You can choose you friends, but you can’t choose your family. That’s how the saying goes, and that is the truth.
Friendships, however, are built up over long periods of time. They don’t just happen, and a lot of it comes down to similar interests, experiences – even similar friends.
When it comes to choosing the right housemates, though, we are not blessed with time – only our impressions.
At uni you will have met all sorts of different people from all sorts of different places with all sorts of different experiences. This, naturally enough, means that you are going to be friends with some, and perhaps a little wary of others. This is ok, of course – we can’t possibly get along with everybody in the whole world. But the fact remains that if we do not manage to seek out the right people to share our accommodation with, then we’re going to be stuck with the wrong people for a very long time.
As a student, you simply won’t be able to afford to live alone. And, of course, living with new people is all part of the fun of university.
In your fist year, it will probably be the case that you’re simply thrown in with whomever you’re thrown in with – which, apparently, is part of the fun too. And by the end of this year you will know that you don’t like living with slobs, chatterboxes, or couples.
And so, as you go into your second and third years, you will be in a much better place to understand what you want and who you want for a housemate.
You will have learnt a valuable lesson in life – that there are some people out there that you just can’t live with.
So, here are a few tips to help you choose the right housemates when sharing accommodation.
These are just a few helpful hints to start you off in the right direction. In the end, it all comes down to being honest and open with one another right from the start. And these are valuable lessons to learn – for university will probably not be the only time in your life where you will find yourself sharing accommodation with people that you don’t know that well, so use this time as experience that you will carry with you for the rest of your life.
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