You might be new to London, finally moved out of the family home or just gone through a messy break up. But with these 10 hacks you can make your new digs home and life in the city liveable. Living in a houseshare doesn’t have to be a nightmare, you can find some life-long friends and uncover parts of yourself you never knew were there.
1. Establish common ground
Spending time together outside your ‘humble’ abode is crucial at the very beginning of living in a flatshare. It doesn’t have to be anything lavish, just going to the local pub or having a picnic is a great way to get to know your new housemates outside of a home setting and see them for who they are rather than someone who lives with you.
“When I first started university, I made a conscious effort to come out of my shell and get to know my flatmates. I’m still friends with someone of them ten years later!”
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2. Go for green
Look for a place with some outdoor space, whether it be a garden, balcony or local park nearby. Having plants around your new place not only is good for your general wellbeing, it’s good for the air too.
Read more: Benefits of adding plants and greenery to your space
3. Establish Visitor Rules
Have clear rules for visitors. Is someone’s partner overstaying their welcome? Set the rules at the beginning so you don’t find yourself greeting ‘new’ housemates after a hard day (or night) at work.
4. Keep It Clean
Cleaning up after yourself should be a prerequisite. They say in London that you’re never more than three feet away from a rat and with other urban pests like foxes and pigeons, do you really want another rent-free housemate?
Tip: Consider a rota system so everyone does their fair share of household chores.
5. Be open-minded
We all come from different backgrounds and with London being one of the most diverse cities in the world, its necessary in a houseshare. If you don’t know how to approach someone, or understand their cultural norms, just ASK!
6. Respect your housemate’s routines
Are they a night owl? Do you work shifts? COMPROMISE is key. Ear plugs exist for a reason and if you really can’t work it out. Move out.
“I lived with one girl who let’s say worked an ‘alternate 9-5’, I never really saw her but our routines never conflicted.”
7. Pay your bills on time or look for an all-inclusive rent
Shared finance can be a difficult topic especially when it’s initially with strangers, but having the conversation from the onset is important and will prevent problems further down the line.
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8. Set up a WhatsApp group
A WhatsApp group is a great way to send quick messages to your other housemates especially as they’ll all have different working patterns. It’s also an easy way to send reminders about things like bills and if you’re running low on household items.
9. Give each other space
Read body language, learn about your new housemates, don’t force them to socialise every evening and learn when you need downtime too.
10. Know Your Limits
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This post is sponsored by Ideal Flatmate.