So how do you choose wisely to ensure a happy and harmonious environment? Here are some things you may want to consider:
Course mates as house mates:
It seems like the obvious choice as you know you already have something in common. Having the same lectures means you’ll have the same free time to spend socialising and want the same early nights before exams. The problem is that you’ll already spend all day with them at uni so do you really want to spend every evening with them too?
Sharing with couples:
They’ll have one room but pay equal shares towards the bills so it’s like a 2 for 1 deal keeping the costs down for you. Sounds like a great idea until they have an argument which you try desperately not to get dragged into. Even worse whenever there is a decision to be made they’ll probably side with each other.
Difference in financial situations:
Someone with plenty of money may choose more expensive accommodation and have an extravagant social life while your funds may not stretch that far. Equally someone who can’t manage their money might not be able to contribute to joint purchases for the house or keep up with their share of the bills.
Those annoying habits:
Your friends may be great on a night out but could you live with their wild partying lifestyle? Do they cry every time they have a few too many? Do they take their bad moods out on everyone around them? Are their little quirks and bad habits something you can live with or something that will drive you up the wall?
Of course it’s unlikely that you’ll have completely perfect housemates and you probably won’t be perfect yourself. Take your time deciding if you can realistically live comfortably with someone before you rush into saying yes.
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