Living in a shared hostel or any other shared accommodation can be really different experience for you especially if you have completely relied on your parents to do everything for you and never live alone. Well, either believe it or not this is a life skill and it will help you socialize and connect with the outer world.
If you are living in a university hostel then most of the things will be taken care of by the university itself. But for the one who is living in another shared accommodation, the things will be little bit complex.
We have prepared a survival guide to help you improve your experience and relationships while living in shared accommodation, so keep reading!
Table of contents
- Choose your Roommates Carefully
- Split the cleaning duties
- Organize everything properly
- Manage and split bills properly
- Spend some time with each other
- Sharing is caring
Choose your Roommates Carefully
While at the start it can be tough to decide whom to live with, as there may completely unknown people around you. At the start as in university, we get a room with random students. It is better to get to know them properly to make wise decisions on living with them. You can also find people from your course and field of interest to be your roommate. Similar interests always provide better compatibility. Make sure you feel comfortable to talk and share your thought with the people you are leaving with. Whoever you choose to leave with, set proper rules to make yourself and others comfortable. It is a matter of year in university and you can switch to a new group to live afterward.
Split the cleaning duties
Cleaning is the part of the job which leads to a lot of arguments. To avoid any kind of fights and arguments related to this stuff, it is better to set rules for these things from start. So the best option is to clean up your mess by yourself like doing your dishes. Besides that for common cleaning and washing job you can make rotation-based turns to do them properly.
Organize everything properly
Don’t be messy. While you living in shared living you are all by yourself, nobody will be there to help you with your stuff. Most of the time it happens that we forget the location of our belongings and it consumes a lot of time finding it. So, keep everything in place so that you can easily get hold of it in case of need. Place things back in their place after use.
Manage and split bills properly
If you are living in a shared house, managing and splitting bills are the most important thing. As there are a lot of different bills to be paid: water, groceries, gas, electricity, broadband, and TV. One important thing you need to do is to set reminders for important bills to be paid on time as you may forget if you decide to pay it later. Paying all bills by yourself and not keeping proper track of everyone’s debt will really give you hard time. So, it is necessary to keep a record of all bills paid by you and other members. You can also make use of an app like SplitWise to make it more simple to divide and manage your bills.
Spend some time with each other
Being in shared accommodation you may have roommates from different background and regions, spending some time will not only help you to know them but it will also enrich your relationships. Find some enjoyable things and do it together like watching a movie at night, playing some indoor games, cooking together. In case anyone is suffering from health issues, then it is your responsibility as a roommate to take care of him. If any of your roommates is studying, then you should not make noise or disturb him. It is most important to respect each other’s personal space.
Sharing is caring
Don’t worry you don’t need to share every single thing with your roommates, but sharing basic things like home snacks, lecture notes, books, stationery items are really good things to do. This habit can help you get help from them when you need something shareable from them. Sometimes sharing things with each other can really save a lot of money. You can buy shareable items in partitions like utensils, containers, furniture e.t.c
Remember, university life is all about learning the ups and downs of life. Face everything with open eyes and keep it as an experience to remember. Focus on your Goal and do the things which make you happy. Hope this article helped you, we will be really happy to hear your feedback on the above article. You can also ask for any query related to this article using the comment form below. Thanks for reading!.