April 25, 2019 - piranha - House Sharing
Moving into your second- or third-year home is a big step for any university student. As well as choosing where to live, you will also need to decide who you want to live with.
You will face a lot of pressure with your studies over the next couple of years and the last thing you need is extra stress at home. That’s why this decision is extremely important!
Here are some top tips for choosing the right university housemates.
Already know who you want to live with?
If you have spent your first year living with people that have now become some of your best friends, then the decision may seem easy! Start by thinking about who currently lives with you in halls and consider whether they have been easy to live with. For instance, have they paid their rent and bills on time? And have they kept the communal areas tidy and respected your privacy and boundaries?
If one of your housemates has been a nuisance by being noisy when they get home in the early hours of the morning or they have eaten your food, they probably aren’t the person you should be living with in the future.
Another good idea is to speak to your friends from your course. They will be looking for a property for their next academic years at the same time as you and might not want to continue living with their existing housemates, or if they do, could even invite you to join them.
One advantage is that you will be able to support each other throughout the course and even host study sessions at home. However, you won’t know what they are like to live with (unless you already live with them!) so this is something to keep in mind.
Don’t know who to live with?
If you aren’t sure who you want to live with in your student house, don’t worry. There are a lot of ways for you to meet new people and find the right housemate before you have to make the decision.
One place you might want to start is at university societies as they introduce you to other students with similar interests, such as sports, cooking, languages, films or writing. You can find a list of the UCLan societies here.
Bellvue can help you to find a suitable student house, whether you know who you want to live with or don’t. If you would like advice about second- and third-year accommodation, we would be more than happy to help! Get in touch with us by calling 01772 257 056 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.