Preparing for Student Living (our 6 TOP tips!)
It’s never too early to start thinking about who you’re going to live with and where you will live, in the next academic year. We recommend that if you’re applying to live in one of our properties get them in ASAP to make sure you’ve got your first choice. Now is the time to start thinking about who you want to share that new beginning with.
Choosing flatmates should take some level of consideration. After all, you’re going to be literally living with these people for a year or more so it’s extremely important you make the right choice. You don’t want to be tip toeing out into the communal kitchen, hoping you’re alone or being stuck with other people’s dirty dishes to wash because the kitchen is that dirty and no one is pulling their weight.
Making sure you’re picked the right people to live with can be daunting and making the right choice of student hall, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a few things to keep in mind when looking at this. Amro Vantage share 6 top tips;
1.MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE PERSON YOU’RE ASKING
When we say know them, we mean really know them. They can be close relatives or good friends. Things to consider are; Do they leave their washing in the communal washing machine after it has finished its cycle or clothes in the tumble dryer? Do they live by night and only come out after sunset when you prefer to live by day? Do they love having people over and you’re more of a “my own space” type person. Make sure you know the person you’re going to live with. You don’t want to fall out in the first semester because of the way you all live. Whether they’re super on it with cleaning, messy, out all night, studious, sociable etc, it needs to work with the way you lead your life.
2.THINK ABOUT WHO YOU’RE GOING TO ASK
The easy option is to ask your current flat mates or on your course but your current flat mates isn’t always the best option. Spending too much time with people, regardless of how much you get on, isn’t always a great thing. Too much of anything is not good for you. If you go to tutorials, lectures and live together, it might be too intense to handle. If you fancy someone, don’t live with them. Chances are it’s only going to end up super awkward, frustrations and disagreements can occur. You stand more chance to get together if you are not living in the same flat.
It might be a good idea to consider asking people from other parts of your university life, for example friends you’ve met through clubs and societies. Having a variety of people in your flat is also a good idea. Your bestie might be your course mate so asking someone else from another social circle helps balance out the work/play aspects of your life.
Flat shares aren’t for everyone. That’s totally fine. Don’t feel any pressure to move in with people or a person if you don’t want to. Living alone is perfect for people who want their own space, prefer their own company or just want to have a quiet sanctuary. There are loads of studios available that can let you have all the privacy you need.
3.HOW TO ASK SOMEONE TO LIVE WITH YOU
It’s not a marriage or a mortgage so don’t make it a big deal. Ask how you’d ask someone out for a night out. Casual, over text or while you’re out walking to lectures are great ways of taking the pressure off. The worst that someone is going to say is that they’ve already found somewhere to live with another group. No one will ever say “No, I don’t want to live with you.” We’re all adults, it never happens!
Creating a circle of people who are focused on their studies, organisation, getting up early could be great if you need some motivation to make better choices, the perfect accompaniment to your existing priorities.
On the flip side, that sounds hellish if you’re the one who’s known for being big on parties all the time. It’s not just you either. Think about the impact you could have on the other person. Ensuring your priorities and university goals correlate is essential for a healthy living situation.
4. THINK ABOUT WHAT TYPE OF STUDENT HALL EXPERIENCE YOU WANT
Moving to the right student halls can make all the difference, it can make or break your university experience. Let’s not kid ourselves moving into halls which is not right for you can make university life nightmarish, meaning you miss out on enjoying it to the max. Are you interested in sharing a kitchen which is great for meeting new people and socialising over lunch or the opposite whereby you’d prefer to go alone and choose to have people around when you choose to.
You may wish to have a communal room where you can relax away from your room and watch TV or watch a movie. Do you prefer large spaces? You may wish to live as close as possible to your place of study so after that great night out, getting to Uni will not be such a challenge when the alarm rings 2 hours later. Having lots of light might be your thing or not. Choosing the room in the right location of the building should also be considered. If you are a night owl you’d prefer a west facing window for example. Does the student hall carry out regular events? It is also important to arrange a viewing prior to booking or arranging a virtual tour to get an idea if it is a place you are going to love or loth.
5-SOME IMPORTANT FLAT RULES TO CONSIDER
Set flat rules from the get-go – and we mean now, before you even have a place confirmed. Establishing rules and expectations around housework, having people over, bills, food, work schedules etc. needs to be done before you move in so you’re all on the same page.
Some of your friends might have a job, different lecture timetable, large groups of friends, hate/love cleaning – sharing and creating a framework of how you’re going to manage the flat makes life easier in the long run. Trust us when we say, it never sorts itself out.
6.START THE PROCESS EARLY
It’s no joke when we say the best places get booked up fast. After you nail who you’re going to live with, make sure you find a place ASAP.
Check distances to university, amenities, flat size etc. and anything else that’s important to you. Chances are, you won’t be the first person to want it all so get cracking. More often than not there are more students than bed spaces in the closest proximity. Making sure that you have finances to cover the costs of your student life prior to booking is also essential.