How to be a good housemate

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If you’re going to be living in halls, chances are you’ll be living with other people and, while that comes with a lot of positives (like sharing milk when yours has run out), it also means making an effort to consider them.

Here are some things to bear in mind if you want to avoid being known as the ‘nightmare housemate’.

Wash your dishes

It might sound like a simple thing to do but it’ll make a massive difference to the rest of your flat/house. University kitchens don’t tend to have too much space to spare so don’t clutter up what it does have with dirty dishes that’ll get in other people’s way.

Open your door

Your privacy is obviously important but opening your door during the day, especially in the first few weeks, is a courteous thing you can do to let your flatmates know that you’re there to chat/ binge watch tv/ study together if they’re interested.

Be generous

If someone needs sugar and you’ve got a bag full sitting in your cupboard, share it. Hopefully they’ll do the same for you when you need them to return the favour.


For many students, University is the first time they’ll have to cook for themselves so, if you’re already decent at it, cook for the people you live with. It’s a great excuse to sit down and get to know each other better.

Be open-minded

University brings together different people from different backgrounds which means it’s important to be open-minded. You might end up living with people who have very different beliefs and opinions and it’s important to respect them.

Set up rotas

Bins need taking out, bathrooms need cleaning and toilet roll needs buying. Set up rotas and share the load when it comes to everyday chores like these and you’ll make everyone’s life, including yours easier.

Smoke outside

If you smoke, do it outside. The smell of cigarettes might be offensive to some people, e-cigarettes included.

Keep the noise down

If you’re having a party or having friends over, run it by your housemates first. They might have deadlines even if yours have come and gone and it’s their space just as much as it is yours.

Pay on time

Whether it’s rent, bills or the takeaway you owe one of your flatmates for, make sure you pay it on time. There’s nothing worse than having to chase someone for money so don’t be that person.

Look out for others

If someone’s had a bit too much to drink on a night out make sure they get home safe. The same goes if they just need a shoulder to cry on during exam season. Be reliable.

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