For many people, particularly university students, living with someone else presents an exciting opportunity to make new friends. Unfortunately, there is a whole lot of problems that come with flat sharing in Manchester. From kitchen sink dramas to untimely payment of bills and obscenely loud speakers, every house share experiences at least a few of these problems. Thankfully, we have compiled a list of hacks that you should know.
Consider your options when choosing who to live with
Living with someone can be great when you want a binge watching partner or a shoulder to cry on. It can also be difficult when you need some alone time or to escape the monotonous environment. Making friends outside your house and mixing with other people can provide a much needed balance.
Shop for essentials as a group
Shopping on an individual basis leads to overspending and more waste as compared to shopping as a group. Order everything that’s needed for meals and split the bill across the house. Do the same when shopping for other essentials like cleaning supplies and toiletries. You will save a ton of money and minimize waste.
Split the bills equally
Bills have to be paid each month and the best way to ensure that this is done fairly is to split them equally among everybody. Estimate the monthly cost of utility bills, rent etc. and find a way to share them equally with your roommate. You can opt to open a joint bank account or choose a designated bill payer to handle the payments via direct deposit.
Choose the number of housemates carefully
While there isn’t an ideal number of people to live with, it’s important that you consider a few factors when making a decision. For instance, the living room can get lonely if living alone. Groups of two can easily create a sense of dependency while three roommates may result in a feeling of two ganging up against the remaining tenant. Mixed groups of more than three offer a mix of personalities and work best.
Enjoy your personal space
Just because you live with someone doesn’t mean that you don’t get to enjoy some alone time. You don’t have to spend all your time with your roommate. Hanging out in your room can be just as fun, especially when other people’s habits start to annoy you. Just remember that everyone is different so don’t just those who spend more time on their own than you do. Flatshare Manchester might be for people on budget but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality.