Who to watch out for when choosing housemates

by Ed Firmin

Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2015 at 10:00

Choosing housemates – could work out really well, or be one of the worst decisions you make at university.

I’ve already talked about how to ensure your personalities and lives are compatible with one another. There are definitely some types of students that I’ve come across, who you would be wise taking some extra time to really think about whether you could live with them or not!

The Night Owl

These people wake and sleep at different times of the day or night, but generally seem to come alive when the sun comes down. If you do too, then great, but these students will be in the kitchen at 2 in the morning making snacks, probably getting their assignments done in the dead of night, or just generally lounging about watching rubbish TV ’til all hours. If this sounds like someone you know, you need to work out whether they’re going to make too much noise disturbing your beauty sleep to live with.

The ‘you’ll never see it again’ housemate

You know the ones, ‘can I just borrow £20?’ or I’ve run out of bread, can I pinch a couple of slices?’ That’s fine if it’s just the odd occasion, but these guys seem to do this all the time. Like, all the time. And you know you’re never going to get anything back in return. They never have anything that you can borrow back! If you can get over this, and recognise that there are just some people like that, then that’s fine, but if it’s going to royally wind you up, then best steer clear.

Party animal

These students aren’t at university to get their degree, they’re there to let their hair down. Which they do, and often. They’ve got so many friends that they’re out every night, often until late. They always have people over at yours for dinner, drinks, or even staying over. Their life revolves around the next party, and there’s generally no regard for anything else. So they will be the ones blasting out music at stupid o clock, or stumbling in with mates hosting the after party. Probably one to avoid at all costs.

The housemate that lives in filth

Sometimes you don’t understand how these students are still alive. There’s so much rot and fest in their room that you have to hold something over your mouth and nose if you open their door. They’re quite happy to not empty their bin in weeks, or EVER change their bedclothes. It’s quite frankly, disgusting.

The same is true when it’s their turn to do the cleaning. They just won’t because they think it’s clean enough. They cook a meal, and you know that it will take you about half an hour to clean up after them. If you want to live in a clean environment, or be happy to take their turn on the cleaning rota, then they’re probably bearable to live with, otherwise, better off steering well clear.

The most important thing is that you all get along with each other, and there may be some people that you just know will cause friction. They may fall into one or more of the categories above. So think carefully before you make your final decision, you don’t want to end up avoiding your housemates, or cleaning up after them!

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