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Student Article - Living with housemates
Author: Stephanie Cooper
OK so you've found your dream student home, the contract is signed you're boxes are packed and you're ready to go, but then it suddenly hits you! You are moving in with 2 complete strangers and your dream starts spiralling into a nightmare.
Don't panic though just take a deep breath and calm down. OK so you don't know your house mates, or you don't know them very well, this is not a problem, after all a stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet right?

Here's a few tips on how to keep your dream home heavenly.

First tip: I know its appealing to lock yourself away and avoid your house mates but don't, instead why not get together and organise a night out just you and your house mates, some dancing a few drinks? Or have a night in, get a takeaway and put on a really good DVD. Let the bonding begin!

Second tip: BUY YOUR OWN FOOD! I know it sounds like a rude idea but trust me if you each buy your own food and label it you will be much happier and you wont go to the cupboard for a late night snack just to find out that someone's raided your munchies, come on guys we've all seen the galaxy advert :)

Third tip: Arrange a cleaning schedule, it may be time consuming and possibly annoying at first but trust me nobody want to live with someone who leaves dishes all over the kitchen or food packages all over the settee. Arrange it so one person washes the dishes whilst another dry's them and someone else is in charge of the recycling/ bin emptying then swap it around the next week so everyone does every chore. Also come on guys use some common sense, if you've used the last bit of toilet roll replace it or you've left some sweet wrappers on the side, move them!

Fourth tip: Be considerate of your house mates, fair enough you've paid money toward the tv licence and the virgin box but that doesn't mean you can hog the remote check first that no one is watching the tv or if they are, ask if you can change the channel.

Fifth tip: If you are lucky enough to be living with your other half and a friend is renting the other room, keep your couple antics to yourself, be all kissy and cuddly in your room not on the settee or in the kitchen. It doesn't matter who you are or how close to your house mate you are it still isn't nice to see or hear couply antics whilst your watching CSI. I'm not being rude I speak from experience of living with a couple.

OK here is my most important tip: If you have a problem with one or more of your house mates TELL THEM! Do not let things fester and stew between you, this will lead to a huge blow out and could lead to feelings being seriously hurt.

Well I think that's all for now, I can't promise that these tips will make you and your house mates best of friends but it will make life a little bit easier. Moving out is stressful enough without house mate drama. I wish you all the best and remember, lads don't forget to put the toilet seat down and girls do not take over the bathroom with cosmetics no matter how tempting it is ;)

Bye for now


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