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3 tips for getting along with your new flatmates
Part of the university experience is meeting people from different backgrounds, interests and cultures. If you’re living in student accommodation, it’s likely that your fellow residents have travelled from various countries around the world in order to pursue their academic goal.
Living with a new group of people is a great experience, but it goes without saying that everyone is different, and sometimes this can cause problems or misunderstandings. But these things can often be avoided and resolved. Below are some helpful tips to getting along with your flatmates.
1. Be open minded
When moving into your accommodation, you’ll be meeting lots of new people for the first time. It’s important not to judge a book by a cover or jump to conclusions about your flatmates based on information such as a profile photo, one conversation or what someone else has told you about them.
And although it can be easy to form opinions based on first impressions, remember that moving to university can be a stressful time for some people and they may feel overwhelmed, nervous or shy. So, spend some time getting to know your flatmates and make one another feel welcome and comfortable before making any judgements. Remember, you’re all in the same boat.
Of course, not all of your flatmates will become your best mates, but you can still get along and have a civilised flatmate relationship.
2. Respect one another
Whilst sharing accommodation with others, you should respect one another and remember that your living space is also their living space.
You should consider and discuss with your flatmates any details that are important to you such as noise, cleanliness, guests, sharing of items and anything else you feel relevant.
Remember living with others works both ways and you should also listen to the things that are important to your flatmates and be considerate of these whilst living together.
3. Talk to each other
We hope that you will enjoy the diversity of university life and living with others, however should you be unhappy it’s worth spending some time talking to your flatmates to try to come to some mutually agreeable solutions.
Talking to one another and a willingness to co-operate will help to build and maintain a good relationship with your flatmates.
It is important to remember that moving to university is a stressful time and initial teething problems are usually resolved within the first few weeks.
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If you've recently moved into student accommodation and started university, then you may have already met some new people. But it's never too late to meet new people. That's why we've pulled together 10 top ways to help get you meeting new people at your accommodation.