The SU Welfare Committee hold “Housemate Finder” events during the year, where you can go either as an individual or as part of a larger group to meet people to live with next year. It is a friendly, low pressure environment, and Welfare Committee run different activities to help break the ice. You can go if you haven’t found a house yet, have found a house but need somebody to buddy up, or if you have a spare room for the next year. To find out when the next Housemate Finder is, make sure to visit Welfare Committee on Facebook here.
Friendships and personal circumstances can change over the course of a year, so take your time in deciding who to live with. If you like a quiet night in and lots of sleep, think twice about sharing with someone who parties a lot and stays up late!
Sharing can be great fun but it can also sometimes bring out people’s worst habits. Small disputes over things like not washing up can cause friction. One way to avoid these types of problems is to agree some ground-rules on things like guests, partners, cleaning, sharing food and paying bills before you commit to a contract.
Good communication between housemates and a willingness to compromise will help you deal with any potential disputes.
Don’t panic if you haven’t found someone to share with. Single rooms are available in larger purpose built student accommodation blocks or you can find a room advertised in a shared house with other students. Look out for events in the Students’ Union such as housemate finder sessions for house sharers usually held in February and May. You can also look for housemates on the Studentpad Message Board. It’s never too late to find a housemate!
Make sure you are completely happy with your potential housemates before you sign a contract. Don’t feel pressurised into signing a contract for next year with people that you may have only known for a couple of months, as relationships and personal circumstances can change. Getting out of a contract can be tricky and you will not normally be released from a contract unless you have found a suitable replacement tenant. If you find yourself in this position, you can get advice from the Student Advice Centre.
Welfare Committee have created leaflets with tips and suggestions for finding housemates you’ll love living with. You can access them here:
Finding the people to share with is as important as finding the right property, take your time in deciding who to live with.