which rooms let the most sun light in. Sunny rooms = happy rooms, potentially with no damp, free warmth and free light. Room Locality…

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Tips for moving into your first student house

University is known as one of the best times of your life and one of the main reasons is due to the fact you get to live with your friends. If you’re lucky then in first year you may be put into a flat with people that will be friends for life. Although, getting to choose who you live with in second year is where the fun really starts. However moving into a house instead of having the security of a flat can bring with it a few changes so here are some hopefully useful tips and things I’ve learnt…

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Should I Stay on in Halls?

With semester two well underway the time to begin trawling through online listings of student houses is upon us – something that can seem both daunting and endless if you’re doing it for the first time. Moving into a house may seem like an easy decision to make but before you sign away the next year of your university life (and finances) make sure you know exactly what you’re signing up for. I’m in my second year of university and made the move from a flat in halls to a house last September. Trust me – the warmth, security and…

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