Hello everyone! And welcome back to a new post 😊
This week’s topic is about moving out of your uni accommodation to a new flat/house living with strangers. This was something I have done in the past since during my first year I used to live in The Maltings, and then for my second year just before my placement year I decided to rent out a room. It was definitely not for me, however I do understand sometimes our personal circumstances might push us towards a situation like this.
Therefore today I’m going to give you some tips on how to do your research before moving into a new room, how to live with strangers and what to do if you have any problems during your tenancy.
Before I start I’d just like to add that if you can, the best option would definitely be finding a house with mates and sharing the bills and rent. This way, you already know the people you’re going to be living with and it’s always more fun especially while at university (although it does have its downsides I must say).
1. Visit the flat beforehand
Online flat viewings can be quite deceiving, so I would urge you to visit the flat in person and meet the people you’re potentially going to be living with. Meeting potential flatmates is important since you can know instantly how the people are, and if the house is kept tidy or not.
2. Bills included
Most spare rooms usually come with all the bills included nowadays, however with some rooms you have to pay for the utilities separately. If you were to live with people you know, this would be fine, however if you move into a house with strangers I’d advise you to choose a room with utilities included, to avoid problems down the road.
3. Inspect the room and take pictures
Very important! Inspect the room, plugs, walls and take pictures! This step puts your mind at ease when it’s time to get your deposit back, since some landlords like to keep deposits if something in your rooms is broken or not working properly. Protect yourself and save evidence of the state of your room 😊
4. Try to get to know your housemates
Especially now with lockdown! It’s always nice to surround yourself with positive people and be living in a nice environment, so try to make some new friendships 😄 If you cannot find any common interests with your flatmates, try to at least be cordial.
5. Try to solve issues directly
If you do not like something that happened, or if the house is not being kept tidy or if someone is eating your food, do not be scared to speak up. It is vital to have an open communication and to be able to feel comfortable in your own house. I’d strongly recommend creating a cleaning rota, and fairly splitting fridge shelves.
If you try to talk and see that the issue is not being fixed, speak to your landlord.
Moving out of your parents’ house is always a huge step, so try to make this experience enjoyable! Remember to be cordial and respectful towards others, and most importantly be tidy! 😂 Trust me, your flatmates shall hate you if you’re not.
See you next week!