It's often the little things like sharing your food or offering someone a cup of tea that make people smile the most...
University can sometimes be a stressful and emotional, relying on a handful of close friends to get you through is vital. The people you live with usually end up being your closest friends too!
Here are just a few ways you can be the best flatmate possible:
- Be a good listener
Providing a shoulder to cry on or offering someone advice can be really important when someone's upset. Plus, you'd want someone to return the favour if you're ever in that position, right?
- Be clean!
Whether it's in the kitchen or living areas, it's important to tidy up after yourself. Don't be that person who gets moaned at for being the messy one.
- Sharing is caring
It's expected that you'll end up borrowing and sharing essentials like milk, butter and bread but always ask before you take it! If you've used someone else's food, be prepared to let them use yours, otherwise, it won't end well...
- Have some respect
If your flatmate's got an exam the next day or has their head buried in revision books then keep the noise down. If you plan on having a few people over, then let people know beforehand.
- Offer them your time
It might be offering to pick up their favourite chocolate bar from your supermarket shop or offering to make them a cup of tea when they seem a bit down - these small things could really make their day.
- Spend time together
It could be binge-watching Netflix in your bedroom, heading out for something to eat or treating yourself to a night out, but by just spending time outside of the flat you'll build your friendship and get to know each other better.
- Appreciate privacy
It's nice to spend time together but it's also good to spend time apart. Always knock before walking into someone's room and don't be offended if someone says they just want some alone time. They're not being anti-social, they might just be tired!
Whether you're looking to meet your new BFF in your accommodation or just want to get to know your flatmates better, keep our advice in mind and you'll be just fine.