Top Ten Housemate Faux Pas
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So, if you’re at university it’s likely that at some point you will be involved in a house-share. The people you live with often become your best friends, as it’s almost impossible not to get close to someone you share a toilet with. It’s natural for people to have irritating habits and make the occasional faux pas, even if you are lucky enough to click immediately. Compromising with the people you live with is often one of the toughest lessons you will learn and it’s important to remember that you are being judged as critically as you judge them. Some social blunders can easily go unmentioned but here is the top ten list of guaranteed housemate faux pas that will earn you a place in the doghouse. 1) Excessive Partying You might feel that being drunk in university is almost expected of you. However sleeping all day, being too broke to pay rent and eating everyone else’s food when under the influence will upset even the most laidback of housemates. There’s nothing wrong with having a good time but be sure to manage that fine line between fun party animal and needing an intervention. 2) Being the Ultimate Uni-Lad Playing team sports at university is a highly prized experience but make sure not to let the testosterone and flip-flops take over. Heavy drinking and top notch banter leads to a pack mentality, which ultimately ends in group nakedness. Ensure your house isn’t designated pre-lash location during rugby season or the housemate faux pas will flow faster than the Jagermeister. 3) Being a Thief From apparently insignificant things like yoghurts and other dairy products to sneaking into your housemates’ rooms to gradually empty their designer wardrobes, stealing is just not on. It’s important to respect other people’s property and never use a fork in their butter. 4) Exposing People to Your Grime No one expects you to invest in a cleaner on the weekends or champion a state of the art mop but it’s important not to live in squalor. If not for you then for your long suffering housemates. Leaving a trail of grilled cheese and grease in the kitchen after every use will irritate all and sundry, especially those with an aversion to grime.
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