And just how long does it take to make friends at uni? It varies really – everyone’s experience is a bit different. You might hit it off with your housemates from day one, or you might take some time to get to know each other and figure out how to spend time together.
Here are some tips!
1. Share meals
This is an easy thing to do to spend time with your new housemates. Whether you cook or shop together, or whether none of you know how to drain pasta or boil an egg – it doesn’t matter, food is a great way to connect.
2. Get household supplies
You might have your own en-suite bathroom or you might share – either way, you’ll probably need shared supplies for the kitchen at least. Try to do your bit and buy washing up liquid, bin bags, cloths and cleaning spray on a regular basis. You could split the cost, or just take it in turns to buy stuff. If everyone’s getting involved one way or another, you’re more likely to have a laid back, happy household.
3. Share the cleaning
If you’re all shy about cleaning or washing dishes, you could end up failing accommodation inspections or even getting ill. So if someone wants to do a cleaning rota, it could be a good idea, (even if it’s not your cup of tea). Either way, as long as you help out, you’ll all get to live somewhere nice and avoid any frustrations. No one wants an argument about mouldy fridges!
4. Have a laugh together
Share some activities, have some fun. Whether you’re getting to know your housemates more or hosting each other’s friends, get involved and think of ways you’d enjoy spending time with people.
5. Look out for each other
Helping each other to settle in and adjust to uni life is a nice, supportive way to get on with your housemates.
6. What if there are any disagreements?
It happens. If there’s something unequal around the house – like who cleans or who doesn’t ever take the bins out – that could annoy people. Or playing loud music too often, or maybe not considering each other enough.
If it does happen, have a chat about it, make sure everyone’s ok and get back to normal. No one’s perfect and everyone has different perspectives – be kind to each other and you’ll all be fine.
You’re welcome to have a virtual chat with students already at uni – ask what their accommodation was like and what they did to make it a good place to live.
Or start your student accommodation search here.